Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

15768191Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Genre: Supernatural, Romance
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 371
Format: e-book
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Author | Amazon

Kai and Anna have been apart for a while, but their burning lust for each other certainly hasn’t died down. Will the two finally admit to being in love, and just get together all ready? Among evil sin Dukes and threats to their world, the couple facing more problems than the average seventeen year old. 

This was very romance driven, but also contained a lot of jet setting for what seemed like no apparent reason, though the blurb will tell you it was to gather allies for some kind of angel versus demon showdown. To me, it felt like hormonal teenagers ride a plane and manage to sort out a love interest for the hanger-on, Kope. Speaking of which…

Sweet Peril contained the most fabricated and forced love triangle I’d ever had the displeasure of reading about. Kope and Anna, in Sweet Evil, were friends. That was it. I got no hints of underlying feelings or emotions. So, you can imagine my surprise when the pair kiss in Kai’s absence. It felt like a rebound love interest, rather than the genuine article. Not all series need a love triangle to be popular. If we’re to believe Anna loves Kai as much as she says she does, her falling for Kope is purely irrational.

When Kai and Anna finally get their act together, and defy the rules of Anna’s father with their romance, it’s very steamy and heavy handed. Not to Opposition levels but definitely more overt. I felt guilty reading about such private moments between the pair.

On that note though, can we just discuss how objectified girls are in this series? If Anna takes a cardigan off, Kai’s aroused. If she gets up and out of a pool, he wants to take her there and then. Girls don’t solely exist for the pleasure of men, and everything they do doesn’t have to be manipulated into something sexual. I was really uncomfortable with how far this was taken in Sweet Peril. I know Kai is the son of Lust, but really? Girls are human beings too!

To be honest, I wasn’t paying much attention to the goings on of the supernatural angel versus demon world. I know that Anna was being visited by an angel (?) at the beginning, but other than that, the story was completely consumed by Kai’s lust for Anna, despite it taking at least 100 pages for him to admit that.

The time line of the story was weak, with one chapter representing Christmas break and the next minute, bam, it was Graduation. What the heck happened the rest of the year? Are you really telling me the demon universe put aside their apocalyptic plans so teenagers could get an education? (Well, if Voldemort can do it, I guess anyone can…)

I’m giving Sweet Peril 2 stars. I liked it more than Sweet Evil, though it had decidedly less plot. Funny. On to the finale!


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