ARC Review: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

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Title: Wicked Nights
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Angels of the Dark #1
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: June 26, 2012

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?

 

His gaze drilled into her very soul. “What are you thinking about, Annabelle?” Huskily asked, a caress to each of her senses. 

Like him, she couldn’t lie. Not this time, the truth already proven by the softening of her lips. “Kissing you.”

His gaze immediately dropped to her lips, his pupils gobbling up his irises. “Why?”

 Because you think I’m a prize. Because, when you look at me, I feel cherished rather than leered at. “I believe you’ll be familiar with my answer—-because.”

Wicked Nights is the dark and sexy debut new paranormal romance series by Gena Showalter featuring angels. These angels have been scattered amongst her Lords of the Underworld series, so I was ecstatic to hear they would be staring in their own series titled Angels of the Dark. Showalter does not disappoint, and from the beginning of the book I was fascinated and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

The story begins four years after Annabelle Miller witnesses a demon savagely murder her parents on her Eighteenth  birthday while she helplessly fought to save them from death. She has been wrongfully convicted of murdering her parents and has been serving her time sentenced at the Moffat County Institute for the Criminally Insane,  in the  Colorado mountains. Unfortunately she is the only human that can visualize these demons that victimize her daily, and therefore leading to the further speculation that she is criminally insane, and no longer fit to be rehabilitated into a positive member of society.

It breaks my heart to read that Annabelle has not only been victimized by the demon that killed her parents as well as her dreams of a normal life but she is now a victim of a sleazy creepy doctor that she has nicknamed Dr. Fritzpervert that uses sedation to force himself upon her body daily. Finally an army of unruly angels have become aware of the demon infestation at the Moffat Institute and have now deemed it their responsibility to rid the demon festation and protect the humans at all costs.

This man could teach her, she thought. This heavenly man who appeared so devilish, like a dark, seductive dream meant to lure a female straight into midnight temptations.

Dangerous….Yes, this man is dangerous……

Zacharel is the brutally SEXY-Licious commander of these group of unruly angels that have been working together for the past three months since their Deity gave them one year to prove they are worthy of keeping their wings. None of these angels wish to become Fallen Angels and each of their behavior reflects on the entire group ultimately dooming themselves and Zacharel to life without wings if they fail. Ultimately upon meeting Annabelle he gives her a chance to be rescued away from further abuse, but she’s going to have trust this ferocious warrior Zacharel if she expects to survive, or die trying.

Annabelle is fierce, feisty and so kind hearted with such a strong and courageous soul. I was instantly enthralled with how she stood up to Zacharel and challenged his every word, without even a desire to heed the consequences. It was riveting to watch such an aloof angel used to commanding orders without rebuttal yet, Annabelle such a feisty human questions and refuses even the simplest commands he gives her, yet he recedes giving her free will to do as she pleases.

“This is no way to speak to me, Annabelle. I am in a dangerous mood.”

Zacharel is such a voracious warrior and I was fascinated with his tortured story. Sadly his past has left him a hardened shell of the carefree angel he once was before the loss of a loved one. His past has dictated his inner turmoil and his suffering leading to a life without love, and a focus on cruelty. Having kept himself closed off from romantic interactions for so long, I’ve found it endearing to watch his cold outer shell thaw into an angel with a desire for someone other than himself. Zacharel and Annabelle both from their first meet ignite such intoxicating passion and sexual tension, it wasn’t difficult getting wrapped up in it.

“Very well. But I must admit, taking care of a female is more difficulty than even I imagined.”

“Hey! I am not high maintenance. I’m spunky.”

His gaze met hers for a protracted second. “To a man who has spent centuries seeing to only his own needs, you are indeed high maintenance, but I’m finding I do not mind maintaining you.”

Together these two charmed their way into each others heart, as well as my own while they worked together to discover the identity of the demon that has spent the last four years spending his minions to torture and injure Annabelle, ultimately putting a target on his back as an enemy of Zacharel. From the first time Zacharel met Annabelle he has a desire to protect her, and possess her heart, mind and soul, and with this demon interfering with her safety his defeat has now became Zacharel’s greatest ambition, and those familiar with Zacharel know that ambition is not something he lacks.

