Avenging Angel

Avenging Angel

by Cynthia Eden

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Overview

EARTHLY DELIGHTS

With a messed up family background and a tendency to grow claws and fangs, Tanner Chance isn’t exactly the boy next door. But he’s a decent cop, and he keeps himself on the side of the good guys. Convenient, because when he rescues a survivor of a horrific shifter attack he finds himself instantly smitten—with an honest-to-goodness angel, as innocent as she is irresistible.

Marna may be angelic, but she’s not stupid or weak. She can take care of herself. Tanner is more temptation than protection anyway. Or so she thinks, until someone wearing her face starts taking out some of New Orleans’s more unsavory paranormals. With police and predators both gunning for her blood, Marna has no choice but to trust Tanner…even though what’s sparking between them is hotter than anything holy.

Praise for Cynthia Eden’s novels

“A wickedly unique voice in paranormal romance!” —Larissa Ione on I’ll Be Slaying You

“A fast-paced, sexy thrill ride you won’t want to miss.” —Christine Feehan on Eternal Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758267665
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Fallen Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 406,496
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Eden is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas. A native of Alabama, she is a member of Mensa, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers, as well as the Kiss of Death and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapters of RWA. Eden is a three-time RITA Award Finalist, and won a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in 2009 and 2010. She lives with her family in Mobile, Alabama. Visit her at cynthiaeden.com.

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Avenging Angel


By CYNTHIA EDEN

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2013 Cindy Roussos
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7582-8949-0


CHAPTER 1

Two months later

A girl knew when she was being stalked.

Marna didn't glance over her shoulder as she made her way through the bar. What would have been the point? She felt his eyes on her. Knew he was there.

Sometimes, it seemed that he was always there.

Bodies brushed against her as she wound through the crowd. Marna didn't recoil as she'd done when she first lost her wings. She'd grown used to the touches over the last few weeks.

Music blasted out in a steady beat from the speakers that hung near the ceiling. The place was packed, filled with men and women drunk on a powerful combination of alcohol and lust. The too-loud club shouldn't have been her kind of place.

It was.

She made it to the bar and lightly tapped her fingers against the glass counter. Then she let her gaze lift to the mirror that waited behind that bar.

In that shining surface, she saw him perfectly.

Tall, strong, with wide shoulders and muscled arms, her watcher easily cleared a path through the dancers. Maybe it was the harsh intensity of his face that made folks step back. The man stalking so purposefully toward her wasn't handsome, not really. His features were too hard, too stark.

But ...

But there was something about the high arch of his cheeks, the square cut of his jaw and the sensual curve of his lips. With that thick mass of dark hair that skimmed his shoulders, Marna supposed that some human women might find him attractive. Even sexy. Humans always seemed to think the dangerous ones were sexy.

Good thing she wasn't human.

His eyes, dark green and burning with a quiet fury, were on hers in that mirror. She almost smiled at him. Instead, she lifted her drink and sipped it lightly.

What did the big, bad shifter want now? She'd tried to play it nice. She'd told him to stay away. She'd given the guy fair warning, but ...

"What in the hell have you done?"

Tanner Chance closed in on her. His voice had been pitched low, so that only she could hear him, and the guy's body curved around hers.

He didn't touch her, not yet, but only a few inches separated them.

She turned her head and felt the whisper of his breath on her cheek. For some reason, Marna shivered.

"You didn't have to do it," he gritted and, oh, yes, that was most definitely fury burning in his gaze. He'd better be careful. Too much fury wasn't good for the beast that he carried inside. "You could have just lived your life. Could have just gone on —"

A laugh slipped from her, but the sound was bitter. "What life?" Her life had been clawed away from her. There was no heaven for her, not anymore. Just hell on earth. Feelings, emotions, needs — they seemed to constantly swamp her now, and they were driving her crazy.

No one had warned her about the hungers ... for food, drink ... pleasure.

Men.

Without the magic from her wings, every human need and emotion slammed into her, and each day, Marna felt she was losing a bit more of herself.

And I used to wonder what it would be like to be human.

What she wouldn't give to be ignorant again. To just ... not know.

He leaned in closer to her. Still not touching, but every part of her was hyper aware of him.

