Series: Sweet Evil,
Published by Harper Collins on April 30th 2013
Genres: Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Multigenerational, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
“We had a secret knowledge that demons couldn't fathom. They saw love as a weakness, but they were wrong. Love would keep us going, love was our strength.”
― Wendy Higgins, Sweet Peril
Sweet Peril focuses on the battle between light and dark, good and evil, within Anna Whitt, the child of a guardian angel mother and a demon father. Anna promised herself she'd never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a claim. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means earning an unwanted reputation as her school's party girl. And all the while there's gorgeous bad-boy Kaidan Rowe, the son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
The second novel in Wendy Higgin’s Sweet Evil series, Sweet Peril, picks up where the first book left off. Kaidan is off rockin’ and rollin’ in Los Angeles working on his band’s first album, while Anna is back in Georgia trying to move on. She’s thrown herself into work – tempting humans to drink and party, which has changed her reputation at school from cute, quiet geek to party girl extraordinaire. She’s living the high life, but is miserably heartbroken over Kaidan. After her dad pairs her with Kopano to track down possible allies for their cause, Anna finds a renewed purpose. Yet, in her heart she longs for the guy that got away.
I liked Kaidan and Anna’s relationship more in this novel. He is still a dick to her for most of the book, but then circumstances between them change. Once they figure out where they stand with one another, light is shed on his actions in a way that make him seem more worthy of Anna’s love. Their relationship isn’t the only one to become more developed. Anna’s friend Jay finally gets a girl friend. Or two. Even Blake and Ginger’s feelings for each other move towards the forefront of the story.
Aside from the romantic relationships in the story, the threat to the Nephilim becomes greater. Duke Pharzuph is despicable, but I enjoy reading to see what new stunt he’ll pull next. He and his cronies are THE WORST, but make the threat to Anna seem more real. What makes Pharzuph so dangerous is that he’s Kaidan’s father, and has damaged Kai is horrible ways. Besides, the other Neph’s fathers haven’t been as well-developed to really fear. And that leads me to…
Besides Belial, Anna’s father, Pharzuph is the only other Duke that’s really developed. Higgins does introduce the other Dukes, and we learn of their horrible deeds, but they don’t really stand out enough for me to fear for the twins, Kopano, or Blake’s life. I think if they were more fully developed, than they’d read like the threats to the team that they’re supposed to be. Another threat that wasn’t? Kopano.
Kopano seems like a great guy, considering he’s the son of the Duke of Wrath, but I’m not a fan of him being thrown between Kaidan and Anna. Love triangles have gotten old many moons ago, but I can tolerate a well done one. This is not an example of that. As I stated in my Sweet Evil review, Kaidan and Anna have enough obstacles in their way. Kopano needn’t be one.
Do I Recommend?
Most definitely! I actually liked Sweet Peril more than Sweet Evil. I think it was better written, the secondary characters were more developed, and Anna wasn’t as naive. She has grown up since the events in the first novel, and though she remained obsessed with Kaidan, it didn’t seem as crazy. Now she knows him, and he has done enough to confuse her and her feelings. The romance between them is electric. Wendy Higgins has written a book that I can’t put down.