Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The Score by Kristen Proby Release Blitz

The Score by Kristen Proby. Now Available.

An all-new meet-cute sports romance from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kristen Proby, featuring Sophie Montgomery!

I have millions of followers on social media, and it has absolutely nothing to do with my last name. It’s because I’m good at what I do. I work hard, and it has paid off.

I’m not a trainer who only talks the talk, either. I walk the walk—or rather, I run the run. It was actually during one of those jogs through the park that I ran into him.

Of course, at the time, I didn’t realize it was the Isaiah “Ike” Harrison, Seattle’s hot new quarterback. All I knew was that I was suddenly pinned under some solid, sexy body, unable to breathe.

But even now, I keep running into Ike in the most unexpected places.

And he’s doing everything in his power to convince me that he’s not just a player—in any form of the word.

It’s so much more than that.

But I’ve been there, done that. I have the mended broken heart to prove it and have no intention of doing it again.

Except the frustrating man is convincing, and my walls are quickly lowering—especially when I feel responsible for possibly upending his career.

Is letting him in a mistake? Or will it be the best thing I’ve ever done?

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Single in Seattle series!
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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Sophie is doing just great in her life. She loves her family and her career. And while it's sad how she decided to go into nutrition, she's proud of the brand that she's created. Living her best life, she literally runs into Ike, a new Seattle football player. The attraction is quite instant.

Ike is loving playing for Seattle and knows that he has what it takes to take his team to the championship. But he has family weight that he isn't quite sure how to cut. With his team in the off season, Ike is welcomed into the family by Will, a mentor and friend. What Ike doesn't know is that the beauty he literally ran into is Will's niece.

With Ike and Sophie allowing their attraction to grow, both will have to navigate their new relationship, family issues that resemble what Meg (previous With Me in Seattle book) went through, and a snake in the grass who wants their relationship to fail, Sophie's family and Ike's love will have to find a new path.

I truly love this spin-off series of the original. You would not be disappointed reading the original series and this one. And while this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend you read them all.



Author Bio

KRISTEN PROBY has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats.

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Trust me, there are houses of all sizes in my family, and at the end of the day, it’s the people in them that make them a home. Not the size.


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Monday, January 30, 2023

Drive to Thrive by CD Rachels Instagram Tour

Release Tour. CD Rachels’ Formula Q Book 1. Drive to Thrive.

Formula Q is the fastest motorsport in the world. Only the highest-performing athletes can make it to the grid. They drive fast, work hard, and play hard, but off-camera, anything goes.

The public knows me as Damon ‘the Speed Demon’ Davidoff, eligible bachelor and winner of FQ titles around the world. Fans adore me and my team supports me. They don’t need to know I’m so deep in the closet I intend to bury myself there.

Then my poor health catches up to me and my world comes crashing down. I could bounce back easily if it weren’t for one little complication: my male nurse is attractive as hell.

I can suppress these feelings during the season break—I have to. I’m not going to expose my secret just because I feel a fire coursing through my veins when Rocky puts his hands on me.
As the weeks go by, I somehow let Rocky under my skin and into my heart. He’s smart, sweet, and everything I never knew I needed.

I thought I wanted a clean bill of health and to keep winning my races. Now, for the first time in my life, I want so much more. I want him, and damn if that isn’t the scariest thing I’ve ever felt.

Drive to Thrive is a male/male motorsports romance novel. It involves Christmas karaoke, New Year’s Eve parties, Las Vegas swimming pool dates, and yes, lots of racing action worldwide. It is book one of a series, has a HEA, and can be read as a standalone.


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I try to hide the affection on my face. “You know, it’s illegal to give your nurse a bribe.”

He rolls his eyes. “Well, it’s not illegal to give my friend a gift. Now open it.”

I reach in and pull out what looks to be a large black box. “What is this?”

“It’s a digital sketching tablet, along with some software for digital art.”


