Archangel's Shadows: Janvier and Ashwini
(Guild Hunter #7)
In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…
Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
First of I have to go a bit fangirl on how much I love this series. After I had the read the 1st book, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it but something compelled me to continue reading and I’m so glad I did because the series just keeps getting better!
So I recently re-read this book and realized I never reviewed it.. Shame on me! Ashwini and Janvier have been two of my favorites since the beginning. I loved watching them circle around each other for all these books building towards their happily ever after! What I liked is that that Janvier never gave up on his Ashblade, even when she didn’t believe in herself, he believed enough for the both of them. He’s been waiting patiently for Ash since they meet and centuries to even meet her so there is no way he is giving her up regardless of any mysteries she is holding back on. He knows there is nothing they can’t concur together. Ashwini’s fears are real and they are founded. She gave her heart to Janvier long ago but she has been holding back her body and telling him that he has all of her. She knows there is no future for them and knowing that she hasn’t been able to give the rest of herself to him. Not trusting that the obstacles could be overcome; after all biology is biology, and history is history and it definitely repeating itself. Janvier wants centuries with her, but she’s not sure she even has years left. Watching Ash struggle with this is a bit heartbreaking and you want them to find some sort of solution but it is not looking good.
As for the plotline it takes place following the war, I was really hoping that we would have gotten some behind the scenes to the war and what Janvier, Ashwini and Nassar did behind enemy lines but alas there is really only one scene and it is not nearly enough. That aside with a lot of the books in the series there are it starts with multiple mysteries that need to be solved and Janvier and Ash team up once again to find out what is threatening their city. They find that their multiple cases are in fact linked and whatever is terrorizing the city is worse than they first imagined. The story is quick moving and highly enjoyable. I don’t know that this is one of my favorite books in the series but it is definitely a good one and even warranted a re-read. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Ash and Janvier’s story.