Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #14
Published by Avon on October 30, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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The Rule Breaker...
Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long.
The Law Maker...
Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait...well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.
I loved this book! I have to tell you that I went into this book with pretty high expectations. How could I not?! I have enjoyed the heck out of the books in the Night Huntress world and Ian is an awesome character. I knew that this would be a great book and I am happy to report that I was right. Once I started reading this book, I didn’t want to put it down. It was really a lot of fun to be back in this world for just a bit.
This is the first book in the Night Rebel series which takes place within the Night Huntress world. Fans of the Night Huntress series have had a chance to get to know many of the characters that appear in this story but this book does stand on its own. I think that readers new to the Night Huntress world will be able to start with this book without any problem. I have read most of the books but it has been quite a few years and I hate to admit that I forgot a whole lot of the details but I had no problem keeping up with this book.
This story focuses on Ian and Veritas. Veritas is determined to take care of a demon and she thinks that Ian may be able to help. I really didn’t remember much about Veritas from earlier books but she is a Law Guardian and upholds vampire laws. She is really old and has a few extra abilities. Ian quickly learns that she may be willing to bend a few rules if it helps them achieve their goal.
Ian and Veritas made a great pair. They seemed to understand each other from the very start. It was fun watching them try to outsmart the other, oftentimes unsuccessfully. They fought well together and against each other. It was just a ton of fun to see their interactions and I loved the way that they instinctively knew when they should trust each other.
This book had everything that I was looking for when I picked it up. There was plenty of action with some pretty intense scenes. I found that parts of the book were rather comical and couldn’t help reading with a big smile on my face. I loved the chemistry between Ian and Veritas and enjoyed watching them become a team. I had a great time learning about the background and extra abilities that Veritas has.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I had a fantastic time with this story and thought that Ian and Veritas were perfectly matched. I cannot wait to read more from this new series!
I received a review copy of this book from Avon Books.
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Here’s your to-do list:
- Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them.
- Read Book 15, Wicked Bite, by January 22.
- Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
- If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
- Link up your review on Goodreads, FB or other site to the post.
- Enter the giveaway!
Observations and questions you shared from Into the Fire:
(Thank you so much for sharing!) If you can answer any of these numbered questions, you can do so in a comment.
- I loved getting more insight into Ian’s character.
- I enjoyed learning more about Leila’s native American ancestry and wish more had been included over the four books.
- I didn’t think we got closure on what happened to Gretchen or how Mircea would be handled.
Quotes you readers shared from Into the Fire:
“I told you before; I know you’re the dragon instead of the knight. And I don’t care. At your best or at your worst, I will always love you, Vlad.”
Who said (enter the answer in the Rafflecopter, don’t put in the comments)
Who said “You’re allergic to monogamy, following the law and telling the truth!”
There are other options in the rafflecopter for you to enter discussion questions and quotes to share.
The quote for Who said “If anyone else had told me this, I would swear they were lying or insane. ” in Into the Fire is Vlad.
The villain was the Necromancers.
For a US winner, this will be one digital copies ( your choice of her books) generously provided by Jeaniene Frost (US only) but they can be from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.
For an Intl winner, it will be a print copy of Shades of Wicked from Book Depository.
Bonus round – Read a Series in a Month January 2023:
We are doing the entire Night Rebel series for Series in a Month (#SIAM) in January, posting on Sundays. We will have a review for the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends. We are following the author recommended reading order.
Jan 8: Shades of Wicked – Carole @ Carol’s Random Life in Books
Jan 22: Wicked Bite – Lillian @Mom with a Reading Problem
Feb 5: Wicked All Night – Anne
These are Sunday posts. There will be one COYER FB Chat at the end of the series on Feb 5th.
COYER FB Chat – Sunday February 5
Challenge is adopting our Read-along. You can read about COYER and join that challenge HERE. On the Sunday after the review posts, they will host a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat. You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.
If you can’t attend, there is also a Facebook messenger chat which has been fun and active, set up following the live chat.
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