Duty should mean everything to the Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels. It did before he met her. Now, the only demon he wants to slay is the one that haunts the enchanting mortal huntress, and the temptation to hunt him in Hell, a realm that might kill him, is becoming impossible to resist.
Held captive by a dragon shifter in Hell, Emelia survived a torment that changed her in ways she hates. She wants her strength back. Her life back. To do that, she needs closure. To get that, she might have to trust not only a man again but an immortal.
But when the price of vengeance is the soul of the angel bringing her back to life, will Emelia be willing to pay it?
Avenged by an Angel is the sixteenth book in the Eternal Mates series.
Emelia is a character who has appeared in earlier books in the series. I am glad she gets her own story, as I wondered what had happened to her when she was kidnapped by a dragon and subsequently rescued. Emelia is a hunter working for Archangel, the company/corporation who acts as a human police force over the other paranormal and supernatural species of the world in this series. She is a friend of Sable and Olivia's.
The Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels is another character who appeared in a previous book in the series. I liked this character a lot. He is a typical Alpha, but he has a dark side (temper-wise) that can sometimes make him into a hot-head. He is given a difficult task by his superiors. He needs to bring the half-human, Sable into the Echelon fold as they are a rare breed and their ranks are a little on the thin side. There are only six of them currently. Unfortunately, his task is interrupted when he meets Emelia and instantly feels a connection to her.
I absolutely love the Eternal Mates world. I started to read this book, and I was quickly pulled in. It kept me riveted from beginning to end. Unfortunately, I also had a feeling of Deja Vue as the beginning is a repeat of scenes from previous books. This repetition, although helpful in one way (to help set up the story), also made it feel like it didn't move forward as it should. The timeline is fixed between after the battle in Hell in Claimed by a Demon King (Book 2) and Turned by a Tiger (Book 12). However, the second half of the story picked up in pace, and it got exciting again.
The story arc with Archangel seems to be dragging on a bit too much now. As I said in my review of book 15, Unchained by a Forbidden Love, and I quote: "I am also a reader who would like more progression on the story arc front. The series is on book fifteen, and each story in the series is a stand-alone, but since there seems to be a vague story arc, there must be a conclusion. However, it seems to me that the author is drawing it out a bit too long. I can understand why she is doing this. I too love the Eternal Mates world and don't wish it to end either, but when the story arc is dragged out in this fashion, I start to lose interest in a series. This doesn't mean I won't read any more of the series, only that, in my opinion, the series is becoming a little tired."
I find that Book 16 is also struggling to keep the story arc going forward though it's moved on slightly. Maybe Book 17 will have more forward motion with the story arc. I am not sure how many books the author intends in this series. But if it's twenty, then she may need to pick up the pace with regards to revealing what's hiding in Archangel's basement prison. Perhaps the author is just as in the dark about that as we readers are. However, I'm still looking forward to finding out. As I've said before, I would much rather have quality over quantity when it comes to a book series, especially one I love.
Felicity Heaton has written another fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed! I love her fast-paced writing style, which flows effortlessly from scene to scene. She is on top of my favourite author's list.
I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the extremely HOT and explicit sexual scenes. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love sexy paranormal romances full of vampires, elves, werewolves, cat shifters, succubi, incubi, angels, dragons, demons and demonesses. - Lynn Worton