Available June 19, 2012
He would move heaven and earth to protect her
Was she heaven-sent…or more heartbreak waiting to happen?
Haunted by a military mission that ended in personal tragedy, Declan Byrne still bears a soldier’s scars. As a park ranger on the secluded Mendocino coast, he guards his heart while standing ready for anything. Anything except a beautiful, ethereal woman with a mysterious past, falling from the cliffs to the rocks below.
Angel, as Declan decides to call her, has no memory of what happened. But as her body heals, disturbing dreams emerge. In Declan’s protective care, Angel feels safe to act on the undeniable passion between them, without the threats from old, unnameable demons. And, in time, she senses Declan needs her as desperately as she needs him. But when her past returns with a vengeance, Declan must decide just how much he’s willing to risk in order to keep the woman he loves safe.
Queen of Tarts Review
I was asked to review this book by my girl Dawn and of course I said yes <g> I hadn’t read Eden before but I’d met her at the Romantic Times Book Convention as she’s a darling. I am thrilled to get my hands on books before they hit the shelves! I read Fallen Angel last night- in one sitting. This book is not one I would have picked up on my own… I mostly read paranormal romance and urban fantasy… I haven’t read contemporary romance very much lately, let alone contemporary erotic romance books :p I would have missed out on a beautiful story.
So, first off, the cover is very beautiful, but not very evocative of the story. To me the cover looks like a Fiction Romance (the kind with a sad ending) or maybe a chick lit. It does not say, extremely HOT, steamy, erotic, contemporary romance with heart and angst and a mystery that keeps you wondering for more than half the book. <g> Also, I was given a heads up by Dawn, and in case you missed it because of the cover and the title Fallen Angel, this is NOT a paranormal, at all. I think if you know what genre of story you are getting that helps a lot.
I enjoyed this book. The writing is very sensuous and lyrical. The heroine, Angel, is near death when we meet her. She lands at Declan’s feet! Poor Declan! He’s had so much trauma and loss in his life that he has closed himself off and having this beautiful, damaged woman fall in front of him makes him determined to save her. Angel has a murky past and is extremely innocent of the world. She doesn’t remember seeing a man before Declan. She compares him to the guys she sees in the hospital and still thinks he’s the most attractive male! <g> As the story progresses you discover how much she’s been through and want to protect her yourself. I appreciated that Eden didn’t let Angel be without choices. She gave her the power to make decisions and express herself. I watched as Angel healed physically from the trauma done to her body and heal emotionally by visiting her therapist. Because of her past she is very open to her own sexuality and sees sex as something beautiful and not taboo. Declan feels the attraction too but fights it because he feels a sense of guardianship at first. So the sexual tension burned the pages…*blush* I could have done without so many scenes of the main characters masturbating. When they finally do get together the relationship has had time to grow and there is so much heart with the heat. *sigh*
I liked Angel and though she’s unfamiliar with the world I found her to be wise about people. I think she saw things with a fresh perspective and it was beautiful watching her relate to Declan and help him face old wounds and start to heal. Declan, is a delicious hero! Wounded and wanting to protect and give Angel everything in his power to make her safe and secure. Angel has to face personal demons and decide on the future SHE wants.
If you enjoy steamy contemporary romance with wounded characters who find healing together, give Fallen Angel a try.
Eden has given us an intense excerpt and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and enter Eden’s contest! She’s very generously giving one reader of The Book Tart a free E-book
EXCERPT: R-Rated-opening scene
Mist swirled around his feet, obscuring the hard-packed sand as Declan Byrne took his morning walk down the rugged beach. The sun was just beginning to rise, a faint amber glow casting the first golden rays of the day, barely touching the cresting waves of the Pacific Ocean. He loved it there, loved to come when it was still nearly dark, picking his way over the craggy rocks, the piles of driftwood and seaweed, the empty sound of the thundering ocean soothing him.
Liam, his enormous black mastiff, trotted beside him, his only company. Declan preferred it that way. He reveled in the loneliness, the isolation of this place. It was a big part of why he’d come back here six years earlier. He’d needed the quiet. He’d needed to heal. Maybe he still did.
No, don’t think about her now.