” You were warned,” Zacharel said before Annabelle had time to react. He smiled, but it was not the kind smile Annabelle could wring from him. It was the cruelest of all. His wings flared from his back as he grabbed him by the waist. “You don’t care what I do to you? Well, let’s see if I can change your mind.”

As a Lords of the Underworld fan I was delighted to see appearances from a few of my favorite demons and their fiery women! I recommend Wicked Nights for fans of sexy, dark paranormal romance fans who find themselves fascinated with tortured heros and heroines. I LOVED Wicked Nights, and true to Gena Showalter form she will wrap you up in this story where you don’t want to put it down, tug at your heart strings, excite you with a spicy romantic story, side characters your eager to get to know more, and world building that will you will desire to read the next book immediately. I’m already a huge fan of sexually deviant yet loyal Thane and selfless and tortured Kobo, and I’m hoping the next book will feature one of them. Wicked Nights is a must read for all paranormal romance fans, so you must read it immediately!

“You are mine,” he rasped. “Only ever mine. I accept all that you are, and we can be together. “

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16 Responses to ARC Review: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

  1. Great Review I can’t wait for this book, I love Gena she is an awesome writer.

  2. *Sigh*
    You always get to read the awesome-sauce books early !
    So jealous. :P
    I’m kind of excited to read this series. I’m not a huge fan of angels, but I have a strong feeling that the angel lore in this book is going to be fantastic.
    I love flawed characters and Zacharel seems exactly that. Oh well, now I’m just going to wait patiently for the book to come out. :)
    Great review as usual, Miss Vain. :)

    P.S I saw that in a reply to one of my comments on a review of yours that you thought I was a guy. I’m not. :P I’m actually a girl and Nick is a nickname of a sort. :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Nick!!;)

      I hope you love this read even with your reluctance to reading about angels! I think you will enjoy Zacharel!! Thank you so much Nick!!;)

      I’m sooooooooo sorry and embarrassed!! I should have known since my middle name is Nicole, but with Nick, I assumed you were a guy that LOVED drooling over SEXY men just like I do!! Hehe. I love you either way, male or female, gay or straight!! Lol. Sorry!! XOXO Thank you so much for clarifying that for me!!!:)

  3. Linda says:

    Oh yeah! A book about Zacharel? Where do I sign up? *runs to amazon to click pre-order, and to Godreads to add to TBR*

    Thanks for a great review Miss Vain! My mouth is watering :D

  4. Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I forgot all about this book, I’ll be picking this up asap, I was already excited about this new series of hers and after reading your review I have to go get my hands on it. So glad it comes out tomorrow.

    • MissVain says:

      Hello Aanchal ;)

      Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoyed this as well when you get it in your hands.:) Wicked Nights was a great start to a new PNR series!!;)

  5. Yvonne L says:

    Great review. Haven’t read any books by this author but I love the sound of this one. Will be adding this to my TBR list :)

  6. Emily D says:

    Great review. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  7. So it’s as sexy as the cover then! These angels are so seductive because they are forbidden which adds to their allure. This Annabelle is one lucky girl!

    • MissVain says:

      Hello Braine :)

      Yes it’s just as sexy as the cover!! You know as seductive as these angels are, they’re not exactly forbidden in this series…;) Yes Annabelle is a very, very lucky girl.<3

  8. ahhh I can’t wait! I’m reading this tomorrow. I’ve had this book for the last few weeks and it’s just sitting there calling to me!! Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of Zacharel, but after seeing all of your little teasers, I’m sold!! Now I just need to finish One Grave at a Time! Why are there so many great books out there lol?

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Ning, ;)

      Oh you must read this since your such a Gena Showalter fan. ;) Oh I never met Zacharel, so I had no opinion going into this book, but seriously he’s very sexy and charming! I’m a fan of his.;) Get on this lol.

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