"Others know what you did," Tanner said.

Marna blinked, lost. "Uh, good?" Because she didn't know. Had no clue what the guy was rambling about now. But ... he smelled good. Not like the others in that place. He didn't reek of stale beer or too much cheap cologne. He smelled —

"They know you killed those men."

Whoa. Back up. She hadn't killed anyone.

His eyes narrowed, the faint lines tightening on his face. "You left their bodies in the alley. What did you think would happen? That no one would find out what you were doing?"

Another laugh came from her as she turned away. "I have no idea what you're —"

His fingers closed around her shoulder.

Marna stilled. "You know better." He did. The guy had a pretty thorough knowledge of angels, so he understood just how dangerous her kind could be. She'd gone out of her way to warn Tanner off. Seeing him reminded her too much of what she'd lost. Because of —

"Why am I still breathing?" His other hand rose and pulled her off the bar stool and up against him. "If you want me dead, then why am I still standing?"

His body was so hot and hard against hers. Her heartbeat kicked faster in her chest. She had to tilt her head back to look up at him because the guy was really just huge. His hands seemed to burn right through her clothes, their weight a heavy touch that made her feel strangely restless.

His gaze searched hers. "Why?"

She brought her hands up between them. Placed her palms right over his chest, smiled and —

"We got a problem here?" the bartender demanded as he slapped his hands down on the counter.

Tanner didn't turn his way. "Mind your own business."

Didn't he sound all tough and deadly? Didn't he look that way, too? In his faded jeans, in that black T-shirt that pulled across his muscled chest, with his dark hair mussed and that jaw clenched ... he looked like he could kick the ass of any fool dumb enough to get in his way.

Marna wasn't a fool.

She also wasn't weak.

She spared a glance for the bartender. About six-three, way over two hundred pounds, and sporting fists that would probably make most men tremble in fear. "I'm okay." She had this.

The bartender's eyes narrowed and clearly showed his doubt. "You sure, honey? 'Cause I can —"

Tanner swore and stepped away from her. Ah, giving up already? But then he shoved his hand inside his back pocket and yanked out some kind of wallet. He flashed his ID and snarled, "Police, asshole. Now step the hell back."

Right. He was playing the police card? Figured he'd stoop that low.

Her lips twisted as she started to walk away.

"You're not leaving me, Marna." There was no missing the anger beneath his words.

So what? She had her own share of anger. "Watch me." Yes, she'd actually taunted the big, bad shifter. Marna marched away. She kept her head up and her back straight. She'd just clear her own way through the crowd.

Tanner grabbed her arm after she'd taken about five steps. "Not gonna happen, baby."

Wait ... baby?

She glanced at him and saw that the guy had pulled out a pair of handcuffs. Her jaw dropped.

"I tried to do this the easy way, but you didn't want that." He snapped one cuff around her wrist before she could even blink. "So I guess we'll go for the drama."

He spun her around and locked both cuffs behind her back. Marna was aware of the avid stares and not-so-quiet whispers that focused on her.

"You're comin' with me," Tanner told her, his faint Southern accent deepening a bit, "because there is no way I'm letting you out of my sight now."

She yanked at the cuffs. She should have been able to snap the things in two with hardly any effort.

Only ... no snap.

He pushed her forward. The crowd backed up. "Thanks to a voodoo priestess I know off Bourbon Street, I was able to add a little something extra to those cuffs." Tanner's words were pitched low. "They can keep level-ten demons locked up, so I figured they'd keep you held tight, too."

This wasn't happening. She yanked against the cuffs again. No give.

Tanner had promised that he'd never hurt her. He'd seemed ... good, despite his sadistic freak of a now-dead brother. She'd been willing to let Tanner keep living.

Only now he was cuffing her?

Fury churned in her gut. "You aren't doing this to me."

He leaned in close to her, close enough for her to see the dark gold flecks in his eyes. "I've got two dead bodies that I can trace back to you. Trust me, I am doing this."

Two dead bodies? Marna shook her head. She hadn't killed anyone.

Though that certainly hadn't been for lack of trying.

I can't kill anymore. No one knew that secret shame yet.