Don’t think about her, period.
He turned instead to the sea, watched as Liam chased the edge of the incoming waves, sniffing, backing away as the water surged onto the sand. This was their daily ritual. How Declan got his head on straight before beginning work, before he had to interact with other people, something he’d been lousy at the last few years. He much preferred his dog, the ocean, the rough and lonely Mendocino coastline, to people.
His work as a forest ranger didn’t require much human contact. This particular job included making sure trails were cleared, keeping order in the campgrounds, the occasional lost hiker, and sometimes training new rangers. But mostly, it was just him and the forest, the lone stretches of beach and rugged cliffs that made up the National Park’s coastline. Probably the biggest reason why he’d taken the job. That, and something about his father having worked in this area as a ranger most of his life, up until he’d retired a couple of years ago.
Following in the old man’s footsteps, no matter how he felt about him. But this place was home to him. His gruff father was home to him, even though they’d barely spoken since his mother died.
Don’t think about that, either.
The sun was coming up fast, warming the damp air as he and Liam climbed over the rocks to the next crescent of sand. Declan stopped and looked out to sea, tracking the rising sun, the surge of the gray and green water, and felt that brief moment of peace he sought each day. He breathed in the sharp salt air, filling his lungs. Watched as a lone gull flew in low over the water on silent wings, skimming the surface beyond the waves. Peace here, yes. He didn’t want to stop to consider why he needed it so desperately.
A hard thump behind him; shocking, how loud it was,how it made the ground shake. Declan spun around, his heart hammering while Liam went off, barking like crazy.
A woman lying on the sand before him. He nearly tripped over her in the half-dark, had to dig his heels into the rocky beach to steady himself. The crashing of the cold surf faded into the background as he tried to grasp what he was seeing. Liam had stopped barking and was sniffing her limp body, his huge black head dwarfing her.
He grabbed for the mastiff’s collar. “Liam, off!”
What the hell?
She was naked, bleeding, one leg caught on the rocks, twisted at an impossible angle. His brain shifted into high gear as he bent over her, adrenalin swamping his veins in a hot, speedy current.
Where the hell had she come from? Must have fallen from the cliffs. He looked up, peering through the pale light, his gaze wandering up the ragged cliff side, but he saw nothing, no one.
“Jesus,” he muttered as he pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911.
As the phone rang his gaze roamed her body, trying to assess the damage in the diffused light of the rising sun. Pale, waving blonde hair down to her knees. There were strange symbols painted all over her: her stomach, her thighs, across her bare breasts. They were lush and round, he couldn’t help but notice, then cursed himself. The woman was half dead, for God’s sake. He leaned in closer, trying to find out if she was breathing. He didn’t want to touch her. No, he wanted to touch her. He didn’t dare.
What the fuck is wrong with you?
There. A small, gasping breath rattling in her chest.
An operator finally answered the phone, and he quickly told the man who he was, gave him details, his location.
He hung up to wait for the rescue team, finally dared to reach out and lay his fingertips on her wrist to check her pulse. Bones like a bird, isn’t that what the saying was? She was so delicate…
She was alive, her breath shallow, but she was taking one after another. There was blood everywhere; he could smell it even over the tangy ocean scent in the air, but beneath the mess he could see a lovely, angelic face. Hard to tell how old she was. Late teens? Early twenties? Closer inspection showed him bits of twigs—herbs, maybe?—and small bones woven into her hair. On her upturned palms were pentagrams painted in red.
Who the fuck would have done something like this?
Liam was standing next to him, over the girl, peering into her face as though he were trying to figure it out, too.
He’d never seen anything like it. He never wanted to again.
He fought back the sense of horror that made bile rise, made his throat want to close up.
So much blood…
BIO: Award-winning, best-selling author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin has published over 30 contemporary, paranormal and futuristic erotic romance novels and novellas for Berkley Heat, Harlequin Spice and HQN, Samhain Publishing and Bantam/Delta in both print and e-books. Her specialty is writing BDSM and other kinks, as well as complicated characters and lush romantic relationships. This year she is also venturing into self-publishing with the re-releases of her stories SANCTUARY and BREAKING SKYE.
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