Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins
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 travelling 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?
Okay, so, I love love LOVED Sweet Evil and was so super excited to read Sweet Peril! Now, at the completion of this novel, I have come away with feeling only that I liked it. I did not love it. Oh no! But, that’s okay, that’s okay people! It was still a very good book. It just did not hold up to the first book in the series. And even Wendy Higgins said that she struggled with this one. I’m telling you, it’s the curse of the “middle” book in a series. The middle book is so often not as good as the surrounding books. I don’t know why and I wish it was different in this case. But, facts are facts (or, I guess, in this case: feelings are feelings because I’m sure there will be people out there who disagree with me!).
Now, the characters are definitely just as loveable as in Sweet Evil. Anna is still a sweet and innocent person at heart, though she has had to make some changes. She has grown as a person in good and bad ways and is quite different in this book. Kaidan…well, it was nice to have Kaidan back in my reading life once again. Although, he has changed as well. I can’t say too much about how they have changed, because I don’t want to ruin anything for you…so I’ll stop now.
In this book, we see less of Anna’s old friends (Jay and Vanessa) and see more of the other Nephs. Anna spends a lot of time with Kope, who I love and who we learn more about in this story. We also get to see the twins again, as well as Blake and some of the Dukes. Anna’s father is a more predominant figure in this one. Him and Anna work together in preparation of the prophecy. And we also get to meet some new Nephs.
Higgins is nothing if not a great story-teller. That is definitely not a missing element in Sweet Peril. She did a good job with the beginning of the book — putting just the right amount of reminder-information for the first book. I hate it when there is too much and it feels like you’re reading the same book over again…kind of. Know what I mean? Well, anyway, Higgins did well with that. I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly why this book didn’t do it for me as much as the first one did. I just don’t have that feeling that I always get right after reading a 5-star book — that feeling where I’m not ready to move on to another book, because I want to keep the feeling for longer before moving on. Right now, I’m ready to pick up another book. However, I am still highly anticipating the third novel in this series!