Title: Angel in Chains
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Fallen (Book 3)
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758267630 (Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-0758267634 (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Kristie
As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death.
Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She’s spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions. . .
Quick & Dirty: Hot, hot story with non-stop action and a strong female character. You will not want to put down this book.
Opening Sentence: Living in hell sucked.
Cynthia Eden certainly knows how to write some “hot, hot” books. Angel in Chains is the third novel in The Fallen series and finally gives Azrael his story and a lover. Although Az certainly isn’t my favorite character from this series so far, I felt he was kind of annoying in the first book and just a pain in the ass in the second. He did redeem himself. His love interest, Jade, is who made the book for me.
Azrael comes across Jade as she is about to be beaten and or kidnapped by a group of thugs. These thugs are shapeshifting panthers and are on orders from her ex-boyfriend to bring her back to him. Az is looking for a fight and has no problem jumping in. He saves her but he just can’t seem to let her go, there is something about her eyes and the fact that he wants to kiss her, have him deciding to protect her from her terrible boyfriend.
Az doesn’t realize that his is getting himself into more trouble than he should when he tangles with Brandt. There is more to this guy than it seems and he won’t go down easy. Brandt is crazy about Jade and very obsessed. He will do anything to get her back. He makes an excellent bad guy.
Jade has been on the run from her ex-boyfriend for many years. Every time she gets comfortable that she has gotten away from him, he finds her again and kills the men she settles down with. She has had enough and this time, it will end in his or her death. She doesn’t expect to come across Az in her time of need but she certainly has no problem using him for this strength.
Jade did drive me batty in the beginning. She taunts Az for his help, even though she doesn’t know what he is or how strong he is. She uses him but then decides that she doesn’t want to get him killed so tries to ditch him. Az doesn’t fall for it but Jade still goes between wanting to use him or having him leave. Ultimately, Jade was a strong character who knew she’d had enough and got tired of having her life dictated by a crazy psycho ex-boyfriend.
Az also has to deal with a world ending prophecy that ties into Jade. Several old characters return to make sure this prophecy doesn’t come to pass. Even trying to sabotage his relationship so he won’t go mad.
Angel in Chains is a dark and sexy book. The action is constant – stopping only for Az and Jade to have some fun – before moving on to more twists and turns. The ending took me by surprise. I totally should have seen that coming but I didn’t and it was great!
Overall, if you are a fan of dark, sexy paranormal reads then you really should check out this series. I would recommend reading it in order just to know all the back stories but it isn’t necessary. Az fills in enough hints to understand his story. Angel in Chains does set up the next book in the series, Avenging Angel, and I already cannot wait to see how Tanner and Marna’s story will play out.
“I dreamed about you.”
She swallowed. Okay, dreams were good, they were—
“You died in my arms.”
Dreams sucked. When his stare returned to her face, Jade tried to smile. “Good thing dreams don’t come true, huh?”
“For angels, they do.”
Her smile fell away.
“We see when our charges will take their last breath. We know of the moment that we must take them with our touch.” He was holding her hand and stroking his ?ngers over the back of her knuckles. “I’ve taken thousands of lives. Never hesitated even once. Not like Keenan.”
The Fallen Series:
4. Avenging Angel (May 28, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Kensington Brava provided me with a copy of Angel in Chains. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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