Book Review: Wicked Kiss

Author: Michelle Rowen
ISBN: 9781743562505
RRP: $16.99

Wicked Kiss is part two of the Nightwatchers duology and so brings us to the end of our adventures with Samantha Day. I must say I was a little surprised to find that this was only going to be a two part series as trilogies and longer series are much more prevalent.

This book arrived on my TBR pile a little while ago and it has been calling me ever since, with it’s gorgeous pink cover  with it’s dark brooding hunk. The pile has taken on a bit of a life of its own at the moment so it took me a while but I’m glad I finally decided that it was time to go back to Trinity and see what Rowen had in store for Samantha and the supernatural team sent to destroy the evil rising in Trinity.

Dark Kiss saw Samantha Day, ordinary teenaged girl, lose her soul and discover that she was never as ordinary as she believed. Born of a forbidden love between Angel and Demon Samantha is far from ordinary and her origins are something that Bishop believes need to remain a secret.

Secrets abound in Trinity, and within the supernatural team which is still growing. The newest arrivals were unexpected and they seem to have a second agenda that they aren’t sharing.

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Samantha and the team are still out looking for Stephen, the gray responsible for taking Sam’s soul, and he is proving to be quite elusive. It also seems that the grays are going through a process of evolution and things aren’t as they seemed.

But as well as the grays there is a new threat in town as the rate of teen suicide jumps dramatically for no apparent reason, and totally unexpectedly. One of these teens is with Sam moments before her death and the situation throws together Sam and her school nemesis Jordan. There is something supernatural behind the sudden rash of suicides, and now the team need to concentrate their efforts on eradicating the gray problem as well as getting to the bottom of the suicides.

I found myself quickly engrossed in this story because as well as the action is the sizzle of romance and the slowly uncovered secrets and back-stories of Kraven and Bishop – Demon and Angel but also brothers.

It seems that though Sam and Bishop are drawn to one another, and never quite sure whether it is just soul hunger related or a real connection, there could be another player in the mix. Sam wants nothing more than to kiss Bishop but his soul presents a problem in that her kiss can kill him. But Kraven has discovered a way to bring Sam back from the brink and return her control, is there more to this than meets the eye?

Some unexpected twists and a satisfying ending made this an interesting, and intriguing, read that left me wanting more Rowen. Part of me still wants to know what happens next but that’s just me, I grew to like these characters so much I want to see where they go from here.

Rowen masterfully blurred the lines between good and evil so that nothing was a straightforward black or white decision, all are shades of grey.
When faced with a common goal – the balance of good and evil in the world, or in Trinity at least – even Heaven and Hell can work together.

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