Title: Angel Betrayed
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Fallen (Book 2)
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758267614 (Kensington Brava)
ISBN-13: 978-0758267610 (Kensington Brava)
Reviewed by: Kristie
A LITTLE BIT OF ANGEL LUST.
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…
Quick & Dirty: Non-stop action and page turning tension clearly make Angel Betrayed an exciting read.
Opening Sentence: Death could be kind or he could be cruel.
Seline has been put in a precarious situation. She has to capture, contain and hopefully kill a man named Sam for her boss, Rogziel. Rogziel has always had input over Seline all of her life. He has raised her to believe that she is an evil abomination for her succubus side. Seline knows that she cannot get away from Rogziel, as a punishment angel he always knows where she is. Seline is not aware of Sammael’s Fallen angel status until the night she goes in for the kill. Sam is a lot stronger than she first thought, she then realizes that only she has the actual power to kill Sam but Sam could also save her from Rogziel.
Sam and Seline’s attraction for one another is apparent from the very beginning but they both have ulterior motives. Sam wants Seline because she knows where his brother Azrael is being held prisoner. Sam is haunted with settling a score and wants nothing more than to kill his brother. But when Az escapes, Sam and Seline team up for Seline’s safety. Then when it looks like Az is killing other Fallen angels, they know that they have to stop him no matter what, while trying to avoid Rogziel and his hounds from hell.
Seline isn’t very likeable at first when she is trying to ensnare Sam into her trap, but when her inner motivations come out, I was instantly rooting for her. Her tragic past and the bleak outlook for her future, she knows Rogziel plans to kill her and a witch has foreseen her future covered in blood, will have you hoping that she will survive what is put in front of her. Sam has always had eyes for Seline since he first saw her but he knows she is up to something. So when she finally reveals her hand he has no problems scaring her with who he is or even setting her up as bait. Sam’s motivations towards Seline weren’t always practical but I still wanted them to be together.
Trust and betrayal are the major themes in this novel. Sam and Seline absolutely do not trust each other. They want to but they can’t, not when Seline can drain Sam’s powers dry and Sam can just kill her from one touch. Just as they begin to step forward in their relationship, they feel they are betrayed by the other.
Angel Betrayed is a non-stop action ride from the beginning when Seline fakes an attack on her to the revelations that are discovered at the end. The story is told in the third person through the eyes of Sam, Seline, a few fallen angels and a very bad punishment angel. The world is still as stark and dark as the first book in the series but all the more intriguing.
Overall, this is my favorite book of the series so far. The world sucked me in to make Angel Betrayed a quick, enjoyable read. I did feel there was one thread left dangling in the world but I have a feeling Angel in Chains will deal with that. If you are a fan of tragic but strong characters I highly recommend this series.
Alex was getting away. Seline took off after him. Her legs pumped fast and she jumped into the air.
“Seline!” Sam’s snarl.
She tackled Alex. “You’re not getting away that fast.” They crashed onto the pavement.
“Fucking demon bitch. Traitor.” He rolled and came up fast. “You’re not getting away at all.” And the knife he’d gripped in his right hand came at her throat.
Before he could touch her, Sam touched him.
Alex’s whole body jerked as if he’d just been hit with an electrical charge. His eyes rolled back into his head, and a silent scream contorted his face.
He shuddered, then a moment later he fell to the ground, his body frozen. Dead.
Seline’s gaze rose to Sam’s. The pounding of her heart seemed far too loud. He’d told her what he could do, she’d known how powerful he was, but seeing him, well . . .
He’d just killed with a touch.
Very, very scary.
He offered his hand to her.
The Fallen Series:
3. Angel in Chains (November 27, 2012)
FTC Advisory: Kensington Brava provided me with a copy of Angel Betrayed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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