Nov 23 2011 11:00am

Fresh Meat: Cynthia Eden’s Angel of Darkness (Nov. 29, 2011)

Angel of Darkness by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden
Angel of Darkness (The Fallen)
Kensington, $14.oo/$9.59 digital, Nov. 29, 2011

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 realizes 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...

Did you ever have a day when you thought everyone was out to kill you? Well, Nicole St. James knows just what you are going through. And on a day like that, it’s hard to figure out who’s on your side.

Cynthia Eden’s Angel of Darkness is the start of a new “paranormal romantic suspense” series, and it delivers on all counts.

One night, when she just trying to get home from a long day, she was attacked by a vampire. The Angel of Death, Keenan, was tasked with taking her soul that night. But he just couldn’t let her die violently at the hands of a vampire; he kills the vampire instead, and is punished for failing do to his job.

Things just start getting crazy from there.

When Keenan finally tracks Nicole down, he learns that the night of her attack he was a little late in deciding to finally help her, because she was turned into a vampire anyway. Now he must protect her from the humans, shifters and bounty hunters who all want to see his vampire dead.

Nicole quickly learns that vampires aren’t the most popular of the supernaturals: She is also being tracked by a group of supernatural bounty hunters with a personal grudge against bloodsuckers and they think the only good vampire is a dead vampire.

“Vampires lie. They trick. Deceive. One promised my sister she’d live forever.”

The only thing between Nicole and a stake is this Angel who shows up saying he’s there to guard her. Gorgeous or not, she is not about start trusting this “guardian” angel, not when everyone wants to take a bite out of her. But she just can’t shake him.

“You’re going to die.”

Not what a woman wanted to hear moments after rising. She licked her lips. “The sex was good,” she told him, “But we’ve really got to work on your pillow talk.”

Good thing, because now another Angel of Death wants Keenan to finish the job he was supposed to, so that Keenan can return to heaven—or the other guy will finish the job himself:

“It’s simple, Keenan. I know she’s your temptation. We all have our trials. Prove you are stronger. Finish your job. Do what you were meant to do…”

Once she finally decides to trust Keenan, the tables start to turn. There is another Fallen Angel who wants Keenan to work for him, and when the bounty hunters realized what Keenan is an Angel, they want to drain his blood. Angel’s blood makes Angel Dust which can kill even the most powerful of demons. Now Nicole needs to protect Keenan from those who would kill him.

“Step toward him, and you’ll be digging out silver.”

They didn’t move.

“You’re…defending me?” Keenan’s brows rose. “I didn’t expect that.”

“Yeah, well,” neither did I, “you saved my ass, so I figure now it’s my turn.”

Keenan and Nicole have so many enemies, the action just doesn’t stop and the question of who is really a friend and who is really an enemy doesn’t get answered until the last few pages.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog  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.

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Cynthia Eden
1. Cynthia Eden
Lucy, thanks so much for taking the time to review ANGEL OF DARKNESS! And I'm very glad that you enjoyed Keenan and Nicole's story. Thank you!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
Lucy, I think the issue of trust, particularly when dealing with supernatural, all-powerful beings, is a really important one, and I like what you said about the hero and heroine finding trust in one another.
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