Book Review: Wicked Nights by: Gena Showalter

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Harlequin

Publish Date: June 26, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld comes a dark, seductive new series featuring angels poised on the brink of destruction....  

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?

Review: When Annabelle Miller was a teenager, a demon marked her against her will and brutally killed her parents in front of her. She's spent the last four years locked up in a mental institution because no one believed her about the monsters who killed her parents and who continue to make her life miserable. Of course, there are also human monsters who keep her sedated and perpetrate their own miseries against her unwilling body and soul. Zacharel is an angel - the leader of a misfit ragtag group of angels whose salvation depends solely on his success or failure as a leader. He also divested himself of empathy and love when his brother died and now feels nothing but the cold where his heart should be. When he is commanded to fight the demons surrounding the mental institution where Annabelle is held, he meets her and something about her makes him want to fight for her freedom from the demon lord who has marked her as his own.

Ms. Showalter has brought us the story of the angel Zacharel, who we've seen before in the Lords of the Underworld series, and Annabelle Miller, a girl caught between three worlds (the angelic, the mortal, and the demonic). Readers will easily fall for Zacharel regardless of his heart of ice and Annabelle who has been grossly mistreated for something she never did. Wicked Nights will have you believing in the fight between angels and demons and the power of love and redemption. With characters who are steamy, sexy, and yet so very vulnerable and scarred, you will be pulled in their story head-first and not want to come up for breath. Even the secondary characters have dimension and charm, plus we get to see the Lords of the Underworld in action again. Wicked Nights will definitely have you panting for more!

Angels of the Dark Series: Wicked Nights (1), Beauty Awakened (2)


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