Review: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter
Series: Angels of the Dark (# 1)
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin
Pages: 416
Source:  Little Bird Publicity

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?


Review: As a fan of Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series, I was excited to see that she has a new series starting that is loosely connected to those Lords.

These Angels, who were introduced in the LotU book, are not your typical angels! I don’t know about you, but when I think about angels, I tend to either picture a cherub or a woman dressed in white, with wings and a halo. These creatures aren’t flawed… they’re better than humans. They don’t have cravings, don’t bend to temptation or sin or well, anything wicked. Because if they do, they fall. But, Gena Showalter’s warrior angels *are* flawed. The do have cravings and temptations… and these angels are one step away from falling. But their deity is giving them one last chance to redeem themselves by placing them all in one army of angels. And Zacharel is the one charged with leading this group of misfits and keeping them in line.

However, on one of their assignments, Zacharel — who never feels anything — is sent to rescue Annabelle — a human who is being hunted and tormented by demons — and all of the sudden he feels… a lot. And for a being that has never experienced such feelings, he’s torn. Zacharel’s mind wants to push Annabelle away, but his heart is holding her close. And of course, that leads to mixed signals to Annabelle.

In the opening chapter (well, prologue) of the story, we meet Annabelle who wakes up on her 18th birthday with her eyes burning by some sort of acid. As her parent’s try to get her to the hospital, they’re murdered and Annabelle is blamed. But instead of going to prison, she’s sent to an insane asylum. She has every right to be skeptical and untrusting of those who have come to rescue her. And of course, she’s also a human who knows nothing of demons and angels, but she’s suddenly thrown into this world.

I liked this book. It was hard to put down once I got going. There is a lot of world building. Yes, it’s building off of the foundation already laid in the LotU books, but because she’s really expanding on the angles and demons, there are a lot of details. We also get a lot of introductions to angels who will likely be getting their own romances in the future. They play a part in this book by helping out Zacharel and Annabelle, and just meeting them and seeing their struggles makes me anxious to see them star in their own stories and get their happily ever after.

At times the romance between Zacharel and Annabelle seemed to take a back seat to the war raging between the angels and demons, but in the end, the conflict helped enhance it. The war threw them together, kept them together and made them rely on each other.

Ms. Showalter has written another winner. She creates characters that I care about and her world building just draws me in with such a creative and different look at paranormal creatures we’ve all heard about. I look forward to seeing where this Angels of the Dark series goes from here.






One thought on “Review: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

  1. Maria D. says:

    Good review! I haven’t had a chance to read this yet but I did enjoy the Lords of the Underworld series:)

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