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Review: Avenging Angel by Cynthia Eden

Avenging AngelTitle: Avenging Angel

Author: Cynthia Eden

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Fallen (Book #4)

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0758267657 (Kensington Brava)

ISBN-13: 978-0758267658 (Kensington Brava)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Earthly Delights

With a messed up family background and a tendency to grow claws and fangs, Tanner Chance isn’t exactly the boy next door. But he’s a decent cop, and he keeps himself on the side of the good guys. Convenient, because when he rescues a survivor of a horrific shifter attack he finds himself instantly smitten—with an honest-to-goodness angel, as innocent as she is irresistible.

Marna may be angelic, but she’s not stupid or weak. She can take care of herself. Tanner is more temptation than protection anyway. Or so she thinks, until someone wearing her face starts taking out some of New Orleans’ more unsavory paranormals. With police and predators both gunning for her blood, Marna has no choice but to trust Tanner…even though what’s sparking between them is hotter than anything holy.

Quick & Dirty: Dark, dangerous world that I instantly got sucked into. Characters that are a little too stubborn for their own good. Not my favorite of the series but still a great read.

Opening Sentence: Marna awoke to pain.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Avenging Angel is the fourth novel in The Fallen series by Cynthia Eden. She writes such wonderful paranormal romance in which I immediately just fall into her worlds. (I haven’t read any of her non-paranormals at this time.) I love this dark, dangerous yet spiritual world and would love to see more works in this series so I was really excited to see it was a spinoff or at least linked to her Night Watch series. I will definitely have to pick up some copies.

Avenging Angel would at least benefit from having read the other novel in The Fallen series but it really isn’t necessary. Marna and Tanner’s story begin in Angel in Chains and the results of that story are what put them together in Avenging Angel. Marna was a Death Angel but she has since suffered a terrible loss that has forced her to be stuck on earth. Tanner is the sexy, panther shifter who found her and nursed her back to life. He feels responsible for Marna’s predicament and takes it upon himself to keep her safe.

This book starts off with a bang when Tanner confronts Marna with killing a couple of shifters. He is pretty sure she didn’t do it but the police are hot on her trail and he needs to keep her out of jail because angels just don’t do that well in jail. Unfortunately, Marna gets dragged down to the police station anyways and the only way out is to fake her death so she can find out who is setting her up for murder.

Tanner uses his status as a police detective to outwit the law that is after Marna. It doesn’t take long for Tanner to also be targeted by the unknown assailant that is after Marna. Tanner and Marna get a terrible lesson in how bad the supernatural underworld can be when supernaturals get a taste of angel blood so now Marna has a lot more people gunning for her. Tanner doesn’t quite realize that Marna has been having some Angel of Death power problems but when he does they work as hard as they can to figure out how to get those powers back.

Marna is a Death Angel that always had a wariness about her job. She collected souls out of duty only because she didn’t want to fall. She is very sweet but once she is stuck on the earthly plane it doesn’t take her long to grow a backbone. She does try to take revenge on those who hurt her but she feels a bit of remorse. As an angel, Marna has studied humans and she knows what can lead to their downfall but once she acquires a taste for human pleasure, she has no problem indulging in that vice.

Tanner is tough and mean shapeshifter. He only cares for his brother Cody and Marna. Otherwise he really isn’t too friendly. Most of Tanner’s time is taken up by the fact that he doesn’t want to turn out like his father, a murdering psychopath, so he tries to help the humans by being a cop, but also by helping hide supernaturals from being found out by the rest of the world. I felt that Tanner was a little too macho abrasive at times. I thought he was sexy but a little too over the top.

In the end, I had no problem getting sucked into this dark and dangerous world. I would still like to see some of the characters in this series get their own stories. I really did enjoy the supernatural set up with the Angels, Shifters and Demons.

Notable Scene:

“Run,” Marna told the demon. The women’s green eyes had faded to black. “This is your only chance.” She was trying to give her a fair warning.

Instead of heeding that warning, Jillian fired on her.

The bullet never hit.

Because in that same instant, Marna lifted her hands and sent out a wall of fire. The fire circled her and Tanner, closing them in—but keeping the others out. The fire raged so hot that the bullet melted, vanishing in the inferno.

Power, pulsing heat, poured from Marna. “I’m not weak!” she screamed. Too many thought of her that way. All the supernaturals who wanted to cut her open and drain her dry. Even all the angels upstairs, the ones who used to whisper about her. The ones who’d thought she wasn’t strong enough to do the job of a death angel.

The Fallen Series:

1. Angel of Darkness

2. Angel Betrayed

3. Angel in Chains

4. Avenging Angel

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FTC Advisory: Kensington Brava provided me with a copy of Avenging Angel. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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