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Angel of Darkness

(The Fallen #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,283 ratings  ·  274 reviews
As an angel of death, Keenan’s job is to collect the souls on his list. He’s carried out his duty for two thousand years and never faltered once. Until he meets Nicole St. James. When the moment of death comes, Keenan hesitates, and instead of taking Nicole, Keenan touches the vampire who’s attacking her.

Cast out of heaven for disobedience, Keenan plummets to earth. Six m
Paperback, 305 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Brava (first published January 1st 2011)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

A fallen angel who swears and kills...

A vampire who actually drinks human blood instead of animal like the fashion is these days...

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This isn't sweet.

There is killing here, and the MCs actually do some of it.
Not one character here is miserable and suffering their poor misfortune.
They all deal with it the best they can.
AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

I have to say I really love the writing style of this author, and I'm definitely going to read all her other series.
I like it that she doesn't sugar-coat everythi
Despite popular belief, angels were not the favored ones. They did not have choices like the humans. Angels only had duty.

Well hello, Cynthia Eden. I see I’ve been missing out by putting off giving your books a try. I can’t remember where I got the impression, but for some reason I always assumed that Eden wrote light, fluffy PNR. I’m relieved to be mistaken. I liked the way she kept me guessing through the story. I wasn’t sure who was good and who was bad and how everything would resolve. The
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Originally posted on Demon Lover's Books & More
which is now Got Fiction? Book Blog

I have been looking forward to this book for about a month now, and the wait was totally worth it.

Keenan is an Angel of Death, and one of his charges is a lovely, innocent, and nice school teacher named Nicole. When it comes down to the moment where Nicole is meeting her death by vampire in a dark alley, she fights. Nicole fights until she has nothing left in her. Keenan is an unfeelin
A fallen angel and the woman he fell for... this started out with a bang and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately it all devolved into repetition -- constant cycles of bad guys coming after them and Nicole whining about how she didn't mean to kill anybody and Nicole and Keenan having sex. In between, there are endless conversations that go nowhere.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, our hero the perfect Angel of Death instead of killing his prey the heroine, interferes and kills the vampire attacking her and falls, his wings burnt. He tracks her down six months later and finds a different woman, no longer the school-teacher instead someone who is being hunted.

Nicole never wanted what she got but she wants to live, she had done bad things because of her blood-lust and doesn't understand who Keenan is at first. Keenan meanwhile is experiencing emotions
2.25 Stars

This books definitely straddles the line between o-k and good. Even writing this I'm sighing because I really wish I enjoyed it more than I did. I could see people really enjoy this, as it is an easy read, and some of the characters are good. But, that being said, overall for me, I found I didn't care for the lead characters Keenan and Nicole, and the story left a lot to be desired. When there are such good paranormal romance books/series' out there, this one really missed the mark.

❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
3,5 stars ⭐️

This story was ... interesting... but it didn’t captivated me as I thought it would. Was one of “I liked it but didn’t loved it”.

I liked the idea Cynthia Eden had of making angles so human, them swearing , lusting and full of emotions.
The story was action packed and full of suspense which works for me because I usually get bored very fast if not much is happening .
Keenan is one possessive ex angel 😇 ➡️ 😈 and I loved that about him a lottt.
Nicole is a wanna be strong independent w
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it! A different mix of characters that you wouldn't expect together - vampire and angel!
Cynthia Eden is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors but this book didn't do it for me.. Which is totally fine! Since this book came out in 2011, I can see how much her writing has grown. The hero was amazing but I couldn't finish the book because the heroine was a total block-head. She yells "I'm an independent woman!!!!" and then runs right into danger at least 3 separate times. Use the brain that god gave you, you "strong independent woman."
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
3.5 stars..

Virgin Hero

Do I need to say more?
You want to know if it’s safe??..........

Yes it is! 100% safe.
W-O-W. Just wow!