But the shifter wasn't giving her time to respond. More cops were spilling through the doorway, guys in uniform this time, and they were all closing in on her. Great. Obviously, she was having another one of her lucky days.

"It shouldn't have been this way," Tanner told her, and anger was heating his voice again. An anger that seemed to match her own. "Fuck, too many know. Don't you understand? There's nothing I can do."

She was surrounded. Men and women in blue were staring at her with narrowed eyes while Tanner started spilling some lines about her needing an attorney and having the right to stay silent.

And she did stay silent. While Tanner led her outside. While he pushed her into the back of a patrol car. And even while the vehicle raced down the road.

Silent, but the fury within her continued to build.


An angel in hell.

Tanner's jaw clenched as he led Marna through the busy New Orleans police station. As always, she looked delicate, vulnerable — deceptively so. The woman barely skimmed the top of his shoulders. Her frame was small, slender, but Marna did have some curves he'd admired far too many times.

Not now.

Now wasn't the time for admiring. Now was the time for figuring out how the hell he was supposed to save that curvy ass of hers.

A few of the cops stepped back when Tanner and Marna approached them. He could tell by the look in their eyes that they thought a mistake must have been made. No way were they looking at the face of a killer.

A killer shouldn't have an angel's face.

A killer damn well shouldn't be an angel.

He glanced down at her, sparing her a brief glance as he led them back to the interrogation room. Her eyes were wide, a pale blue that had haunted his dreams too often. Her cheeks were high, and her chin the slightest bit pointed. Her nose, small and straight, was currently held in the air. Though his angel wasn't talking, she sure was pissed. He could see the fury in the set of her jaw and in the tightness of her lips.

Her lips.

He didn't even know how many fantasies he'd had about her lips. Should an angel truly have lips that looked like they had been made just for sin?

Jonathan Pardue, his new partner, whistled as he headed toward them. "This is the woman who killed those men?"

Marna stiffened. "I didn't —"

Tanner's hold on her tightened. He needed to get her away from all the eyes and ears as fast as he could. If so many cops hadn't already been aware of the situation, he would have been able to protect her longer.

But, no, the lady just had to start making her kills public. Shit. She should know better. Most paranormals at least tried to keep their kills in the dark.

"You know what they say...." Tanner murmured as he plastered a tight smile on his face. He'd been working with Jonathan less than a month. Not nearly long enough to trust the guy with all the secrets he carried. "Appearances can bite you in the ass." Because if you were fool enough to think a pretty face belonged to an innocent woman, you deserved to get your ass bitten.

Jonathan laughed and opened the door to the interrogation room. His brown eyes lingered a bit too long on Marna.

Tanner felt the beast that he carried begin to stir inside of him. Back off.

"I can help you with this one," Jonathan said as he tried to follow them into the room. "I'll be glad to —"

"Get us some coffee," Tanner told him as he steered Marna toward the small table. "Then we'll all settle down and find out just why this lady thought it would be fun to kill."

Tanner saw her shoulders tense.

Jonathan headed out, grumbling about having to fetch shit, but Tanner was just glad the guy was gone. He forced Marna to sit in the wobbly chair — the thing always wobbled and irritated the suspects, a nice bonus, usually. Then he leaned in close and put his mouth right at her ear.

And he had to fight back the impulse to lick. To taste.

She's a killer.

But then, so was he.

"I know that you wanted your revenge." His breath feathered over her ear, and Tanner was close enough to see the small shiver that shook her. "But, dammit, baby, you should have been more careful." His voice was whisper-soft. "You left two eyewitnesses in that alley." Eyewitnesses that had provided perfect, matching descriptions of her.

Because of those witnesses, everyone in the station knew about her. An APB had been put out instantly, and Tanner had known that he had to act. He hadn't been willing to trust anyone else to bring her in.

Hell, Marna might have just decided to kill anyone else who'd gone after her.

He'd had to move, fast, and get her under his control.

Her head turned, and her eyes met his. "I don't know what you're talking about, shifter." Her voice was as low as his. The room was monitored, and knowing the guys in the station, Tanner had no doubt that other folks were in the next room, watching them through the two-way mirror that lined the left wall.

But while they could watch, those guys wouldn't be able to hear anything that was said. Tanner had taken the liberty of disconnecting the audio system before going after Marna.

