Title: Wicked Nights
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Angels of the Dark, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HQN (Imprint of Harlequin)
Date Published: June 26th, 2012
Source: ARC (Provided by Publisher)
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?
Gena Showalter’s new Angels of the Dark series spins away from the sexy demons of the dark we lovingly know of as the Lords of the Underworld and sheds some light on those who stand on the opposite end of the battlefield — the angels who fight those demons who escape hell on an all-to-regular basis.
After first getting a glimpse of Zacharel in the latest LOTU book, The Darkest Seduction, I was more than looking forward to reading about him in his book Wicked Nights. He definitely didn’t let me down and I thought he was a good start to the series as the leader of his very own band of warriors. I liked the idea that he’s the leader of basically the bad-boy-misfit angels. That would be who Gena’s readers would want to read about. *wink* lol
I can already tell it’s going to be a fun series. However, as the first book in the series it wasn’t a book that I loved as much as I love the LOTU books. But, I think that’s a lot because it is the first book in the series. I’m not giddy at getting glimpses of my fav angels yet because I just met them. So I think as the books progress I could easily become just as attached to these guys as the LOTU guys. I’m particularly intrigued by the relationship between Thane, Bjorn, and Xerxes, which seems to be quite a complex bond that I’m so curious about!
When it comes to the relationship between Zacharel and Annabelle, I thought it was sweet for the most part. Annabelle has had a very rough and abusive past and so it was rough going for them in the beginning, but I thought it was handled pretty well given those circumstances. However, I did think that Zacharel fell for Annabelle a little too easily. I mean, he’s been celibate for like a thousand years or something thereabouts, right? What about her made him want to break that so quickly? I get that she was “meant” for him, but I wish there had been a little bit more time before he started falling all out for her to make it more realistic.
Overall though it was a good book and I’m looking forward to getting to know these angels-gone-almost-rogue a little more in the coming books. I definitely recommend it for Lords of the Underworld fans because it’s Gena doing what Gena does best — hot n’ sexy warrior males gone wild with love for their leading ladies!