5* #Bookreview of ANGEL’S GUARDIAN by Zeece Lugo
The vampire Maxim makes his home in New York City. Self-exiled from the vampire nation, he spends his days in quiet solitude and his nights prowling the heights and hunting evil, his prey of choice. On a cold, November night, he chances upon a gang rape in a desolate back alley. He leaps at the chance to feed on predators of the worst kind, his favorite prey. But the situation takes a turn he never expected, and soon he finds himself wishing he’d made a different choice on that fateful night.
Angelica has been on the run for years. Kidnapped by a sex-trafficking ring at the age of fourteen, she escaped only to be relentlessly pursued by her enemies ever since. Tonight, they found her. As she lies dying on a cold, dark alley, her only fear is for the secret she desperately hid moments before they caught her. A secret she must protect with her life from her enemies and from the monster that destroyed them and now turns red, fiery eyes upon her.
I’ve always been a sucker for a Beauty & the Beast storyline, especially if it’s well-written. This book did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it. Of course, it helps that I’m a fan of Zeece’s stories. If you haven’t tried her Daniel’s Fork series, you must give them a read. PNR is a new genre for her and she did an outstanding job.
Once again, Zeece’s characters come alive on the pages, well, screen. The story starts out dark, as we’re introduced to Max whose witnessing a brutal assault on a young woman. What he didn’t expect was this chance encounter would change his whole existence. Suddenly, he finds himself burdened with an injured woman, a baby, and a young girl, Nina. I just adored Nina. She stole so many scenes in this story.
My favorite part of the book was when Nina was trying to get Max to change her brother’s poop filled diapers. We all know men who cringe at the thought of changing nose-hair scorching, stinking diapers. I laughed at Max’s revulsion and then his solution to the problem.
There are two plots intertwined together. Angel is running from the man who kidnapped her for his sex trade, and Max is running away from his family obligations and duty to vampire kingdom. The story moves at a good clip, especially when Jonathan is being tortured and Angel is being tracked down by her ruthless enemy. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough.
I originally read a beta version of the story and the ending was sort of abrupt. Zeece has since added to the story which has given more depth to Max and Angel’s relationship. I approve.
This is the first book in a series, and I can’t wait to read more about Max and Angel. And don’t forget little Nina. If you love vampires with a different slant, I highly recommend this book. I give it a well-deserved 5 bat wings.