Is it lust?
Ivak Sigurdsson is dead . . . well, sort of. Guilty of the sin of lust, he’s been given an unusual penance: spend eternity as a Viking vampire angel, or vangel, fighting Lucipires, Satan’s vampire demons on earth. Now sequestered in Angola Prison as a “spiritual advisor,” Ivak is finding all these centuries of celibacy depressing, to say the least. But then, along comes southern belle Gabrielle Sonnier. Is she a reward for his good deeds, or a temptation sent to rattle his lustsome brain?
Or is it love?
Gabrielle, a lawyer, begs Ivak to help get her brother out of prison. Aided by the Cajun LeDeux family and their chief looney bird, Tante Lulu, Ivak reluctantly agrees. And while he alternately tries to seduce and save Gabrielle before the Lucipires run rampant, they both begin to wonder if it’s really only lust, or something more.
Review: Oh. My. Word. I can’t get enough of Sandra Hill’s deadly angels series. After reading the first book in this series, I practically pounced on the chance to read Ivak’s story.
The deadly angels series takes place in contemporary times, but each prologue takes us back to Viking times where we get a glimpse into the Vikings lives. Each of them are guilty of one of the seven deadly sins. Ivak’s deadly sin is Lust. Because of his lust, Michael the Archangel has made it so that Ivak, as well as the rest of his brothers, are stuck in a sort of penance for their sins.
Fast forward a few thousand years and Ivak is living in his own personal hell. He’s surrounded by men. Literally. He works at Angola prison and doesn’t see the humor in the fact that there aren’t any women anywhere.
Enter in Gabrielle- beautiful lawyer who’s trying to get her wrongly convicted brother out of prison.
Ivak has problems of his own, he’s trying to do a talent show in order to raise money for the prison, in the middle of trying to convince Gabrielle’s brother…she shows up, with a few other hilarious characters and the rest is history. The minute they lay eyes on one another a flicker of electricity zaps through the air. As a reader and a fan of this series, you have to laugh at Ivak’s “aw crap” attitude. He knows he’s just seen his soul mate, but it’s impossible to stop it. The only fear he has, is will it be lust, or love?
I LOVED Ivaks character. Being a Viking, he was always so self assured and matter of fact. He was super protective of Gabrielle and I appreciated that although his sin was lust, he really practiced a lot of self control!!
The story line was very tight. The book could have ended 3/4 of the way through because everything was basically wrapped up quite nicely.
Sandra Hill’s writing gets better with every single book I read. I strongly recommend this one if you like paranormal books chuck full of humor!
There are a few graphic sex scenes and swearing.