Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Some books you just devour, and I ate up Angel of Darkness in nearly a single sitting.
The first in Cynthia Eden’s new The Fallen series, Angel of Darkness focuses on Keenan. As an Angel of Death his task was to kill with a touch and remove the designated souls. He was fine with that until he encountered Nicole. He just didn’t want her to die. So he broke the rules and killed the vampire who sought to rape and murder her.
He burned for it and fell to earth. Slowly memories have come back to him about who he is, but all he knows is he needs to find Nicole. It’s been six months, but she knows she’s the key to everything. When he finds her, he learns she’s no longer the coy school teacher. She’s been turned vampire — but she does her damnedest not to kill. He also discovers he wants to protect her.
These two are bound, and while Nicole isn’t much for trusting anyone too many people are after her — demons, shifters, other vampires. She doesn’t know why everyone wants to kill her, but having a second set of eyes around might not be all bad. And it doesn’t hurt that the eyes come on a body that’s pure perfection.
The real interesting piece in Angel of Darkness is the way Eden slowly cultivates fallen angel Keenan’s understanding of emotions. As an angel, he’d never truly felt any emotions. When he fell, they slammed into him. Lust is exciting — and leads to a handful of excellent steamy scenes — but more that than, he has to learn to recognize what’s motivating his actions. He doesn’t immediately think of love when he knows he’d rather die than let harm befall Nicole. He doesn’t know what that is to recognize it. It would have been easy for Eden to let him fall into new emotions easily, but instead she makes it the tumultuous experience it should be. As a result, the sweet parts are sweeter and the sexy parts hotter.
Fans of Moira Rogers’ Crux will absolutely fall for Angel of Darkness as will those who like heroines who don’t need saving but get a little swoony when the boys do it anyway.
Sexual content: Multiple sex scenes