Review: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

 

Title: Wicked Nights {Angels of the Dark #1}

Author: Gena Showalter

Published: MIRA July 2012

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?

Status: Read from July 21 to 23, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Harlequin Australia}

My Thoughts:

Since Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series has lingered on my TBR pile seemingly forever, when Wicked Nights was sent to me for review I was looking forward to finally reading something by this popular paranormal romance author. Angels of The Dark is a new series featuring a group of warrior angels on the brink of being banished from heaven. I understand that Zacharel, who is featured in this book, has briefly appeared in the LOTU series. In Wicked Nights, Zacharel, the leader of a powerful warrior unit made up of miscreant angels, rescues Annabelle, a human marked by a demon, from an institution for the criminally insane in which she has been incarcerated for four years. Together the pair battle to stay alive under an onslaught of demons at the command of Unforgiveness.

The strength for me in this book lay in the characterisation of not only Zacharel and Annabelle but also the minor characters like Thane, Bjorn, Xerxes and Koldo, despite their brief appearances. Zacharel is tormented by the death of his twin brother at his hands and has affected a careless attitude that threatens to see him expelled from heaven. Leading a battle unit of equally troublesome angels is his punishment and last chance to redeem himself in the eyes of his Deity. Gorgeous, troubled and tough, Zacharel is the ideal alpha hero.
Annabelle is tormented by the murders of her parents at the hands of a demon and her conviction for their murder. Sentenced to life in an asylum she has spent four long years fighting off attacks by demons and at the mercy of the perverts on staff. She has however never given up and I liked her determined, feisty attitude.
There is an element of ‘fated mate’ to the romance between Zacharel and Annabelle but it isn’t dominant and surprisingly both are a lot less subservient to their attraction than I expected. There is nice balance of tenderness and heat though I did expect something a little more explicit for some reason.
For me though the plot was too thin, relying heavily on the romance to provide conflict though I did enjoy the twist near the end. Some sections drag and feel repetitive and overall I felt the page count overreached the storyline.

I am sure LOTU fans will be delighted with this new series (and some of the boys and their mates have a cameo scene or two) but it wasn’t strong enough for me to be anything other than mildly entertained.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tien
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 09:29:29

    *sigh* there are sooo many of ‘angel’ books coming out but it just doesn’t seem to appeal to me like the Weres or Vamps, I don’t know why… Well, probably cuz they don’t sound like big bad hunks! LOL

    It didn’t sound like you enjoyed this book overmuch – is there another ‘angel’ book you liked?

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 11:26:27

      Actually I haven’t read much with angels, I did like Hush Hush by Becca Fitzgerald but haven’t liked any of the sequels. I tend to prefer Urban Fantasy to paranormal romance like Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, Kim Harrisons Hollows series and Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series

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  2. DannyBookworm
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 21:20:34

    I still have to read it, but I read a few reviews before saying the same, that it was not as strong as the LOtU series. But, I have a soft spot for angels, and let’s face it, the cover is amazing!!!! 🙂

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