Saturday, November 19, 2016

Early Review of Good Vampires Go to Heaven (Deadly Angels #8) by Sandra Hill

Title: Good Vampires Go to Heaven
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Deadly Angels
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (November 29, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0062356569
ISBN-13: 978-0062356567
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
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Over a thousand years ago, when Vikings were at their most powerful, God decided he could no longer ignore their many sins. One family in particular, the Sigurdssons, caught his attention when they raided Lindisfarne, a Saxon monastery. Each of the seven sons in the family had "offended God by committing one of the Seven deadly sins in a most heinous manner." Just as God was handing down a judgement that would condemn the men to an eternity in Hell, the archangel Michael intervened to his everlasting regret.

"I agree that these Sigurdsson men have gone too far, but maybe they would change if given a second chance..."

And so a different judgement was handed down...

"This I say unto you, the Viking race will dwindle off into nonexistence, but not by death. No, they will blend into other cultures, losing their identity. Their pride is too great to stand alone. Hereafter, no one will worship Norse gods ever again."

"As you say, Lord, "Michael paused before asking, "And the seven Sigurdsson sons?"

"These seven sinners must prove themselves sevenfold. By sins they were judged, by grace they will be saved. For seven hundred years, they must roam the earth doing good works. If they fail, Satan may have them for his unholy domain."

And so Michael's and the Sigurdsson's fates were sealed. To make sure their penance was a little more difficult, the seven brothers were turned into Vampires, and so the first Viking Vampire Angels (aka Vangels) were created. Their mission to thwart the plans of Lucifer's Vampires (aka Lucipires) whose goal was to collect the souls of sinners before they had a change to repent. Because Michael was the one who suggested they be given another chance, they were put under his guidance.

As the years passed, more and more years were added on to the Vangels original sentences because boys will be boys and Vikings will be Vikings. The day of their final judgment, however, is finally upon them and, as promised, all good vampires will go to heaven. With the final showdown between good vs. evil , or at least Vangels vs. Lucipers, finally at hand, one couple will find love in the midst of all the chaos...

(The above quotes were taken from the first book of the series, Kiss of Pride.)
When I read the first book of this series, Kiss of Pride, back in 2012, I stated that the humor of the series just wasn't my cup a tea and I gave the book a rather low rating. You can imagine my surprise as I found myself truly loving this, the final and last book of the series. The humor still at times had me shaking my head, but just as before, I found myself laughing despite myself. What I really enjoyed about this book, and ultimately won me over was the dynamics of the relationship between Zebulan "Zeb" and Regina.

Regina is a female Vangel witch who, as you can imagine, is trying to make her way in the very male world of Vangels. Fed up with being mocked for being a witch and overlooked on assignments due to her gender, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands and attempts to save Zeb. While Zeb is a demon vampire, he has proven he isn't all bad. If anything, he's proven himself to be the exact opposite by helping the good guys out as a double agent and trading his life for Cnut's. Knowing every day a rescue is delayed means more pain and suffering for Zeb from Lucifer and his Lucipires, Regina decides to act sooner rather than later. The loophole she takes to be her invitation to rescue Zeb is in what the Archangel Michael said, or rather didn't say... "You men, all of you, are forbidden from rescuing Zebulan." Using her gender, for once, in her favor she sets out to do the seemingly impossible all by herself.

Zeb the Hebrew has always wanted to be a Vangel. His fate as a Lucipire, however, seems pretty well sealed. When the sexy red haired Vangel witch, Regina, finds him he is not in good shape, and believes he's gotten what he deserves for his past sins. Regina, however, sees things differently and slowly, as they get to know each other, these two come to have feelings for one another.

I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. A wonderful story about two lost souls who find each other and help each other heal. I loved Regina with her "I am witch. I am vangel, I am woman. Hear me roar. or cackle."  attitude. Ms. Hill stated at the end of the book she wanted to do something special with Zeb's story and I, for one, say she nailed it, A wonderful ending to this series. The two together, Zeb and Regina, just made sense. On the Lisarenee romance rating scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. I may have to go back and read a couple more of these books. At the very least I'll probably end up reading Cnut's story because now I want to know exactly what Zeb did.

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