Monday, December 17, 2012

Kiss of Surrender

OK, full disclosure. When I signed up for this book I did it solely because the main character was hot on the cover and it was a weird concept of vangels, which are vampire angels. Right? You're intrigued, aren't you? I knew you would be.

Kiss of Surrender - Sandra Hill

It’s not easy being a Vampire Angel.
No one knows that better than Trond Sigurdsson. In the centuries since he last went out drinking and wenching with his Viking buds, Trond has been a gladiator, a cowboy, a ditch digger . . . even a sheik. But now he’s the baddest of them all: a kick-ass Navy SEAL kicking butts of terrorist immortals with the help of his hotter-than-Hades female partner, police officer-turned-Special Forces operative Nicole Tasso—whom Trond dearly hopes to “partner” with very shortly in a whole different way.
The “cop” part of Nicole tells her there’s something bizarre about her gorgeous godlike teammate. But her “all-woman” side can’t help wondering how great it would be to have a virile Viking in her bed. Trond has secrets galore, but Nicole feels certain she can dig them out—and really get to the heart of this powerful, unnerving stranger whom she may be risking her soul to love.
OK, so first off I have to be honest and tell you I'm not loving Nicole. She's kind of a know it all bitch. I immediately liked Trond and knew how the story would end up with Trond and Nicole but who cares- it's such an interesting take on paranormal romance. 
I will say that the first entire half of the book was very tedious for me to trudge through. You get a lot of background information about vangels, how Trond become a vangel, some information on Nicole, and then a LOT of military lingo that was almost too much for me. I really almost said forget it when I felt like it wasn't moving fast enough. But fast forward they go on their mission and bam- I am all in. It goes fast at that point I thought and that was OK. I also realized at an early point that this must be book two of a series because Trond referred to his "brother" being married already so I had to look this up and yes, this is book two. But don't worry! You can totally jump in at this point and not feel like you have no idea what the hell is going on. It just makes you want to read the first one and the third one that is coming soon. 
I will also say that I liked the humor infused in the book. Trond is kind of cheeky and I like it. The "almost sex" scene in the book is kind of steamy and I kept having to flip back to make sure I didn't miss the almost sex turning into actual sex but no, I did not and the almost sex scene is just as good as any full sex scene. Well done, Sandra. But can I just say that I hope things turn out well for Zeb? Zeb is kind of a bad guy, but trying to not be a bad guy and secretly hoping for redemption. I like Zeb.  I liked Zeb from the beginning and I really hope things turn OK for him. 
Check out Sandra's website HERE to see all of the other books that she has. 


Shooting Stars Mag said...

thanks for your thoughts! I like cheeky characters! Bummer it was a bit slow at first...I hate when that happens because it really is difficult to keep going. Glad you liked it overall though.

Nikolett said...

Oh wow, I've never heard of vangels before this book and it sounds pretty intriguing! And I have to admire any author who can make an almost sex scene steamy. I have missed and still love your book reviews :)

Anonymous said...

"almost sex scene is just as good as any full sex scene" - now THAT is an accomplishment, and I want to read this book just to appreciate that scene!

Thanks for being on the tour.