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Kiss of Pride: A Deadly Angels Book Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012

Book 1 of 5 in the Deadly Angels Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Deadly Angels (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062064614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062064615
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An awesome new series! Kept me up late into the night reading. Looking forward to the next installment.” (Lynsay Sands, New York Times bestselling author)

From the Back Cover

Some men are too bad to be true . . .

Is he really a Viking with a vampire's bite? 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.

And some men are too good to be true . . .

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?

Customer Reviews

I had a hard time putting this book down.
Crystal
There was no depth to the story, no character buildup, no real emotion and the ending fell flat.
Traci King
This book was very entertaining and funny.
Alice

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on April 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Long ago God created "good" vampires to fight the dark ones that roamed the earth. Vikar Sigurdsson and his six brothers are all Vikings who have disappointed God with their many sins. Ready to banish the race from the Earth altogether, Archangel Michael stepped in and came up with a plan for "good" vampires to be created. And so the "Viking vampire angel" was born. They are actually more angels in training. For seven hundred years, Vikar and his brothers have to do penance, doing Mike's (yes, they call Archangel Michael just Mike) bidding against the evil Jasper and his bad demons. Of course, over these 700 years, Vikar and company haven't lived saintly lives (although they try) so years and years have been added to their sentence. While Vikar was suppose to be free in the 1500's, it is now current day and he still has a few hundred years to work off. Vikar's sin is his vanity.

He finds himself in Transylvania, Pennsylvania. In another month, The Reckoning will occur, a central meeting for hundreds of "vangels." In order to prepare, Vikar has been instructed to turn a ruined castle into a working mansion in order to house all those that are coming into town.

Alexandra Kelly works for the World Gazette magazine in Washington, DC. Two years ago her husband (they were legally separated) and her young daughter were murdered by a drug cartel. (hello - this isn't lighthearted and fun) Two of the cartel members were headed for trial soon, but rumor has it they might get off on a technicality. So Alex has been thinking in her mind of murdering them herself. (Yes, I was eye rolling at this point) Her boss sends her to Transylvania to cover the story of weird vampire sightings up there, which is how she ends up on Vikar's doorstep.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rose on June 25, 2012
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. Sandra Hill is one of my favorite funny (slightly) paranormal writers, kind of in line with Lynsay Sands. I loved her time traveling Vikings and odd-ball Cajuns. There were a couple of awkward books that I didn't enjoy as much as her others, and after you read so many you noticed repeated catch phrases and situations. So when I saw that Kiss of Pride: A Deadly Angels Book was to be the first book of a series about Viking Vampire Angels, well!, that could either break new ground or resurrect the tired Viking premises of her old series. To my dismay, it did both-and more!

The clueless, sexist, horny Viking characters are back! "Oh, my aching ale-head! All I want is to guide my long boat into her fjord!" Now throw in the Angel angle- "But it's a sin! Mayhap if I engage in near-sex (yes, a running theme throughout the book) I won't have to pay a 500 year penance!" Stir in the Vampire: "But you smell like lemons, so you're a sinner or are contemplating a deadly sin, so I must needs to force many blood exchanges upon you, mayhap even with my brother, while you scream and cry and we fall in love together!" Wow!

If you are a Christian fiction fan, you will cringe at the foul language and steamy "near-sex" and "almost-sex" scenes. If you're not religious, you'll cringe at the preachy, self-righteous tone the VIK (not sure why, but this is what the main 7 characters are referred to as) take with a definite Catholic bent. There are seven Viking brothers, each being punished for a separate deadly sin they personally committed and for being Vikings in general.This first book focuses on Vikar, the oldest, whose sin was pride. The archangel, St.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2012
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Ms. Hill has been my favorite author for over ten years. I have devoured her books, especially the Viking books. I went into this book excited, but a little worried about all of the different labels on the hero. Viking, ok, Angel (sort of)...um sure, Vampire...eh. Its not like I don't like Vampires. I'm a huge fan of Trueblood, but all 3 together had me kind of on the fence. I decided to sit back and just try and enjoy it. It wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, but I had a hard time with some of it. I didn't completely connect with the main characters, but I did feel their love for each other. I think that Alex just acted a little off, because she was supposed to be tortured and devestated by the loss of her child, but she doesn't exactly act like the tortured type. I did feel some pain coming from her when her daughter was brought up, and I felt for her, but it seemed like she tried to bury those feelings. I know that Ms. Hill can write a tortured character ie: Selik from the Outlaw Viking, and that is more of what I would have liked to see in Alex. I'm not sure if the shared crudity between Alex and Vikar were intriguing and funny, or if I desired a more tender relationship. I liked that Alex completely understood the dirty Viking man side to him and that made her perfect for him. I wouldn't mind seeing a more feminine woman for one of the other brothers, like maybe Ivak? The scenes in "Horror" were a little more disturbing than I would have liked, but I do appreciate her eye for detail. It made me feel a little yucky though. SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read the ending, please stop now. I cried when Vikar gave himself up for Armod, but had this really upset feeling like, this wasn't what I went into reading this book for. I didn't hate this book by any means.Read more ›
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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons. SandraHill.net

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