April 22, 2012

Early Review: Kiss of Pride by Sandra Hill

Series: Deadly Angels 1
Format: ARC (Edelweiss)
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Is he really a Viking with a vampire’s bit? 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.

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?

After reading Tim O'Rourke's  Kiera Hudson Series and Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega, I'm up for something light, romantic and funny. Book one of Sandra Hill's new series Deadly Angels, KISS OF PRIDE, sounds like it's the type of story that I need to keep me from having a slump. However I feel weird because I feel like I'm the only one who actually liked this book based on the reviews I've read but in my defense I was receptive to a book like this where I won't be swallowed by the story and have withdrawals. I needed something light and fun like good 'ol southern sweet tea.

Sandra Hill's characters are seven Viking brothers who are being punished by God because they each have committed the Seven Capital Sins in the most grievous manner. As punishment, they've been made into vampire angels, or Vangels, and they're sentenced to seven hundred years of service under the Arcangel Michael against Jasper and his Lucipires. While on earth, they are under strict surveillance, for every sin they commit, years are added to their penance which explains why Vikar and bros are serving as Vangels for over a thousand years. On top of this, they are sex deprived because fornication is considered a big no-no by Michael and they don't want to risk adding more years to their already long sentence. 
A sleepy small town that can only be described as Twilight meets Bram Stoker's Dracula, with a little Monty Python satire tossed in for special effect - Transylvania, Pennsylvania

Transylvania, Pennsylvania is like a fun version of New Orleans, and in between Twilight and True Blood fans, Amish people are running the town. It's Halloween all year round, the locals are whacked, fanatics are dressed like vampires and even their local products and bar drinks are blood themed. So it was the perfect place for Vikar and his brothers to establish Vangel HQ, they can remain inconspicuous and compared to the townsfolk, they're normal ones.
Ah! Twilight again! I wish that book had never been written. And True Blood! I swear, those Sookie Stackhouse books give vampires a bad name!

The Twilight series will be the death of us yet,
Maybe it's my eccentric taste or sick sense of humor but these Vangels made me laugh! In between fighting off Lucipires, they get mani-pedis, they have their own tanning bed so they won't look pale, they work out to stay in shape, flirt with a woman who've taken their fancy, dress like Michael Jackson, anything to keep them entertained. So maybe some of you found it corny and unappealing but I found this parody very funny. I had a lot of Who says that?! *insert amused chuckle here* moments in this book and that's where my amusement stemmed from, the same shallow hilarity I find from watching those old Leslie Nielsen and Scary Movie flicks. I wasn't laughing at the scenes per se but I was thinking to myself What was Sandra Hill on when she wrote this? especially when she was poking fun on our current fascination with Twilight and True Blood.
If I kiss you, I will not stop there. I will be swiving you continuously til your eyeballs roll back in your head and we mark every room in this castle like randy dogs.
Vikar and Alex's love story is your typical rogue meets the stubborn heroine. He's an ancient domineering Viking and she's the independent modern woman. Now because of the no premarital sex clause, Alex and Vikar's creativeness are challenged by their inability to consummate their attraction to each other and the result is the hottest near-sex I have ever read.

KISS OF PRIDE doesn't have a lot of action as it's more of a romance novel than an Urban Fantasy one. This book follows the formula of love-hate-love and passionate bed tumbles and all those wonderful things you find in cheesy romance novels. But the "predictability" didn't bother me because Sandra Hill accomplished what she intended to do and that is to entertain. I had a fun afternoon reading this one.


  1. Goodness me Vikar is a whole lot of little ears always prick up at nice young lads with abs and wings among other things:D:D:D

    Loved you loved it!!!! Love the quotes...Sookie and Twilight...a bit of what's swiving??...GOOOOOooOOgle ...

    Love the review!!


  2. ooooooOOoo..that's what swiving is....who knew? I learnt a new word...ha!

    Today has been very productive..swiving...:)

    err...not that I was swiving, I meant learnt a new word:D


    1. Yeah you and your G-spot and now swiving... Michelle... I like your style ;)


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