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Review: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

Wicked Nights (#1) by Gena ShowalterTitle: Wicked Nights

Author: Gena Showalter

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Angels of the Dark (Book 1)

Publication Date: June 26, 2012

Format: Paperback, 411 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373776985 (Harlequin)

ISBN-13: 978-0373776986 (Harlequin)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless — and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation — or her ultimate damnation?

Quick & Dirty: A story of Angels versus demons to see who can posses one human woman. This is a story of good versus evil and love conquering all.

Opening Sentence: The morning of her eighteenth birthday, Annabelle Miller woke from the most amazing dream feeling as if her eyes had been ripped out, dripped in acid and shoved back into her sockets.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This is the story of Zacharel, a fierce warrior angel, who is about to become a fallen angel if he does not shape himself into submission and also the band of warriors he leads. Most of the angels in his army have been captured by demons and tortured or know of someone who was and it has changed them. Since they have been changed they have no regard for who they hurt while hunting demons and have actually killed humans while fighting demons. This all changes when they are sent to fight demons at a institution for the criminally insane.  Inside the institute is Annabelle Miller who was convicted of killing her parents because no one believed that a demon had done it. Zacharel saves Annabelle from the institute and right away unwanted sparks start flying. Now that Zacharel has saved her he must keep her safe from the demon that killed her parents and wants her back.

I felt really bad for both main characters. Both Annabelle and Zacharel have suffered some very hard times and lost people they loved dearly. This is all they have in common though. Zacharel is a warrior angel who leads an army of dangerous warriors. When Zacharel lost his brother he bottled up all his feelings inside. This is why he is part of an army of angels about to lose their wings and become fallen angels. He does not care whether he hurts or even kills humans while hunting demons. As the story progresses and he gets closer to Annabelle, this changes him and he starts to open up not only to her but also to those under his command and he turns out not to be a bad guy. Annabelle is the opposite of Zacharel. She is a human who everyone thinks is a psychotic killer who murdered her parents and then blamed it on a demon. Instead of giving in to those who would hurt her or hurting herself, she is a strong woman who does what she can to protect herself. She is skeptical of people but when she likes someone she is a great friend. She was abused in the institute so she has trust issues when it comes to guys, but she can take care of herself. I liked how their relationship develops. It does not happen quickly or too slowly. Even though they are meant to be they take their time to get into a relationship.

The storyline was very well written. You felt close together and when they were hurting you could almost feel their pain. Such as when Annabelle watched her parents being killed, I wanted to be able to help her save them. The story was a little graphic at times. When Annabelle watched her parents get killed Showalter was very descriptive when describing what the demon had done to them. The story is very fast paced and worth reading. It is probably one of the better angel stories I have come across.

Notable Scene:

“What- How-” Crystalline eyes found him and widened. Her teeth began chattering. “A- am I dreaming? The drugs… I have to be tripping. Or dreaming, maybe. Yes that makes sense.” It does not, for you are not.”

“Are you sure? You look like the prince I once… uh, never mind.” She once… what? “I am positive.” “Then wh-who are you? What are you? How did you get in here?”

Despite her questions she seemed to know that he was not like the creature he had just defeated. Demons did their best to evoke fear. Angels did their best to evoke a sense of calm. Or rather, they were supposed to.

Angels of the Dark Series:

1. Wicked Nights

2. Beauty Awakened

3. Burning Dawn

FTC Advisory: Harlequin provided me with a copy of Wicked Nights. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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