Series: The Fallen #1
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC Supplied by Netgalley
As an angel of death, Keenan’s job is to collect the souls on his list. He’s carried out his duty for two thousand years and never faltered once. Until he meets Nicole St. James. When the moment of death comes, Keenan hesitates, and instead of taking Nicole, Keenan touches the vampire who’s attacking her.
Cast out of heaven for disobedience, Keenan plummets to earth. Six months later, he finally manages to track Nicole to a bar in Mexico. He’s stunned to discover that the woman he remembers has undergone a dramatic change—she’s become a vampire. And when he realises that she’s the target of all manner of enemies—other vampires, demons, even shifters—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if all hell breaks loose…
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I haven't read any Cynthia Eden books before but I really liked the look of this one and boy am I glad I read it because now I have lots more books to add to my ever growing TBR list.
I really liked the idea of this book. The storyline sounded a little different to what I've been reading recently. I haven't read any Angel books for a while so was particularly looking forward to this for that reason alone.
We start with Nichole being viciously attacked in an alleyway by a vampire. Keenan, an angel of death, is watching from the shadows as he prepares to take Nichole's soul to the afterlife. But when it comes to it, he hesitates, he can't seem to take her life and instead touches the vampire who is trying to kill her. By breaking the rules, Keenan falls and it's not a pleasant experience.
"I've heard it's the fire that makes you scream the loudest."
6 months on, when he eventually finds Nichole again, he is sad to realise that due to his actions in the alley all those months ago, Nichole didn't die but transformed into a vampire. Because of her unfortunate new life, she has made some enemies who are determined to kill her. Of course Keenan isn't about to let that happen an while he's not used to experiencing emotions, he can't seem to stay away from 'his' vampire. He couldn't let her die in that alleyway and is certainly not about to let her die now.
He was still asleep. So close. If she was careful, he wouldn't even realise what she was doing.
Nichole leaned over him and her hair fell forward to brush against his arm. She could hear his heartbeat drumming. Such a strong, powerful beat. He'd tasted so good before. If she could just get a few more sips of blood, she'd have enough strength to head back in the night and disappear.
Her mouth lowered toward his throat. Just a few drops...
"So I had to promise not to hurt you, but as soon as you wake, you go straight for my throat."
She froze. Her gaze lifted and she saw his lashes slowly rise. He turned his head a fraction and met her gaze. "Hardly seems fair, sweet."
Angel of Darkness is an action packed story with something happening on every page. The storyline is fast paced and easy to read. I liked the character development in this book. Nichole isn't happy with her new life style and has done some things she's not proud of due to bloodlust, but she gets on with it. It seems everyone wants a peace of her and all she wants is to stay alive and to be left alone. Keenan has fallen but he's still got powers and eventually realises this. As the story progresses, and his feelings for Nichole start to become quite clear, he becomes stronger and is determined to fight the bad guys to the death if it means keeping Nichole safe.
The romance is enjoyable, it's not too sickly sweet and is, at times, enjoyably hot.
All in all, I enjoyed this first book of The Fallen series and will definitely be checking out Cyntha Eden's other work.
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