Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare
Every once in awhile there's just a certain book that doesn't jibe with me, unfortunately Archangels Enigma is it.
Definition of Enigma:
1. A puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation
2. A person of puzzling or contradictory character
3. A saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning
The definition itself is Archangels Enigma summed up into a tidy little package from beginning to end. Andromeda is everything a man could want, everything every woman would want to be. Andromeda is everything that would set fire to a man like Nassir, give us readers passion beyond any book that has come before it, there's only one problem. Miss perfect has taken a vow of celibacy.
Seriously. And I could have respected that if I actually believed in why she'd chosen to do that, but there was no real conviction or belief that was expressed honestly enough to make me believe in her decision.
And Nassir, our dangerous smoldering warrior turned into a naive, boyish and all too gullible person around her. I felt absolutely no chemistry at all aside from the possibility of opposites attract but this was like two strangers being mashed together for the sake of being paired to get to the next point.
How did we get from steamy, adventurous, exciting to this lull and drag out pointless half hearted installment?
I felt the book could have been dissected into a novella that left out the relationship between Nassir and Andromeda and just focused on the journey and the cameo guest spots and saved Nassir and his potential to shine for a much better female partner that suited him more appropriately.
Sadly for me Nassir and Andromeda went through the motions and developed their ... friendship? Relationship? Whatever it is despite their purposeless involvement.
Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews
Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley Publishing