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Angel of DarknessAngel of Darkness (The Fallen #1) by Cynthia Eden
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

Nicole St. James was a nice woman. An innocent, pretty, twentysomething schoolteacher with her life ahead of her. But as the angel of death, it’s Keenan’s job to take that life away. So when a vampire attacks Nicole, Keenan is not supposed to snap and take out the vampire instead. It cost him his wings–but she’s worth it.

Except when Keenan catches up to his pretty schoolteacher, she’s not so innocent anymore. Hot red lipstick, tight black shorts and long white fangs–she’s ready to kick the asses of anyone who helped turn her into a damn bloodsucker. Unless that ass is unusually shapely and attached to a certain fallen angel. Even with all of heaven and half of hell after them, someone will have to teach Keenan about the fun kinds of sin. . .

Keenan is an angel of tasked with the job of escorting souls to another plane when they die. He has always steadfast in his task until he sees Nicole pleading with him for help. That one second of hesitation was going to come and haunt him forever.

When Nicole was attacked by the vampire, she knows her time has come. She sees someone there and begs him to help her; she never dreamed that request would cost her humanity. Now she is determined to survive and live, even though she has enemies on her tale. With the help of the sexy fallen angel, she might find a way.

I liked Keenan’s character a lot. Ms. Eden did a good job of developing his character and letting him grow. He is a total bad a$$ but at the same time he has never experienced any type of emotions or sex. He is complex but vulnerable at the same time. There is plenty of room for growth and you see that growth by the end of the book.

Unlike a lot of people, I enjoyed Nicole’s character. I loved her take charge attitude when it comes to her life and what she is going to get out of it. She is on the cusp of dying and then all of a sudden she is thrust into the “darkness” and has to find a whole new way to survive. For the most part she is able to get herself out of binds but soon realizes that she is better off with Keenan’s help, she can accomplish more.

I think that Kennan and Nicole are good together and find it ironic that the “sweet” girl that Kennan was watching is the one giving him a lesson in all things wicked.  He is experiencing things in his life for the first time and she is there to guide him through it all including the pain and pleasure.  She doesn’t realize that he lost his wings when he “saved” her and seems to have a hard time dealing with that fact.

The book has some great secondary characters that help move the story along.  Sam is unique and you really never know where he stands until the end of the book.  Azrael is determined to save Kennan, no matter the costs but he finds out that a man in love will do anything to protect his woman.  I can’t wait to read each of their books and see where the stories will take us.

I love Cynthia Eden’s books and this one was no different.  I enjoyed the story because it was different than other paranormal books I’ve been reading.  You have to admit the idea of a sexy fallen angel looking for you is pretty hot.  I give Angel of Darkness 4 Flaming Hearts. 4 Hearts

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Wild CardWild Card by Jamie Wyman
* I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.

But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem’s weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat needs to find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her soul. Marius, a handsome yet irritating satyr with his own debt to Eris, might finally come in handy for something. If they play their cards right and work together, Cat and Marius may just get their freedom back. If they don’t kill each other—or fall in love—first.

Catherine Sharp has had a run of bad luck and love which has led to her soul belonging to Eris, the Goddess of Discord. She may have a life but she is expected to be at Eris beck and call. When the Goddess offers her a chance to get her soul back, how can she refuse? She just never expected to be tested by all the players in the game.

Along with Marius she sets out to retrieve poker chips from the five other members of the game. She and Marius are in a battle for her life facing things of nightmares. The more time they spend together, the more she discovers about him that she actually likes. She starts to see beneath his glamour, and that frightens him.

I enjoyed this story and I think Catherine is a strong heroine.  I like that she can take care of herself but isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it.  She knows that she needs Marius if she is ever going to complete this task and get her soul back.  Along the way she discovers things about herself that she never would’ve imagined.  With the help of her friends she begins to harness her new found powers while fighting to stay alive. 

The actual poker game at the end was my favorite part of the book.  I would’ve liked to see her be able to win the right to “deal” herself into the game for a chance to win her soul back.  I was happy with the outcome of the game though and I loved the twist at the end.  I have to admit that I loved seeing the Goddess of Discord get a dose of her won medicine though.

I didn’t like Marius very much in the beginning but as Catherine began to peel back his layers, he started to grow on me.  He has a reputation to uphold, hence his attitude but underneath he seems to be a very lonely man/beast.  He turns out to be a good friend to Catherine, even though he has ulterior motives. 

This book combined a couple of my favorite things and I enjoyed it very much.  Mythology has always been a favorite of mine and reading about the Gods was fun.  During a conversation with Loki, the quote about whose hammer Catherine wielded during the battle has to be one of my favorites.  I also loved the techno aspect since my husband is a techno geek himself.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and give Wild Card 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts

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PlatinumPlatinum (Facets of Passion #2)  by Jeffe Kennedy
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Althea Grant’s Charleston gallery might be suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere, but she’s doing just fine, thank you. When bad-boy sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.

Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr designed for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the cool Southern belle into modeling for him is the second.

As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?

Thea comes has been raised in true southern fashion with affluent parents.  She owns an art gallery and shows water color paintings that can be found in any other gallery in the historic district.  Business has been slow and she is afraid she is going to have to close until Steel walks into her life and she starts to see things in a new light.  She is no longer satisfied with just going through the motions she wants more but will it be enough to save her gallery?

Thea is an albino with rare coloring.  She typically wears pastels because bold colors tend to wash her out.  She stays out of the sun and leads a quiet life.  She has a boyfriend but when she meets Steel but when he asks her to break up with him she really looks at their relationship.  She realizes that something is missing in her relationship with Brandon as well as her life and starts making changes.

Steel challenges her and starts pulling her out of her shell.  He convinces her to model for him and starts to bring out the fire in her that has been hiding below the surface.  I loved seeing her grow and come out of her shell and I think Steel was good for her.  The sex scenes were super hot and ultimately Thea was always the one in charge.  I think the author handled the scene when Thea used her safe word with Steel very well.

Overall I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the third one in this series.  I give  Platinum 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts

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