Review: Nauti Angel by Lora Leigh

Reviewed by Jaimie

I don’t know if I’m just overly emotional or what but Lora Leigh had me crying throughout Nauti Angel, the latest installment of her Nauti Girls series. We got a very brief glimpse of the heartache that was going to play out at the end of Nauti Seductress when Angel revealed that she was actually Chaya’s daughter who everyone thought had died at the age of three. It was a long wait but well worth it. Angel is one badass, wounded woman and I instantly loved her.

Angel Calloway has been lurking around town, popping up with her brothers to help the Mackay’s, but no one can figure out why. She has taken a particular interest in Natches and Chaya’s daughter Bliss and this has the family even more suspicious. Chaya, in particular, seems to really dislike Angel but she can’t put her finger on what it is about her that is so bothersome.

At the age of three, Beth is with her sister in a hotel in Iraq where her father was using his daughter as a pawn to hurt Chaya. A missile hits the hotel and the three-year-old holds her sister as she dies. The little girl then stumbles around, eventually being found by a couple who takes her in.

Reece Duquaine had worked alongside Angel’s brothers and her and had saved her ass more times than she cared to count. There is a simmering fire burning between Reece and Angel but then she finds out the truth. His real name is actually Reece Duquaine Mackay and he had been sent to investigate Angel. Natches was suspicious of the woman who had been sniffing around his daughter and had his cousin do some digging but Reece (aka Duke) could not out Angel yet. Unfortunately, things go haywire, as they tend to do with the Nauti boys, and the truth comes tumbling out.

As Angel is preparing to leave town, this time for good, someone attempts to kidnap Bliss. After losing one sister in the bombing of the hotel, Angel is not about to let anyone hurt Bliss. She rushes to check on her sister and is immediately confronted by an emotional Chaya, and as we saw at the end of Nauti Seductress, Angel throws the truth out like a bomb on Chaya.

While trying to figure out who is after Bliss, Angel and Duke move in with Natches and Chaya. Emotions are overflowing everywhere with Angel believing Chaya abandoned her, Chaya trying to come to terms with the fact that her daughter is alive, Natches trying to shield Chaya from the heartache while protecting his daughter, and then there is the out of control passion brewing between Duke and Angel.

There was so much to love about this book. It was beyond emotional seeing Angel try to heal but so desperate to have her mother’s love. Natches is amazing with Angel and immediately considers her his daughter, and there was plenty of action going on in the book.

My favorite parts were the Duke/Angel scenes. Terrified to get attached to anyone, Angel tries to keep Duke at a distance. He’s not having any of it. One thing I really loved was that Duke didn’t try to wrap Angel in cotton and keep the little lady safe at home. He recognizes that Angel is his equal in the field and he has an enormous amount of respect for her skills. But he’s worried too. Her injuries keep getting more severe and he’s terrified she may not make it out with her life one day.

The suspense story about who was after Bliss seemed to come out of nowhere, but the book was fantastic and they are clearly setting up for future books. This one is probably one of my favorites of the series and hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long for the next!

Rating: A

*ARC provided by publisher

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Nauti Angel
by Lora Leigh
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books

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