“If your PC isn’t compatible, you can return it; I included the receipt. But I was thinking you could start, you know… doing this professionally. Or just practice. Rocky, I know you’re good enough to make online comic art.” I look up at him and see he’s scratching his ear and looking away. “Or, um, you… you don’t have to,” he stutters.

“Damon, this is…” I stare at the hardware in my hand. This would cost me a fortune. “This is too generous!”

“Do you like it?” An odd mixture of hope and fear is in his eyes; it makes me realize how much power I have to hurt him right now, not that I’d want to.

“Damon… I love it. But you shouldn’t have!”

“I wanted to. Because…” He doesn’t finish his sentence. Instead, I fling myself at him and hold him tight. He hugs me back, and it warms me up from the inside out. He smells like hot cocoa and something else entirely—it might be too soon, but he smells like comfort and home.

Before I can pull away, Damon holds me tighter. When he finally lets go, he lightly brushes his lips on my cheek. I’m frozen in shock and feel my heart try to escape my chest. “Well, goodnight.” He quickly gets in his car and speeds away.

I put my hand on my cheek and feel the ghost of his kiss. I don’t know what it meant or what’s going on in Damon’s head. All I know is this Christmas, everything has shifted between him and me. It’s like there’s no solid ground when I’m around Damon Davidoff—just me, floating and falling all at once.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars rounded up

This is a very enjoyable read – but if you were hoping for lots of motor sport content, then you might be disappointed. It centres very much around Damon, a very successful driver, who has a health condition he previously kept under wraps. As an aside, as a medical drama fan, I did find that side of things fascinating!

Spending the off season recovering, thanks in no small part to a delicious nurse called Rocky, Damon has to decide whether he wants personal happiness at the potential loss of his professional success – ideally, he wants it all! Inevitably, he worries that strike one from bad health, followed by strike two, revealing he is gay, may end a career that has years to run.

I loved Rocky's family pitching in and making Damon feel normal and included. And whilst he was conflicted, he was also finally seeing that he could maybe be everything he wanted to be with the support of the right partner.

I will definitely look out for the next installment.



“Rocky…” He leans in and kisses me.     I drag my fingers up and down his perfect body.     He squirms but his lips never leave my mouth. “I’ve been dreaming about this.”     “Then let’s get you in the shower and make those dreams come true.”


Author Bio

CD Rachels. Male-Male Romance Author.

CD RACHELS has been coming up with stories since he was little. At first it was all about superheroes and pocket monsters, but his genre of choice has expanded since puberty.

He’s been consuming young adult gay fiction since he was a teen, but within the past five years moved up to the big leagues of gay adult romance. In 2020 during quarantine, he burned through more male/male romance books than he ever had in the previous 29 years combined.

He lives in New York City with the love of his life and works in health insurance. When he’s not reading and writing, he’s playing board games and practicing music. He is honored to become a self-published author, and if you’re reading this, your support means so much to him that it’s giving him a tingly feeling (in a good way).

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My heart wants to soar whenever Rocky says he’s on his way. Being with him feels fantastic. He gives me the strength to push away all the negativity from the outside world. I want to keep us in this bubble where we get to have fun and be a real couple. When we’re together, my face almost hurts from smiling so much. I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy.


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Friday, January 27, 2023

Recovery Road by Christine Feehan Blog Tour

The New Torpedo Ink Novel. Ambrie is nothing like he expected, and everything he never knew he desired... Recovery Road by Christine Feehan.

A broken man finds a woman worth living for in the new novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s Torpedo Ink motorcycle club series.

Kir “Master” Vasiliev doesn’t care whether he lives or dies. He’s a burnt-out shell with no one and nothing but his club. Whatever Torpedo Ink needs, Master will put himself in harm’s way time after time. If he doesn’t make it back, he’s certain everyone will move on just fine.

