Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost
Paranormal Romance, first in a continuing spin-off series of the Night Huntress Series.
The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost was my favorite paranormal series back in 2009 when I was reading PNR, and Ian was the guy I couldn’t wait to read a book about. After being a little disappointed by Vlad’s books and the last Night Huntress book, I was a little nervous going into Shades of Wicked. Well, let me tell you, I had nothing to be worried about! Ian’s story lived up to all expectations.
Since Shades of Wicked is the first in the new Night Rebel Series (expected to be 2-3 books), it can technically stand alone. Jeaniene Frost gives enough background for the newbies, but doesn’t bore the readers who have read the last dozen or so books. But readers of her Night Huntress Series have known Ian for years and you just can’t make up for that. I recommend starting with Halfway to the Grave. That being said, because I didn’t totally love the last three books, they didn’t really stick with me, and I only vaguely remember Veritas (perhaps because I just realized I did not read the last in Vlad’s series, which I will rectify this week). But my lack of memory took away nothing from the reading experience; I never felt like I missed anything.
“For a moment, I stared. What vampire in his right mind would pierce himself with silver there?”
Ian is a scoundrel, a flirt, a dirty dog, but he is so loyal to his friends that he sold his soul to save a friend (this took place prior to this book). Knowing that he has mere weeks left, he is living life to the fullest, which for him can mean anything.
“His eyes changed from their natural vivid turquoise into glowing, vampiric emerald. “Leave it to a Law Guardian to try and ruin a perfectly good orgy. Sorry, luv, I’m not going anywhere. Now, take your hands from me before I remove them.”
Veritas is a Law Guardian who is thousands of years old to Ian’s mere hundreds. She is powerful, and she is after the same Demon who has Ian’s soul, and she plans on using him as bait. While Veritas is much older and more powerful than Ian, he has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and these two make a great pair despite the antagonistic background between the two.
“Ian seemed as entertained by my threat to kill him as he’d been when he thought I was about to go down on him. He might be morally bankrupt, chronically dishonest, and inexplicably dangerous, but he was also . . . fun.”
There was the amazing banter you’d expect from Ian, there was TONS of action and adventure, lots of magic, and visits from all of our favorites. There was also some super hot vampires-breaking-a-house sex!
“No,” he said, the single word stunning me. “Not until you stop holding back.”
What? “I’m not holding back,” I began, only to have him fling me against the couch with such force, it sent me and the sofa sliding across the room. He stalked over when the wall finally stopped the couch.
“Liar. The only time you weren’t was when you tore my back up.” With each step, his voice deepened. “But after you apologized for that, you haven’t drawn my blood since. I won’t tolerate your half response. I want all of it, and if you keep holding back,” he leaned over, denying me the kiss I sought in favor of nearly yanking my legs open, “I’m going to torture you with pleasure until I break your control.”
They say opposites attract, right? Well these two were perfect for each other! She is the buttoned-up, forgot-how-to-have-fun law guardian and he is the degenerate scoundrel. I do wish I loved her a little more than I did in this, but she grew on me, and I can’t wait to read more about this unlikely pair. Be warned. Shades of Wicked ends on a cliffy, and Wicked Bite, the next in the series, doesn’t release until summer 2019.
“I saw the real you, and every time I did, I knew you were mine.”
- I had an absolute blast reading this.
- It was fun and exciting and I gobbled it up in one sitting like I did the original Night Huntress Series.
- Ian is such a pig, and he is still my favorite (next to Bones).
- The banter!
- In between all the action, there are some big emotions.
- Her background and family.
- Visiting with previous characters from the Night Huntress World.
- This stood alone, it didn’t feel like I needed to reread all the books to refresh my memory.
- I didn’t like how Ian’s friends and family doubted him. He always stepped up for them.
- The end twist was a bit easy and frankly, kind of lazy and uncreative.
- I don’t 100% love Veritas…yet.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4.5 Heat