La Crimson Femme
Review: Archangel's Resurrection by Nalini Singh
★★★★★ @NaliniSingh #ArchangelsResurrection #OutNow #NetGalley
I cannot help but think of the song Bad Romance from Lady Gaga. This story has me torn. Ms. Singh does an amazing job of creating two admirable characters and yet their relationship brings out the absolute worst in each other. They are in a spiraling down toxic relationship that breaks them down instead of lifts them up. If Alexander and Zanaya were humans in current day and age, we would highly recommend they end their relationship and be done with it.
The focus of this story is less on the plot and what is going on in the aftermath of Lijuan's psychotic breakdown and destruction of her cadre and pretty much the entire world. There are hints of something else coming but it is very slight because the spotlight is all on Alexander. Alexander's past impacted how he interacts and has relationships in some ways. His admiration from afar of Zanaya until she is of age and equal in power is admirable. How these two interact over the centuries is deplorable. Their in ability to communicate to each other in their preferred love language pains me to witness. These two people are rock stars in the Angel world. People love them. The loyalty they inspire is legendary. And yet, the way they treat is other is abhorrent. I cannot get over how poorly they interact and how they take each other for granted in some ways.
What will it take to break them out of this destructive cycle? Zanaya's fall and possible end is a rude awakening for Alexander. Honestly, I didn't know how this love story would go. I know it has to end in a happily ever after. I couldn't see how this relationship would be able to change even with a deus ex machina. Ms. Singh surprises me with character growth progression for these millennium old couple. Their love story is fraught with misunderstandings, unintentional slights, and too much pride. Following their journey from the initial spark through the dark times and finally to their happily for now, I am exhausted and emotionally wrung out. I loved it! Another winner from Ms. Singh. Recommended for romance readers who never want to give up on love.
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