Title: Wicked Kiss
Author: Michelle Rowen
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Nightwatchers (Book 2)
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback, 448 Pages
ISBN-10: 0373210647 (Harlequin Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0373210640 (Harlequin Teen)
Reviewed by: Kristie
My kiss can kill.
I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that’s changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone’s soul…or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don’t…I hurt myself.
Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I’ll kill him. Then there’s another boy, one I can’t hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They’re both part of a team of angels and demons that’s joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I’ll be able to help Bishop—or if I’m just another part of the darkness he’s sworn to destroy….
NIGHTWATCHERS: When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…
Quick & Dirty: Excellent wrap-up to a series that is action-packed and full of twists and turns.
Opening Sentence: Crave used to be a prime hangout for dangerous monsters, but tonight I seemed to be the only one here.
Wicked Kiss is the second and final book in the Nightwatchers series. This book is long but it is action-packed from beginning to end and it wraps up this series on such a great note. There was just so much that happened in this book that it is hard to decide where to start with my review. Samantha Day is still battling with the fact that she can steal someone’s soul or their life with her kiss as a “grey”. Her best friend is gone and she has no one she can trust to help her get her soul back. She has help from the gorgeous angel Bishop and his equally handsome but dangerous brother Kraven but she doesn’t know that she can fully trust them.
Another angel falls to earth, a female, and she is tasked with keeping an eye on Sam at her home where the boys don’t really come around. Sam is really confused about Cassandra because she not only sees her as someone who wants Sam dead but as a potential love interest for Bishop. Jealousy flies for Sam on its’ little angel wings. Then Sam discovers that life as a “grey” is about to get more complicated in a life or death transformation.
If things aren’t already bad enough for Sam, she begins to see what Bishops sees, not just in the here and now but also in the far past. Bishop isn’t giving her the answers she seeks but her gift has allowed her to bypass all of Bishop and Kraven’s barriers letting her get the answers as to how they became an angel and a demon.
And wait for it…there’s more. An evil has come to town and it is killing off a bunch of students in apparent suicides. People who were happy and laughing not just ten seconds before they take their lives. After witnessing a schoolmate kill herself, Sam is drawn into this mystery with another schoolmate, Jordan, who hates her guts. Sam tries to play it off like its just a random strange event but Jordan knows something isn’t right and is determined to investigate on her own but then she is also drawn into the strange world Sam knows.
The mini love triangle continues with Sam in the middle. She wants Bishop but Kraven also messes with her emotions enough that she doesn’t know if she wants him or pities him. For the first half of this novel I did feel that Bishop was a little whiney and not very nice towards Sam except for when he wanted to kiss her otherwise it seemed like he didn’t want her around. Wicked Kiss is told entirely from Samantha’s first person point of view.
Overall, I enjoyed Samantha’s character in this novel. She came off a little stronger in character. She didn’t want to give up even though every path seemed to end with her dying. She does get frustrated at the lack of communication and she doesn’t seem to believe Jordan when she really should.
Wicked Kiss definitely needs to be read with Dark Kiss in order to understand Sam’s life as a grey. Wicked Kiss only skims past the events in the first novel since so much is happening with the storyline. Sometimes it was hard to figure out how things would tie together in the end but it did and I couldn’t have asked for a better wrap up to a series.
On the surface, word for word, it almost sounded like an insult. But the way he said it, low and throaty…me being problematic for an angel of death—it was the sexiest thing I’d ever heard in my entire life.
My hunger swirled around me, ever tightening like a cool silk scarf binding me in place. Everything else faded into the background—my future, my survival, the safety of everyone in the city, even the fate of my best friend trapped in the Hollow.
I didn’t care about anything else.
“Kraven’s right.” His breath was warm against my cheek. “When I’m this close to you…it’s like being a f ly trapped in a spider’s web. I can’t seem to free myself.”
“I want to kiss you right now.” I was completely unashamed by the truth spilling from inside me. “So much. It’s driving me crazy.”
He didn’t reply; he just nodded slowly, his gaze fully fixed on my lips.
“I won’t take it all. I can stop myself before it’s too late.” My hunger turned me into something other than myself, other than the shy and awkward kid who’d only allowed herself crushes on a couple of guys before. The girl who shielded her heart to keep it from being broken. The one who looked in the mirror and still only saw a skinny girl with long, wild hair and barely enough chest to stuff in the smallest bra on the rack.
But Bishop had never looked at me like I was that girl. He looked at me like I was something amazing. Something beautiful beyond words. Something he wanted more than anything or anyone else.
And, at the moment, with the sounds of Ambrosia now only a distant echo, I knew he was every bit as lost as I was.
He drew closer, closer until finally…finally, his lips brushed against mine.
1. Dark Kiss
2. Wicked Kiss
FTC Advisory: Harlequin provided me with a copy of Wicked Kiss. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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