Author: Cherie Noel
Genre: Paranormal vampire
Length: Novel (42,000 words)
Publisher: MLR Press (March 21st, 2013)
Product link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=CN_ANGLB
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Sent undercover in New Orleans’ steamy French Quarter in hopes of cracking a suspected case of rampaging Moneli demons, Gem and his partner find the case harder to crack than they ever imagined. Between the disappearance of Gem’s partner and a growing fear that Taskforce I.D.I.O.T. has a dangerous information leak Gem is desperate. He finds himself forced to team up with an intriguing “gifted” human named Angel. If Angel’s gifts can keep Gem from literally losing his head and Gem can get Angel to see past his initial misconceptions, the two may find more than the missing Vampire… they may find a love powerful enough to take on all the demons in hell.
Review: This story has magic, witches, vampires, demons, and feisty humans.
In this world, the best a human can be to a vampire is a pet. Unless said vampire wants to be shunned. But, when his partner Don is kidnapped, and Gem is in danger, his instincts are to take the intriguing human, Angel, as a mate. And Angel is as protective of the big vampire as any true-mate would be.
To rescue Don, Gem and Angel have to be bound. Once bound, Angel can be Gem’s anchor in the human world, while Gem goes into the hellmouth to bring back Don.
Years have passed in that world while only just over a day in the mortal world. Gem succeeds in the rescue, but Don is literally a shadow of his former self, and he, too has a human mate, Carter.
When their boss, the witch Saskie, arrives, Gem is stunned to find that Don, Carter and Saskie are mates. Don then reveals that the rise in gifted humans is due to so many being vampire true-mates, but that vampire ‘purists’ are selling them to be fodder for the demon realm.
Saskie immediately advises Gem and Don they are in charge of the New Orleans branch of the taskforce, and new agents will be sent as they’re deemed cleared.
Let the Revolution begin.
This was an interesting twist on vampires, and a world where preternaturals walk openly. Gem and Angel make a great pair. The time difference in human world and demon world is one I’ve read in other stories, but hours in the one to years in the other felt extreme. That aside, it’s a great story.
If you like all things paranormal, and a hot couple, this is for you.