Review: Must Love Hellhounds by Various

must love hell hounds

Must Love Hellhounds
Authors: Various
Published: 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Anthology
Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries #9, Guild Hunter #.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5
Rating: B

The Brittingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris

Rating: N/A
Didn’t read this installment in the book. I’ve tried to read Harris in the past but could never really get into her. So I decided to skip this one.

Angels’ Judgment by Nalini Singh

Rating: A-
This is a short prequel story to Singh’s Guild Hunter series. It features Sara Haziz right before she decides to accept the Guild Hunter director job. Its basically a “how they met” story about how Sara and her husband, Deacon, got together. I loved this story.

Sara and Deacon are assigned the job of finding out who is behind a spurt of vampire slayings in the area. Signs point to it being a hunter who has gone rogue. However, things begin to get complicated when one of the archangels decides to test the potential new guild director.

Like most of the things I’ve read from Singh, this was pretty fabulous. However, places felt a little rushed. Singh had several good plot threads going that could’ve easily carried a longer story. Great installment for fans of the series. Continue reading

Review: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

Archangels Enigma

Archangel’s Enigma
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Rating: A

Archangel’s Enigma is the eighth book in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, which is set in a reality where angel’s rule the world. Unlike Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, these books have a little more edge to them and lean more toward Urban Fantasy than strictly Paranormal Romance.

Young angelic scholar, Andromeda wants nothing more than to be left to her studies. Unfortunately, her time is running short and she must soon return home to serve for 500 years in a corrupt court. Before she faces her unpleasant future, Andromeda decides to help Archangel Raphael find the resting place of an ancient angel who has been sleeping for centuries. To assist her in the quest, Raphael sends the feral Naasir. Continue reading

Guardian Demon


Guardian Demon

Author: Meljean Brook

Publish Date: 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Guardians Book 8

Rating: A

In Guardian Demon, the final book of the Guardians series, things have finally escalated in the war between Guardians and hell. Lucifer has set into motion events that will allow him to break through the barrier to earth and destroy humanity. In order to stop him, the Guardians must pool all their resources together. This includes Andromeda Taylor, who, after the events that brought Michael back from hell has committed herself to leaving the guardians by “falling”.

Guardian Demon was an intense read and an excellent conclusion to these books. What made it so suspenseful was that everyone was racing against the clock to discover Lucifer’s plans for starting the apocalypse and to save loved ones who got pulled into the fire. This became direr as each move seemed to play into his hands. On top of this, Michael has finally returned from his torture in the frozen field and is committed to atoning for what he has done to Taylor before the personal clock he’s racing against runs out.

What I love about Brook is that she isn’t afraid to put her characters through some pain. Just because someone has been a staple of the series since it began or has gotten their own book, doesn’t mean they’re safe. Knowing that characters you love could be hurt makes the emotional impact of the battle so much more engaging. I only wish that Brook had pushed this envelop a bit more in the final confrontation and that ending of the book wasn’t so clean cut.

All in all, this was a fantastic read and a very satisfying conclusion to the series. If you’re looking to get into the Guardians, I would recommend you start at the beginning with Demon Angel since each book builds upon the other. However, if you don’t want to read all 8 books in the series then at least read Demon Angel and Demon Moon prior to this one since the characters from those two books are key ones here.

Archangel’s Shadows


Archangel’s Shadows

Author: Nalini Singh

Publish Date: 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Guild Hunter, book 7

Rating: C

Archangel’s Shadows is the seventh installment in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series and features the characters Ashwini and Janvier. I had been looking forward to seeing Ashwini and Janvier get their book ever since I read about them in the short story, Angel’s PawnUnfortunately, I was a little let down by their novel.

Ashwini is still recovering from an injury she sustained in the last book, Archangel’s Legionwhen she’s given the “fluff” task of investigating the cause of a mummified dog. What on the surface looks to be a simple case, turns out to be connected to something much more insidious. With the city’s vampire population on the verge of going into a blood frenzy Ashwini will need to work together with vampire, Janvier, to put the pieces together before everything turns to chaos.

From my description you would think that most of the book will concentrate on Ashwini and Janvier, but that would be incorrect. Archangel’s Shadows is steeped in characters and the perspective changes frequently. As I’m a fan of ensemble books, this normally wouldn’t be an issue but it didn’t work for me here. Primarily because when the point of view switched to characters other than Ashwini or Janvier it was rarely to advance the main plot. This caused the book to drag in places and interrupted the flow of the story.

I also had an issue with how easy everything was for Ashwini and Janvier. Conflicts were handled quickly and efficiently, both in their investigation and their relationship. The big battle (if that’s what you would call it) lasted a nano-second and both of them walked away without a scratch. This was a huge let down after watching Ash and Janvier try to find answers around a mummified dog and dead prostitute for most of the story. The same thing goes for the conflict in their relationship. Most of the book is Ashwini angst-ing over if she should pursue Janvier since she has a “big dark secret” that might ruin their relationship. While I could understand her worry, it was annoying how easily the issue was fixed once she finally told Janvier about it. I hate when the majority of conflict between characters is due to not talking and the solution to Ash’s problem was so obvious that the whole situation was just frustrating by the end.

I’ve heard a lot of people refer to this installment in the series as a filler book and I can see where they’re coming from. After the events of the Archangel’s Legion, I’m guessing that Singh wanted to re-stabilize her world and that’s why this book’s plot is rather low-key. However, the low amount of conflict, tension, and how easy problems were solved didn’t work for me here. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series, but I’m really hoping that Singh will start keeping her books to one or two character perspectives.