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