Favorite Lines: “She climbed into the bed, naked, and closed her eyes. Sooner or later, Sam would have to find a bed for himself. Even an all-powerful bad-ass had to sleep sometime. She’d know when he slept, she’d feel it. And the instant his eyes closed…You’re mine, Sam.” (p. 31, ARC)
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…
Book two in Cynthia Eden’s The Fallen series focuses on the angel Sammael’s fall from grace. I didn’t read book one, Angel of Darkness, before picking up Angel Betrayed. Its main characters are secondary characters in Angel Betrayed, but the reader is given enough information that it’s not a problem. I didn’t wonder where they came from or their story. Those who do have the option of reading Angel of Darkness, but it’s no biggie as this book can be read as a stand alone.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Angel Betrayed. It seems like there are a ton of angel/demon romance books on the market and they’re hit or miss with me. I loved Angel Betrayed. I adored my flawed angel who never really apologized for being a bad boy. He didn’t need to become gentler to receive the heroine’s love.
Sam didn’t have to show mercy in order for Seline to risk it all for her. She wanted the man she met and was willing to risk it all to have him. He in turn was spectacular. Sam was a violent fallen angel with extreme self-preservation skills. He didn’t let love make him soft and was the alpha of my dreams. Sam made the story for me, although Seline wasn’t too bad. Both were flawed, aggressive and used to winning which made it a pleasure to read about their battle of wills.
What you need to know: The sex is juicy and the story is exciting. Most importantly, I’ll be re-reading this one. It’s earned a spot on my keeper shelf. I love the flawed hero and heroine. I wanted them to be happy and the journey to happy ever-as-long-as-you-live was delightful. I can’t wait for book three, Anger in Chains, to come out in November 2012.