by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Rebel #1, Night Huntress Universe #14
Published on October 30, 2018 by Avon
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!
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 devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that 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…
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I have been waiting for an Ian book for ages and now we finally have it with Shades of Wicked!
This book is the start of the second spin-off series in the Night Huntress World, following both the Night Huntress and Night Prince series chronologically. Fair warning, there WILL be spoilers for the past series (especially the final books in each one) in Shades of Wicked (and this review).
After the events in Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) I had a pretty good idea of where this book was going. Ian messes up a lot but trading his soul to a demon might have been his worst mistake. But that’s why I love him. He’s not afraid to break rules (in fact, he usually flaunts it) but he’s also honorable. All the terrible things he’s done aren’t necessarily excused in this book but I understood more of why he did those things.
Plus, he’s just downright fun. All the sass and arrogance made him even more interesting because it was only a small part of his personality.
And then you get the opposite in Veritas, an uptight, rule-bound Law Guardian who has her share of secrets (one huge secret in fact. . . I loved the direction this book took the world). I vaguely remembered her from the end of Up from the Grave (Night Huntress #7) and more recently figured out the connection at the end of the Night Prince series during my re-read. She’s played a role in this world but I hadn’t given her character much thought.
In Shades of Wicked, she sometimes filled one extreme or the other: the strict law enforcer or the no-control magical powerhouse. I wasn’t always connected to her character but I think part of that was my fault. I had just re-read the Night Prince series and it was all fresh so the descriptions that would normally be catch-up dragged me down. But for those of you who haven’t read a Frost book in a while, or are new to the series, you’re all set!
As for the romance. . . well. . . let’s just say they had chemistry. It very much felt like an opposites attract situation but they also shared a common code of honor and loyalty to those they cared for. I shipped them hard, probably on par with Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress books. They had everything I look for in a romance.
Chemistry? Check. Medium slow burn romance? Check (I like to wait but not THAT long). Lots of witty banter with sexual tension undertones? Check. They were ALMOST enemies-to-lovers. Almost. Enough to make it work without being true enemies. And that ending definitely has me craving more from Veritas and Ian.
Now I didn’t put too much stock in the world this all happened in. At first. I’ve read over 13 books and novellas in the Night Huntress World so why would I? How could Frost change it up? Oh, I don’t know, let’s add DEMONS and other creatures in the mix. And it totally worked. Everything that I already liked was there and yet she managed to give me a new perspective on the world and the characters.
In short? Another fabulous book from Jeaniene Frost. Not that I had any doubts, but I wasn’t feeling the Night Prince series quite as much as the original Night Huntress books so I didn’t really know what to expect with the first Night Rebel installment. It’s safe to say it delivered and then some, and I’d highly recommend it to readers new to the world as well as long-time fans.