Investment banker Ambrielle Moore knows her own mind, and she’s not willing to settle for anyone. So when a second-rate gangster and his thugs try to coerce her into marriage—and giving up all of her family’s money—she’s having none of it. Until they turn to cold-blooded murder.

Grieving and enraged, Ambrie is ready to go scorched earth on her captors when Master shows up anticipating a damsel in distress. But Ambrie is nothing like he expected, and everything he never knew he desired...

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Recovery Road by Christine Feehan

Book 8
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This woman. How could he not find her the most interesting, cool, sexy, everything woman on the planet? She just was.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the eighth book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them all in order, to really get the full story. It is pretty complicated, and intense, so dropping in at this stage could be pretty confusing. I would add that each one is fabulous, so why would you want to miss out. Feehan has created an amazing band of people who have lived through a totally horrific childhood, and yet are now finding their special person and learning how life changing that is.

Master (Kir) has a very difficult role in the group and feels that he loses his last vestiges of humanity each time he has to go into prison. So when he meets Ambrie, little can he imagine that she will be part of his future. She turns out to be much more than he could ever expect. and I love that they share a deep interest in mathematics and logic. I cannot tell you how amazing this love story is, and how unlikely. I cannot tell you more, because I am convinced you will thank me!

It is almost impossible for me to explain how intense, how dark, and how delicious this book is. Every installment I think that it cannot be surpassed, but this is quite possibly my favourite yet.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
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This book didn't hold my attention the way the other books in this series has. The insta-love between Ambrie and Master seems a bit forced. I understand attraction and how it makes people do crazy things, but for me, it just didn't work in this couple.

Also, the way that Master is treated by his brothers left me torn. I realize that it's Master's place to stand up for himself, but it's also his brothers' place to pay attention to Master to make sure that he's okay. And while I understand Czar's protective instinct to put his wife and children first, no one should have to pay for those lives with their own.

Ambrie is a smart cookie and does what she needs to do to survive. However, she's a bit whiny and over the top.



He looked powerful. All muscle. His body dense. She could barely keep from staring into his eyes, mesmerized by the intensity there.


Author Bio

CHRISTINE FEEHAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series. She also writes standalone contemporary romantic suspense set in the California backcountry.

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They were together, entwined already, impossible to separate. Whatever they faced, they faced together.


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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Ruthless Rival by L.J. Shen

Now Live! Kindle Unlimited. Ruthless Rival by L.J. Shen.

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an enemies-to-lovers romance about the fine line between seeking revenge and finding love.

When she was young, Arya Roth became best friends with her housekeeper’s son. Soon, friendship turned to young love, and when Arya dared him to kiss her, a chain reaction of disastrous events led to the boy being sent away and out of Arya’s life.

Now, two decades later, Arya is an on-the-rise publicist with her beloved father as one of her biggest clients. So when her father is sued by a former employee, Arya sets out to prove that her father is not the monster he is accused of being. The only problem is the attorney who is determined to destroy her father’s good name. Christian Miller is charming, ambitious, and devilishly good looking, and Arya has no idea he is that same boy who kissed her all those years ago.

Past and present collide as Arya falls hard for Christian. But when she finds out who he really is and about his obsession with getting revenge on her father, can she choose love over family?


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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Word of advice from a "friend," do not start Ruthless Rival at bedtime, lying to yourself about reading a chapter or three, or you'll see light casting in your windows at six in the morning as you read the last page. My "friend" is a walking zombie this morning. Definitely recommend you have time for a cover-to-cover read. Please excuse any incoherence in this review, my "friend" is rather tired today.

Told in two points of view (Arya’s and Christian’s), set in two different eras, past (ages 12-14) and the present. Not in a linear timeline, not quite flashbacks. When the scene fits, L.J. Shen thrusts the reader in the past to get an understanding on the dynamic between the entire cast of characters.

