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Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark)
Wicked Nights - Angels of the Dark
Author: Gena Showalter
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 s...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781410450357
ISBN-10: 141045035X
Publication Date: 9/15/2012
Pages: 582
Edition: Lrg
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
After a few books of "oh that was pretty good" I read Wicked Nights and LOVED it from the get-go! The story had me the first few pages and kept me in it. I really enjoyed the characters and REALLY liked how their relationship wasn't know...they are "magnetically drawn to each other" and have sex the first chapter of the book...NOT THIS!
It was a unique storyline but believable in an angel/demon/magic cloud kind of way :)
I have had Showalter's Lords of the Underworld books sitting on my shelf but haven't started them...well I'm going RIGHT NOW to start it...I enjoyed this that much.
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Helpful Score: 2
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Don't hate me, but I didn't love this book. I really want to love it but for some reason I just couldn't really connect with it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this story a lot and I liked the world and characters Gena introduced us to, I just felt like something was missing.

Zacharel is a cold, calculating warrior angel who has spent the last several hundred years emotionally dead inside. He has no feelings towards anyone else and does not care who he hurts in his attempt to banish the world of demons. Because of his ruthlessness and his disregard for human life he has been given one more chance to prove himself worthy of being an angel. He must take a army of misfit angels that are all on the cusp of being thrown out of the heavens for their rebellious and bad behavior and train them which isn't an easy job. Any mistakes and it's Zacharel's wings that are on the line.

Annabelle Miller has spent the last four years locked up for a crime she didn't commit. When she was eighteen she witnessed her parents murder at the hands of a demon and no one will believe her. She now resides in a facility for the criminally insane. She knows she isn't crazy and she had nothing to do with the death of her parents, but ever since that horrific day Annabelle has been able to see demons that no one else can and because of this she has spent the last four years defending herself against demon attacks. She has no idea why the demons attacked and killed her parents or even why they come for her now. When a chance meeting with Zacharel she finds she may finally get her answers.

Zacharel can't help but be intrigued by Annabelle. She has awakened something in him that he hasn't felt before. She is feisty and strong and will fight to the death if she must and he can't help the strong attraction he feels towards her. He quickly decides he wants to help keep her safe until they are able to figure out just what exactly is going on.

I really liked Annabelle and I thought that she is unbelievably strong. She has been through hell and back and she doesn't let it defeat her. She continues to fight tooth and nail and doesn't take no one's crap. I liked that she stands up to Zacharel and doesn't cower in the corner waiting for someone else to save the day.

As for Zacharel, it took me awhile to warm up to him. He was never my favorite and I always found him a bit cold and uncaring. But once I got a feel for him and started to understand the reason why he's the way he is he started to grow on me. He's got a lot of burdens to bear and the way he copes is by shutting himself off from everyone. I enjoyed watching him learn to care and to feel emotions.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Annabelle and Zacharel. Neither walks on eggshells around the other and they are both pretty blunt and to the point with everything. They didn't dance around one another or play any games. I actually really enjoy the beginning of their relationship because there was a bit of back and forth arguing going on that is very reminiscent of her LOTU books.

This was a good opening to what looks to be another great series for Gena. While I might not have liked this books as some of Gena's previous works, I did enjoy it and still found it hard to put down. Gena just has a way with creating a world full of interesting characters that you just want to know more about. She introduced a few characters that I can't wait to see more of. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in the Angels of Dark series. I give this book a high 3.
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Helpful Score: 2
Much better than I expected after reading The Darkest Seduction. Zacharel was almost perfect. I think he fell in love and became mushy a little too quickly but some of his one liners were great and he's the kind of romance hero I love to read about. Gruff and reserved on the outside, but deeply loving, sweet, and committed to his love on the inside. Annabelle was one of Showalter's better heroines and refreshing after so many immature harpies and goddesses. I actually really like her, which can't be said of her last two heroines.

Despite loving the main characters and most of their exploits with one another, the book ultimately failed for me story wise and as a beginning to a new series. It was a good idea to write a side story about Zacharel since he quickly became one of her more interesting and enigmatic characters from the Lords of the Underworld series. But the army of angels he leads are too reminiscent of the lords of the underworld. They aren't physically hosting demons but they are metaphorically and their personalities might as well be interchangeable with the lords. I just don't want to read any more about them. I don't even want to read about the lords anymore!

It was interesting to read Showalter's version of the Law of Attraction although, as a spiritual person who if pressed to describe my religion would pick Wiccan, I'm a little disturbed that the author believes using the Ouiji board and going to psychics is a way of opening oneself to demonic influence. Really Showalter? But gruesome scenes of torture by angels are okay as long as demons are the recipients? That seems unjustifiably unbalanced.

The plot also suffers from what I call the Showalter unravel. She builds up something so complex that she can't write herself out of it within the constraints of her numerous writing demands without resorting to easy way outs and convoluting the story. Also, for all the legitimate heat shared between Zacharel and Annabelle, the sex scenes were so poor and uncomfortable and generic that they made me cringe. I resorted to skimming over them because they were so laughably bad.

It's too bad that the end result of this book felt sloppy. I liked the premise and I believe that it could have been a really good book. I think the main culprit against a well-written, well-thought out book is that Showalter is pushing out new books at an alarming rate at the expense of quality.
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Helpful Score: 1
So much FUN!FUN!FUN! Seriously, there were scenes between Zachie and Anna that made me giggle in delight. They were just so sweet sometimes in a ruthless cut-throat way. Love the cameos by the Lords of the Underworld and the bickering harpies.

The only thing that made me rolled my eyes were some of the miscommunications between Zacharel ad Annabelle. But the great thing about it was Showalter didn't harp on it and make it into a huge plot. They were usually cleared up rather quickly.

Loved the book. It is very similar to the Lords of the Underworld series but still really good. Can't figure out the title of the book though.
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