Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh | Excerpt

Hi everyone,
Yesterday I shared an excerpt from one of my all-time favorite historical romance novels. Today, I have another excerpt for you all from one of my most anticipated releases of this year, Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh.

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Archangel's Heart came out on November 1st and it's the 9th book in Nalini Singh's brilliant Guild Hunter series. If you somehow missed the epicness that is the Guild Hunter series, it's set in an alternate New York City where archangels rule over angels, vampires, and humans, and the Guild Hunters are there to keep the vampires in line and make sure they don't break contract with their angelic masters. The series revolves around archangel Raphael and his consort, the badass Elena Deveraux, a former Guild Hunter--check her out on the cover of Archangel's Heart!--and Raphael's Seven.

If you haven't pick up the Guild Hunter series, start with book 1 called Angel's Blood and then you'll devour the rest of the books quickly. Trust me, they're that good. If life isn't taking up so much of my time I'd be devouring Archangel's Heart already. Visit Nalini Singh's website for the complete series list as well as some free short stories and behind the scenes extras.

Here's Archangel's Heart's synopsis.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Check out the excerpt below to get a taste of Raphael and Elena, one of my favorite OTPs. Even if you haven't read any of the books in the series, feel free to read it. There are no spoilers, just a super sweet moment between Raphael and Elena.

Raphael’s response was silent, his wing brushing hers as he . . .

“Raphael!” The damn archangel had dusted her.

Glittering, sparkly stuff stuck to her, delicious beyond compare when she parted her mouth and it licked onto her tongue. Her thighs clenched. “This is not funny!” She glared at him even as arousal flooded her system, but he was laughing too hard to care.

Her heart, it just stopped.

Even now, the Archangel of New York rarely laughed and never like this. Until she could see the youth he must’ve once been, with eyes of a wild, astonishing blue that asked a woman to laugh with him. She’d never before seen him as truly young. How could she? He had so much power that it pulsed in his every touch, burned in his skin.

Hauling him close to her with her hands fisted in the cream linen of his shirt, she took a kiss, took him. He sank into her, his wings sweeping up to wrap around her until all she could sense was Raphael, all she could taste was him. And angel dust. The special blend he’d created just for her.

He pushed one hand into her hair, fisting it as he wrapped his other arm around her waist and backed her up against a wall. Something fell with a dull thud. Maybe the vivid painting of wildflowers that had just been put up, all the art having been taken down during the repainting.

Elena loved that simple piece Honor had found in a thrift shop, but right now, it could’ve been a priceless artwork by the Hummingbird and she wouldn’t have cared. She was far too happy to be pressed up against the hard warmth of her archangel tip to toe after spending the previous night on watch. No time for shenanigans with Dmitri away and Illium off-shift, Aodhan assigned to patrol the sea border, and Raphael dealing with the overall security situation.

She’d flown a proper defense grid, both to stay in practice and because none of them could afford to be blasé with the Cascade an unpredictable foe that could unleash itself at any moment, smashing the world back into chaos and, possibly, war.

Today, however, the others were on‑shift and she could kiss her lover. He burned hot, Raphael, but he was a crashing sea in her mind, a tumultuous, passionate storm that swept her up and thundered through her veins.

We can talk to Dmitri later, she sent to Raphael, sliding her hands up the ridges and valleys of his chest. Let’s go upstairs to our suite.


She tried to ignore that pointed cough that held a biting amusement.

Raphael’s lips smiled against hers. I think my second has other ideas.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2016.

I'll be posting my thoughts about Archangel's Heart soon, so keep a look out for that.

Happy reading,

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