Title: Wicked Nights
Series: Angels of the Dark #1
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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?
“What we want is not always what we need.”
Zacharel’s appearance in The Darkest Seduction really intrigued me to read his story. I pre-ordered his book in January, and after months of waiting, I was looking forward to knowing “ultracold” Zacharel’s behaviour in romantic situations…
Wicked Nights is the first installment of the Angels of the Dark series that is a Lords of the Underworld spin-off.
Love, forgiveness, revenge, guilt, respect, values, life, and death appear in this novel.
Zacharel was always enigmatic, and although in his book I get to know a lot of things about him, I still don’t feel him close to me.
It is absolutely Zacharel’s book. The story revolves around his life, his deeds, and his future.
Someone wants to take revenge on him, wants him to pay for a deed he was forced to do long time ago. Although Zacharel did his best, he unintentionally hurt this person. Since then, he suffers extremely because of it, and is sentenced to slow death himself.
Meanwhile, his Deity wants to teach him a lesson about the true essence of their mission, their true task. Zacharel hopes to be a member of the Elite Seven, but as yet he is not aware of the basic idea of being an angel. So the lesson is necessary. First it seems too cruel, but when the Deity explains it, it is so clear, so obvious.
Annabelle. At the beginning of the story, I felt like Annabelle was a catalyst, a tool for starting and keeping the events in motion. She seems to be a minor character in relation to Zacharel. She is not his equal as a main character.
She also suffers from this inequality in the story, from a different aspect, of course. Fortunately, she has the strength to become an equal partner of Zacharel. She is brave, smart, funny, and observant.
“She was annoyingly perceptive.”
Annabelle has spirit; she is filled with hope, she never gives up. I loved her teasing, and nicknames for Zacharel.
“Look, Winged Wonder. Get me out of here, then we’ll hammer out the details about where I’m staying, okay?”
“Winged Wonder,” he said, nodding. “I find that I do not mind that one. It fits.”
“Captain Modesty fits better,” she muttered.
“I disagree. Winged Wonder is clearly the better choice for a man such as me.”
The warrior angels, Thane, Xerxes, Bjorn and Koldo in Zacharel’s army are very intriguing characters. I enjoyed their little insults against Zacharel. As the story progresses, the insults disappear, and are replaced by respect for their leader.
The next book of the series is going to be Beauty Awakened. It is Koldo’s story. In his characteristics, personality, and appearance, Koldo reminds me of Zsadist in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Even their books’ titles are likely similar (Zsadist’s book is Lover Awakened).
The appearance of the Lords of the Underworld is spectacular! I love them so much! I’m eager to read the next installment of that amazing series.
The plot is complex and coherent with a shocking twist in the end.
It is well-built, but its fluidity and rhythm is broken by some elongated chapters and episodes, such as the chapter about Zacharel and Annabelle’s conversation about kisses, another chapter about their bargain of kisses, and a further chapter about their first kiss. They could have been suspenseful, but I felt them ineffective.
There is only one twist in the story, but that one is shocking. The awaited resolution-scene comes too late, only at the end. The fight with the antagonist is too short, too hasty.
I love the world that Gena Showalter created in the Lords of the Underworld series, because it is unique. She doesn’t adopt clichés, and popular images.
That’s why I am disappointed by some annoying things in Wicked Nights, such as
- the delineation of the Deity as an old man;
- the minion demons are sitting on humans’ shoulders and whispering incitements into their ears;
- and the name of a character, “Dr. Fitzherbert aka Fitzpervert” is from “Bridget Jones’ Diary”.
I was also disturbed by the demonic appearance of Annabelle that disappears when she calms down, just like Hulk…
The erotic scenes are kind of boring and faint. They are moderate and mannered: now you, then me, your turn, my turn, etc. Something is missing, maybe the heat. I didn’t feel the “thing” I should have felt as a reader.
The dialogues are witty, but I’m used to more humorous scenes in Gena Showalter’s books.
Romance, drama, and action are in appropriate amount in the novel, but their presentment is often superficial and depthless. I was not absorbed by the story. I remained an outsider.
The cover is beautiful. The models are perfectly fit the main characters’ appearances. So far, it is the cover of the year.
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