Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pub. Date: April 29, 2014
Series: Sweet Evil (#1), Sweet Peril (#2)
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "It’s time.  Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways. The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk. In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom."

After reading Sweet Peril, readers know that Anna has to fulfill her destiny, which isn't an easy task. She must rid the world of demons, along with the help of her father, a Duke, and her other Nephilim friends.  Also, Anna gets to be with Kaidan for real this time (FINALLY!) and their relationship gets their first major test when he has to start working against her.  We know that Kaidan is devoted to her in this book, but he is the son of the Duke of Lust and readers can't help but worry.  Plus, Kaidan's father is highly suspicious of Anna and wants to make sure she fulfilled her promise as well as test out what kind of bond Kaidan really has with her.  Lastly, there is the epic showdown between Anna and the Dukes. Wendy Higgins's final book in the Sweet trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is an edge of your seat read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  

Just like in Sweet Peril, Anna grows in Sweet Reckoning.  We learn a little bit more about her mother in this final book and Anna continues to gain confidence.  Sometimes I feel like Anna suffers from Bella Swan syndrome from time to time, but she really holds her own for the most part in this conclusion. I like that she leans on Kaidan and her friends from time to time, but can hold her own against Kaidan's dad.

I was pleasantly surprised to see where bad boy Kaidan and good girl Anna's relationship was headed in Sweet Reckoning.  I love these two together, so I was glad that they finally had their moment.  Their relationship is tested a lot in this final novel, but readers will be pleased with the outcome.  

This is definitely an action-packed conclusion with many edge of your seat moments as well as swoon-worthy moments between Anna and Kaidan.  I am very happy with the conclusion in Sweet Reckoning. My only critique would be the final fight scene seemed a bit cliché and I did notice that the religious undertones were a bit stronger in this book. However, Anna is part angel, so I get it.

If you are looking for a paranormal romance story that is steamy, action-packed, has a hot bad boy, but doesn't involve the usual vampires, witches or werewolves, then check out Wendy Higgins's Sweet trilogy.  If you like the idea of angels and demons, good vs. evil, and temptation, then this is a series you won't want to miss.

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