Monday, July 16, 2012

Review - Angel Betrayed (The Fallen #2) by Cynthia Eden

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...

ARC received from NetGalley

Review:  3 1/2 starsAngel Betrayed is a story about a powerful fallen angel who falls in love with a beautiful half incubus girl.  Sammael, known better as Sam, was once an angel of death.  His orders were not to interfere, but to bring death to those who were on the "list."  His job was not to judge or to feel anything regarding the deaths that he brought to various people.  After many senseless deaths of children and women by brutal means, Sam decided that he would take matters into his own hands and began bringing death to those whom he deemed worthy.  Sam is able to kill with just the touch of his hand.  Although he only brought death to truly horrible people, he was kicked out of heaven for not following his orders.

Seline is the half-incubus that has her own agenda and is the original reason why she was cozying up to Sam.  Seline works for an evil angel, Rogziel, who is hell bent on punishing fallen angels on earth.  She has been offered redemption for the work she does for him.  Seline has been with Rogziel since she was a girl, and is trying her best to get away from him.  Although she respects Rogziel, he has told her over and over again how she is an "abomination."  He has structured her thought and her self image since the time she was a young girl.  However, she has agreed to get close to Sam.  She has known Sam for a while, and thinks that he is very sexy!

Strange.  She'd never thought Death would be particularly sexy.  He was.  His eyes were the brightest blue she'd ever seen.  His cheeks were high, his jaw hard and strong, and his lips - sensual, but with an edge of cruelty she couldn't miss.

 Seline goes to Sam to ask for protection from men who are trying to kill her.  Seline is naturally attractive, being part incubus, and Sam is immediately drawn in by her magnetism.  Unfortunately, Seline is also conniving and working against Sam.  You have to give it to this girl  - she has a lot of chuztpah for trying to double cross Sam.  Thankfully, Sam is a smart enough character to realize a set up when he sees one.  Regardless of motives, there is scorchingly hot chemistry between these two.  Neither one particularly trusts the other, yet they are drawn to one another.

Even if she hadn't agreed, he hadn't planned to let her go.  The deal wasn't truly about Az or Rogziel.  I just want her.  

Sam has a second problem - his brother, Azrael or Az for short, has fallen from Heaven, too.  Az was always the more self-righteous of the brothers.  They are opposites in many ways.  Az is blond and fair compared to the dark and brooding Sam.  Sam is hell bent on killing his brother because he feels that his brother betrayed him before they both fell from grace.  For me, Az was a very sexy angel.  I hope to hear more about him in the future.

Although Seline tried several times to betray Sam, he refuses to let her go.  This leads to many trust issues between the two.  I don't blame Sam one bit for not trusting Seline, although I understand why she is trying to capture Sam.  Trust is the main issue through most of this book, and Sam is a difficult man to gain trust from.
So he'd gone a little crazy.  But he'd never touched her and thought of death.  With Seline, it was always about life.  She made him feel more alive than anything or anyone else could.

Seline has to work very hard to earn Sam's trust because of all the scheming she has already done. Sam treats Seline really poorly as a result of this lack of trust, and she leaves him. I agree with her decision by this point in the book, and think she forgives Sam way to easily. Although she did try to double cross him in the beginning, her depth of feeling for him by the end of this book cannot be denied.
"Whatever happens, remember...I don't care what shit Rogziel told you, you aren't an abomination.  You aren't evil."  His gaze narrowed.  "But sweetheart, you are damn well mine." 
One thing in this book that delivered constantly was the hotness between Sam and Seline.  Sam is a wild, primal lover, and Seline knows how to please a man.  With Sam, though, she is taken to a different place.  She doesn't want to have a one night stand with Sam, and she doesn't want to feed off of his sexual energy like she does with other men.  Sam only has eyes for Seline.  He is all alpha, and once he figures out that he wants Seline, he wants her forever.  There is no diverting his attention.

There is a series of events that occurs at the end of this book that cements the love between Seline and Sam.  They are parted for a while, but their love for one another brings them back together, through very difficult odds.  I was happy to see that these two were able to come to terms with their trust issues and to love without bounds.  

One issue I had with this book is that a lot of the angels seem to have sinned greatly.  Not all of them have lost their wings and fallen to earth.  Even though there seem to be a lot of fallen angels, there seem to be just as many not-so-good angels that are still flying around up in Heaven.  AS much as I enjoyed the non-stop action in this book, the author writes in a choppy style.  There are a lot of very short and rough sentences.  This is just one of my issues - a lot of people are not bothered by the choppy writing style.  

All in all, this was a good story.  I liked the action, the development of the characters and the sexual tension. I will definitely read the next book in this series.  I always love a good angel book!


Braine Talk Supe said...

I agree with the chpppy sentences, I got lost on some parts too and even suggested page breaks! LOL

Jamie said...

And I'm kind of sick of these alpha males yelling out things like, "Feel me?" Come on. Enough already. It's bad enough one of the BDBs are saying that every two sentences..

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