What I LUV'D: Let's start with the cover...Can I have Anna's dress, please? (Can I also have her figure to go with the dress because that would be great, thanks.)
Action, adventure, brownies, cuddling, kissing and wrestling - this sequel has a little something for everyone! We're introduced to new characters and get to hang with familiar faces (two of which look exactly alike - go figure). Kopano gets LOTS of page time, and of course, there's Kaidan Rowe, everyone's favorite drummer boy guy.
(BTW, I vote that Wendy Higgins writes a Kaidan novella that features a roadie named Jen. Her job could be to bake cupcakes for the band and carry Kaidan's drumsticks because I totally rock at carrying stuff! Just sayin')
Anna has become one of my favorite female characters - she's strong willed, compassionate and her ability to see the best in people is something we should all aspire to whether you're a fictional character or not. She's faced with a task so big, there's no way she can accomplish it all on her own and she is surrounded by those who doubt she can succeed at all, but Anna has something they don't...she has hope that all things are possible. *high fives her*
Anna also has two very swoonilicious guys in her life, and how lucky is she?! They're both tall, dark and delicious and they both rock abs accents. While it's no secret which of the two beat out the rhythm of her heart song, she does come to the realization that she has genuine feelings for both and things get a little, um, interesting. I like that Anna is mature enough to understand that she has an important purpose to fulfill and the world does not revolve around her love life.
Let me just say, that I'm a die-hard Kaidanite, but Kopano made me feel all the feels in Sweet Peril. So much so, I decided to adapt a song for him...
"I threw a wish in the well
Don't ask me, I'll never tell
I looked to you, as it fell
And now I smell car-a-mel
I'd trade my Neph for a wish
Auras and plagues for a kiss
I wasn't looking for this
But now we're wre-stl-ing.
You're prayer was holding
Head bowed skin was showing
Hot night wind was blowing
Where you think you're going Kope?
Hey, I just met you
And this is crazy
But I am freezing
So warm me, maybe?
It's hard to look right, at you Kope
But I am freezing
So warm me, maybe?"
What left me wanting: Can I have Sweet Reckoning now?
Final verdict: Fantastic sequel that leaves you in just enough peril to want the next book. READ.IT.