Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner (Angel Assassins #1)

Angel Kin by Tricia SkinnerAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

While channeling Robin Hood’s “steal from the rich and give to the poor” attitude at a local politician’s house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn’t deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn’t an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.

When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: “You’re next.”

It’s a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he’s falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.

 

I absolutely LOVE this series and I absolutely hate the wait between books because I want to keep reading long after the last page. After the giant “wow” factor of the intro book of this series where I compared Skinner’s writing to that of JR Ward, I settled in for the wait to book two. Which took about a year. But no fear, the next book is due out in August. Fingers crossed that the date doesn’t change between now and then.

Witnessing a murder while trying to pull off a theft, Katie runs to the help of The Bound Ones. Not wanting to expose her reason for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, she attempts to cover her tracks but falters at the sight of Cain, who looks shockingly like the man who killed someone right in front of her.

Cain certainly didn’t murder an innocent man but Katie’s insistence that the person who did looked exactly like him gives him hope that his twin brother, Abel might actually still be alive. Which puts him in a difficult position with the woman who is slowly reawakening his heart, protect Katie or use her as bait to draw in the half of him self he thought dead for years.

Skinner is a master at world creation! The almost urban fantasy-ish feel to the complex world is so well done I felt like I was picked up and placed directly in the middle of the characters. Cain and Katie together were a match made in….well…fallen Heaven? Since you know…he’s only half angel and isn’t allowed to be in the same class as the almighty pure breeds. But seriously, the sexual tension between them was palpable from the start and only got pronounced the more time they spent in each others company. Plus, um Cain is a virgin…I know I know, SWOON! A sexy, bad ass virgin! So yeah, the sex is OUT OF THIS WORLD….

However, past the sexual tension and explosion of said tension, this action packed book kept me on my toes as the threat to Katie mounted and Cain had to make a decision on what was more important to him. Obviously the reemergence of his twin brother weighs heavily on his guilt ridden shoulders concerning his childhood, but now with Katie in the mix he finds himself torn. Abel is not the loving boy he remembers, instead he’s a killer, trained just as lethally as Cain, maybe even more so. Katie is extremely headstrong and is unwilling, at first, to trust a man who looks exactly like the killer. I enjoyed her sharp tongue and Cain’s retorts.

The premise of this series is completely unique in my opinion. Though half angels, their heavenly fathers basically sentenced them to a life of solitude and commitment. Each “brother”, either by blood or in arms, possesses a power that can help them yet the powers to be bind them by punishment each time they are used. The quest to find a way to break that punishment is a central theme that seems to be picking up steam as we roll into Kas’ book in the next installment.

I eagerly look forward to getting my hands on the next book as soon as possible! August…I’m just saying, happy birthday to me!

 

I give Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner 4.50 stars! 

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