Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.Paperback, 464 pages
Three and half stars: A solid ending, but it lacked a bit of something.
Anna is quickly trying to gain more allies. The time for the final confrontation is growing ever closer, and danger stalks Anna's every move. The dukes are suspicious of her, and she must keep up pretenses or suffer the consequences. That means she and Kaidan have to be apart. Kaidan's father especially is concerned with Anna, and he intends to find out if she is a virgin still or not. The stakes are raised, the battle lines are drawn and now it is a matter of time. Will Anna and the other Nephilim prevail, or will the Dukes continue their rule?
What I Liked:
- Sweet Reckoning brings to a close another trilogy. Fans of the series will more than likely be pleased with this final book. It has lots of action, danger, solid friendships, plenty of romance and a thrilling conclusion.
- This is an angel/demon, good vs. bad book, a simple premise, but Ms. Higgins takes the themes and moves them into new directions. I especially liked the Dukes of sins. For those of you who aren't particularly fond of angel and demon books, this is a series you might want to try. I appreciated the complexity and the exciting new ideas.
- My favorite aspect of this series is the characters. This is a very character driven story, and I appreciate that the secondary characters are just as engaging as the main characters. I am just as attached to the secondary characters as I am Anna and Kaidan.
- The romance finally moves into the swoon worthy phase that will have many hearts fluttering. I won't go into too many details as I don't want to ruin it, but I can say this. Anna and Kaidan finally find a way to get over the hurdles and they take their relationship into new territory. I appreciate that Ms. Higgins kept the love scenes clean. She doesn't dish out too much detail, so it remains appropriate for teen readers.
- The ending is fast, furious and exciting. There are a couple of heart breaking losses, and then redemption. In the end, there is a satisfying ending that I am sure fans will appreciate as it is always hard to say goodbye to a series.
- All in all, the Sweet Evil Trilogy turned out to be a solid and entertaining series. I am not a big fan of angel/demon books, but this was a series that I actually enjoyed. I loved the complexity of the plot and I especially liked the characters.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I was pleased with the ending, the Epilogue was a bit of a disappointment. The Epilogue takes us six years down the road and we get a brief glimpse at how Anna, Kaidan, Kope and Zenia are faring. There is a moment with Kaidan that will leave many girls sighing, and though it was sweet, I was left with a few unanswered questions. I was hoping to find out more about how life was going without the Dukes. Were things better for humanity? Obviously people could still sin, but was it different without demons? There is no mention of the young Nephilim that Ginger took in under her wing, and I was curious to see how she fared. Mostly, I was hoping that Anna would somehow get a glimpse of her father, but that doesn't happen. Epilogues are tricky, and while this one is nice, I wish it had wrapped things up a bit better.
- For me, this book's pacing wasn't as good as the second book. I didn't feel the overwhelming sense of danger. I kept waiting for a big terrifying buildup before the finale, but it really doesn't happen. The book spends a lot of time focusing on the romance and friendships, which isn't a bad thing, but I wanted more danger. Then when you finally get to the big battle scene, it is over rather quickly. I guess I was expecting an all out war, and what I got was a small confrontation.
- This book felt predictable. There weren't any huge surprises and everything plays out in the end pretty much as expected, accept for one big loss, which in all honesty wasn't too surprising either. No big twists or turns in this one. The reader goes in expecting a battle between good and evil and that is what you get.
Sweet Reckoning concludes another entertaining trilogy. This final book provides most of the answers to lingering questions along with a satisfying conclusion. Even though this last book was a bit predictable, I am sure fans of the series will be pleased with the way it all ends. Kaidan and Anna are better than ever, and the romance will set hearts a fluttering. If you are a fan of angel/demon books or even if you are not, this is a series I can recommend as I loved the intelligent plot, great characters and interesting ideas on angels and demons.
"Oh, yes. We rejoice when love endures. I believe you already know the truth of life, my dearest Anna. That love is the strongest force. The binding substance. The element worth existing for. That is what makes you pure of heart."
"Life could be so cruel, so ugly. And then, in the midst of all the madness, a precious gift would be placed in your lap. Because life could also be sweet."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.