Saturday, June 23, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wicked Nights

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and national bestselling author of more than thirty novels in a wide range of genres.  Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines as well as on MTV, and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choice Award. 
She has always believed in love...  An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own, and is now the author of a multitude of white-hot paranormal romances, sexy contemporary novels, and thrilling young adult titles.
Gena’s wildly sensual page-turners have a mix of humor, danger, and wickedly hot sex – a combination that is sure to enthrall!  After all, she is universally known to be “made of awesome”, and we couldn’t agree more! 

Wicked Nights, Book #1 of the ANGELS OF THE DARK series
Author:  Gena Showalter

SynopsisLeader 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?

Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L Olson]:

I am a huge fan of Gena’s. Her books are always on auto-buy for me, and getting an ARC of Wicked Nights was a real treat. 

Wicked Nights is the first installment of the ANGELS OF THE DARK series, a LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD spinoff. 

Our hero, Zacharel, is a warrior angel and commander to a group of misfit angels that the Deity is punishing for their ‘devil may care’ attitude toward humanity.  They’re sent on some pretty intense missions against demons and taught harsh lessons when they don’t show care towards the humans their supposed to be protecting.  Mr cool and collected suddenly finds himself confronted with a woman who just might turn his world on its ear and break some of the ice he keeps around his heart. 

Annabelle is a tortured heroine.  She’s spent a large chunk of her life in an asylum after a demon brutally murdered her parents in front of her, but because nobody believed her, she was accused of the crime herself.  Taken advantage of at every turn and rejected by those tasked with taking care of her and her family she’s becomed hardened but is thrown into a world of feeling when she meets Zacharel and his flock. 

The two together are magnetic.  Zacharel is an angel who has never felt much of any emotion, let alone desire.  When he meets strong willed Annabelle and is faced with her instense survival instinct, he can’t help but warm to her. Not to mention the passion that is undeniable between the two. 

LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD fans will rejoice in a cameo by our favorite demon infected alpha males and a few of their feisty females, and have no fear… while this series doesn’t have the light moments that LOTU has (at least not yet), you will still get your sexy alpha males, strong females, steamy romance, and all of the intrigue we’ve come to expect and love from Gena.  You’ll also encounter a multitude of other secondary characters that you will want to know more about instantly, which is brilliant for a serial author, because it just makes us want the next installment that much more. 

The world is dark, engaging, open for intense growth, and steeped in deep philosophical undertones that I found utterly fascinating. 
LITERAL ADDICTION gives “Wicked Nights” 4 ½ Skulls.  I can’t wait to see which angel we’ll learn more about next.  There’s a trio that I’m dying to delve into pronto. ;-)

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