23 June 2014

Review: Let’s go ‘a-Viking’ with Sandra Hill! Kiss of Wrath is a summer must-read!

I’m not sure why I hadn’t read Sandra Hill’s Viking series before, but the past week I caught up with her books (the Viking II and Cajun series) as well as her vampire angels in Deadly Angels. I’m glad I saved Deadly Angels for last as in the second and third books in this series (Kiss of Surrender & Kiss of Temptation), Hill takes readers back to her SEALS in Coranado from Viking II and Tante Lulu and the LeDeux's from Cajun's respectively.

I really enjoy reading these three series as Hill marries the stories with quite a bit of humor. I was laughing out loud more times than I could count, but along with the humor is a sensitivity and such caring that some characters just find their way into your heart. It can’t be easy to juggle so many characters and story lines from book to book, but Hill does so with ease.

While her Viking II series finds time traveling Vikings (of male and/or female persuasion) paired with Navy SEALS and/or WEALS (the feminine SEAL teams), her Cajun series follows the loves of the LeDeux’s, the fantabulous Tante Lulu, and some assorted friends. I have to admit that when I finished the Viking II series I was disappointed that some of the SEAL teams' stories (Cage’s, Sly’s, Geek, etc.) weren’t yet told - thankfully we catch up with them again in Kiss of Surrender and do hope that we’ll see them return soon!

If you, like me, haven’t yet entered Sandra Hill’s world, do. It’s the perfect fun summer read filled with uber-hunky Vikings; heroines that are independent, sassy, and pretty darn brilliant; and stories that are complex yet filled with humor and a great deal of warmth. I’ll confess that I found many of the books through my library’s Overdrive collection - and what titles weren’t there were purchased via Amazon.

Once you read the Viking II and the Cajun books, then check out her Deadly Angels. I love Hill’s story of how the seven Sigurdsson brothers have been chosen to battle demon vampires - and perhaps find redemption for each of their seven deadly sins - under the oversight of that angel of angel’s, Michael.

Beginning with Vikar in his castle Transylvania, Pennsylvania (Kiss of Pride: A Deadly Angels Book), followed by the Vangel Navy SEAL Trond (Kiss of Surrender: A Deadly Angels Book, on sale for $0.99 right now), lusty Ivak whose penance is serving as a prison minister - at Louisiana’s Angola (Kiss of Temptation: A Deadly Angels Book), and most recently morose Mordr’s journey to sinful Las Vegas to save a psychologist who “inherited” her cousin’s five children (Kiss of Wrath: A Deadly Angels Book) … each of these stories offers the reader a book full of laughter, love, suspense, and yes, some faith and hope.

I have to admit that Kiss of Wrath's Mordr is one of those heroes we all like to love. Brooding, angry, yet if one looks closely you can see the hurt that caused him to close off. Who wouldn’t want to redeem this Viking? He’s paired with Miranda Hart, who once was driven only by career goals and then found herself a mother five times over when her cousin died. To see how she opened up with the love of the five children is quite moving, but even more fun to see their effect on Mordr.

When Jasper and his army of demon angels move to target sinners in Vegas (yes, a few on every corner), danger increases from just the threat of the abusive husband/father of the children, Roger. Can Mordr save them? If so, can they find love together or will Michael and the rules against Vangels engaging and loving human’s prevail? Hill keeps you on the edge of your seat as the pages in the Kindle fly by to find out the answer.

So check out Sandra Hill this summer and make sure to have some nice cool lemonade or sweet tea by your side as these books can get a little steamy (umm, Viking heroes - and Viking “S” spots, you know they’re hot!). Keep an eye out for the next installments in this series, Christmas in Transylvania: A Deadly Angels Novella (Oct 28 2014) and Sigurd's story in Vampire in Paradise: A Deadly Angels Book (Nov 25 2014) that is previewed at the end of Kiss of Wrath.


Five stars for Kiss of Wrath: A Deadly Angels Book, the newest installment to Hill’s Deadly Angel’s series. Let’s all go a-Viking now!

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From the Publisher



Deadly Angels Book 4
Kiss of Wrath: A Deadly Angels Book
by Sandra Hill
Avon Books
ISBN 0062210467
$7.99
Publication Date: May 27, 2014

The vangels are back in Kiss of Wrath, the latest in Sandra Hill's bestselling Dark Angels series

No wicked wenches or wild rampages . . . it's been centuries since Mordr the Berserker was turned into a vangel—a Viking vampire angel—as punishment for his sin of wrath, and he's been frustrated ever since.

It's not so bad being stuck in modern-day Las Vegas. What better place to slay Lucipires, or demon vampires, than the original Sin City? But then Mordr Sigurdsson's mission is expanded to a new assignment: protect lust-worthy Miranda Hart.

Miranda's well-ordered life turned into chaos when she unexpectedly inherited her late cousin's five children. Now, her cousin's dangerous husband is about to be paroled, and she needs a miracle to keep them all safe.

That miracle arrives on her doorstep in the form of a very buff, handsome man with a very strange name. Mordr wants nothing to do with a red-haired wench or children. Miranda wants nothing to do with a gorgeous hunk who claims to be a Viking.

As Miranda and Mordr give in to temptation, they must decide if they fit in each other's worlds—before their enemies close in on them.