Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark #1)

"I am... How could... Love this."

Wicked Nights
Gena Showalter
Angels of the Dark, book one
ebook, 346 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Harlequin
ISBN 781459233188

From the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld comes a dark, seductive new series featuring angels poised on the brink of destruction....

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?

Oops! Made the mistake of starting this one way too early. Being a spin-off of Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series, I wasn't sure where the two met. Apparently, it's sometime after The Darkest Secret (book seven), and I was so not there yet. (Recently finished book three.)

And yet, I enjoyed Wicked Nights far more than any of the LotU books I've read.

Annabelle Miller was merely eighteen years old when a demon staked a claim upon her. That same night, it murdered her parents and left her to be tried and pronounced guilty of their deaths. For the next four years, Annabelle suffered within the confines of an institution where lowly demons and humans alike continued to harm her.

Zacharel lost his twin brother centuries ago, and has lived each moment since shut away from emotions. His callousness and disregard for human welfare have led his betters to offer him one last chance before he's cast from grace.

As Zacharel leads his army of Heaven's less favored against a horde of demons scaling the walls of a human asylum, he is led into the presence of Annabelle as she lies restrained upon a medical bed, drugged and angry. And yet, despite discovering an angel before her, Annabelle does not plead or scream for help. Her response to his appearance leaves Zacharel equally baffled and intrigued. Even more so when Thane, a fellow angel on probation, proclaims Annabelle carries Zacharel's mark. Zach's never met the girl before, let alone touched her.

Curiosity, jealousy, desire... Emotions, he's long denied himself come raging to the surface once Annabelle enters his life.

I couldn't help but fawn all over Zacharel. And that first kiss... it was oh so good, until it went oh so terribly wrong. It was probably the hottest part of the book, including the smut scenes. The ending however really sealed the deal with its awesomeness as Anna confronts her demon, and Zacharel is left with the consequences of a very large, centuries old, screw up.

5 out of 5 stars.

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