Kensington / June 26, 2012 / $11.18 print, $11.99 digital
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.
In Angel Betrayed, Cynthia Eden’s Fallen Angels have their own level of dark and sexy. That’s because these Angels all fall because of lust…a lust for power…a lust for love…a lust to simply feel emotions, any emotions.
In Book 1 of The Fallen series, Angel of Darkness, Keenan fell for the emotion of desire. He was an Angel of Death who watched Nicole for weeks before the time came for Keenan to take her soul. He watched her for so long that when the time came for him to take her soul, he couldn’t allow her to die. When he took the soul of the vampire trying to kill her, he was tossed out of Heaven to Fall and burn.
In Angel Betrayed, Sammael falls for the emotion of rage. He too was an Angel of Death, and after watching evil kill innocence again and again, it became too much for him to sit back and endure. He began killing those who preyed on the weak and innocent, anyone whom he felt deserved to die. Although our dark, sexy Fallen Angel Sam is the baddest and most dangerous supernatural in Town, he is not an Angel to be crossed. Not when a simple touch from him can still bring death, and he no longer has to sit back and watch innocents to be harmed without interfering.
“I know we have the power to kill,” Sammael told him. “So I killed.” And for the first time, it had felt…good. Want more.
“No, you punished.”
Perhaps. But those men had deserved a good punishment. An eye for an eye, a death for a death.
“There are others who dole out punishment,” Az continued, his bright blue stare seeming to blaze right at Sammael. “Uriel is—“
“I just served them up to Uriel early.” Uriel and the band of punishment angels that had fallen under his wings. Wrath. Destruction. Annihilation.
Oh how he envied them.
Envy. One of the seven deadly sins. Angels weren’t supposed to sin. Only men could sin and be forgiven. Angels weren’t allowed that luxury.
They can torture, they can kill.
What about me?
While Sam is trying to determine if beautiful Succubus-hybrid Seline can be trusted or if she is setting him for a trip to Hell, someone has figured out how to kill the Fallen and Sam is in a race to find and warn all the Fallen Angels before it is too late.
Angel Betrayed is full of other Fallen Angels who lusted to feel emotions; like the Messenger Angel Anthea who fell for the emotion of love, and the Guardian Angel Tomas who fell for the emotion of desire. Azreal fell for the emotion of conceit. He believed his judgment of others was the only judgment that mattered. Or Messenger Angel Omayo who fell for the emotion of envy. He simply envied humans for their ability to feel emotions. He reveled in the joy of simply being able to feel anything.
He could sense it all around him, and, finally, he could feel. Pleasure. Joy. Happiness. No more watching, now he felt everything. Just like humans. No, more than the humans. He appreciated each moment more because he knew what it was like to live in a void and feel nothing.
A lifetime of no pain, no tears, no loss, also means a lifetime of no joy, no love, no desire. These Fallen Angels are a complex blend of the dark and the light, and after watching humans for millennia, they all will eventually fall from grace to feel the emotions that we humans take for granted.
Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.