A fantastic start to a new series I can be utterly, hopelessly, and unashamedly addicted to.
This book has all the elements that made me originally fall for the PNR genre. I love the LOTU series and to launch into this spin-off series set in the same world and also depicting some of the beloved Lords and their spitfire females just makes my want to do cartwheels!
We were introduced to Zacharel and his unflinching, no-nonsense, is-he-even-capable-of-feeling demeanor in the LOTU series. He intrigued me with his mysteriousness and even more so when he showed a flicker of emotion in "The Darkest Secret" when he gives Haidee a piece of Love to help save her.
Wicked Nights starts off with Annabelle locked in a psych institution after being found guilty of murdering her parents and claiming that demons did it. During the four years of her incarceration she battled demon after demon and the evil actions of her caregivers. The constant demon invasion of the psych institution finally catches the attention of Zacharel and his warriors. Zacharel is charged with leading an army of misfits many of which, like himself, are on the verge of falling because of their disregard to rules. As punishment for his past deeds, Zacharel must now hold the actions of his warriors as his own and suffer the consequences.
At first glance, Zacharel is drawn to Annabelle. Because he has suppressed his emotions for a long, long time he is unsure how to reconcile what he's feeling while in her presence. Annabelle has been physically and emotionally hurt by those she should have felt safe with and even loved. So at the moment she met emotionless and cold Zacharel, she is cautious. However, she chooses to go with him deciding he was the lesser of two evils. From that moment on the story progresses, taking twists and turns, shaking you off your feet and making you burst out in laughter at the hilarious retorts of Annabelle and the arrogant, but adorably funny remarks from Zacharel. These two have become one of my favorite couples. I could read anything Showalter puts out about this couple. They could be buttering toast or folding laundry and I'd read it. They compliment each other in so many ways, giving and taking in just the right amount to have balance and true love.
The romance is not the only great thing about this book. The main plot is filled with riveting action scenes and an ending that I didn't predict. The new characters left much to the imagination, making me itch for more on their background story and their future HEA. I can't wait for the next installment! Showalter needs to write faster!
Narrator: Max Bellmore
I like it when series are consistent with the narrator and although this is a different series, it is set in the same world as the LOTU series and I was glad that they kept Bellmore as the narrator. He does a great job with the characters both male and female. He is easy to listen to and is actually one of the few male narrators that I enjoy listening to as well as can understand them while listening in my car.
Note: I listened to this book on 1.5x speed
After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.
I loved the visual imagery provided by the Gena. I could feel the snow coming off of Zacharel's wings at one point. I could feel their passion from the beginning and how strong the bond of love was between Annabelle Miller and Zacharel. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Love dogs, reading and listening to audible books too
I love how she fight the demon at the group therapy. She was a very strong woman and sexy how she melt the hard core Zach. And sex was perfect
Annabel she is strong female not a damsel in distress
All of them. The whole serie of Lords of the underworld
Yes I. Think;
Get the whole serie is worth the money
I thought this author was a Jr. writer with lots of potential. Then I found out she had another, well liked, series!! Would not have guest. The story was interesting and could have been really exciting if the dialouge hadn't flipped between adolescent and mature language. I understand the main character was a teenager but it just felt awkward even during the romantic scenes. Overall the story kept my interest and I had fun with the strong silent type angels.
This book was very enjoyable but I felt that the performance was a bit flat. This was surprising to me because I have listened to other books narrated by Mr. Bellmore that were quite good. While the performance was flat in my opinion, it was not ruinous.
As for the book, it was fast-paced with a twist that I was not expecting. I enjoyed how the romance developed between Zacharel and Annabelle and the changes that we got to see in Zacharel. This was a book where I had trouble turning it off.
This book is worth a credit.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. This book has a bit of everything. Love, sex, death, The teaching of a lesson.Not to mention the twist I didn't see coming.
Dark lover by J R ward. Same tough male characters learning life lessons and to love.
Max brings a lot of emotion in his voices
Angels are not perfect.
I enjoyed this story because there wasn't as much Chasing with the two characters. In other books I find that it takes at least the first half of the book for the main two characters to realize they will be together and stop fighting each other. There was some doubt in this book but it was abolished.
I did not read the print version, but Loved the audio version.
Annabelle was my favorite character because her journey represents a reality many endure but few are aware of.
I loved the scene where the love Zacharel gives her after the negative transformation restores her goodness and beauty, yet shows her the consequences of giving in to the negative,
I am excited to get to the remainder of this series as I was blown away by the Lords of The Underworld series.
I prefer books that make me think to books that make me wish and want, but I thought it time to expand my horizons, at least once. That being said, note I have no previous experience with romantic novels or with this author. The book kept my interest, in fact it was hard to turn off. The end was a surprise. The author's character descriptions were vivid, but not tedious. The fight scenes were minimal, but I assume people who read romance novels want romance, not blood and action. The book moves quickly but transitions from scene to scene smoothly. The author's concept of angels and heaven and spiritual aspects is an "interesting" combination of gnosticism and Christian theology. I found that whole depiction somewhat frustrating and dissappointing. But that's my analytical mind trying to make sense out of something that is supposed to be mere fantasy, so take that for whatever it's worth. Bellmore does a good job, though has only minimal voice inflection changes from voice to voice. I really did not have trouble following who was talking.
I enjoy the "Lords of the Underworld" series and some of the characters are brought into play here. Also Max Bellmore as always is great
Mostly the ending really did have a twist that I didn't figure out until the last 25 minuets. Really good story.
When Zacharel has to make the choice of who shall live and who shall die.
Some books should just stay books......I love that we have audible, but a film would have to cut way to short, and much left out. (like most book to films)
I love Gena Showalter, read all the "Underworld" series. more than once. I also enjoy Max Bellmore. I've listened to him do other narrations and he's great.
Throughly enjoyable; one of the best in the series.
I loved the conflict between Zach and his soldiers.
Very expressive sultry even.
When bad is so very good for you.