A dark and sexy story set in a gritty world of fallen angels, honest-to-goodness blood-drinking vampires, savage shifters and evil demons with vices. Honestly, I was blown away by just how much I enjoyed 'Angel of Darkness' - needless to say the rest of 'The Fallen' series just topped my to-be-read list!
BOOK: Angel of Darkness
AUTHOR: Cynthia Eden
Angel of Darkness (The Fallen, #1) by Cynthia Eden


I'm not much into PNR, but I couldn't help myself when I saw this series. This is my first Cynthia Eden book. There were things I liked and some I just... Ugh get it over with it. For starts this feels REAL long. I thought it was 605 instead of 305 pages only.

Keenan is a angel of death, he carries the soulf of those who dies to another plane. Nicole is one of his charges, and he must carry her soul. Only
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I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I haven't read any Cynthia Eden books before but I really liked the look of this one and boy am I glad I read it because now I have lots more books to add to my ever growing TBR list.

I really liked the idea of this book. The storyline sounded a little different to what I've been reading recently. I haven't read any Angel books for a while so was particularly looking forward to this for that reason
3.5 stars
My experience with Cynthia Eden's paranormal books is limited to her "Bound" novellas. This is the first time I read a lengthier story of her in that genre (my experience with her on novels is with her romantic suspence, "Deadly" series).

Keenan used to be an angel of death -- he fell because he failed in taking one life of Nicole St. James. That fateful night, Nicole looked at him, begging for help, he hesitated, and ended up taking life that is not supposed to be his job. Then, after h
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cynthia-eden
Disclaimer: This is a signed ARC from a blog contest. I was not requested by the author to review this book.

This is a new series by Cynthia Eden. She introduces us to her Dark Angels or The Fallen. This story is about Keenan, an angel who goes against the rules because he was tempted, loses his wings, get tossed out of heaven while enduring excruciating pain. “I’ve heard it’s the fire that makes you scream the loudest.” I was hooked by Chapter 2. If you are a Cynthia Eden fan like I am, you will
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Angel lovers :)
Recommended to Rach by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
Loved this book. I will admit I did loose interest at one point, but not enough to give up and I still really enjoyed it :)

I liked the fact there wasn't many facts to remember about the PRN world within this book. As I have a short attention span and would give up or loose my place.

I will definitely read book 2 as Sam sounds like the sort of Dark Angel I wouldn't mind jumping into bed with bwhahahahaha

Thanks B for the rec :) mwaaahhhh
Heather C
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather C by: Ami
I struggled with this. Was really loving the first few chapters and then both of the MCs started really getting on my nerves. I felt that the "world" was easy, but the plot got really the same thing over and over and over again. The "bad guy" was kinda ridiculous and had dumb intentions for being the bad guy. My favorite character was Sam; will probably, eventually, read his story. Hope his book is the next in the series.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the para & romance plot lines! I like the characters. I like the way the suspense is unfolding as to wtf everyone wants, needs from each other and how all this shit is interconnected; that part is well written AT FIRST. But there are just so, so, so many elements that take the umph out of this read as it goes on.

POV From Hell

The mfing POV is a hot mess out of the gate! I could seriously rip my effing hair out.

1. The author is constantly switching back and from between the male and f
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars

With a distinctive blend of darkness and light, Angel of Darkness is a thrilling new paranormal romance to lose yourself in!

As an Angel of Death, it is Keenan’s responsibility to bring death to those humans’ assigned to him and ferry their soul on with just the touch of his hand. Unaffected by emotions, Keenan has never wavered in his duty until Nicole St. James. But that one second of hesitation cost him everything, including his wings and Nicole’s mortal life. Cast from Heaven, Keenan
Apr 01, 2011 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Just can't finish this one. Love so many of CE other bks, this one just not for me.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5/5 - Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

“I was just in the mood to kick some ass.”
She shook her head. “You know, you just don’t sound like an angel.”

It seems like angels have taken over the paranormal world at the moment, but guys with wings can be so sexy! In the case of ANGEL OF DARKNESS, we have Keenan, a fallen angel who’s lost his wings because he didn’t take the soul he was supposed to. Nicole was set to die and Keenan was tasked with bringing her soul into the afterlife, but
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A dark, sexy paranormal romance that will make you wish you had an angel of your own.

