Title: Sweet Reckoning
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Sweet Trilogy (Book #3)
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062265970 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062265975 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
Quick & Dirty: This was a fantastic ending to an unbelievably good series. It is full of sexy romance, heart wrenching moments, and unforgettable characters. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is a fan of young adult paranormal books.
Opening Sentence: Not a soul in the Vegas cocktail lounge had any idea demons were in their midst.
I want to start off by saying that this is the third and final book in the series. I am going to try to make it as spoiler free as possible, but I suggest that if you haven’t read the first two books (which you totally should because they are amazing) then you probably should skip this review.
The final showdown is about to begin and sweet Anna Whitt is going to be right in the middle of it. With a group of Nephilim allies, Anna plans to rid the earth of all the evil Dukes once and for all. But the Dukes know about the prophecy and they suspect that Anna is the Nephilim that will be their downfall, so they do everything in their power to try and stop her.
Anna goes on the run to protect those she loves and herself. But she’s not sure who she can trust and the danger just keeps escalating. In the prophecy it states that Anna must remain pure to will the sword of righteousness and this becomes extremely hard when the Duke of Lust sent his son Kaidan Rowe to seduce her. Anna will do anything to protect Kaidan and if his father finds out he failed in having his way with Anna, the consequences will be deadly. Anna will have to decide what and who she is willing to risk to bring down the Dukes.
I totally adored Anna from the very beginning and my love for her just grew more and more with each book. At first she is this very innocent and slightly naïve girl, but by the end of the series she becomes a force to be reckon with. She still has a heart made of gold and a very sweet personality, but she has grown a tough skin to help her cope with her situation. I really admired Anna’s inner strength and determination. She never gives up even when things look dire. Anna will forever be one of my favorite book characters and I am so glad I got to read her story.
Kaidan is seriously a sexy beast. I love his accent, his killer good looks, and just thinking about him makes my insides melt. I loved getting to see the more gentle side to Kai, because it just made him that much more irresistible. His love and devotion for Anna is beautiful and so heartwarming. The other thing I love about Kai is that he really isn’t perfect, because he is the son of lust he has been forced to do a lot of things that he really shouldn’t have. It has left scars that may never fully heal, but his broken side just makes him more endearing. Suffice to say, I am madly in love with Kai and he is one of my all time favorite book boyfriends.
Sweet Reckoning was an extraordinary ending to a spectacular series. It has killer romance, loveable characters, and great action. I will admit that the first half of the book was a little slower than I maybe would have liked, but the rest of it totally made up for it. There were a few plot twists that I wasn’t expecting, which really helped keep me interested through the whole book. I found that I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this book because there were just so many adorable moments. But there were also some heart wrenching moments that really made me sad, so there was a good balance. Higgins also does sexy times so well, giving you just enough, but not too much since this is a young adult series. The only way I can describe the ending is that it was total perfection. It had just enough info to leave me satisfied, but it also left a few things up to your imagination, which I really liked. This series is probably my all time favorite young adult paranormal series. I am so sad to see it end, but it will always be one that I will re-read many times in the future. If you haven’t read this series yet you honestly should, you will not regret it.
I kissed him one last time before rolling over and feeling his heat against my back as he reached around my waist and pulled me closer.
As I drifted to sleep, from a state of semi consciousness I heard him whisper, “You’re my dream. My only dream.”
The Sweet Trilogy:
1. Sweet Evil
2. Sweet Peril
3. Sweet Reckoning (April 29, 2014)
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Sweet Reckoning. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.