Verdict: While WICKED NIGHT, Evi Rhodes’ paranormal romance, borrows heavily from contemporary source material to tell a timeless tale of adventure, intrigue and true love, the author's breathless pacing and clearly drawn characters make it a worthwhile read.
Our heroine is Gwen, a 26-year-old “halfling” — part human/part vampire — on the brink of her Change, the physiological transition into full vampire…a kind of puberty for bloodsuckers. WICKED NIGHT opens with Gwen plucked from her old life as a legal secretary by Wicked, her hunky guardian, and whisked away to a secret vampire training compound. The chemistry between Gwen and Wicked is immediate and electric, but both fight the urge to merge. Wicked will be the next vampire king, and hooking up with students is frowned upon. Plus, Gwen is the daughter of the current vampire king. Wicked doesn’t want to screw up his job, his position, and his future.
Gwen doesn’t want to break the rules. She’s a good girl with a dirty mind, and Wicked’s ability to read her thoughts only ratchets up the sexual tension. When these two finally hook up, the sex is steamy and R-rated. And Rhodes writes good raunch, she’s a gifted storyteller, too, with breathless pacing and clearly drawn characters.
Nothing about WICKED NIGHT should work. The novel is cobbled together with tropes, cliches, and well-worn story turns, lifted in whole or part from Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games. Gwen is a Hermione/Katniss hybrid, a brainy warrior who not only stands up to mean girls, but can save her man’s life while fighting a deadly Wraith/Dementor. Wicked is a bad-ass warrior with a good job and a sensitive side…he’s not afraid to cry in private. All that’s missing is a hunky werewolf vying for Gwen’s affection. Hopefully he’ll turn up in the next volume of the Warrior’s Promise Series.(Along with Gwen’s father. Who is that guy? What’s his story? And what will happen now that’s Gwen’s part vampire/human/wraith?). But Rhodes’ sweeping storytelling keeps readers hooked and fans of paranormal romance will find a lot to like. WICKED NIGHT hits all the right notes in a song as old as time.
While WICKED NIGHT, Evi Rhodes’ paranormal romance, borrows heavily from contemporary source material to tell a timeless tale of adventure, intrigue and true love, the author’s breathless pacing and clearly drawn characters make it a worthwhile read.
~Rob Errera for IndieReader