Book Review

WICKED NIGHTS
by Gena Showalter

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: MILD

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The always excellent Showalter spins off a new series that remains in her alternate reality, but features a band of angels on the verge of falling from grace. Icy Zacharel has been featured in the Lord of the Underworld novels, so it is fitting that his story is the launch book for this new Angels of the Dark series. The characters are complex and edge toward the darker shades of gray. Showalter delivers yet again!

The Deity has decided that angel Zacharel’s “severe detachment from emotion” is causing him to create too much collateral damage in the war with demons. As punishment, Zacharel is charged with leading a band of rebellious and tortured angels and making them into an army that respects human life. If they fail, they will be stripped of their wings. Annabelle Miller has spent years in an institution for the criminally insane, because she is accused of viciously murdering her parents. Although Annabelle has been marked and tracked by demons, she is innocent of the crime. But Annabelle’s constant torture by visiting demons is interrupted when Zacharel arrives. Why has Annabelle been targeted? As he gets to know this gutsy young woman, Zacharel’s frozen heart could be melting for the very first time. (HQN, Jul., 412 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: HQN

Published: July 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wicked Nights

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:10pm.

Our Review, by Michelle L. Olson, LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha:

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 they're 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. ;-)