Early Review: Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft

November 29, 2012 Review 8

*This title will be released on December 4, 2012*

Art by Cliff Nielsen

Archangel of Mercy

(Archangel, #1)
by Christina Ashcroft

Genre: Paranormal Romance|
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (December 4, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 042525349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253496

Rating

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

Sexual Content

Several graphic sex scenes. Including hints of forced seduction

Description

Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn… 

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

Review

Long running series like Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters and Meljean Brook’s The Guardians prove that readers are still clamoring for hot paranormal romances featuring angels.  Hoping to feed the demand, Christina Ashcroft introduces a new series featuring Archangels with scorching hot romance.  In ARCHANGEL OF MERCY, the hero delivers on the scorching hot promise, but may be too alpha for some readers.

There are going to be readers who are really put off by Gabe, the fallen archangel hero.  He is initially very dismissive of Aurora (“I have no need to ever justify my actions to anyone. Least of all to you.”) and he has his own definition of the word ‘no’.  He walks a very fine line between forced seduction and just plain force.  Due to his supernatural senses, Gabe is attuned to Aurora’s involuntary physical responses, and totally dismisses her numerous and forceful protests (“Fight all you like. You’re not going anywhere.”).   I get that he’s a millennial old being who has reason to disdain humans, and I get that he’s very accustomed to getting what he wants when he wants it, I even get that to him, he truly doesn’t see anything wrong with forced seduction.  But for me,  I’ll admit to feeling slightly uncomfortable in several places.

“Get off  me.” She glared up at him, breasts heaving just inches from his chest, desire snaking through every word. “You bastard! Where the hell am I?”
Her disrespect, far from enraging him, tightened the need in his gut, heightened the throb in his temples…“You’re where you belong.” The words were little more than a  growl and to reinforce her position he dragged his hand from the back of her neck, curled his fingers around the top of her tank and ripped the material in two.
Her entire body quivered beneath him and her free hand suddenly gripped his throat. It didn’t hurt. She was incapable of hurting him. But it was surprising.
“I don’t belong here.” Her fingers dug in deeper…

I like Alpha males who are controlling and cocky and even a little dangerous.  I like that the kind of women who end up with them are just as strong.  With Gabe, he’s an acquired taste.  He pushes even my limits of acceptable alpha male behavior particularly during the hotter scenes that are told from his point of view.  Keep in mind that this is from Berkley’s Heat imprint, so it is very erotic.   Initially, Gabe sees Aurora as little more than a walking hole (something she rightly calls him out on), but even when he reigns in on the quasi criminal caveman behavior, the plot gets somewhat convoluted and pulls in one of my least favorite story tropes to explain Gabe’s ‘inexplicable’ attraction for Aurora.

Overall, not my favorite angel paranormal romance.  It is hot, and I liked the semi Sci-fi direction they took with the angel mythology that nicely sidestepped any religious dogma, but Gabe’s behavior is challenging to accept.  If you are at all sensitive to even a hint of dubious consent, you’ll probably want to skip this one.  According to the author’s website, this is the first in a planned series.  If I had to guess, I’ll bet Gabe’s friend Mephisto will be the hero in the next book.

Titles in Series

  1. Archangel of Mercy

Similar Titles

  • Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
  • The Guardians by Meljean Brook
  • A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day


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8 Responses to “Early Review: Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft”

  1. Maria

    Thank you so much for the review.I will be honest and say that i am little worried now but i will try my own to see if you have a good point or not. I dont have any problem with strong male alphas but i do wonder how much this element in this book is. thanks again :)

      • Maria

        Ah its okay i know what you mean…Its funny becayse the same day i read your review i got my approval (i was waiting for an answer more than 1 month) AND my pre order switched to proccesing too … So actually the universe is saying to me to read it lol

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