Series: Renegade Angels #1
Published by Penguin Group USA on October 4, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Can a love that transcends death survive a war between angels, vampires, and lycans?
An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen--angels who have become vampires--and command a restless pack of indentured lycans.
But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals--losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won't let her go.
With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that she can't help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life--she could lose her very soul...
I postponed writing this review because I felt that I needed to reread it several times (with some gaps between readings) due to the hero’s hypocrisy and the fact that I am adding pseudo-spoilers this time around, because spoilers must be added in for me to say what I need to say.
So, Adrian is a Sentinel (commander of all angels on earth) and is the baddest bad-ass of the earthbound angels, who watch over earth and mete out punishment of the vampires while keeping the lycans in line and as their foot soldiers.
Basically, the Fallen are, as the blurb states, angels who have become vampires because they mated with humans. The lycans are also somewhat in that category, though their punishment was to become lycans (infused with demon blood) rather than vampires, and be indentured to the Seraphim forever and ever, amen.
And we have Lindsey Graham, the modern-day reincarnation of Shadoe, the Nephalim whom Adrian mated centuries ago. However, Lindsey proves to be something of a challenge when she doesn’t immediately fall in with Adrian’s plans to keep her bundled in cotton and protected from all evil, including her father, Syre, who is the original Fallen angel-cum-vampire. Yes, he is. And apparently he wants to transform Shadoe into a full-fledged vampire, so she can be like dear ol’ dad.
So, Lindsay saw her mom get massacred by a vampire trio and so has decided to rid the world of anything not human, because she can sense that kinda thing, y’all. Now, let me say, again, that she goes after anything that is not human. As in, angel, vampire, demon, lycan. This is because she doesn’t know any better (duh) and just goes with her gut feeling.
Oh, did I mention Adrian has a magic peen and Lindsey barely puts up a fight when he says stuff like this?
“…I’m going to send your soul from this Earth once and for all. My love will destroy you, me, and everything we care about. Who am I, if not the man who loves you beyond all self-preservation?”
Really? Way to be emo, angel commander dude.
But what really gets me is Adrian’s hypocrisy. His job is to punish those angels who break the “no mating humans” law and cut off their wings. Yet, wait for it… HE BROKE THIS VERY LAW! Oh, my goodness, the hypocrisy, y’all. It. Is. Astounding. Even more astounding is that some of the Seraphim (angels Adrian commands) know this. And they do nothing about it but nod their heads, recite platitudes and go on with punishing Fallen for the same thing Adrian is doing. UGH!
And… Lindsey isn’t any help. At all. She keeps going on about how she can’t have sex with him because she doesn’t want him to turn into a vampire and so on and so forth, yet he totally bags her easily. Must be all his dark seduction powers/techniques/whatever.
It was a good romance, but could have been better without all of Adrian’s melodrama, especially his self-recriminations and how he’s gonna have to have his wings clipped because he broke the rules and mated a non-angel. Whatevs, yo. Enough is enough, I say. Just get over it and screw her into oblivion and proclaim you love her and all that razamatazz. The get yo wings clipped because you know it has to be done. Or whatever.
Ok, so then there’s the lycans, who have been breeding like dogs (pun intended, cuz, well, they kinda are. Kinda.). Elijah is a major secondary character, is voted as the alpha of the lycans because he protrays alpha-like tendencies. I often felt during this story that Elijah and Lindsey should have gotten it on. I felt that they had better chemistry and more to talk about1 and were more friendly and open with each other. That sounds more like a relationship, right?
Elijah, Elijah… I FUCKING love Elijah. Talk about bad-ass. He really is. He is hot-to-trot2 and, well, HOT. He takes his job seriously and he tries to downplay his alpha traits because he just wants to keep doing what he’s doing–killing vampires and keeping status quo. All while being a hot bad-ass.
Overall, Elijah and Lindsey shoulda had their own love story-triangle-whatever. Elijah is my favorite character in this book, hands down. Thankfully, his story is next and I want to see him get a strong heroine.