Opening Sentence: He’d been created for one purpose—death.

The Review:

Keenan is an angel of death. His touch is deadly. He touches people at the time of their deaths and collects their souls for the afterlife. Angels do not feel emotion and Keenan is beginning to feel emotion. He has had his eye on Nicole ever since her name appeared on his death list. He is unaw
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Angel of Darkness, The Fallen #1, by Cynthia Eden
Grade: C-

“He’d always thought humans got the better end of the deal. Pleasure, passion. Sure, pain was thrown into the mix, too. But you could live through the pain.”

As an angel of death Keenan spent centuries watching humans and collecting their souls and he never had a problem with his job until he is sent to collect the soul of Nicole St. James. Keenan spends days watching Nicole and when it comes time to collect her soul he hesitates and it ch
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicole St James is about to have her life turned upside down and all she is trying to do is go to a church to pray. This meek school teacher is brutally attacked by a vampire while some unknown being watches and doesn’t help. Crying, screaming, and begging get her nowhere. Nicole fights a creature she had no clue even existed to no avail. She may not die permanently in that dark lonely alley, but the changes in her life are definitely unwanted. She becomes the monster that changed her life forev ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: B-

Fallen Angels - sometimes they work for me, sometimes they don't. To believe that a being moves from angelic good to total badass overnight is quite a leap of faith. In the case of Keenan, I got the feeling this was a long time coming. He's been suppressing his needs by focusing on his duty until one night it all comes to a head.

Nicole St. James is a devoted teacher, good friend and an upstanding citizen. Then one night she's attacked and turned into a vampire. Everything she has work
2.5 stars - pretty good. I liked the idea behind Eden's Fallen series – with several former 'angels of death' at the center - and of the romance between the fallen angel, Keenan, and Nicole, the woman who caused him to fall. But at a little over the halfway point Angel of Darkness (The Fallen ) still hadn't grabbed me. I normally like Cynthia Eden's books but when all was said and done I ended up just little underwhelmed and I am not exactly sure why.

It might have been that I just never connect
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Angel of Darkness is the first book in Cynthia Eden's new series, The Fallen. It introduces you to new characters, but inside of the same world from her previous books. Somehow they all connect.

Keenan is the Angel of Death. He collects souls and has been doing it for thousands of years. Never once has he had any problems or has he gotten attached to any of the souls on his list. That is until he meets Nicole. Who, for whatever reason, brings everything inside of him to life and he can't help bu
Richard Hayes
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
As Keenan waits in the alley for Nicole St. James to come, he knows that she will die and he will be the one that brings her death. Keenan is an Angel of Death and his job is when Nicole is just at the point of death to touch her, killing her and freeing her soul. As he waits and watches she is attacked by a vampire. He is surprised by how hard she fights back including slashing the vampires throat with some glass she found in the alley. He listens to her cries for help but he has his orders, sh ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Hmm, i find it difficult to rate this book. "Angel Of Darkness" was great, yet ... i don't know..
So ill go for 4 stars. Cynthia Eden is a great author, i must say! I was surprised by the book actually.
I thought the book would be boring or something but then i started reading it and it turned out pretty good!

The characters are awesome, i love them :D
Nicole, sweet vampire, was charming and cute :) She seems strong, and have a great will. Nicole's a person with a
great heart, and is a good person
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Nicole was bitten one night while on her way to church to pray. She faught back. Keenan is an angel of death. One touch and that's all that is needed. Instead of touching Nicole and taking her life, Keenan instead kills the vampire who was attacking her. Unknown to both, Nicole accidentally ingests vampire blood while fighting for her life. Keenan loses his wings and falls. He wonders about Nicole and finds her 6 months later.
This ties into this author's "Night Watch" series. It is the same worl
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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes sexy tales of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over one hundred novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocol

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