Illium and Aodhan. Aodhan and Illium. For centuries they've been inseparable: the best of friends, closer than brothers, companions of the heart. But that was before-before darkness befell Aodhan and shattered him, body, mind, and soul. Now, at long last, Aodhan is healing, but his new-found strength and independence may come at a devastating cost-his relationship with Illium.
As they serve side by side in China, a territory yet marked by the evil of its former archangel, the secret it holds nightmarish beyond imagining, things come to an explosive decision point. Illium and Aodhan must either walk away from the relationship that has defined them-or step forward into a future that promises a bond infinitely precious in the life of an immortal . . . but that demands a terrifying vulnerability from two badly bruised hearts.
Singh's slow-burning 14th Guild Hunter paranormal romance (after Archangel's Sun) focuses on the blossoming love between best friends and fan favorite characters Illium and Aodhan. China is still scarred by the evils of its former archangel, the late Lijuan. When Aodhan heads to China to serve as a potential second to Suyin, the country's new archangel, Illium feels betrayed and abandoned, and the men's friendship is fractured. Now, at Archangel Raphael's instruction, Illium arrives in China to serve alongside Aodhan in transitioning the land to its new leadership. As Suyin takes their court to a new citadel, Illium and Aodhan help with the move. Proximity drives the best friends to confront their long-buried issues while investigating a hunch that Lijuan may still reign from beyond the grave. As the duo track down Lijuan's remaining supporters and begrudgingly work to rebuild their troubled relationship, Singh teases out their will-they-won't-they romance and masterfully balances the love story with the complex paranormal plot. Fans will be delighted. Agent: Nephele Tempest, the Knight Agency.
Great to finally have the back story for Adohan! This progression of the relationship between the much loved characters Sparkle and Bluebell is beautiful!
I personally would have liked the sexual side of the relationship explored a bit more - this was definitely PG compared to other Singh books. Overall a great addition to the series :)
Absolutely love this entire series 🤩🤩
I never ever want it to end
Another great addition to the Guildhunters series
Two of theArchangel Raphael’s famed seven have always been best friends, almost from infancy. Aodhan and Illium are both angels, one the son of academics, the other the son of an archangel and a famed artist. Aodhan was once abducted and abused and Illium did his best to shield him as he slowly overcame the physical and emotional trauma. Aodhan is not only strong again, he is now a new archangel’s second and no longer needs nor wants illium’s fussing and protecting, in fact he has found it smothering. Illium has struggled with Aodhan’s new independence, in spite of being glad of his recovery. The tensions in their new relationship come to a head when both are assisting the new archangel of China.