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SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HaperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

SWEET PERIL is the second book in author Wendy Higgins’ The Sweet Trilogy. The third and final book, SWEET RECKONING, is slated for release in June 2014.

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Description…

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 traveling 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?

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An incredibly enthralling and wickedly delicious sequel, SWEET PERIL takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride that will leave them breathless. Full of surprises and heart-stopping thrills, this second book in the series turns up the heat, ratchets up the danger and intensifies the chemistry between its characters, making this installment an even more electrifying and riveting read than its predecessor.

With the Dukes still on edge, Anna Whitt has been playing the role she needs to play in order to keep their suspicions at bay. She’s also been keeping her distance from Kaidan Rowe, a challenge that makes pretending to be a party girl look easy.

But when she learns of a prophecy that allows for the possibility that someday the Nephilim could finally be free, she is eager to make that possibility a reality.

Finding allies willing to stand with her against the Dukes is a huge risk, but one she’s prepared to take if it means that there could be a future for her and Kai. It’s a task that requires time and an enormous amount of patience. Because tracking down Neph that can be trusted is not something she can do on her own. Not if she wants to stay off the Dukes’ radar.

Which means she’ll have to enlist the help of her father, Belial. She’ll have to work closely with Kopano, the only other Neph whose father won’t be keeping a close watch.

And she’ll have to deal with the fact that doing this on her own, without Kai, could increase the distance between them, a distance made up of much more than just miles.

Author Wendy Higgins knows just how to captivate readers and draw them into her wonderfully dark and incredibly suspenseful story. She builds on the existing tension between her two main characters. She introduces obstacles that not only keep them apart but that could make that separation permanent. She elevates the dangers they must face.

And she infuses her story with all the elements that will make readers swoon, sigh, scream in frustration, bite their nails and hold their breath in anticipation for what is to come – heartbreak, loss, love, jealousy, angst.

Her characters are diverse. Their interactions tantalizing, terrifying, comforting, intense or some combination thereof. And their individuality, their uniqueness and the dynamic they bring serve to set this story apart.

SWEET PERIL is even more exhilarating, nerve-wracking and heartbreaking than the first book in the trilogy. And with the explosive chemistry the author built up between Anna and Kaidan in this sequel, it is far more steamy.

Dark. Danger-filled. Intoxicating. SWEET PERIL is an absolute must-read in author Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Trilogy.

Reviewer gives this book…

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Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

Oh. My. Gosh. Ohmygosh. ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh. Oh my gosh!

I knew I shouldn’t have read this early. I knew I should have waited until the night before the third book in this series was going to be released before I picked up SWEET PERIL. I knew I would be driven crazy if I had to wait for the final book in the series. I KNEW IT!

I waited as long as I possibly could. I really tried. But I finally caved. I didn’t even make it until SWEET PERIL’s release date. And now I’m living in a state of complete and utter torment. I must know what’s going to happen next. I don’t know how I can possibly survive the long wait for June 2014 to roll around to find out how this series ends.

Because, oh my gosh. Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh.

And no, I’m not being overly dramatic. I am in fact dying to know just what is going to happen in SWEET RECKNONING. Especially after the Dukes’ little pow wow. Especially after what Kaidan said… non-verbally. Especially after everything that happened and everything that the next book promises will happen.

SWEET PERIL was amazing. I didn’t think the author could top what she did with the road trip, but she did. With that one scene where… okay, no spoilers. But it was H.O.T. And if I thought she reached her maximum ability to make me all twisty inside in SWEET EVIL I was so very wrong.

I spent most of the entire book in knots. On a roller coaster. Without a safety belt. Yeah. It was that awesome. And a whole lot more.

Because its awesomeness wasn’t just due to the sizzling chemistry. For starters, there was the suspense. Oh my gosh the suspense. The suspense nearly did away with me. And it wasn’t just because of what was going on with Anna and Kaidan.

I was in suspense about what might happen between Anna and Kope. I was in suspense about what would happen with that piece of information Anna received. I was in suspense about what the Dukes might do at any given time.

But what nearly killed me was that very long, incredibly suspenseful scene toward the end of the book that had me holding my breath. For nearly the entire scene. Yes, I had to read quickly. Really quickly.

And then there was the heartbreak. Which also didn’t just involve Anna and Kai. I completely lost it after one particularly heartbreaking scene. A scene I read with fingers and toes crossed, hoping until the very end that all would be well, only to have my heart crushed.

So, yes, there was tension, suspense, heartbreak. And there was an exciting storyline to tie all of those deliciously torturous elements together. Which made this sequel a must, must, must read.

I could go on. And on. And on. But I probably shouldn’t. I already feel as if I revealed every detail of this story. Hopefully I’ve been vague.

I will just say that I love the direction this story took. It definitely moved the plot forward. And it definitely feels like it was setting this series up for a dramatic finish in the next book.

All the pieces are in place for an epic conclusion. All that remains to be determined is who will end up victorious and who will fall along the way. It sounds so simple, but I just know the ride will be a crazy one. And I am terrified the author will break my heart into a million pieces.

Though she already broke it a few times in SWEET PERIL, she was successful in mending it by the story’s end.

I didn’t think I could love her main characters more than I did, but I do. I didn’t think I could detest the Dukes more than I had, but they became even more despicable in this sequel. And I didn’t think I could become as engrossed in this story when a large part of it didn’t include Kaidan Rowe.

But I was. I was totally consumed by this story. Because even though Kai might not have been in every scene, somehow he was. His presence could always be felt. In every decision Anna made, every thought, every action.

I fell in love with this series the moment I met its characters and my love for it has only grown stronger after reading SWEET PERIL. To say that I’m mildly obsessed would be an understatement.

Favorite passage…

Okay, there’s no way I could include any of my most favorite passages here. They’re all best discovered in the story itself. If I were to give a peek at just what happened on ARC pgs. 218, 246, 254, 261, 278 and 336 I’d ruin everything.

But there were two passages toward the beginning that I loved. One of which is swoon-y, the other just makes me grin. And nod my head fiercely.

I found myself wondering if Kaidan ever went to the movies. Did he take girls and sit in the very back where it was dark and private? I crossed my legs and arms, then glared at the screen. Sometimes an imagination was an impediment.

This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.