ISBN-13: 9780345486554
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 2009
377 pgs

Drea Rousseau is not your typical, ordinary heroine as in the other books of the romance genre. For starters, she is mistress to Rafael Salinas, a notorious crime lord who would use every means to get the things he wants, even though he has to spend a bomb on hiring the best assassin to finish any job for him.

One thing about Drea is, she is not as dumb as anyone would think. Besides beauty, she has brains too but she chose to play dumb in front of Rafael and his men. It is her one way of survival, knowing very well she might not be Rafael's woman forever and that she needs the jewelry and all the finances she could get from him when she can. Through years of playing dumb, she has long ago gained the trust of Rafael and the latter has stopped observing and guarding against her.

Drea's luxurious life has finally came to an end when she decided to ditch Rafael for good after he gave her to the assassin's request (never mind if it is only for once and that the act lasted only for a few hours). Infuriated, she decided to teach him a lesson by stealing a huge amount of money right under his nose without arousing his suspicions since he has always thought her as a simple-minded woman who only cares nothing but her looks and shopping. When Rafael found out he has been duped, Drea has already gotten a head start but she did not expect Rafael would pay the assassin to have her tailed. Drea is intimidated by the assassin, but that is because she sensed he is very different from Rafael and other men and also that they had shared an intimate affair even if it is a short one.

With some assistance from the right sources, the assassin managed to trail Drea's track in no time. And this is where the turn of events began. During the pursuit, Drea met in an accident and from there it takes on a little spiritual turn when Drea is given a second chance and as a result she lives from the fatal accident. Although I have mixed feelings about the spiritual element during this part of the story, however I feel it is crucial to the role of the heroine thereafter and the readers would be able to understand more about her past as well as her future life.

It is at this time that the assassin aborted his plan for killing her after finding she is still very much alive, and the readers would be able to see the relations have changed between them. Now that Andie (she has ditched the old name) has been given a chance for redemption she would take matters into her own hands and see that Rafael gets the justice he so deserved.

One of the things I loved about Death Angel is the characters. I find it refreshing to have an assassin and a crime lord's mistress as the protagonists and see them falling in love as the story progress. I was simply moved by the accident scene because there is the part where I see the emotions in the assassin and knowing that despite his profession, he is not really a person without feelings. As for the heroine, though one might think lowly of her due to her role being a mistress from the beginning, I have to say she has guts and is not afraid of any consequences once she has decided to leave Rafael.

Death Angel is one intense romance suspense; be sure to pick up this book if you are looking for some thrills with a sizzling romance.

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11 Responses
  1. This sounds exciting, Melody! I am glad you enjoyed it. Great review.

  2. Julia Says:

    Great review, Melody! Glad to see you like it! It make me very anxious to want to start reading it. But I won' lease not yet *grin*

  3. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Thanks! It sure is exciting! :)

    Julia - Thanks! I haven't been reading Linda's book for a while and I'm glad this book didn't disappoint! I hope you'll read this book soon! :D

  4. Anonymous Says:

    this book is really different from normal romances. For one this sounds like a typical masala Indian movie, I'm sure it must have been an interesting read. I haven't read anything byLinda Howard, will have to give this one a try.

  5. Melody Says:

    Violet - I have not watched a masala Indian movie before, but I thought this book is a fun read and very entertaining! :) I hope you'll give Linda Howard's books a try next time if you can!

  6. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    It does sound exciting. It might be a nice diversion from the parental abuse that I'm reading about now!

  7. Alice Says:

    It sounds exciting, Melody! It's been a while I dig into a romance novel. I haven't read this author but hope to do so one day. :D

  8. Melody Says:

    Sandy - I look forward to reading your review on that book about the parental abuse soon.

    Alice - I haven't been reading romance for some time, and I'm glad I picked this up. :) I hope you'll try reading Linda Howard's books one day; they are great!

    Naida - Thanks! This book is sure intense, LOL.

  9. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I read her Mr. Perfect and really, really liked it and have been meaning to pick up another ever snce. I bet I would like this one though it sounds a lot like Robyn Carr's Professional Girlfriend. Nonetheless, it's going on my list!

  10. Melody Says:

    Jen - I enjoyed reading her earlier works. I think her recent ones are so-so until I read this book! ;) I'm glad you're adding this book onto your wishlist!

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