With: Tricia Skinner
My favorite remark from a reader new to my work is, “These aren’t the kind of angels I expected.” No, my Angel Assassins series isn’t filled with the established image of gentle, winged beings that fight evil at the cost of all else. They are flawed, some are broken, most fall within shades of gray. Just the way I like them.
Angel Lover, my latest novel, is set in a gritty, dark Detroit. Supernatural beings live openly among humans, and they tend to fall into certain classes. Vampires are a lot like mobsters or gang leaders. Shifters vary but are mostly good. Fae are either light elves or dark elves, with the darker ones being more prone to sorcery and mischief.
And then there are my angels. Well, my half-angels. The series focuses on four half-angel/half-human men (known as Nephilim) who were saved by the angel sent to kill them as children. He raised them to be assassins for Heaven, delivering justice to those chosen by their superiors for breaking “sacred law.”
Angel Lover is Kasdeja’s story. He’s the tech expert of the Bound Ones, and while his brethren hold incredible powers inherited from their angel fathers, Kas’s ability to read minds doesn’t seem that awesome. In fact, he sees his talent as a weakness. He can’t stop bullets like his buddy Jarrid. He can’t control minds like Cain. He can’t liquefy your insides with the sound of his voice like Nestaron.
What he can do is convince the enemy he’s on their side, thus taking a step closer to helping his family free themselves from a terrible punishment they suffer whenever they use their powers.
Nephilim have always held my interest. There’s little mention of them in the Bible, but it’s enough to spawn many stories of their race. Take a look at Cassandra Clare or Jennifer Armentrout’s awesome Nephilim novels, for example. What draws me is the idea that angels once took human lovers. Can you imagine? A powerful being like that falling for a girl and losing his place in Heaven? Man, that’s nuts!
When I began writing Angel Lover, I wanted to capture the tension of forbidden love. My heroine, Mariel, hides her desire for Kas because she’s not what he thinks. She’s a spy, and her loyalty is put to the test when she must draw him in for one employer only to destroy him for another. Add Kas’s Nephilim status to the mix and she’s not sure what to think of the man who makes her want to sin for all she’s worth!
If you’re looking for an angel series where what you think you know about these otherworldly creatures is turned on its ear, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Angel Lover to see how deliciously naughty they can be.
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven’s tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.
Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades–enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.
For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn’t just seduction. It’s destruction.