Arya is the daughter of a wealthy, influential man, his most precious possession. Christian is the son of their housekeeper, who tags along to work with his mother when school is not in session. During several summers in a row, on the cusp of puberty, Christian and Arya form a bond, a friendship, and a budding crush. This was back when Arya knew Christian as "Nicky," when the world was innocent and the kids could be kids together, but that all came crashing down.

In the present, Christian is an up-and-coming attorney looking to make partner, needing a high-profile case that sees the inside of a courtroom. In walks the perfect case involving an influential man sexually harassing his ex-employee. That creep happens to be the man who destroyed his life – Arya's father.

This case draws Christian and Arya back into each other's orbits. Christian is holding grudge and this is the perfect opportunity to seek vengeance. Arya is a stressed-out woman trying to defend her father, the only person on the planet who has had her back, always seeing the good in her, being there when she needed him most.

Arya is drawn to Christian in a way she hasn't felt since she was a girl, this instant connection as if her soul recognizes this other person. Only his name is no longer Nicky, a boy she assumed is dead, and he's now a ruthless grown man. While her soul recognizes Christian is Nicky, her mind struggles to link the connection.

Sparks fly. The connection ignites. Christian and Arya cannot seem to stay away from each other, which could result in career-ending consequences on both their parts, as well as putting her father's fate at risk. But they cannot seem to stay away, using the excuse of cat and mouse games, where in one instance they are the cat, and in the next they are the mouse.

That one chapter at bedtime ended up being the wee hours of the morning as I finished the book in one sitting. The tension and angst, both from the past and the present, along with the court case, created an addictive read that couldn't be put down. I had to know what happened next.

Ruthless Rival is the perfect setup for a new series, featuring Christian and Arya's friends. They were an engaging cast of unique characters, intriguing me to see how their stories would play out. I hope to hear more from this cast of characters. Highly recommend to contemporary romance readers who are entertained by the love interests being combative while ignoring their true emotions for one another.

Take my advice, carve out time before opening this novel.

This is the first book in a new series, and I will definitely be looking out for future episodes – but not sure how they will be able to rival this fantastic read! Without a doubt, this is a book which once picked up will not want to leave your hands. It is intense enough that you need the next page now!

I am not always a fan of books which slip backwards and forwards in time, but this was done so seamlessly, and made the story and the anticipation much higher. Getting to see both Arya and Christian's perspectives and understanding of then and now was both tantalisingly hopeful and also madly frustrating. The fact that we know who he is, and how important they were to each other, but she has no clue, helps us second guess every turn, and then be amazed at the direction that the author draws us. That he cannot help but care in spite of his well-planned revenge; that his view as an adult has to be adjusted for what he did not see as a child; that his heart still wants Arya... these change the man. For her too, the truth that she has chosen to ignore about her father requires some soul searching.

Passionate, complex, intense, and highly readable, I most definitely recommend this book to you – ideally on a day you can devote to reading it non-stop!

This is the story of rich girl Arya and poor boy Christian. It took me a while to get into this story because as 14-year-olds, I didn’t find either Anya or NIcky as particularly likable. As adults, their story was far more interesting and the chemistry between them was great and their fighting was good fun. I also really enjoyed the few trips we took back to the past to learn more about Christian and how he met his two best mates, who I’m hoping will get their own stories soon.

In the present day, this story is full of drama, and knowing that Christian was keeping his identity from Arya meant an ongoing tension. But when everything came to a head, where I knew I should have been a mess and crying, I didn’t shed a single tear. This is the first time I’ve read an L.J. Shen book that didn’t leave me in tears at some point. I realised I was enjoying the story, but I wasn’t as emotionally connected to Christian and Arya as I would have liked to have been.

Overall, Ruthless Rival was a good read and I look forward to the next book in the series.



Author Bio

L.J. SHEN is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon number one bestselling author of contemporary, new adult, and romance titles. She likes to write about unapologetic alpha males and the women who bring them to their knees. Her books have been sold in twenty different countries and have appeared on some of their bestseller lists.

