SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)
by Wendy Higgins
PUBLISHED: April 30, 2013 by Harper Teen
GENRES: Angels & Demons • Supernatural Abilities • Paranormal Romance • Life Issues • Action/Thriller • YA • NA
TECHNICALLY 4.8 rounded to 5
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
Can I say that I went a little crazy when I finally got to start reading this book? I was so excited, my husband started to get a little worried about me. I reminded him of The Minion....
It was jaw dropping, tissue box emptying, TUMS ingesting awesomeness! By the time I finished I collapsed into bed. (Granted it was close to midnight.)
You have to hand it to Higgins. She knows her psychology. The way she wrote all the characters' behavior in this second installment was textbook... spot on. Kai messed so badly with Anna's mind, I'm surprised she didn't turn into that crazy hyena from THE LION KING. You know... gnawing on his own leg and cracking up at nothing. I probably would have. Either that or gotten my big demon daddy to wipe the floor with his bum.
Higgins wrote several scenes (with whom I can not mention) that were so hot that I had to use a fire extinguisher on my cheeks. You had the entire range of emotions in high def. There was constant tension throughout the book. My hands were sweating and I ingested far more TUMS that the FDA says is good for an upset tummy. Not only were the relations between characters strained tighter than a drum, there were scenes had me perched on the edge of my seat biting my nails.
Poor Kope. I really felt for him in this book. We got to delve into more of his history and learned some shocking surprises about him. All the guys, even Jay, seemed to be on this "self-inflicted-injury" mode. Let's not deal with out feelings but indulge in our self-destructive, masochistic behavior. Typical male.
Anna was struggling with all these massive issues. But what really struck a cord with me were her vivid feelings of loss and her struggle to move on. There was a lot of growing up to do in this book. Her determination, her loyalty, her compassion and her smarts shined and molded her into a stronger person. There was one scene (Rats! I can't spoil it...) that made her look tough as nails.... and MAN did it leave an impression on those around her!
Higgins did a great job of continuing the plot and not falling into the "second-book-is-only-just-filler" trap. She added characters, deepened the plot, developed existing personalities and dropped clues about what will happen in book three.
The guardian angels played an ever increasing role throughout the book. We picked up some new characters that added to the complexity and richness of the series. I was a little disappointed that we saw less of Veronica and I wonder if her character might be phased out. A few scenes were somewhat predictable, but in that "watching-horror-flick-no-don't-go-in-there" kind of way. Somewhat like watching a train wreck and you can't tell them to move.
May I just say... Wendy Higgins... I will NEVER look at a closet or washing machine the same way again. Just sayin' ;)
On that note.. since I refuse to spoil it for you... go get a copy and find out what I mean about that washing machine.. (Going in search of another fire extinguisher for my face...)
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