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{February 22, 2013}   {ARC Review} Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowan (Nightwatchers #2)

10346185From Goodreads: MY KISS CAN KILL.

I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that’s changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone’s soul…or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don’t…I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I’ll kill him. Then there’s another boy, one I can’t hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They’re both part of a team of angels and demons that’s joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I’ll be able to help Bishop-or if I’m just another part of the darkness he’s sworn to destroy….

NIGHTWATCHERS

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

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In my review of Dark Kiss, I said I wished I had gotten to know Bishop and his brother, Kraven, a lot more.  I really liked them, and as obvious as it was that they were hiding things from Samantha, especially when it came to their past, they never spilled the beans, and that just about killed me.  Well, in this great sequel, Wicked Kiss, my wishes have been granted.  Rowan does a phenomenal job throwing in many twists and turns as the story progresses, ever so slowly divulging the truth about Bishop and Kraven’s past mortal life, explaining how one became an angel, and one a demon, and why bad blood presently sits between them.  And I loved it.  The mystery was there, the action was there, and I loved how each morsel of information changed my perception of Bishop and Kraven, changing everything I ever thought I knew about them, which was a lot of fun, especially when the truth really did come out.  Though it took the entire novel for the truth to be divulged, and it’s a bit long, it was great fun, and I enjoyed it very much.  I will say it’s one downfall, though, is it’s repetitiveness.  Events will happen that are self-explanatory, but Samantha then rehashes what was just said in case readers didn’t get it the first time.  That, for me, was a little annoying, but it certainly didn’t ruin the story.

Samantha Day is a much stronger character in this novel, and not just in terms of her half and half status.  I did not find her as wishy-washy in her decisions, and she takes charge on multiple occasions, which was nice to see, even though she still wasn’t making the best decisions.  But, if you had a soul sucking hunger deep inside you, you probably wouldn’t make the best decisions, either…

I’m excited to see where this series is going, especially as the story Rowan began with finds a resolution in this second novel, but the path has been paved for a whole new story to unfold, and I’m really looking forward to it.  Four stars.

4 stars

Harlequin has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of the novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on February 26, 2013.

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