Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet EvilSweet, 1Wendy HigginsYA Paranormal RomanceHarperTeenMay 1, 2012Paperback447

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

I can’t really express how much I love this story. Such a fresh take on angels and demons kept me turning the pages from start to beginning. Especially, Wendy Higgins take on Nephilim, who are half-human and half-demon. Gifted with amplified senses and the ability to see auras, Nephilim (Nephs) are the best people to carry out their demon fathers’ work: polluting souls with the 7 Deadly Sins.

And, being able to identify with the main and POV character Anna Whitt definitely landed this book on my favorite list. She is the perfect “good” girl: good grades, good relationship with her adoptive mom, and she’s never rebelled, lied, or done drugs. All things that I have in common with her. And then, because she’s a fictional character, her life gets a bit more interesting when she meets the mysterious bad boy drummer, Kaidan Rowe. That’s the part where I could enjoy living vicariously through her.

Kaidan (Kai) Rowe is every paranormal romance reader’s dream. As the drummer for the band Lascivious, a womanizer, and the son of the Duke of Lust, he has women falling all over him—and I’m ashamed to say that I was not immune to his charms. What makes him interesting, though, is his inner conflict regarding his duty and his heart. Usually aloof around women, he can’t understand why he is fascinated with Little Miss Perfect, Anna Whitt.

One thing leads to another and the two set off on a journey deeply rooted in the reality of angels and demons. Hormones and emotions are high, and the sexual tension is palpable, but the most important part to the romance is one rule: They can’t be with each other.

Definitely a chick lit novel. If you’re not into sexual tension, I’d leave this book alone. Similar to Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, a good girl and a bad boy team up to achieve a common goal, and complications ensue. That’s basically where the similarities end. Sweet Evil isn’t just about the romance (shocking I know, based on the cover), but it’s a lot more about personal integrity and finding your identity set against the age-old tale of the temptation of good vs evil.

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