She lives in California with her husband, son, and eccentric fashion choices, and she enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows, and catching sunrays with her lazy cat.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Chick Magnet by Emma Barry

Late-night confessions lead to backyard shenanigans. Is this the start of a neighborly relationship… or could something more be hatching?

From Emma Barry comes a clever romance about a hot veterinarian and a chicken-loving influencer who can’t help but ruffle each other’s feathers.

Nicole Jones needs a fresh start. “Chick Nic” to millions of internet fans, the social media star and her flock of chickens bask in the spotlight—until she’s publicly dumped by a YouTuber for clout. She has no choice but to round up her birds and move on.

But when one of her hens has an emergency, Nic gets her first taste of her new stomping grounds—and it isn’t good. Veterinarian Will Lund is wildly attractive, yes, but he’s also surly. In fact, he comes right out and calls her a menace for parading her chickens on social media.

As neighbors, Nic and Will can’t exactly avoid each other. Then again, maybe they don’t want to. The two can’t deny their smoldering attraction, and it isn’t long before late-night confessions lead to backyard shenanigans.

Is this the start of a neighborly relationship—or could something more be hatching?


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Nic Jones is a YouTube star who shares her love of chickens with the world. She moves to a small town after a very public break up. She quickly meets hot neighbour Will, who also happens to be the local vet. The first scene in this book, where they meet while trying to catch an escaped chicken, was so fun that I knew I was going to love this story.

The chemistry between Nic and Will was hot but not over the top. It felt natural. The anticipation of ‘will they or won’t they’ was tantalising. While there is a lot of fun and flirting in this story, it also has a bit of a more serious side too. Nic is starting her life over again and trying not to repeat the mistakes of her past, while Will is dealing with a failing business.

Chick Magnet was an absolute delight to read. I loved the maturity of this romance and right from the start, Will and Nic felt like they were just meant to be together. I am pleased to say Chick Magnet is my first five-star read for 2023..

I found this story funny and sad, the funny parts outweigh the sad but you have to have the sad to make the story work.

Nicole Jones, "Chick Nic" as she is known on YouTube, needed to get away from her life. So she takes her chickens and moves to the small town that her grandmother was from. Needless to say, she bought a house next door to the local vet, and he is not happy.

Will Lund is the local vet and he knows all about Chick Nic and her way of telling people how to raise chickens, most of the time she knows what she is talking about. But when she has an emergency, Will can't refuse to help her.

As Nic and Will try to stay away from each other, things keep pushing them together. They can't deny the attraction and maybe they don't want to. Is there something going on or will it be over before it starts?

I found that I really liked this story, but it seemed to drag along at times. As I said, it was funny, sad, cute, original, and catchy. So if you are looking for something funny and cute with a swoony vet, then you should read this one. This is a first for me from this author and I look forward to reading more from her.



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EMMA BARRY is a teacher, novelist, recovering academic, and former political staffer. She lives with her high school sweetheart and a menagerie of pets and children in Virginia, and she occasionally finds time to read and write.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Archangel's Resurrection by Nalini Singh

To the end my general. Until time itself stops.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into the dangerous, haunting world of archangels... and a love that is legend.

For thousands of years, the passion between Alexander, Archangel of Persia, and Zanaya, Queen of the Nile, burned furious and bright, seemingly without end. But to be an archangel is to be bound to power violent and demanding. Driven by its primal energy, Alexander and Zanaya fought as fiercely as they loved, locked in an endless cycle of devotion and heartbreak. It is only Zanaya’s decision to Sleep that ends their love story.

Eons later, the Cascade of Death wakens them both. The passion between them a flame that yet burns, Alexander and Zanaya stand together in one last battle against the ultimate darkness. But even a warrior archangel cannot win every war. Alexander’s scream shatters the world as Zanaya falls, broken and silent... only to rise again in a miracle that may be a devastating curse. For is it truly the Queen of the Nile who has been resurrected?

