If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
I have been a long time lover of paranormal novels and vampire romances in particular. They seem to hold some hidden allure for me that I’ve never analyzed. But I’m also one of those cynical readers who has been feeling as though the vampire market has been… err… sucked dry (couldn’t resist, sorry). I’ve been starting to feel as though I’m seeing the same themes recycled with small variations here and there. It’s discouraging because, while I’m not tired of vampire plots, I am looking forward to a fresh read.
So I was extremely pleased when I picked up If Angels Burn and found myself sucked into (I’m sorry, I just can’t seem to help myself) a story that, while clearly preparing the reader for sequels (some readers find this irritating but I think I’ve mentioned that I’m a series slut so I don’t care) manages to put a fresh spin on the vampire theme. Fans of straight romance might be disappointed as the romance isn’t always at the forefront of this novel, the sex scenes, while tastefully written are sparse and there is at least one secondary story, that of the heroine, Alex’s, brother John, woven into the main story. Additionally, there are some more graphic descriptions of torture than you might find in a traditional romance, but they fit well into the story and do not feel in any way gratuitous.
The book is captivating in its originality and kept me guessing until the end on a few things. The last few pages present the reader with several interesting twists, which will compel readers to pick up future books in the series.
I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romances and vampire romances. Even those who have begun to feel disenchanted with this niche of books. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Lynn Viehl’s fresh outlook on a market that teeters perilously on the edge of saturation.
Grade: Soak it up!