Review: Angel in Chains

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve been on the fence about trying one of the books in The Fallen series, now is the time. I enjoyed this one.  And even though it’s the third installment, you should have no trouble following along. There is plenty of action, hot sex, a fantastic heroine, and a virgin hero who happens to be a fallen angel.  Rrrrraw.

The story begins as Azrael stumbles across Jade while she is being threatened by several shifters.  She is only a human, but something about her draws him in.  He saves her life –and as the former Angel of Death, it is the first time he has ever stepped in to stop someone from dying.

The attack on Jade was no random incident. She is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend, the panther pack alpha.  And she has come to realize that either she must kill him or he is going to kill her.  He’s already killed everyone she has ever loved, so she has nothing left to lose.

Az becomes her champion, though it takes awhile before she realizes what a powerful ally she has. What takes nearly no time at all, however, is the amazing sexual tension between these two.  Tension –and phenomenal payoff too.  The sex is really good… though Azrael’s virginity is downplayed a bit.

Anyway, I really liked Jade. She has been through so much with her sadistic ex. And even though she is only human, she has a deep well of strength.  She does what she must to survive, but she doesn’t lose who she is in the process.  I loved watching her find a hero in Az, especially since he is so sure he is not hero material. He is so very wrong.  –He is a fabulous hero. When he falls, he falls hard.  He would burn the world for her.  And that in itself becomes a real threat as the story goes on.

The way Cynthia Eden took on the climax of this story deserves its own shout-out.  She slammed me in the gut with how she made it play out.  I can’t say more because I wouldn’t want to spoil it, but it really wow’ed me.

I liked this one a lot.

Rating: B+


*ARC Provided by Kensington

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Angel in Chains
by Cynthia Eden
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Brava

"OMG, It’s Kelly Meding" & other AAD stories

Yesterday, I talked a little about the larger than life authors I fell head-over-heels with at AAD last week. But love comes in many forms. I met many charming, sweet, and (even shy) authors, who didn’t have to get big laughs to be memorable.

Let me tell you a little story about Kelly Meding. If you’re not familiar with her, she’s an Urban Fantasy author who writes the Dreg City books and the MetaWars series. Anyway, I was trying to find Dakota Cassidy’s table to stalk her at lunch Saturday, when I passed Kelly sitting quietly at her table. I enjoy her books, so I decided to sit with her instead. Joining us at our table were several other readers and authors, including Andrew Grey, who writes m/m. We talked and ate some surprisingly good mystery-meat (I still don’t know what the hell that was.)

Back when Kelly didn’t run from me

 

I recounted the story of running into Jeaniene Frost at the coffee shop and how proud I was that I didn’t pounce on the poor woman as she tried to buy her fruit salad. Andrew told me that most authors don’t mind being approached if the reader is respectful. He then went on to tell me about his worst fan experience, where two girls trapped him in an elevator during a con, jumping up and down, screaming “Oh my God, you’re Andrew Grey.” That’s when Kelly somberly said, “I wish someone would jump up and down for me.”

This was before I screamed her name.

 

I’ll bet you can guess what happened next. The entire table started jumping up and down in our seats, screaming, “Oh my God, it’s Kelly Meding.” I also did it at the book signing. In the lobby outside of the bar. And I told friends to do it randomly throughout the day. I never knew anyone could turn that particular shade of burgundy. Suffice it to say, Kelly is a blusher…. And she probably hates me now.

Jess, Allison, & PJ

 

For Thursday’s lunch, I sat next to Allison Pang. She teased me by showing me the eARC of Trace of Moonlight on her i-thingie.  (I’m still waiting for that .pdf, Allison!!)

The nicest, most personable author I met was probably Cynthia Eden. She and Katie Reus just came up and started talking to me in the lobby.  Later, Cynthia and I went on an expedition trying to find a poorly labeled meeting room.  She was just so genuine and sweet. (And super pretty.)

I spent some time chatting with the awesome Carolyn Crane, who was very down to Earth… and Amanda Carlson –who I always seemed to find in the hotel bar or on the way to it.

Me with Amanda Carlson

OOOoooh. I met Sylvia Day, who says she is still writing her next Crossfire book and even planned on working on it in her room.  And Jeaniene Frost, who was just as nice as could be. She even talked about a 10 inch cock in her UF panel. (That’s my kind of girl!)

There were more. Authors were everywhere.  I was drunk on them (or maybe I was drunk on those free vodka/ cranberries from Mel’s open bar.)  But you get the idea.  What blew me away is that some of them actually knew who I was.  That was a really strange feeling.  Cool, but strange.

More NOLA happenings, including my fun times with fellow bloggers, still to come…

Review: Angel Betrayed

Reviewed by Jen

Growing up under the watchful eye of a punishment angel, Saline has been using her succubus gifts against the wicked since she was a teenager.  But her latest mark is someone more powerful than she has ever encountered. Sammael is a fallen angel, capable of killing with just one touch.  He sees through the wiles that usually work on other men –and quickly she realizes he could be the way to get her out from under Rogziel’s thumb.

Thanks to her succubus gifts, a physical relationship develops right away for Saline and Sam.  That quickly evolves into a partnership as Saline agrees to help Sam track down his brother Azrael in exchange for his help in gaining her freedom.  But even as they work together and share passion, trust is slow to come. And though they start out using each other for their own ends, it becomes something much more between them.

One of the things I liked best about this book was that this was no instant-love story.  The feelings between Sam and Saline develop slowly over time.  Sammael is this hardened, deadly weapon.  Anyone who has ever truly known him has feared him, but not Saline.  It’s just this pure passion… and hope that he can help her gain her freedom.  He could kill her with barely a thought, but even when he figures out he is her target, he doesn’t.  He remains guarded, but at the same time recognizes something between them that he doesn’t want to let go.  He’s growly and bad-ass and I really enjoyed him.

Saline has grown up surrounded by lies and violence, but she still knows right from wrong.  She does a good job balancing her morality with her need to survive.  I thought she was likeable and did the best she could with the hand she was dealt.

The sex is really hot in this story, as you’d probably expect with a succubus heroine. There’s also a lot of action and an interesting plot –with a cool twist at the end.  This is the second book in The Fallen series. The main characters from book one do make an appearance, but I think it was easy to jump in as a new a reader.  The world here is rich with secondary characters, primed and ready for their own stories.  That includes Tomas, a fallen guardian angel in love with his charge… as well as Sam’s brother Azrael, who did some bad things in book one, but has turned himself around.

I liked it. And I’ll pick up book three when it comes out.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

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Angel Betrayed
by Cynthia Eden
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Brava