Summary: Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.
Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.
Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.
Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.
It is an absolute honor for me to be a part of this blog tour with seven other bloggers that I highly admire. It is also an honor to be a part of this blog tour because I am officially saying goodbye to one of my absolute favorite series. It is still unimaginable to me that my journey with the Sweet series will be officially two years old next month.
The question, "What does ____ mean to you?" reminds me of something a teacher would ask you to write a long-winded paper on that no one else actually cares about. However, being in a book community, people usually care when someone else rambles on and on about a book series, which is what I will be doing today. I want to properly thank Wendy Higgins for not only creating one of my favorite series, but others as well.
My journey with the Sweet series started almost two years ago on a five hour bus ride to Philadelphia with the rest of my eighth grade class. My partner for the entire trip was my best bookish friend, Kayla, who decided we should have a read-a-long for Sweet Evil together on the trip since I was going to meet Wendy Higgins the following day at the book event, Celebrate the Book. We had both planned to read Sweet Evil and what better timing. We managed to get a little bit more than half way through the book by the time I had to part ways with Kayla in Harrisburg so I could be in the area for Celebrate the Book.
If Wendy ever comes to your region, I highly recommend meeting her. Wendy is such a genuinely sweet person and is absolutely adorable. She signed my copy of Sweet Evil and I purchased a copy of the next book, Sweet Peril, at the event and she signed that as well. I am almost positive that by the end of the weekend I managed to finish both Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril, which is almost unheard of for me. They were both such quick and captivating reads that have you addicted before you get a page in.
By the end of our eighth grade year, Kayla managed to fill the outside and some of the inside of both of our science binders with tons of book quotes, book-boyfriend battles and bookish inside jokes. A lot of the writing has faded, especially the pencil, to the point where it is hard to tell in photos, so I am unable to take a picture of it, but my favorite thing Kayla wrote was, "Kaidan is mine. . .*insert evil laugh here* " As we have grown up over the last two years, reading has remained a constant for both of us, but I have dived deeper into the Book Blogging world while she has read a bit less.
|(Me, Wendy Higgins)|
Photo Taken at ApollyCon 2015
I was fortunate enough to meet Wendy again at ApollyCon earlier on this year and I will be meeting her next month at YA Fest as well.
I have been able to talk to Wendy at least two times at both of the book events I met her, but I have never been able to properly thank her for creating a series that bonded me with my best bookish friend and for creating characters that have stuck with me for two years and will continue to into the future.
"Life is often so cruel, so ugly.
And then, in the midst of all the madness, a precious gift would be placed in your lap.
Because life could also be so sweet (Sweet Reckoning, 379)."
About Wendy: After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I've always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.
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