Date Published: May 1, 2012
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 Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. 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?
So, Anna Whitt is a goody two shoes who can't even handle the thought of drugs or alcohol, and she keeps her and her best friend, Jay, on the straight-and-narrow. She is Christian and just your essential "good girl." Enter Kaiden (pronounced Ky- den). He is danger in hott (yes, it needs both t's) boy form. He has what we humans would call a scary reputation (not that he's violent... just a man-ho). Unfortunately for Anna, she gets the serious hots for him- before she learns that they're both descendants of fallen angels. Yeah.... and guess who Kaiden's daddy is? The one and only demon of Lust. Together, they make a seriously dangerous couple. I loved this story because it wasn't just about the romance, it had suspense and danger and family and love and a lot of overcoming vices and other bad things in life. I loved it. The only thing I didn't totally love was the love-triangle that sprouted up kind of suddenly near the end. It was weird and kind of and insta-love thing, but it wasn't really love? I dunno, but I really hope that it's explained better in Sweet Hope.
Now the characters were pretty interesting. I mean, Anna definitely made some mistakes, but, come on, she was stuck on a road trip with a half-demon of lust. (It doesn't get really dirty, though, I promise) She couldn't help but make some slip ups in her otherwise perfect persona. Although it did bug me how quickly she got close to Kopano, because people who are just friends don't become friends that quickly, let alone be interested in each other. Other than that she was a sweet heroine, and I liked her. Kaiden was definitely my favorite, though. He was gorgeous and funny and dangerous, but you got to see some of his tenderness come through, and I really loved that. He was fantastic at hiding his feelings, so I definitely have an itty bitty speck of doubt (but come on, this is YA romance, he's gotta change eventually and then he and Anna will be in love and together forever.) about how he feels about Anna (well, more about whether or not he's the good guy I think he is on the inside). And I loved him so, so much.
I also really like a lot of the minor characters. Ginger was my favorite, because she was so icy and a lot like myself towards new people (I really hope she has something less mean on the inside, though). I liked all the other Neph kids a lot, too, though! I also really loved Anna's dad, because he regretted all his mistakes and wanted the best for his daughter, and he was just kind of an awesome father for her (although, this is kind of ironic since he kind of is a demon...).
I definitely give this book 4.5 out of 5 'staches, if only because Kaiden was the epitome of perfect. But, really, this book was great and my only problem with it was the little love-triangle that sprung up that I found kind of weird! But, yeah, read it!!! Definitely a book for you if you enjoyed Hush, Hush and it had a little bit of a Halo-esque style (but is considerably better than Halo). Or if you are looking for a fun YA paranormal romance.
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