Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Title: Wicked Kiss
Author: Michelle Rowen
Series: Nightwatchers series
Pages: 448 pages paperback, 336 ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Here’s the thing. Wicked Kiss has a lot of my usual annoyances when it comes to Young Adult novels. There’s insta-love, secrets everywhere, lack of communication…it’s all there. And yet, Rowen was able to write all of that so amazingly well that none of it bothered me, at all. I was completely in love with this book.

It starts off not long after Dark Kiss ends. Sam still hungers for Bishop, the angels and demons are still working together to get rid of the greys in Trinity, and they are searching for Sam’s soul. An angel with a secret agenda falls and becomes part of the group. It’s then discovered that the greys are changing–they either wither completely away, or they become super-greys.

Sam is just as strong as she was in the first book. She doesn’t let anyone walk over her or tell her what to do. She is constantly trying to figure out things on her own, not succumbing to any “damsel in distress” moments. She fights her hunger, fights against the soulless being everyone is waiting for her to become.

Bishop was wonderful. This might sound strange, but I love that Rowen wrote their relationship filled with questions. Are they attracted to each other only because Sam took part of his soul, or is it something more? It made the insta-love work for me. It made it questionable until the end.

The plot was fascinating. Not only does the storyline from Dark Kiss bleed over, but it has its own plot to flesh through. At first I thought it might have been too much to fit into one novel, and man, near the end I had no idea how Rowen was going to be able to finish, but every word was completely worth staying up until 3am for.

Wicked Kiss is a superb novel that has a little bit of everything. Rowen has a real talent for making my heart bleed for these characters and I can’t wait to read more from her. Her Nightwatchers series is a definite must read.

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Thank you to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for an advanced copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Recently, I’ve been a sucker for a good angel story. Not necessarily a good angel, but a good story. Dark Kiss gave me a little of both.

Good and bad are blurred in this book and while they still have the titles of “angel” and “demon,” one side is not completely bad, just as the other side is not completely good. It’s hard to know who to trust and who is telling the truth and who is lying. It keeps the suspense up right to the end. I was holding my breath the last few chapters, knowing what I wanted to happen and being afraid to see what would actually happen.

Sam was a strong female character and that was nice to see. She didn’t settle for no and worked to get the answers she needed. She used the powers she had when she needed to and put up a fight for what she thought was right and wrong. Bishop was tough, but had to push aside his pride and ask for help in maintaining any sanity he could. The slow build of their romance was sweet and torture at the same time.

Rowen has a wonderful writing style that drew me right in. It was easy to picture the world she had created and follow along through every action of the story. I was fully drawn into the novel and felt my heart race and stop more times than I can count.

Dark Kiss was a fabulous start to a new angel series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. This is the first of Rowen’s books I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last.