REVIEW by Charity: To Kill and Angel (Blood Like Poison #3) by M. Leighton (@mleightonbooks)

Ridley Heller thought her life would be perfect and trouble-free once she had Bo back. Unfortunately, she couldn’t have been more wrong. Learning Bo’s true identity has left them with their most difficult decision yet. They have two options. One, they can run away together and spend eternity looking over their shoulder, hiding from both God and Sebastian. Or, two, they can find a way to kill Sebastian. Ridley feels like there’s really only one choice, but killing Sebastian has a major down side for her—it will leave Bo mortal and her a vampire. She’ll be doomed to walk the earth alone for all eternity.

What will they choose? And who will have to die in order to see their goal accomplished?



Angels, vampires, and demons all in one! Score!  Another fantastic series by indie writer M. Leighton. To Kill an Angel is the final installment in the Blood Like Poison series and Ms. Leighton wraps things up quite nicely with a pretty red ribbon on top.

This was a great series. Each book had its own vibe and feel. The pacing and tempo of each novel was spot on. Nothing felt clunky or stilted and I really couldn’t find any inconsistencies or gapping plot holes.


This isn’t to say I wouldn’t have minded a little more back story on some characters. For instance, we are introduced to a couple of new characters, Cade and Annika. These two characters just seemed a little thin and watered down. I would love to have had a little more backstory on Cade. He’s a sweet sweet piece of candy that doesn’t mind stirring the pot every once in a while. Gotta love that!  It would have been cool to see the relationship between him, Bo and Ridley develop a bit more. It is my sincere hope that in the future, Ms. Leighton will expound upon these two.


All in favor of giving Cade his own novel say, “Aye!”


What made this series a winner for me, were the characters themselves and their relationships with one another. Our main protagonist and POV comes from Ridley. Ridley is a very strong gal. She is compassionate, but she isn’t a push over. Nor will you find her wallowing in self pity. She is a pick yourself up by the bootstraps kinda girl. She gets a wake-up call in book one.  From that point on, she decides she is finally going to be the person that she wants to be and not the person others want or expect her to be. As a reader you get to see her transform into that particular person and I always love to see change, growth and development take place within a novel or series.


Bo, well, what can I say except,…sigh. He is divine, pretty much perfect in every way. Seriously! I think M. Leighton can pat herself on the back for conjuring up the most perfect boyfriend ever!

The supporting characters, Savannah, Devon and Lucien all add to the humor, strength and gravitas of the novel. This story just wouldn’t have worked with out them.


Then, there is the antagonist, Sebastian. He’s defiantly Mr. beautiful and deadly. A great villain.  


One major thing I really appreciated about this book and series is the smart balance of combining a love story, with personal tragedy, with growing up; all while trying to destroy evil and save the day. Normally, with this genre, one would find a large portion of the plot devoted to trying to destroy the “bad guy.” This book didn’t do that. It was a perfect amalgamation of all key emotional elements. Fear, humor, anxiety, sadness, hope and love. It was beautifully executed and awesome.


I very much recommend this book. If you liked twilight (eye roll) then seriously, read this! I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.


I give this book 4.5 fangs. I knocked off half a fang because, I selfishly wanted more Cade!



Blood Like Poison #3


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  1. Michelle Leighton says:

    I love, love, LOVE this review! Thank you so much!! And let me assure you that there is more Cade to come! About a month ago I decided to do a book 4. All I’ll say is that you WILL see Cade again;. *wink wink* I’m thrilled you enjoyed the books and I hope you will adore what’s to come! I’m very excited:)

  2. I know I already said this but…Good gravy woman that’s Awesome-sauce! I know many readers (myself included) are doing a jig of glee. Due to this new development, I will NOW need to change my rating from 4.5 to 5 fangs 🙂

    1. (oopsie)…5 fangs

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