Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Publication Date: April 2013
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, 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?
Sweet Peril is the second book in the Sweet Series. I loved Sweet Evil at first read, and the case with Sweet Peril was no different.
After their near death experience at the summit, Anna and Kaidan are forced apart, mainly for their own good. Anna has to lead souls astray by becoming a wild, drinking, party girl, and Kaidan has to keep up the job of corrupting souls in the lustful way. (You can only imagine how good he is at what he does 😉 ).
I was so happy when Anna had to hide her “good girl” persona, and show the world a whole new side of her. The good thing is, even though Anna was now drinking, and sporting multiple piercings, and partying excessively, it was all just a show- a way to avoid any suspicion as to why she wasn’t “working”.
Anna’s father teams her up with Kopano (one of Kaidan’s close Nephilim friends and the son of the Duke of Wrath). Kopano is a smart, hunky, celibate gentleman, who likes Anna, and comes with a significantly less amount of baggage than Kaidan. He does not “work”, and his father understands and respects, maybe even loves, him for that. Anna and Kopano are supposed to gather (Nephilim) allies, who will help her fight against the demons, and let light overthrow darkness.
I do like Kopano, even though Anna is totally wrong for him. I must admit I had a brief crush on him (after getting over Kaidan, of course).
The fact that we get to see them gather an “army” makes it possible for us to meet new and interesting characters (mostly Nephilim) from around the world.
In the beginning of this book, I noticed Kaidan’s absence, and maybe it was necessary, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t miss Kai. Imagine my joy, when later in the book, I finally got more than just a few glimpses of Kaidan himself. Bliss!
The tension between Anna and Kai is at its peak, and I’m talking about all kinds of tension. Sometimes, it’s the sexual tension that makes reading more interesting than when the characters just start ripping each other’s clothes off.
I love that the story has just the right amount of characters to make it seem real, and new characters just keep coming out of the woodwork. One person I really like is Anna’s dad. For a demon lord (Duke of Substance Abuse), he’s a nice guy. He loves his daughter, and lives for the day he would be redeemed and welcomed back to paradise. I enjoyed his tough love towards Anna, and a dad that teaches his daughter how to drink alcohol? Cool!
I love the way the book ends, leaving me jittery in anticipation for the next book- Sweet Reckoning. So… yeah. That’s Sweet Peril.