Only one thing is clear: This is the last beat of their passionate, angry dance. The final song for Alexander and his Zani...

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Guild Hunter series!
For book #10, Archangel's Viper, click HERE.
For book #11, Archangel's Prophecy, click HERE.
For book #12, Archangel's War, click HERE.
For book #13, Archangel's Sun, click HERE.
For book #14, Archangel’s Light, click HERE.


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Archangel's Resurrection by Nalini Singh

Book 15
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I have loved you more than I have ever loved anyone or anything in my entire existence…



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Archangel's Resurrection is the fifteenth installment in the Guild Hunter series. This cannot be read as a standalone. Even if you've read/reread the entire series, the inundation of past and present characters is still confusing. I couldn't imagine someone new to the series finding enjoyment without knowing the foundation of the world building.

This novel is not a romance, nor is it some complex relationship that evolved over eons. Alexander said to Zanaya. "Our love isn't a madness! The things we’ve done together, Zani. The adventures we've had, the discoveries we've made!"

It's too bad in 400 pages, the reader experiences neither discoveries nor adventures between Alexander and Zanaya. If something other than the madness buried with filler had been shown, maybe I'd believe the love that was told.

Commentary added to the review after reading a third, half, and upon completion of the novel. I wrote these parts in an email draft, waited days as I allowed my frustration to abate, then decided to order my thoughts without allowing my emotions to create a harsher review.

Well, it looks like a book but it doesn't read like one...

The format for this novel is the most bizarre I've ever read – and no, that isn't a compliment. Every scene felt like an introduction. I kept waiting for the story to actually start. Page after page, thinking NOW the story will begin... and it was yet another instance of Singh TELLING the reader what happened instead of allowing the characters to SHOW the story.

Truncated. Zero emotional impact. One-to-three-page scenes featuring overly complex world building, that are basically nothing but filler, fused together into hundreds of pages and called a novel.

Millennia covered in the 30% I've read thus far: told in dual narration. The hero and heroine saw each other TWICE (once from a distance) over a thousand years, speaking ONCE for 30 seconds (if you cut out the hundred pages of inanity, it would have taken 30 seconds to read too). Then, they see each other, immediately kiss (which was written out for a paragraph), then "dance" in the sky (not fade-to-black, the reader blinks and it's over).

In what is the most drawn-out (a millennia) yet insta-love (30 seconds of interaction and they're having sex) romance ever written.

The next page is 300 years later. Two pages later, they fight for a page. Next page, they've been broken up for a decade. Next page, two years later and Alexander decides his brother covering all his windows is an important plot point (yes, this scene does tie in but it was also entirely unnecessary and could have been added/written differently).

That was 30% of the novel, minus inane filler and mind-bleeding info-dumpage the reader did not need. There is zero character development (if you wouldn't learn your lessons when you're over 10-20 THOUSAND years of age, you CANNOT, and nothing I'm told will convince me otherwise, especially with no responsibility taken and no closure).

Archangel's Resurrection is not a free-flowing story. At. All. No emotion. It's basically a list.

Cliff Notes is more detailed.

While I appreciate what Singh attempted to create, I was left frustrated, bored, and confused, while caring very little over the story nor the characters.

I'm at a loss, wondering why the editor didn't say "why are you focusing on that when it has no impact on the overall story?" On. Every. Page. Editors are notorious for commenting "Show, don't tell" This novel was entirely TELL.

I keep waiting for the story to happen. It's the only reason I haven't DNFed. I keep wondering if there was a method to this madness, which had me turning the page... but when I did, the next page was hundreds of years later, truncated in half a sentence (the reader doesn't even get a full paragraph).

I'm at a loss. At what point will this read as a novel? (Answer, around the halfway mark, but it truly never flows like a novel.)

Singh tells us Archangels struggle to be near one another, so the angst should be through the roof between Alexander and Zanaya since they are soul mates, unable to be near one another.

