Kiss of Pride
by Sandra Hall
(Deadly Angels #1)
OME MEN ARE TOO BAD TO BE TRUE...
Is he really a Viking with a vampire’s bite? An angel with the body of a thunder god? A lone wolf with love on his mind? Alexandra Kelly, his prey, thinks Vikar Sigurdsson is either flat-out crazy or he’s trying to maneuver her into his bed--which is hardly where a professional reporter should conduct an interview, tempting as that prospect might be.
SOME MEN ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE...
Until Vikar does something a teensy bit unexpected, and Alex begins to wonder whether her mystery man could really be everything he says he is: a Viking Vampire Angel on a thousand-year-long mission with his pack of sinful brothers—and a man who’s finally found the woman of his dreams. By then, Vikar is already wrapping his chiseled arms around Alex’s body...and sinking his wicked fangs right into her neck. If this is sin, why does it feel so good?
Whoa. There is so much going on with this book/premise I don't really even know where to begin. The hero is a Viking turned vampire/angel by the archangel, Michael. These Vangels also have the ability to travel through time and is a SEAL from time to time...Yeah. Its a lot.
I must say, this was an original idea, which is what snagged my interest in the beginning. The hero, Vikar, has purchased a large manor in Transylvania, Pennsylvania - a town that is vampire crazy! The heroine, Alexandra (Alex for short) is a reporter. She is sent to write a story about the vampire obsession in the small town. She was not prepared to meet a Viking vampire angel or to be ensnared in his crazy world. Together, they fend off real vampire attacks, skirt the edge of sin with their "near-sex" and stand tall before Michael when he comes to pass judgement on all the Vangels.
The characters worked well together, I enjoyed Alex's snark and Vikar's rouge personality. However, the two together did not mesh for me. I didn't feel like they were a natural couple nor did I feel that either one really came to life. They did have back stories, but they did not have enough depth more me and neither did their relationship. I did not feel the emotion. Also, I felt this book was unnecessarily long and there were a lot of characters introduced - all 6 of Vikar's brothers plus other Vangels.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. Some of the side characters did capture my interest and I'm interested in their stories. This is a different idea and take on vampires. I will give the second book a try.