Friday, March 8, 2013

Unwrapping: Review of KISS OF SURRENDER, a Dark Angels novel by Sandra Hill

cover KISS OF SURRENDERBack in April of 2012, I reviewed the first book in the Deadly Angels series, KISS OF PRIDE, by Sandra Hill, and introduced you to the Vangels. The Vangels are a humorous group of seven Viking brothers who have each been found guilty of one of the seven deadly sins. The first was Vikar, whose sin was Pride. As soon as the second book in the series, KISS OF SURRENDER, was released last November, I knew I had to read it. My reading schedule finally allowed me the chance and because book 3, KISS OF TEMPTATION, is releasing at the end of March and I had to be caught up. More on that one another day.

***Print copy purchased for my own personal reading but of course, I'm going to share my thoughts with you.


It’s not easy being a Vampire Angel

No one knows that better than Trond Sigurdsson. In the centuries since he last went out drinking and wenching with his Viking buds, Trond has been a gladiator, a cowboy, a ditch digger...even a sheik. But now he’s the baddest of them all: a kick-butt Navy SEAL kicking butts of terrorist immortals with the help of his hotter-than-Hades female partner, police officer-turned-Special Forces operative Nicole Tasso—whom Trond dearly hopes to “partner” with very shortly in a whole different way.

It’s not easy being a Vangel’s lover

The “cop” part of Nicole tells her there’s something bizarre about her gorgeous godlike teammate. But her “all-woman” side can’t help wondering how great it would be to have a virile Viking in her bed. Trond has secrets galore, but Nicole feels certain she can dig them out—and really get to the heart of this powerful, unnerving stranger whom she may be risking her soul to love.

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Trond Sigurdsson is a Vangel and his sin is sloth - that's being lazy. He was so lazy when he was alive over a thousand years ago that he allowed the village under his protection to be attacked and innocent villagers slaughtered because he couldn't be bothered with getting out of bed. It's because of this sin that he's been made a Vangel, or vampire angel, and must spend his life, as it is, fighting Lucifer's evil minions - Lucipires, or Lucies as the Vangels refer to them. His current mission is to infiltrate the Navy S.E.A.L.S. and locate any members who might be tainted by Jasper's Lucies. What Trond doesn't expect to have to deal with is a nosy female S.E.A.L. or W.E.A.L. as they're called in this book. (This is fiction.) When push comes to shove and she ponders a most sensitive question - is he gay? - he takes it and runs with it. Better for her to believe he's gay than know how attracted he is to her and the truth about what he is ... or is it?

Nicole Tasso is suspicious by nature. She supposes it's the cop in her but it also may have to do with the distrust she has for most seemingly arrogant men like the handsome Viking, Trond, who manages to rub her the wrong way at every turn. Having survived and escaped an abusive marriage, Nicole has very little patience with a man like Trond but can't ignore her attraction to him. She knows he has a secret and she's determined to discover what it is. Having him admit that he's gay wasn't the secret she thought he had, but now her disbelief that this all man, man is gay has become a challenge to an all woman, woman like Nicole. Pushed together on an important mission, Nicole discovers more than she expects about Trond, about her attraction to him, and about the world which isn't as simple as she thought.

KISS OF SURRENDER by Sandra Hill is an adventurous story filled with humor, albeit sometimes corny, action, adventure and salvation. The Deadly Angels may not be for everyone but for those who enjoy a twist on vampires, this heavenly twist is one I believe you'll enjoy. Unlike some vampire series, this isn't as dark which I think might appeal to some who steer clear of paranormal because of the darkness in most. This series is fun and upbeat even when you're dealing with the demons. KISS OF SURRENDER provides that fun and upbeat feeling, including an unexpected friendship between Vangel and Lucipire. I do recommend that if you're interested in reading this paranormal romance or any of the Deadly Angels series that you start at the beginning with KISS OF PRIDE and then continue forward. It will all make much better sense if you do. If you read KISS OF PRIDE and enjoyed it, then you'll surely enjoy this one.

I recommend KISS OF SURRENDER by Sandra Hill if you're a fan of Sandra's, if you're a fan of humor filled paranormal romance, and by all means if you already read and enjoyed the first book in the Deadly Angels series.

Happy Reading Everyone!

KISS OF SURRENDER, a Deadly Angels novel by Sandra Hill, Avon Romance, available now in print and ebook formats. 


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