Eons old, Alexander is possessive, jealous, and unreasonable. Slightly younger, but in the grand scheme of things, what is a thousand years among so many thousands of years? Singh states (using all the characters), how unreasonable and stubborn Zanaya is, yet I never saw a single example of this. At. All. It was quite misogynistic to assume Zanaya was the one getting in the way of their happiness by not submitting when they are equals. All they had to do was see each other, do their archangel duties, see each other, repeat. The issues stemmed when Alexander was stomping all over Zanaya's boundaries, with everyone blaming her for being stubborn. Added to that, the reader is to focus on Zanaya repeating history like her mother, but I saw zero obsession on her part toward Alexander, only loyalty, understanding, and love. (You don't want to know what look is riding my facial expression right now.)

So this angst/drama was extremely childish. It could have been hard-hitting and emotional if written differently. The fact that it continued for tens of thousands of years makes it all that much more ridiculous, especially since the reader was dragged along on that ride over the eons.

32% now. They've broken up twice and gotten back together twice (Alexander bedding others, because he loves Zanaya SO MUCH), along with a major change for Zanaya. Hadn't seen each other in a century... Wash. Rinse. Repeat... in 2% of the novel. Maybe two pages. I'm not exaggerating or being sarcastic.

Epic love story, where the reader has experienced three minutes (reading time) of them interacting with one another (95% of which are disagreements), but was told by the author how many escapades they've had with others, which took up more page-time than they've shared. Also told, never shown, so there is zero emotional attachment between the characters or the reader to the characters.

Still 32%. They've broken up and gotten back together innumerable times over 7000 years now (I'm not being sarcastic), and I feel ready for "sleep" myself, as aged as I've gotten reading this.

In my opinion, all of that should have been cut from the novel. If so proficient in truncation, just tuck two or three pages of a backstory info-dump. It's not as if we actually "experienced" their love story anyway. We were repeatedly TOLD and it wasn't entertaining. Like a sentence every 50 years. Just toss the first third and tell the reader now (Cascade forward).

If all that was meant to form an emotional attachment between the characters, all it succeeded in doing was turning my frustration into anger, along with a strong dislike for Alexander. At this point, after hours of frustration, I'm asking myself why I'm still reading.

34%... Cascade.

Did my impatience pay off? Should I get excited?

This better be where the Cliff Notes end and an actual novel begins.

Zanaya wakes in the Cascade. Seems to be reading as a novel now, but they're bickering during a cadre meeting, which seems like the last thing they'd give AF about. Time and place, end of the world is not for petty squabbles, flirting, and Alexander being Alexander (Apparently their love was so epic he had kids with someone else. That's super romantic.). And Singh is using Zanaya to give us a rundown of Alexander's second and third in command (not sure how Zanaya knows this info – she was asleep and all), as if I'll even remember characters who will NEVER see page-time. (Book finished, I was right. Never interacted with them.)

50% mark.

There were good parts, even if they were unneeded. The bad parts were all Alexander and Zanaya. He was a good archangel and a horrible lover. She was a strong archangel who had to fight to keep her lover from consuming her identity. Since they're not real people, Singh created this dynamic that ruined the story. It wasn't romantic or star-crossed lovers. It was cringe because of the execution.

The Zanaya I've read doesn't seem unreasonable in any way. Strong. Places down reasonable boundaries. Intelligent. Wise. Empathetic. Compromising. Good-humored.

Why is everyone (Singh) saying Zanaya is bad for Alexander. That puts the onus of his misbehavior on her instead of him taking responsibility for his own actions and emotions.

There's no such thing as mutual abuse. There is the abuser and the one reacting to abuse. Alexander is arrogant, patronizing, jealous, petty, and controlling; let's not blame Zanaya for striking back at Alexander with Singh calling it daddy issues. Ad nauseam, the reader is told they are mutually toxic, blaming Zanaya for being stubborn... I just didn't see anyone but Alexander being unreasonable, as well as being stubborn.

