Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Angel Betrayed

Reviewed by Jen
 
Growing up under the watchful eye of a punishment angel, Saline has been using her succubus gifts against the wicked since she was a teenager.  But her latest mark is someone more powerful than she has ever encountered. Sammael is a fallen angel, capable of killing with just one touch.  He sees through the wiles that usually work on other men --and quickly she realizes he could be the way to get her out from under Rogziel's thumb.

Thanks to her succubus gifts, a physical relationship develops right away for Saline and Sam.  That quickly evolves into a partnership as Saline agrees to help Sam track down his brother Azrael in exchange for his help in gaining her freedom.  But even as they work together and share passion, trust is slow to come. And though they start out using each other for their own ends, it becomes something much more between them.

One of the things I liked best about this book was that this was no instant-love story.  The feelings between Sam and Saline develop slowly over time.  Sammael is this hardened, deadly weapon.  Anyone who has ever truly known him has feared him, but not Saline.  It's just this pure passion... and hope that he can help her gain her freedom.  He could kill her with barely a thought, but even when he figures out he is her target, he doesn't.  He remains guarded, but at the same time recognizes something between them that he doesn't want to let go.  He's growly and bad-ass and I really enjoyed him.

Saline has grown up surrounded by lies and violence, but she still knows right from wrong.  She does a good job balancing her morality with her need to survive.  I thought she was likeable and did the best she could with the hand she was dealt.

The sex is really hot in this story, as you'd probably expect with a succubus heroine. There's also a lot of action and an interesting plot --with a cool twist at the end.  This is the second book in The Fallen series. The main characters from book one do make an appearance, but I think it was easy to jump in as a new a reader.  The world here is rich with secondary characters, primed and ready for their own stories.  That includes Tomas, a fallen guardian angel in love with his charge... as well as Sam's brother Azrael, who did some bad things in book one, but has turned himself around.

I liked it. And I'll pick up book three when it comes out.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon
Angel Betrayed
by Cynthia Eden
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Brava

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6 Comments:

At Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 9:33:00 AM CDT , Blogger Karen said...

I enjoy Cynthia's writing so I'll probably get to this one soon.

I like how they get together quickly but the actual "romance" is slow to build. That's more realistic.

 
At Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:25:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I agree. I hate instant-love. It ruins a book!

 
At Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:27:00 AM CDT , Blogger Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I have this book from Netgalley but I don't have book 1 yet. And I hate reading out of order. I love Cynthia Eden's Bound series so I am really wanting to read this one.

 
At Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:30:00 AM CDT , Blogger Mandi said...

I think I need to try this author

 
At Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:33:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I read it without reading book 1 and had no problems, Amber.

 
At Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:35:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

It was my first time reading one of her books, but I will read from her again!

 

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