Her Angel #8
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?
Although Her Sinful Angel is #8 in the series, it can be read as a standalone - which is what I did. There are a couple of characters I'd like to know better so I will go back and read the previous books but I wasn't at all lost.
Having read Ms. Heaton's Eternal Mates series, Her Sinful Angel had a familiar feeling - as in she has a particular formula she seems to follow. But it didn't take anything away from the story. And Heaton delivered a well-paced story with compelling characters and wonderfully choreographed action scenes - all of which I've come to expect from her. There was a point in the story where I felt as though I'd missed something in the action. It seemed as though the characters had spent weeks together off-page rather than the days on-page. However, Heaton pulled me mack in, making me once again feel the chemistry between the characters.
Speaking of characters, Nina and Lucifer made a great couple.
"She was light with a seed of darkness inside her heart. He was darkness with a flicker of light."They complemented one another well. They'd both experienced betrayal but had handled it in different ways - taken very different paths. Nina was an interesting enough heroine at the beginning. But she seemed a little fragile. As the story progressed and we got to know her better, I realized she was a survivor and she proved her mettle. This endeared her to me. But I also had questions that were left unanswered, such as what happens to Nina, a mortal, living in Hell? This question, and a few others, might be answered in the previous installments, but I was left curious.
The best part of Her Sinful Angel was Lucifer. The way Heaton portrayed him, made him so human, vulnerable, and fallible, made him such a compelling character. His recollections and understanding of how he came to be the devil was a unique perspective. He spent his early existence doing all his Father asked. But he's come to understand that his role was set and there was nothing he could do to change his fate. The things he did, that his Father asked of him, vilified him because it was necessary. His role is necessary. But he wasn't happy about it. That he still holds onto the anger and need for revenge was understandable. And that Nina brought out the man he once was, the one he's spent millenia trying to extinguish, was something to see.
Her Sinful Angel was a nice introduction to this series. And I will go back to the beginning and read this series from there.