Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fallen Angel by Eden Bradley

Title: Fallen Angel
Author: Eden Bradley
My Rating: C+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Angel and Declan
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN: 9780373777174
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
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.

My Review: 

This book was incredibly different…very psychological and intense. I was never sure where the story was going, or as the reader, even where I wanted it to go. Both the main characters Declan and Angel are dealing with some heavy mental issues, which makes the book sometimes difficult to enjoy. The book definitely kept my attention, but I’m not sure how much of that was simply because of the bizarre circumstances….it was hard to look away…kind of like watching a car wreck.

Both Angel and Declan are characters with histories that are a bit of a mystery.

For Declan, he has horrible anger issues with his father, based back to circumstances surrounding his mother’s death. That story slowly comes out throughout the book as does the tragedy of his love for Abby. He and his father do not have a good relationship, but he’s putting that aside because his father is helping him trace Angel’s origins. It’s also his father’s girlfriend who is Angel’s therapist. They are both helping Angel, which makes it hard for him to hold onto his anger.

Angel is a complete mystery. She literally falls at Declan’s feet off the edge of a cliff, beaten and almost dead. But he finds himself entranced with her and completely protective of her. She’s an interesting character. There are no gray areas for her…only black and white. It seems like her life would have made it harder for her to be happy, but she simply accepts that her life has been what it is and accepts it completely.

Like I said, this was an interesting book. There are a LOT of psychological elements to it. Angel has had this horrible torturous life, but she’s a happy giving person. Declan has had a few bad things happen and has let that skew his attitude towards everything. There is a lot of introspection for both these characters and at a certain point, it simply felt like too much. As the reader, I wanted them both to stop questioning and analyzing every little thing. While this was not an ideal read for me, it was not a bad read. For me, it was simply not my style of book. If you are a person who enjoys psychological thrillers with a slightly erotic twist, you probably would enjoy this one. It’s written really well and the story is interwoven and reveals in a slow, methodical way. Not for me, but still a good book.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I would have never guessed this was psychological type of book from the cover. It does actually sound like one that is more up my alley than yours but I wouldn't have touched it with that cover.