Let me start off with the fact that I'm a huge Gena Showalter fan and I've read her Alien Huntress, Lords of the Underworld (aka LOTU) and Atlantis series. There hasn't been a book by her that I haven't loved and Wicked Nights was no exception.
Wicked Nights is the first book in this LOTU spin off series and this series is called Angels of the Dark.
The prologue starts out pretty intense and a bit sad. On the morning of Annabelle's 18th birthday she wakes up from an amazing dream, unable to see and in agonizing pain from her eyes, which spreads to her body. She of course freaks out when she feels blood on her hands and starts screaming her head off.
Her mom rushes in to find her and freaks out while calling for her father. They are both in the room with her panicking about her eyes and what's wrong with her face? Her dad tries to speak with her but she can't talk. Her dad reassures her that everything will be okay and they'll take her to the hospital. He gently picks her up and with her mom following, takes her out to the SUV in the garage, puts her in and closes the door. A few minutes tick by and nothing happens.... Anna doesn't hear her mom or dad getting into the car and she starts to smell something nasty in the car, that smells like rotting eggs. She finally manages to call out and hears muffled voices, some freaky laughter, and her dad sounding terrified yelling at her Mom to get in the house.
At this point Anna struggles and manages to pry her eyes open. Her dad has injuries all over his face and he's standing protectively in front of her mom. Anna realizes there's no one there and doesn't get what is happening or how her father is being injured. Finally, Anna sees a creature, from her worst imaginings appear in front of her dad. This creature is hideous. He's freakishly big with fangs, has crimson skin, and clawed fingers. The creatures has bony wings, complete with a horn and tail.
She starts yelling at the creature and the creature after her telling it to stop, literally swipes his claws and annihilates her parents. This disgusting creature then forces a gruesome kiss on her which is completely repulsive and disgusting, before he finally disappears. She rushes inside and calls 911 before checking on her brother Brax, whom she can't wake. The cops show up and surprise, surprise... Anna gets blamed for her parents murder.
Fast forward to Chapter One. Its four years later and Anna is now 22 years old and has been stuck in an institution for the last 4 years. While she's been there, she has been attacked by several demons who seem to be drawn to her and suffered abuse at the hands of orderlies, doctors, etc. It has not been an easy time for her but Anna is so amazingly brave and she doesn't get up, which is totally amazing considering her circumstances. Her rescue comes from an unlikely source. A cold, fallen angel by the name of Zacharel. He doesn't care for humans at all and has been chastised by his Deity for him killing demons with no regards to human lives lost by doing so. I certainly enjoyed his transformation during this book and if you like delicious yummy angel males, you'll love Zacharel.
This is an excellent new series and I'm looking forward to reading about the other Angels in this series. You do get to see some of the Lords in this book and its good to see them, even if its only briefly. If you've read the LOTU series you'll love this new series as well. However, if you haven't read the LOTU series you still can pick this 1st book up as a stand alone and you won't be lost. Personally, I've always found reading the main series before the spin-off series always make the spin-off series that much better, but again that's just my humble opinion.
Either way, you should grab this book!
For those wondering about the Lords of the Underworld series,
the reading order is as follows:
the reading order is as follows:
1. The Darkest Fire (ebook prequel)
2. The Darkest Night
3. The Darkest Kiss
4. The Darkest Pleasure
5. The Darkest Prison (ebook short story)
6. The Darkest Whisper
7. The Darkest Passion
8. The Darkest Lie
11. The Darkest Seduction
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Gena graciously donated a signed copy of The Darkest Secret to Paranormal Addicts for her blog tour of Wicked Nights!!! If you haven't be sure to check out the other links for the blog tour going on right now! ;) She's got author interviews, character interviews, giveaways etc with lots of blog stops so be sure to check out: http://members.genashowalter.com/profiles/blogs/contests-and-blog-tour
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