Vampire in Paradise: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill

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Vampire in Paradise: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (247 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

It’s been centuries since the Norseman Sigurd Sigurdsson was turned into a Vangel—a Viking Vampire Angel—as punishment for his sin of envy, but he’s still getting the hang of having fangs that get in the way when seducing women. Slaying demon vampires known as Lucipires and using his healing gifts as a cancer research doctor, Sigurd is sent to Florida’s Grand Keys Island as a resident physician . . . where he encounters a sinfully beautiful woman.

The only hope Marisa Lopez has of curing her five-year-old daughter is a pricey experimental procedure. When she meets the good-looking doctor, Marisa is speechless. Then Sigurd tells her he believes he can help her daughter. Could this too-hot-to-resist Viking doctor be an angel of some sort sent to bring a miracle for her daughter? Or is he just a vampire bent on breaking Marisa’s heart?

Prepare to be entertained in a way unique to the storytelling talents of Ms. Hill. Once again readers are treated to a Viking turned vampire angel who suffers from a grievous sin. This time around it’s envy. It’s interesting how the author interprets and chooses just the right scenario to explain why the sin’s excesses are so wrong and the cumulative bad choices that ensue. What makes Sigurd’s sin so hurtful is the fact that he won’t repent. Instead, he hides it deep inside because he’s so ashamed. The kicker is, he won’t face it, tell anyone or change his course of action to prevent further activities in the same envious vein. It’s his final decision in life that leads to his death and new life as a creature with fangs. In just that little first chapter, I found out about the key issues with Sigurd and my attention was captured and interest engaged. How would a Viking defeat the burden of envy? A lustful attraction, a little hot bout of sex and a taste of lemon will do it every time.

Fans of Ms. Hill know at some point a grin or a giggle is sure to erupt while reading her books and this novel is no exception. My first snicker came from the initial dialogue between Sigurd and a woman he has no idea is his intended target, Marisa. The discourse about mace, biting, and the reference to ‘baring his little fangs’ amongst other things best left to the reader just tickled my funny bone. It’s so much fun. Then again, all the internal, ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ issues, the internal angst and repartee between the both of them kept the pages turning. I never knew what ridiculous thing the author would have spewing from Sigurd’s mouth. Almost all of it was entertaining. The times when it wasn’t is when the tone of the storytelling got serious because of the villain; the hero had to get serious about saving people from Jasper.

Yes, Jasper and his minions are back. I’m so glad Ms. Hill decided to tone down the examples of Jasper’s deviant proclivities and the resultant details. When the series started, I got an eyeful and I was satisfactorily grossed out and convinced he was evil. I only needed to be reminded that he is 100% evil and totally unredeemable without additional gross details. I’m more than aware that he continues to be the perfect foil for my favorite heroic vangels. I didn’t experience any drastic cringes while reading this time around. I was quite relieved.

Another thing to be assured of is that Vampire in Paradise is a standalone read. This novel focuses on Sigurd and Marisa and is a complete story with nothing popping up from the previous books to confuse a first time reader. It does have the other vangels and some of their wives showing up to assist in various ways but their presence enhances the story, the romance and the plot movement on behalf of the hero and heroine. It’s all good.

The premise was rife for sinning and being saved, of being tempted and succumbing and strong emotions and surprise twists all from being on an island getaway that was all about sex and the porn industry. It seems an unlikely place to fall in love for real with so many naughty distractions impeding the process but when it’s true love, it’s unstoppable.

I adore Michael, the archangel. I enjoy seeing his reluctant affection for the Vikings he’s tasked with saving, eventually. The last line he quips in the book had me in stitches. The one thing this series has done for me personally is to rethink some of my beliefs in that it makes me want to know more about the valiant heroes, saints and angels. In Kiss of Temptation I adored Tante Lulu and her vocal and active adoration of one of the saints; it seems a wonderful way to be. I want to be like her when I grow up.

For all the entertainment value, smiles and fascinating plot twists that Vampire in Paradise provides a reader, it isn’t a literary brain worm. There were some paragraphs I didn’t care for, for various reasons, but that’s me. Other fans will probably absorb every single sentence with absolute delight and rate it a higher score, and that’s perfectly fine. There really is a lot to enjoy and the book is worth taking the time to read – in fact I encourage you to. The dialogue coupled with Sigurd’s and Marisa’s personalities is priceless.

Vampire in Paradise is saucy, sexy fun. It is well paced, has a unique plot location and has some delightful surprises. I enjoyed Sigurd and Marisa’s story and find it a wonderful addition to the series. I think fans of the series are going to be happy with this one too. I am.

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