Yeah, he knew how to plan ahead. Some days.

"My brother and his asshole packmates hurt you." Hurt, such a tame word for the hell they'd put her through. His brother Brandt had cut the wings right from Marna's back and left her to die in the dirt. Brandt's packmates hadn't done a thing to save her. They'd been too busy following Brandt like the fools they were. She'd suffered so much because of the events of that night.

Wanting a little payback, yeah, he could understand that, but ... "Did you have to kill them in front of witnesses? I told you that I'd make sure they weren't threats to you any longer." Brandt was already dead, courtesy of a fallen angel named Azrael, the most powerful being that Tanner had ever seen. After their battle, there'd literally been nothing left of Brandt.

Nothing, except the remains of his pack.

So Marna had decided she wanted her vengeance, and she'd gone after them. But killing them so blatantly? Hell, didn't the woman realize she had to be careful in a world full of humans? Murdering bastards had to be stopped, damn straight, but they didn't have to be taken out by her hand.

He exhaled slowly and kept his body between her and that two-way mirror. He could be her shield, or try to be anyway. "My boss wants you locked up." He jerked a hand through his hair. "And what do you think will happen to you in jail?"

She smiled then, and the sight iced his blood. "Nothing."

Right. His back teeth clenched. What did she have to be afraid of? It was the poor assholes who'd be locked up with her — they were the ones who needed to fear.

Someone like her could never see the inside of a jail. He had to make sure things didn't go any farther.

But with those witnesses and the story already spreading to the media, he didn't have a whole lot of options.

Except ...

"You made this too public. Shit, Marna, you're backing me against the wall here." He was supposed to uphold the law, but he wasn't human. Far from it. He knew the score.

Supernaturals can't always follow the rules. Jails sure as shit couldn't hold the most powerful threats out there.

He had to get the rest of the cops off his back. Off her.

"I didn't do anything." Her voice was still soft, but more anger cracked through the words. "I don't know who your witnesses think they saw, but it wasn't me."

At her words, he blinked, stunned.

Tanner remembered the very first lesson he'd learned about her kind. Angels can't lie.

Even angels who'd fallen were still bound to tell the truth. Sure, they could twist facts to suit them — they were real good at twisting — but they couldn't tell a straight-out lie.

He caught her shoulders and pulled her even closer to him. Her hands were still bound behind her back, and her chin notched up as she faced him.

"Two members of Brandt's pack are dead. Their bodies were found in an alley, without so much as a scratch on them." No scratches, but there'd been plenty of terror to see on the frozen faces of Michael LaRue and Beau Stokes.

While there might be plenty of paranormals lurking in the shadows of New Orleans, there weren't very many who could kill with a touch.

Even fewer who looked like her.

He thought her face paled as she stared at him, but Marna told him flatly, "I swear to you, it wasn't me."

Then someone sure wanted him to think it had been.


(Continues...)

