(The Fallen #2)
by Cynthia Eden
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2012 by Brava
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A LITTLE BIT OF ANGEL LUST.Goodreads
Sammael – call him Sam – was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days, he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl…
Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…
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Sammael was once an Angel of Death until the day he could no longer stand by while innocent lives were being taken, and for that – he Fell. Centuries’ walking the earth as a Fallen has taught Sam two things; you can’t trust anyone and the bad guys aren’t just the humans and demons that walk beside him.
Seline O’Shaw is half-succubus and willing to do whatever it takes to gain her freedom. Raised by the Punishment Angel, Rogziel, he uses Seline to lure in those he deems in need of justice and punishment while telling her what an abomination she is. But Seline has come to realize that not all of Rogziel’s victims deserve his brand of justice.
She’s using him to gain her freedom, he’s using her to find his brother but in each other they’ll discover things within themselves that they never thought possible; including a chance at love. Will the betrayals between them be too many for even love to conquer though?
Angel Betrayed was a spellbinding paranormal romance that charmed me from the first page. Cynthia Eden knows how to weave a story to captivate. The superb world-building will pull you right in and the dynamic characters will keep you turning the pages. What I loved most about this book was neither of the main characters were flawless, they each carried demons (literally) and made many mistakes. It just endeared them more to me.
For those who have been following the series, Cynthia Eden delves deeper into the world of the Angels with more characters as well as the hierarchy and politics of Heaven. We also learn that there is more to Sam then the cold, dangerous and slightly evil side we saw in Angel of Darkness. He didn’t Fall for a woman, vanity or even selfish pleasures; he fell for justice. Add that great sense of honor he hides so well to his bad boy attitude and the sexy swagger to pull it off, this is one angel that will leave you panting.
Seline was also a wonderful character and made for a kick-ass heroine full of spunk and determination. All she wants is her freedom and to get it she is not above deceiving Sam but that hard exterior slowly starts to crumble as she discovers more about herself and learns her own self worth. I never knew just which way Selline was going to go; she’s a character that will keep you on your toes. I really enjoyed watching both character’s evolvement, they completed each other well and it felt like to parts making a whole when they came together. The passion between them sizzled; but with a succubus and a centuries-old Fallen Angel you should expect that right? Well get ready for that cold shower because Sam and Seline will even blow those expectations out the door, these two together are H-O-T!
A little twist made for a surprising final few chapters and I can’t wait to see what else Cynthia Eden has in store for us with The Fallen and Az in Angel in Chains (November 27th, 2012).
Angel Betrayed is part of The Fallen series but set up well to be read by itself. One of my favorite paranormal romance authors, I don’t even look at the blurb anymore before picking up one of her books. I know I’m going to love it regardless!
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses