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Angel Betrayed: The Fallen #2

Cynthia Eden

ISBN 9780758267610
Publish Date 6/26/2012
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Brava, Fallen, The, Paranormal

A Little Bit Of Angel Lust

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…

Praise for Cynthia Eden’s novels

“Highly sensual and definitely dangerous.” —Shannon McKenna on Hotter After Midnight

“A wickedly unique voice in paranormal romance!” —Larissa Ione on I’ll Be Slaying You

“A fast-paced, sexy thrill ride you won’t want to miss.” —Christine Feehan on Eternal Hunter

Prologue

Death could be kind or he could be cruel. Tonight, he felt damn cruel.

Sammael’s dark wings flapped behind him as he watched his prey. The stench of blood and sweat clung to the men. They’d fought hard and long that day. They’d killed so many—men, women, and children. Sammael had taken the souls from the broken bodies. They’d seen him coming— only those slipping from the mortal world ever saw an Angel of Death—and their eyes had filled with terror.

So many dead in such a short time. He’d watched their slaughter. Stood back while they begged and screamed.

His job was only to take the souls. He gave them peace after their suffering. He served. He didn’t question.

Until now.

There was no reason for him to be in this forest. No reason for him to watch these men. They weren’t on the list for death, not tonight anyway.

They were laughing and drinking. They didn’t sense him. No one ever did—not until it was too late.

Blood still stained their hands.

Watch and wait and take the souls when it is time. That was his job, and it was the job he’d done for centuries.

Angels didn’t feel emotion. They didn’t feel lust or love or rage.

No, angels weren’t supposed to feel. But he’d never fit into that perfect mold. Lately, he’d been feeling too much, and he just couldn’t shut off the fury.

Sammael dropped to the ground. His wings closed in behind him. To kill, to take a soul, he only needed one touch. Just one.

He smiled at the men. Some were stiffening and glancing around, as if they sensed him.

They only see when death is at hand.

Sammael reached for the first man. Death is at hand for you.

One touch and the human fell to the ground with an expression of twisted agony contorting his face. The laughter stopped then, and the scent of fear teased Sammael’s nose.

His black wings spread behind him, powerful and strong. When the others began to run and scream, his smile stretched.

No more watching.

Another touch and another body hit the ground. Again and again. The laughter that filled the air was his now. He had the power, and he didn’t feel like being kind to the mortals around him.

Shouts of “devil” and “monster” filled the air. The shouts were almost insulting, but he didn’t really expect these fools to recognize an angel.

They saw him now because he’d changed their fate. Marked by Death now. Death was closing in, and they couldn’t fight him. There would be no escape.

When they ran, he just flew after them. He caught the men, lifted them up into the air, and then tossed their dead bodies back to the ground.

“Please . . . mercy!” One man’s desperate cry.

He had no mercy.

He touched and he killed . . . until no one was left.

When the haze of rage cleared from his eyes, the dead circled him.

The smile still lifted his lips when the wind began to whip against Sammael’s body. The wind howled, screaming like the dead men, no, like those women had screamed earlier that day when they’d been slaughtered. Like the children had screamed when he’d just stood there and watched the bastards attack.

No more watching.

He had the power. He’d take it, and he’d kill anyone he wanted.

Sammael’s body jerked into the air. He flew, high, higher, way past the clouds and back to the domain of the angels. But he didn’t return to heaven on his own accord. They yanked him back.

“Sammael.” His brother’s voice boomed as Sammael dropped onto the marble floor. “What have you done?”

Sammael rose slowly and let his wings stretch behind him. His shoulders rolled as he stared at Azrael. He didn’t have to answer to the other angel. When it came to the hierarchy of the Death Angels, Sammael was at the top. Everyone else should bow to him. They should all learn that lesson. “Don’t dare to question me.” He was the power. It was past time that he started to use that strength.

But his brother just shook his blond head. “You took them. It wasn’t their time.”

“I made it their time.” No apology. His gaze swept the room. Heavy with thick, white columns. Walls adorned with gold. Perfect. Opulent.

Prison.

Sammael turned away and headed for the gold-plated doors.

Az appeared in his path and blocked his way. The other angel had always been fast.

I’m faster.

“We don’t judge,” Az said, voice flat. “We deliver those that are charged to us. We are not to interfere in the lives of humans. You know this.” Ah, his brother had better be careful. It almost sounded like some emotion had slipped into his voice.

“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, and 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 served 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?

“They would have found their way to Uriel’s hands sooner or later,” Sammael said with a dismissive wave. He didn’t back away from his brother. He never would. “I just sped up the process.”

Az shook his head, and his hair brushed his shoulders. “You disobeyed.”

Sammael was tired of pretending. Not perfect. “And I’ll do it again.” He let the grim smile tilt his lips once more. “Humans don’t have the power. We do. I do.” He’d be using his power from now on. Humans would learn they should be afraid.

“That is not the way!”

“It is for me.” He shoved his brother aside. “The rules are changing. The ones who get in my way...they will fear, and they will die.” Because he wasn’t going to watch anything, not anymore.

“Brother...” Az sighed after him. “Do you know what you’ve done?”

The golden doors wouldn’t open. Sammael grabbed them and pushed as hard as he could, but they wouldn’t budge. The wind was howling again and that painful screech filled his ears.

Angels don’t feel pain. But that wind—the noise hurt.

The wind caught Sammael’s body and carried him into the air. He hung suspended, his wings flapping helplessly and his body straining, as Az slowly walked around him.

“There’s still time,” Az murmured, brows pulling together. “Ask forgiveness, brother. Change your ways and you can—”

Watch for an eternity. Hear the screams and do nothing. See the blood and only know the smell of death.

Sammael kept the smile on his face. “I ask for nothing. From now on, I take.” Lives. Souls. Everything.

Az’s eyes narrowed. “Then you die.”

With those words, he fell. The elaborate room vanished as Sammael plummeted from the sky. Wind whipped around him, biting into his flesh as he fell, faster, faster, and—

Agony ripped through his body. A white-hot fire consumed him, burning... ”Az!”

But his brother wasn’t helping him. No one helped him. He fell, and he burned. His wings—always the most sensitive part of his body—burned the longest, the hottest.

He screamed and screamed and seemed to fall forever.

When he hit, he expected death. Az had promised death.

But Sammael wasn’t dead. Broken, bloody, and burned, but not dead.

Not yet.

And that was just the start of the hell to come.

About Cynthia Eden:

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas. Visit her online at www.CynthiaEden.com.

Average Customer Review

Based on 8 reviews


Customer Review

Loved It!! (Tuesday, November 27, 2012)
Reviewer: KittyKelly

As posted on The Smutty Kitty

5 out of 5 Licks

After reading Angel of Darkness I was soooo excited to find out it was time for Sam's story!! He is such a tortured soul (perfect for a fallen angel I guess) and I just love my heroes tortured. Seline hasn't had an easy life either so it's fun to see the two of them fight the attraction. Sam tries to come across as almost heartless but I know he's not. I laughed and cried my ass off when reading this book. I think one of the best compliments I can give is that I couldn't put it down but I never wanted it to end. I love the other two books in the series (read about Angel in Chains tomorrow) but this one is hands down my favorite. My kittens know how serious I am about not giving out spoilers so I can't say much but if you aren't crying toward the end of this one you might be heartless! lol

Wow, that Sam.... (Tuesday, November 27, 2012)
Reviewer: Amy R

Loved this book! It is the second in The Fallen series and was so good. After reading the first one (Angel of Darkness) I wasn’t sure about the Fallen Angels. I always had the idea that Angels were good and wholesome and protective. I wasn’t ready to part with that idea, even in a fiction book. So, while I enjoyed Keenan’s story in Angel of Darkness, I think it really prepared me for Sam’s story in Angel Betrayed. Cynthia does a fabulous job of writing her characters that are so broken yet so good deep down (well, some of them anyway). They are full of emotion even when they don’t think they feel. I also enjoy the plot twists and turns that are taken in the story. Just when you think the ride is about to end, something else comes up. I was actually exhausted after reading this book since my emotions were up and down along with the characters!

In the first book I was not a fan of Sammael (Sam). He just seemed mean and I disliked him. There were times in this book I wanted to punch him (glad Seline took a swing at him and pushed him a time or two for me). He is definitely an Angel who thinks very highly of himself. But he is also an Angel that has been through so much pain and suffering, so you don’t really blame him for being the way he is. I also wasn’t sure of Seline and what she was up to at first. Sam and Seline took awhile to trust one another, and as a reader I felt the same way. However, Seline was just what Sam needed. She had strength, power and an attitude to match his. I loved listening to Seline’s snarky thoughts and her responses to situations. I think Cynthia really did a great job with the two of them. She led them on the exact journey they needed to go on to change their ways and figure out what they wanted for their future. I am very intrigued by Sam and Azrael’s relationship as brothers. Looking forward to Azrael’s story in the next book and hope it will make some sense of the events in this one where Az is concerned.

I really like books that cause me to laugh and cry and this one did both. There is so much going on in this book – not just with the characters and the relationships they have but the good versus evil component and who should be allowed to judge someone else’s actions. It was very hard to put down. I highly recommend you read this series if you like paranormal books with romance and suspense!

Angel Betrayed (Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
Reviewer: The Jeep Diva

I loved Sammael from the moment he walked onto the pages of Angel of Darkness. So I was more than excited to read his book. He is my favorite type of hero. He is one of those characters that have done things that could easily be perceived as evil or wrong. He does things his way. He bends the rules or he just makes new ones to fit his needs. I love these qualities in my romance heroes.

Readers were only given a few details about Seline in Angel of Darkness. I was very curious about her character. I liked what she brought to the book. She is very similar to Sam. She is willing to do anything to see that her objective is met. What her character is is also very fascinating. It allows for her character to be both vulnerable and bad ass.

Sam and Seline both have some major trust issues, and with good cause. The reasons why Sam and Seline begin their adventure and why they stick to each other’s sides throughout the adventure is proof enough as to why they should have trust issues. They continuously make deals with each other. Seline has information that Sam wants. Sam has the power to help Seline to get what she wants. They just have to find a middle ground that will allow them enough trust to see their needs to an ends.

They also have to figure out what to do with all the lust that is radiating between them. Whoa, these two are hot, and the flames between them keep getting hotter. I really liked Sam and Seline as a couple. Everything about them as a couple works. The tension is high all around. Deep down even though they don’t know it, they have the same wants in life. Together when the trouble comes knocking they are a force to be reckoned with.

I do believe that Angel Betrayed can be read without having read Angel of Darkness. Sam and Seline, and Azrael all three have roles in book #1 of The Fallen series. Their roles in the first book are small and the key factors are retold briefly in Angel Betrayed. Keenan and Nicole also have small roles in the second book, but not to where you have to have read the first book to have a full understanding as to what is going on.

Good Heavens and Hell's Bells!!! (Sunday, September 23, 2012)
Reviewer: Mina

“She’d traded her wings for a life with her Fallen. Heaven, hell…everything in between didn’t matter. Paradise was staring right back at her. (…) Dangerous, dark…yes, please. She didn’t want some kind of white knight. She wanted her lover with the wildness in his eyes and danger at his back.”

Sammael is a Fallen angel: he used to be a Death angel, but when he got tired of standing by as a silent witness of violence with the sole purpose of claiming the souls of the dying sinners , he decided to take the matter in his own hands and deliver the ultimate punishment to a band of brutal murderers. For his act of arrogance and lack of repentance, Sam (Sammael’s name on earth) gets expelled from heaven and plunged into the humans' world.
Sam’s insubordination to the higher ranks of the angels hierarchy fuels the wrath of Rogziel, the Punishment angel. Blinded by his anger, Rogziel wants to see the Fallen angel burning in hell and at this purpose he decides to leverage on Sam’s biggest weakness to ensnare him in a trap he won’t be able to escape: a woman. The enchanting and seductive Seline works as a dancer in one of the night clubs Sam owns in New Orleans. She is a half-breed succubus, a demon-lover Rogziel has raised since her parents’ death and used for his dark agenda of personal vengeance. What Rogziel doesn’t consider is that Seline’s psychic power is much higher than he thought and that his trap will trigger a powerful chemistry between the succubus and the Fallen angel.

Good Heavens, Hell’s bells and “everything in between”! This paranormal romance novel, installment #2 of The Fallen series by RITA® finalist and national best-selling author Cynthia Eden, was a remarkable roller-coaster of events and emotions.
I read the first part of the book with a skeptical eye because of the complexity of the characters and the lack of a clear-cut separation between evil and good, villains and angels. In this first stage of the novel I was not quite sure which character to root for: Sam is an angel, but he kills with a touch and snarls like a devil; Seline is as beautiful as an angel and more innocent than a demon lover is supposed to be, but she’s on a mission to ”kill” a fallen angel with her seductive succubus powers. Rogziel, high rank in the hierarchy of Punishment angels, turns out to be more wicked than the Fallen angels he’s hunting down. And it all happens in New Orleans, one of the most haunted places on earth, a city charged with a dark and wild energy.
I was able to make sense of it all and understand the dynamics that propel demons and angels between realms only when the main characters, urged by their deepest and truest emotions, took a clear stand. In Cynthia Eden’s novel, angels can be more lethal than the devil himself and can cause a blood-bath of epic proportions, emotions run deep, kisses can kill, sensuality is scorching hot. The book literally bleeds with action and sexuality from cover to cover. And still, the emotional connection in our lead couple grows to a level that gives a new meaning to the word lust. You may find Angel Betrayed’s world-building to be an imaginative challenge to your suspension of disbelief with all these angels, demons, vampires, magic spells and hellhounds, but the emotions and the feelings that motivate the actions, the struggles, the antagonism among otherworldly creatures are the same basic and powerful emotional forces that characterize our kind: pride, arrogance, love, hate, the rivalry between brothers, the betrayal of a friend, the sense of dislocation experienced when you move into a world you don’t belong to, the indissoluble bond and trust issues between lovers.
What charges this fast-paced, action-packed paranormal novel with a heavy dose of romance and sensuality is the fact that the bond between the main characters goes well beyond Seline’s succubus power of absorbing the vital energy generated by her lover: that bond is much deeper than Sam’s addiction to Seline’s sensual lure.
The author introduced also a very interesting cast of secondary characters and I certainly look forward to the next installment in The Fallen series to see how their sub-plots will unfold.

Good Heavens and Hell's bells! (Friday, August 17, 2012)
Reviewer: Mina

“She’d traded her wings for a life with her Fallen. Heaven, hell…everything in between didn’t matter. Paradise was staring right back at her. (…) Dangerous, dark…yes, please. She didn’t want some kind of white knight. She wanted her lover with the wildness in his eyes and danger at his back.”

Sammael is a Fallen angel: he used to be a Death angel, but when he got tired of standing by as a silent witness of violence with the sole purpose to take the souls of the dying sinners , he decided to take the matter in his own hands and deliver the ultimate punishment to a band of brutal murderers. For his act of arrogance and lack of repentance, Sam (Sammael’s name on earth) gets expelled from heaven and plunged into the humans' world.
Sam’s insubordination to the higher ranks of the angels hierarchy fuels the wrath of Rogziel, the Punishment angel. Blinded by his anger, Rogziel wants to see the Fallen angel burning in hell and at this purpose he decides to leverage on Sam’s biggest weakness to ensnare him in a trap he won’t be able to escape: this trap is a woman, the enchanting and seductive Seline, a dancer working in one of the night clubs Sam owns in New Orleans. She is a half-breed succubus, a demon-lover Rogziel has raised since her parents’ death and used for his dark agenda of personal vengeance. What Rogziel doesn’t consider is that Seline’s psychic power is much higher than he thought and that his trap will trigger a powerful chemistry between the succubus and the Fallen angel.

Good Heavens, Hell’s bells and “everything in between”! This paranormal romance novel, installment #2 of The Fallen series by RITA® finalist and national best-selling author Cynthia Eden, was a remarkable roller-coaster of events and emotions.
I read the first part of the book with a skeptical eye because of the complexity of the characters and the lack of a clear-cut separation between evil and good, villains and angels. In this first stage of the novel I was not quite sure which character to root for: Sam is an angel, but he kills with a touch and snarls like a devil; Seline is as beautiful as an angel and more innocent than a demon lover is supposed to be, but she’s on a mission to ”kill” a fallen angel with her seductive succubus powers. Rogziel, high rank in the hierarchy of Punishment angels, turns out to be more wicked than the Fallen angels he’s hunting down. And it all happens in New Orleans, one of the most haunted places on earth, a city charged with a dark and wild energy.
I was able to make sense of it all and understand the dynamics that propel demons and angels between realms only when the main characters, urged by their deepest and truest emotions, took a clear stand. In Cynthia Eden’s novel, angels can be more lethal than the devil himself and can cause a blood-bath of epic proportions, emotions run deep, kisses can kill, sensuality is scorching hot. The book literally bleeds with action and sexuality from cover to cover. And still, the emotional connection in our lead couple grows to a level that gives a new meaning to the word lust. You may find Angel Betrayed’s world-building to be an imaginative challenge to your suspension of disbelief with all these angels, demons, vampires, magic spells and hellhounds, but the emotions and the feelings that motivate the actions, the struggles, the antagonism among otherworldly creatures are the same basic and powerful emotional forces that characterize our kind: pride, arrogance, love, hate, the rivalry between brothers, the betrayal of a friend, the sense of dislocation experienced when you move into a world you don’t belong to, the indissoluble bond and trust issues between lovers.
What charges this fast-paced, action-packed paranormal novel with a heavy dose of romance and sensuality is that the bond between the main characters goes well beyond Seline’s succubus power of absorbing the vital energy generated by her lover, and that bond is much deeper than Sam’s addiction to Seline’s sensual lure.
The author introduced also a very interesting cast of secondary characters and I certainly look forward to the next installment in The Fallen series to see how their sub-plots will unfold.

Good Heavens and Hell's bells! (Friday, August 17, 2012)
Reviewer: Mina

“She’d traded her wings for a life with her Fallen. Heaven, hell…everything in between didn’t matter. Paradise was staring right back at her. (…) Dangerous, dark…yes, please. She didn’t want some kind of white knight. She wanted her lover with the wildness in his eyes and danger at his back.”

Sammael is a Fallen angel: he used to be a Death angel, but when he got tired of standing by as a silent witness of violence with the sole purpose to take the souls of the dying sinners , he decided to take the matter in his own hands and deliver the ultimate punishment to a band of brutal murderers. For his act of arrogance and lack of repentance, Sam (Sammael’s name on earth) gets expelled from heaven and plunged into the humans' world.
Sam’s insubordination to the higher ranks of the angels hierarchy fuels the wrath of Rogziel, the Punishment angel. Blinded by his anger, Rogziel wants to see the Fallen angel burning in hell and at this purpose he decides to leverage on Sam’s biggest weakness to ensnare him in a trap he won’t be able to escape: this trap is a woman, the enchanting and seductive Seline, a dancer working in one of the night clubs Sam owns in New Orleans. She is a half-breed succubus, a demon-lover Rogziel has raised since her parents’ death and used for his dark agenda of personal vengeance. What Rogziel doesn’t consider is that Seline’s psychic power is much higher than he thought and that his trap will trigger a powerful chemistry between the succubus and the Fallen angel.

