Author: Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads
Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
I'm a little late on this series. I had purchased Sweet Peril without realizing it was part of a series and so I rented this one in order to read the next. Unfortunately, I wasn't too impressed with the first book in the series and I'm hoping the second book will change my mind.
I found Anna's character to be a bit too naive for this day and age. I feel that today's teens are much more informed and aware of what's going on around the world for Anna to have been so unaware of date rape and drugs being slipped into teenage girls drinks. There was also the freedom by which her step mother allowed her to go on this long road trip with a complete stranger. She went from being overly protective to completely trusting Anna and Kaidan without much hesitation. It just seemed a bit too convenient for me.
I couldn't get passed the whole "demon of lust" thing with Kaiden. While I did like his character, he was just a little too promiscuous for my taste and Anna was way too much of a goody goody for his character. I can't exactly figure out how that really came together or why he felt such a strong need to protect her. I found this aspect of the story to be very unclear.
The world that Higgins created was exceptional. I love the whole angel/demon phenomenon and the concept of guardian angels, varying auras, and the nephilim was intriguing to say the least. I think the story has a lot of potential and it's probably the one reason why I'll keep reading. I'm also curious to see what happens with Kope and some of the other nephilim. So in the end, I found some faults but also some equally interesting concepts in the first book of this series and as such, I will read the next one to see what happens with these interesting characters.