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Avenging Angel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Readinginpajamas-Donna More than 1 year ago
In book 4 of “The Fallen” series, Cynthia Eden again delivers! While we catch glimpses of the past Angels, this story is all about Marna and Tanner. The action and suspense starts from page 1 and doesn’t let up. At one point it was so tense I had to stop a second to catch my breath. And such a lovely mystery of which I will not speak so I don’t ruin anything. The romance built up nicely as Marna learned to trust Tanner and he learned to trust himself. When they give in to their passion it was quite sexy. My only critique…and it is a very small one…was that Tanner was always so antagonistic to his allies. I understand why due to the story arc though. It was a great read and I highly recommend it! **Review copy was provided by Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Tanner Chance had a horrible childhood with a father who had a horrible childhood. He is now a cop and works to put the bad guys away. Turning into a panther is both a blessing and a curse for him. He helped save Marna an Angel of Death when her wings were ripped from her back. He knows he shouldn't but he is drawn to her. Marna only wants her wings back. Sh doesn't like having all these feelings like humans do. While she is leery of Tanner she has to learn to trust him as he may be the only one who can save her. Marna is framed for murder and Tanner goes against everything he knows to help her. The law isn't the only thing they have to hide from as the true killer seems to be following Marna. They have to be careful what they do and keep their heads only that's hard to do when they have to fight their feelings for each other.  Tanner is a sexy, smart shifter trying his best not to be like his father. He can be very protective and when he loves he loves with his whole heart. I really liked him and like seeing him overcome his past and try and show Marna how he feels. Marna at first I would say she is blank. Blank as in she really didn't know what feelings were or how to deal with them. The more she is earth bound you get to see different sides of her. She can be tough and strong but sometimes she is brought down by all that happens to her. I didn't like her at first but the more she learned to open up the more I did. This picks up right where book three in The Fallen series ended. You get to see some of the characters you have grown to love in this book. The action starts right away and doesn't stop all through the book. The pace is great and keeps you entertained. I didn't know who the bad guy was till the end. I had guess halfway into the book only to find out I was wrong. I like that. It made it a great book to read. The steamy scenes between Marna and Tanner are great as it allows you to see them grow to allow people in to their hearts as well as it is hot. I would say read this series in order as to not spoil the other books. It has many different types of paranormal creatures in it something for anyone to enjoy.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty 4.5 out of 5 Licks I've been waiting for this book to release since I got the ARC for Angel in Chains. I was really hoping Marna's story was next and was thrilled when I found out it was. Marna is an angel on a mission-to cause as much pain to those that hurt her as she can. Tanner wants Marna with a fierce intensity. These two fight and make up (read that as have sex) so much your head might spin. And when they have sex it is some seriously hot, hard core sexin going on. Nothing soft and mushy for these two. I tend to find most romantic suspense type novels to be predictable. I almost always know who the bad guy is the first time he's mentioned, but not here. While I suspected the person behind it all, I kept doubting myself. My only issue was that sometimes I felt as though the story dragged just a little. It was enough to make me put it down to go to bed, but when I woke in the morning I wanted to pick it back up. If you like paranormal with some super hot sex then this is absolutely the book for you. I really hope Cynthia has more planned cause I can't let these angels go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story line loved the whole Tanner and Marna awesome story line loved the book thanks for the awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can rp her :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in The Fallen series.
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Tanner Chance is a panther shifter and a cop in New Orleans. He fears that he will turn out like his father and older brother Brandt. Tanner rescues an angel from the swamp has been iinjured by his brother Brandt. Marna is an Angel of Death one touch of her hands is lethal. Marna's wings were cruelly torn from her body with claws. Marna is now among humans feeling all of their emotions and feels overwhelmed by them. Marna wants revenge on those responsible for hurting her so yet discovers that said revenge doesn't happen. She's feeling truly lost in a world that she barely understands. Tanner discovers that Marna is being charged with two murders and sets out to make sure she keeps her freedom. Tanner doesn't understand how he feels when around Marna~it's like his beast wants to run wild over her. Marna feels conflicting emotions around Tanner yet he makes her feel safe. Someone is killing paranormals framing Marna for the crime. Will Tanner or Marna admit how they feel? Will Marna get her wings back? Who is framing Marna? Can this person be stopped? Your answers await you in Avenging Angel. This is my first experience with Cynthia Eden. I must admit to being impressed with her writing style, characters, character's histories, and backdrop of New Orleans. The world building is excellent. The angel lore is really good and unique works well for this story. I liked Marna. I loved hearing her internal conflicts about what happened to her. Tanner is the strong alpha male you expect but get so much more than that from him. Tanner is a tortured soul that doesn't believe he's good enough for anyone let alone Marna. I will definitely be checking into the rest of this series by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the fallen angel series. It pulls one into the story with the first few lines. I could not put close my Nook, & bought ALL the angels series before I even finished the first book.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