Good Heavens, Hell’s bells and “everything in between”! This paranormal romance novel, installment #2 of The Fallen series by RITA® finalist and national best-selling author Cynthia Eden, was a remarkable roller-coaster of events and emotions.
I read the first part of the book with a skeptical eye because of the complexity of the characters and the lack of a clear-cut separation between evil and good, villains and angels. In this first stage of the novel I was not quite sure which character to root for: Sam is an angel, but he kills with a touch and snarls like a devil; Seline is as beautiful as an angel and more innocent than a demon lover is supposed to be, but she’s on a mission to ”kill” a fallen angel with her seductive succubus powers. Rogziel, high rank in the hierarchy of Punishment angels, turns out to be more wicked than the Fallen angels he’s hunting down. And it all happens in New Orleans, one of the most haunted places on earth, a city charged with a dark and wild energy.
I was able to make sense of it all and understand the dynamics that propel demons and angels between realms only when the main characters, urged by their deepest and truest emotions, took a clear stand. In Cynthia Eden’s novel, angels can be more lethal than the devil himself and can cause a blood-bath of epic proportions, emotions run deep, kisses can kill, sensuality is scorching hot. The book literally bleeds with action and sexuality from cover to cover. And still, the emotional connection in our lead couple grows to a level that gives a new meaning to the word lust. You may find Angel Betrayed’s world-building to be an imaginative challenge to your suspension of disbelief with all these angels, demons, vampires, magic spells and hellhounds, but the emotions and the feelings that motivate the actions, the struggles, the antagonism among otherworldly creatures are the same basic and powerful emotional forces that characterize our kind: pride, arrogance, love, hate, the rivalry between brothers, the betrayal of a friend, the sense of dislocation experienced when you move into a world you don’t belong to, the indissoluble bond and trust issues between lovers.
What charges this fast-paced, action-packed paranormal novel with a heavy dose of romance and sensuality is that the bond between the main characters goes well beyond Seline’s succubus power of absorbing the vital energy generated by her lover, and that bond is much deeper than Sam’s addiction to Seline’s sensual lure.
The author introduced also a very interesting cast of secondary characters and I certainly look forward to the next installment in The Fallen series to see how their sub-plots will unfold.

Angel Betrayed will keep you up all night long (Monday, June 11, 2012)
Reviewer: Jennifer (Siren)

Angels, Demons, Hell Hounds…Oh My! This book has everything. An angry Fallen Angel (Sam), a beautiful Demon (Seline) in need of protection, and vengeful Angel out to reap justice. This is the second book in The Fallen Series. In this story we meet Sammael and Seline O’Shaw. Cynthia Eden’s characters were amazing and well put together. I loved the tension that played between Sam and Seline throughout the story. The love scenes were hot and definitely got my imagination going. Eden is quickly becoming one of my top 5 adult paranormal romance writers. I can not wait to see what is up next for The Fallen series.

Angel Betrayed will keep you up all night long (Monday, June 11, 2012)
Reviewer: Jennifer (Siren)

Angels, Demons, Hell Hounds…Oh My! This book has everything. An angry Fallen Angel (Sam), a beautiful Demon (Seline) in need of protection, and vengeful Angel out to reap justice. This is the second book in The Fallen Series. In this story we meet Sammael and Seline O’Shaw. Cynthia Eden’s characters were amazing and well put together. I loved the tension that played between Sam and Seline throughout the story. The love scenes were hot and definitely got my imagination going. Eden is quickly becoming one of my top 5 adult paranormal romance writers. I can not wait to see what is up next for The Fallen series.


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