Book Review

MESSENGER’S ANGEL
by Heather Killough-Walden

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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The Lost Angels return in Killough-Walden’s new high-octane offering. The action moves to Scotland for a story that is action-packed and thrilling, yet featuring a hero who initially makes all the wrong moves. The real stand-out character in this series continues to be Samael, whose motivations remain unclear.

For centuries, messenger archangel Gabriel has returned to the small village of Rodel, Scotland, passing himself off as villager. This time things are different, as Gabriel stumbles across his long-missing archess in the pub.

American Juliette Anderson goes to Scotland to work on her Ph.D. with a grant from media mogul Samuel Lambent. Samuel, aka Samael, has sent the unsuspecting Juliette into Gabriel’s vicinity on purpose. His grand scheme remains a mystery. What is not a mystery is the threat the Adarian Abraxos poses, for his new plan threatens the very lives of the precious archesses. Can Gabriel convince Juliette that he is not the major threat in time? (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jun., 416 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: SIGNET ECLIPSE

Published: June 2012

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Travel to Scotland for a Romance as Magical as the Land

Submitted by Aisling McCann on June 19, 2012 - 3:48pm.

I so miss travel, but my faraway lands' fund rattles with mostly pennies these days, so I turn to the next best thing: books. I've just recently returned from the most unbelievable trip to Scotland, so exciting and adventure-filled and brilliant with the sights and sounds of Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides, Isle of Harris, and other beautiful historic locations. The book that took me there is "Messenger's Angel," the second novel of Heather Killough-Walden's LOST ANGELS' series, and this time it is Gabriel, the former Messenger Archangel, who has located his archess after more than 2,000 years of searching. Uriel (alias Christopher Daniels) and Eleanor, from the opening book, "Avenger's Angel," have been sexily settling into married life.

In "Messenger's Angel" Gabriel Black nicely comes into his own when he meets the lovely Juliette Anderson, PhD student in archeology on a project in Scotland. He immediately recognizes her as the woman he has been dreaming about, which means he has finally found his archess. Juliette recognizes something in his black wavy hair, silver eyes and taunting smile that feels awfully familiar to her - and disturbingly irresistible. In their case, a kiss is not just a kiss. But Juliette is a sensible girl, everyone knows that, and having received mostly nothing but negative reports about Gabriel she forces him to work at winning her over.

There is so much to like about this novel, with its castles, dolmen stones, Highland magic and crashing ocean. But the characters rise up to the challenge of the land, as the stakes are raised this time. Kevin and his band of Adarians are back, stronger and more demented than ever. And of course Samuel Lambent, Samael, the filthy rich tycoon angel with a somewhat mysterious agenda involving the favored four, consistently stuns Juliette as he did Ellie, with his gorgeous looks, impeccable taste, tremendous wealth and power and cashmere charm. He remains a force to be reckoned with and often will stop at nothing. But the same can be said about Gabriel and his archangel brothers, Azrael (Death), Uriel (Vengeance), and Michael (Warrior), as well as their miraculous multitasking guardian Max Gillihan. Oh, and of course the first archess, Uriel's Ellie, who is a formidable force in many ways. The author's timing is impeccable and they consistently appear, or someone is transported to them, at just the right moment, upping the ante and the excitement. It is such delicious fun.

"Messenger's Angel" is a book that will keep you turning the pages until there are no more to turn. It has action, moments that make you stop breathing and a romance deserving of the magical, beautiful locale. As usual, Heather Killough-Walden delivers scenes so vivid, invoking all of the senses, that they remained with me long after I read them. Scotland is now at the top of my Must See list, as "Messenger's Angel," added the element of another grand story to imagine among the grassy cliffs and ancient castle ruins. This is not only a good book to read when you can't travel to Scotland, it's a great book to read when you do.