4.5 Excellent addition to series! *Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Marna is a Death Angel without wings and yet technically she’s not Fallen. A right nasty shifter hybrid cut her wings off and now she’s Earthbound. Tanner Chance, a panther hybrid and his brother Cody, a demon hybrid, found her after the attack and saved her. Tanner only wants to protect her and keep her safe, but she doesn’t want anything to do with a monster. He keeps an eye on her anyway and when she is accused of killing two panther shifters in an alley, Tanner, who happens to be a detective for the New Orleans police, finds her first and brings her in for questioning. Marna knows she didn’t kill anyone and when she tells Tanner she didn’t kill anyone he believes her because angels can’t lie. Now, they need to find out why someone set her up and how they managed to look like her because there has to be a reason and it’s not likely to be a good one for Marna. Oh, how I love Cynthia Eden’s books. The worlds, the characters, the humor, the steamy goodness, the twisty plots are all so lovely to read. I haven’t read a book of hers yet that I didn’t enjoy. There aren’t just shifters, angels, demons, etc. There are hybrids of all kinds and I love seeing what Eden cooks up and pulls out of the genetic oven next. This book is part of The Fallen series yet it could stand alone. Only Sam & Seline make an appearance though a few others are mentioned. I love when past characters are included in the current book and when current characters look like they are going to get their own book. Hello, Bastian. I hope you’re next.  Though Riley the vampire sounds interesting, too. All-in-all a most excellent afternoon read.
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This series gets better and better. I love Tanner and Marna.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really goooooood book!!!!!!
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DragonSR More than 1 year ago
Was hooked on this series since book one. Was drawn in by the titles and had to read them all. One book leads to the next and keeps you asking questions and wanting more. Avenging Angel was a little different and definitely doesn't disappoint. Would highly recommend as a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the Angel series. Just have nothing bad to say about any of her series, love all her books.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
AVENGING ANGEL by Cynthia Eden is another exciting Paranormal Romance. #4 in “The Fallen” series, but can be read as a stand alone,with re-appearing characters. See,”Angel of Darkness”,”Angel Betrayed” and “Angel in Chains”. Follow, Tanner Chance and Marna on a journey of vengeance,healing and the power of love. Filled with demons,angels,danger,justice,passion,the angel of death,a guardian angel,shifters,trust,romance,and love.Everything a reader could possible want in a Paranormal Romance. A fast paced,sexy thrill ride from the first page to the last page with a few twists and turns along the way. I have always enjoyed Ms. Eden’s stories and “Avenging Angel” is another reason why. She is a wonderful storyteller,a voice all her own in the paranormal romance industry and one who engages the readers as her characters come to life on the pages of her stories. I can hardly wait for the next installment of “The Fallen” series. What a powerful voice this author has. She cast not only engaging characters,but intriguing, interesting,and exciting plots. A page turner for any paranormal,shifters,demons,angels, or romance readers to enjoy. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR,(Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Angels, shifters, vampires and demons. You get them all in Avenging Angel. They are dark, edgy, mouthy, passionate and are ready to die to save those they love. Something different about this book in the series is that the angel, Marna, is not Fallen at first. Her wings were cut off so she doesn’t have a choice about living on Earth. She is also being framed for murder by someone and she finds that Tanner Chance, a panther shifter/cop is the only one she trusts. Avenging Angel pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t let up until the last page. It is an exhausting book in all the good ways. One scene near the end actually brought me to tears because of the emotion. The characters of Tanner and Marna, along with Cody, Riley, and others are very well written. They each have their own personal story and issues to overcome which makes the overall story that much more interesting. I, being a lover of all things Sammael from Angel Betrayed, was so happy that he made a few appearances and had me laughing or rolling my eyes at him. I am not so sure about Bastion yet, but I wasn’t sure about Sam or Az either in previous books so we’ll see what he is like in the future.  I really hope that there is a story about Cody, Tanner’s brother. He is such a great character. Cynthia does a really nice job of the romance and suspense in Avenging Angel (one of the things I love about her stories – there is always a lot of suspense). While the intimate scenes were hot, they did not detract from the flow of the story. There is such passion between Marna and Tanner. It may seem primal and physical at first, but there is so much more going on here. Otherwise, why would they both be willing to die for the other one? As for the suspense aspect, there is quite a mystery going on to figure out who is taking the face of Marna and Tanner while killing. You don’t know who to trust. When I first thought I knew who the villain was I kept thinking to myself, “Did Cynthia really make it this easy?”  Many things were pointing to this one person, but alas, it was not who I suspected until it was revealed to me. Avenging Angel is a fantastic story that engages the reader from the first page, pulls at all of your emotions and doesn’t let go until the last page. If you are looking for a fast paced, dark, hot, paranormal romance, I highly recommend Avenging Angel.