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(Seven Deadly Sins, Book 2)

Gabriel was an angel sent to Earth to guard humans but what he never thought was that he would be sucked in by the despair and sadness humans are capable of feeling. He ended up falling victim to that same despair and the only thing that could make it go away temporarily was absinthe.

That was 150 years ago. Now it's modern New Orleans and he, of course, is still around. Immortal, but a fallen angel. He's kicked his absinthe addiction and has been cleaned for years now. But something he can't escape is the death of his mistress, Anne, that many years ago. She was murdered with him right in the room passed out on absinthe. Unfortunately then all signs pointed to them, there was a trial but he was never convincted. All those years, he's agonized over who murdered Anne and why which is why he's become a true crime writer. Now he wants to try to solve her murder with today's technology.

Sarah Michaels lives in fear of a curse that seems to follow her family. All of the women in her family have been brutally murdered, starting with her great grandmother, Anne. After going through the ordeal of her mom's murder and the trial, she's fled Florida to New Orleans in hopes of uniting with Gabriel to solve the murder of Anne Sullivan. Hoping that maybe solving that murder will help solve her ownmother's. What Sara doesn't know is that Gabriel knew Anne and was even a suspect.

What neither of them expect to find is an attraction towards each other. But before they can try to have a relationship together, they must try to go back in time to try to solve the murder of Anne and hopefully of Sarah's mother as well before she ends up being next.

Fallen is the second book in McCarthy's Seven Deadly Sins series where she takes on the darker side. I've always been a fan of her "lighter" books so I was a bit wary about reading this one. The premise for this book sounded great but as I read, it began to drag a little. It annoyed me how whiny Gabriel sometimes seemed and I think it's ridiculous how he practically waited 150 years to solve his girlfriend's murder - uh, a little too late. I liked Sarah, she had her demons but she was willing to face them to be able to move on with her life. She was a nicely-developed character and I enjoyed reading about her. There are some very sexy scenes in Fallen and the chemistry between Gabriel and Sarah seemed real enough, although I felt something was missing. The end seemed a bit rashed to me, especially how after the "villain" was finally find out and what followed after. Overall, Fallen was a good and enjoyable read.

Book Blurb for Fallen

New Orleans, 1880s. Sent to watch over the decadent city, the angel Gabriel loses himself in the liquid pleasure of absinthe. So when his mistress, Anne, is murdered—and all evidence points to him— a foggy Gabriel cannot be sure he didn't do it. His penance: to be forever denied love. Should he seek pleasure with a woman, she'll know the depths of despair. New Orleans, today. Hoping to unlock that unsolved mystery, forensic scientist Sara Michaels, Anne's great-great-granddaughter, meets the ageless, tormented Gabriel. To work together would mean suppressing their mutual attraction—he can't allow himself to touch Sara, for her own sake. And for Sara, already familiar with the dangers of addiction, Gabriel poses the ultimate threat to her self-control. But can the desire burning between them turn into their salvation—or lead them both to destruction?

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2008 3.50