Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Angel of Darkness by Cynthia Eden

Release Date: 11/29/2011
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
ISBN: 0758242174 / 9780758242174

As an angel of death, Keenan’s job is to collect the souls on his list. He’s carried out his duty for two thousand years and never faltered once. Until he meets Nicole St. James.  When the moment of death comes, Keenan hesitates, and instead of taking Nicole, Keenan touches the vampire who’s attacking her.

Cast out of heaven for disobedience, Keenan plummets to earth. Six months later, he finally manages to track Nicole to a bar in Mexico. He’s stunned to discover that the woman he remembers has undergone a dramatic change—she’s become a vampire. And when he realizes that she’s the target of all manner of enemies—other vampires, demons, even shifters—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if all hell breaks loose…


Cynthia Eden is one of my go-to authors when I'm in any sort of reading rut. She always brings something new to the table, her characters are strong, and the relationships are usually steamy, just how I like it. However, I was skeptical about this new series, The Fallen, because angels aren't my thing. As in, I avoid reading about them. I'm not sure why, except that I don't usually like my paranormal romances steeped in religion, and yes, I've had a few bad experiences with exactly that. But, I consider myself an open minded reader, and Eden has never disappointed before, which is how I came to review this book. I am so glad that I gave angels a chance!

Angel of Darkness jumps straight into the action and I was hooked before I finished the prologue. Keenan defies his orders to protect Nicole and I just had to know why he would do something so incredibly against his nature. This one act strips him of his wings, sends him plummeting through fire towards earth where he is forced to learn a whole new way to survive. Only he isn't letting Nicole escape that easily. After months of searching he finally finds her only to discover that she has changed...a lot.

I enjoyed this fallen angel/vampire story and found the relationship between Keenan and Nicole to be very emotional and full of passion. They shared a few scenes that were crazy hot, especially the very first because it was so raw and primal. As with all of Eden's sexy scenes, this one was expertly written with none of the flowery prose that can easily crush what should be erotic. I'd have to say that Keenan put his years of observation to good use!

After poking around at the author's website I discovered that I have but a few months, about 6, to wait for the next Fallen book. Angel Betrayed will be out this summer and I'm seriously hoping that it gives us a whole lot more of the mysterious Sam. This guy has some deep dark secrets that I want to know all about.

Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for VampChix
This book was sent via publisher for review

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