Book Review of Angel Betrayed by Cynthia Eden

Title:  Angel Betrayed

Author:  Cynthia Eden

Release Date:  June 26th, 2012

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance

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…

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review:  I am a big fan of Cynthia Eden, she is a master storyteller and her books are always memorable.  I have read and loved her Night Watchers books and her Midnight books and was thrilled to see her enter the world of angels.  This first book in this series, Angel of Darkness (review here), introduced us to this world and once again affirmed my love for Cynthia.  We meet the hero for Angel Betrayed, well I am not sure I would call him that, but we do meet Sam in the first book.  He was an enigma for me at first, because I was not sure if he could be trusted and I was eager to see what Cynthia had in store for him in Angel Betrayed.

Sam is not a warm touchy feely kind of guy.  He has so much rage inside him, many fear being anywhere close to him.  Can’t say I blame them because he does not have a soft spot for anyone.  That is until he meets Seline. She approaches Sam on the premise of her needing his protection, but her true intentions take a little while to come out.  She was a spitfire and I loved her for not just bending to Sam’s will.  The result of the two of them butting heads was an intense chemistry and passion for one another.  Although trust was something they were not willing to give out to one another right away.  They had to learn to let someone else in and it was not an easy task to accomplish.  I enjoyed their journey together throughout this book, they came to learn so much about one another and themselves which helped me really connect with them.

The action in this story was non-stop.  It was one conflict after another being fired Sam and Seline’s way and I soaked in every minute.  They barely had time to stop and breathe, which kept me flying through the pages to decipher who was really after whom.  The Fallen may not be perfect, but the angels that still have their wings are not either.  They think they are better than the others, but in Angel Betrayed we learn that everything is not what it seems in Heaven.  I am sure this theme will continue through the rest of the series and I am very interested to see how it will play out.

The ending of this book had me on the edge of my seat!  There were quite a few moments I did not see coming and thought there was no way Sam and Seline were going to make it out.  Cynthia did an excellent job of building the suspense and had me guessing the outcome until the very end.

Overall, this book was amazing.  It had everything I wanted and more!  For any fans of paranormal romance, this is a series you cannot miss.  I suggest starting with the first book, Angel of Darkness first and then reading this one.  The end of the book sets up two different stories for two very different Fallen and I anxious to see who will get their story next.

FTC:  Thank you to the publisher for sending me this ARC for review.

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