When the book starts to flow linearly, it reads as if this was Singh's original starting point and all I wanted cut from the story was written afterward.

Awakened by the cascade, Alexander is NOT treating Zanaya well – he's ragey yet they're immediately back in bed again, pretending it'll be different this time. It won't because he hasn't changed. If he had changed, he wouldn't be angry

Alexander is angry Zanaya went to sleep. Zanaya did the ultimate in self-care to ensure her existence. (If Archangels don't sleep, they will become mad, go berserk on the populous, and then will be put down.) So controlling, Alexander thought he should dictate when Zanaya should or shouldn't sleep, as if he knows her body better than her, and the reader was gaslit by Singh to accept this misogyny.

Irony upon irony, funny how no one is mad that Alexander eventually slept. In fact, Zanaya is relieved to discover this. What did Alexander want? For Zanaya to go mad, to where he'd have to put her down? It's like blaming someone for getting medical care. I do not get this "drama" at all.

This circular relationship cycle has destroyed the novel, more so than the storytelling style. The fact that Singh believes this petty nothingness can carry tens of thousands of years of storytelling...

I get Singh wanted this dynamic, but it's not executed well nor is it as dramatic or angsty as assumed. It's childish, ridiculous, because of their ancient age, and unjust as I don't believe any of the burden of fault rests on Zanaya's shoulders, with Alexander being surrounded by people who blame her, including himself.

No matter what happens next, tragedies or miracles, there is no cure to remove the toxicity known as Alexander in their relationship, even if he changes. Tens of thousands of years cannot be erased, especially when he doesn't take responsibility for even a part of the role he played.

There is no actual reason why they're fighting, even if you add in the Archangel Proximity issue, as it's just petty squabbles that Alexander picks at Zanaya.

Alexander (who wanted Zanaya to be his equal – did he though? or was he being patronizing?) is mad because she is behaving as his equal.

Full stop.

How is that a good plot device?

Let's write that out again. He's upset that she won't allow him to control her. He also didn't want to be with her until she was strong enough to hold her own. Now that she is, he's upset she won't bow to his whim...

That's it.

Does that sound like a tragic love story or a story devoid of love and respect? How romantic, healthy, and mature, so let's blame the victim and have our friends tell her she's bad for him. (Zanaya seemed pretty isolated, without her own support system after the first of the novel, always surrounded by Alexander supporters telling her she's bad for Alexander and cadre members.)

Zanaya is rightfully mad that Alexander is being disrespectful, jealous, petty, and controlling, so we'll blame her for stepping from a toxic relationship before it imploded. Should she have stayed and allowed it to become war? I know. I know. She should have given in, given up her identity, and become Alexander's consort, and all would be right with the world. So let's blame her instead of Alexander.


Every page is a struggle. Tedious. An overwhelming amount of indigestible, unnecessary filler. If executed differently, written as a fluid novel, it could have been good.

I barely tolerated this new form of delivering the story during Ilium's novel. But this was all story "telling" and hardly any time where the reader is immersed in a flowing novel as if it's happening around them.

I hope this trend doesn't continue in the next book. In all the books before, we didn't need a millennia of regurgitated backstory formatted like a plot outline, and we don't need it now. I can't get through the books that are written that way.

I recommend skipping this installment. I wouldn't subject myself or anyone else to this, especially since the main plot was told in all the books before. The frustration wasn't worth wading through eons of a toxic, abusive relationship, where the reader is fed crumbs of details for events where we already know the outcome. Maybe just read the last 20%. That's it.



Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author NALINI SINGH is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the frozen landscapes of Antarctica, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. You can contact her directly through her website. While visiting the site, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as fun exclusive extras, including free short stories set in her worlds.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of Archangel's Resurrection (Guild Hunter #15) by Nalini Singh to read and review.