Even Vampires Get the Blues (Deadly Angels, #6)Series: Deadly Angels #6
by Sandra Hill
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on August 25th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The fact that vampire angel Harek Sigurdsson was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn't make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she's the mate Harek's been seeking for centuries . . .
The SEALs call her "Camo" for her ability to blend into a crowd—yet Harek's intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international kidnappers, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda—besides Harek's bold declaration that she's his "destiny." Just Camille's luck that the sexiest man she's ever met may also be . . . a vampire!
I have been rabidly trying new authors this year. A lot of it has to do with trying new genres. Mostly its due to working at the library and being bombarded with books I would never have known had existed before. For instance, I had no idea that paranormal romance had so many authors writing it! Just a few years ago, I had a hard time finding PNR books. Now they’re as easy to find in a supermarket as a highlander book.
Sandra Hill is an author my library keeps on the shelves (21 books enough proof?) With so many books “under her belt”, I was curious about Ms. Hill. When the cover to Even Vampires Get the Blues caught my eye (hello Mr. Abs!), I pounced on the chance to read and review the latest in her Deadly Angels series.
Despite the seriousness of some of the issues dealt with in this story, Ms. Hill managed to keep the story light-hearted and fast paced.
Harek Sigurdsson is one of seven Viking brothers who have sinned, extensively, during their lives in 850 a.d. Because The Boss upstairs couldn’t stand to watch the Vikings continue their rampaging and sinning, he had Archangel Michael approach each brother and offer redemption in the form of becoming a “Vangel” – a vampire angel that battles and rids the world of Lucipires (Hell’s equivalent of a Vangel). Both sides are always fighting over mortal man.
This is the sixth book in the series but it was real easy to pick up and read on it’s own. The world is extremely well explained throughout the story. And whenever one of the other brothers came into a scene or was referred to, Ms. Hill made sure to quickly and succinctly explain their backstory and sin. You see, each brother had a specific sin. Harek’s sin is greed, for back in the 850’s he could not stop himself from coming up with more ways to make money. He even went briefly into the slavery business.
So leave it to Archangel Michael to pair Harek up with the very plain, wealthy, female SEAL Camille who happens to be a direct descendant of a woman of Plaçage in New Orleans during the 1700’s. Plaçage and the Quadroon Balls are tied into slavery (PLEASE don’t hold me to a history lesson here! I’m completely summarizing the “gist” I got from the book!!!) So we have an opposites attract trope with the added twist of, “Oh crap, I hope she doesn’t find out about my past” trope. How will this ever end well? With lots of hair gel…
This story was surprisingly funny in between stupid ex-fiances and missions to capture terrorists groups who kidnap young girls for sex slavery. It’s hard to imagine it works but it does, very sweetly I might add.
My only issue with the writing, and it may have been because I read an ARC, is that I was confused at times with the changes in narrator voices. I was caught off guard by slips into first person. I usually go for books done entirely in the first person so this might not bother you as much as it did me.
Otherwise, I enjoyed this lighter take on PNR that still managed to contain a satisfying and interesting plot. There’s one more brother left but I’m actually looking forward to book about Zeb. Zeb is a side character who is one of the Lucipires but he is working for the vangels. His presence looking in on the scenes from the sidelines made me sad and wanting to know more about him.
Yep, definitely some pretty good world building here!