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BOOK REVIEW – The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins

BOOK REVIEW – The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy HigginsThe Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2)
by Wendy Higgins
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Synopsis:

In The Great Pursuit, the dramatic sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Great Hunt, Wendy Higgins delivers another thrilling fantasy filled with dangerous enemies, political intrigue, searing romance, and a princess who is willing to do everything to protect her kingdom.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continues.

The kingdom of Lochlanach has traded the great beast that once terrorized the realm of Eurona for something far more dangerous: the ire of powerful Lashed woman Rosaria Rocato. Rosaria demands that Eurona overturn the laws prohibiting magic, or an innocent will be killed each day.

Despite the king’s resistance, Princess Aerity believes they must make peace with the Lashed, and though she’s accepted a betrothal to the man who took down the beast, she cannot help thinking about Paxton, the Lashed man who stole her heart and disappeared.

Aerity soon discovers that Paxton has joined Rosaria’s army in the war against her family. Though her feelings for him are still strong, her duty to her kingdom and her family is stronger—especially when her parents are kidnapped and she has to step up to the throne and once again put aside what’s best for her in order to do what’s best for her people. Paxton and Princess Aerity must fight to see what is more powerful: their love or the impending war between the magical Lashed and the non-magic humans.

Review:

***Spoilers for The Great Pursuit.  You can read my review of the 1st book here.***

The Great Pursuit was a fabulous conclusion filled with action, adventure, love and political intrigue. Deceit, lies, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I fell madly in love with this duology. My favorite things by far were –

✮ Everlasting Love –

“What will happen to us, Pax?” she whispered.
A deep sense of desperation to grasp their time together rose within her. This could be it. This could be their last moment alone together.
He held her tighter and pressed his forehead into her abdomen. “I just want to keep you safe.” – Aerity and Paxton

I was so nervous and constantly trying to figure out how Aeity and Paxton could be together. She’s betrothed to Lord Alvi, so how could she get out of that? How could she be with Paxton? My mind kept pondering those questions, because I’m neurotic like that lol. But as I watched Aeirty and Paxton, the risks they took for one another had me on the edge of my seat. I was breathless with how much they were each willing to sacrifice for the other. Their love was so beautiful. And their moments together made my heart race. They were definitely a couple I was rooting for, and I hoped against hope that they could beat the odds that were stacked up against them.

✮ A True Leader –

Determination rang out inside her, clearing away all doubts and fears before they had a chance to surface. She had no time for any of that. – Aerity

Aerity proved herself time and again what a competent, fair ruler she was. But thank goodness she made a few selfish decisions, because she deserved them! The challenges and hardships she faced seemed all consuming at times. And I easily found my heart breaking and struggling right along with hers. Yet she was a smart, strong woman, so I always had faith in the choices she made.

✮ It’s Not Just About Princess Aerity and Paxton Seabolt –

Vixie propped a hand on her hip. “If you wished to ward him off, you could have simply kissed me. I’ve heard that strategy works well.”
Tiern’s eyes rounded, and Vixie pressed her fingers to her lips to hold back a laugh at her boldness.
“Perhaps next time I will, little sea star,” he said threateningly.

Just as I became attached to so many others in The Great Hunt, it felt as though those characters played an even bigger part in this book. I became obsessed with not only them staying alive and their happiness, but also their love lives too. See there’s two other couples I was rooting for. This first was Tiern and Princess Dixie. Ohhh Tiern, sigh. He was just as fabulous at making me swoon as his big brother, Paxton. He was charismatic, charming, sexy and their banter and fights lit up heart! The other couple involves Lady Wyneth, but you’ll figure out the man I was rooting for when you read this book. *winks*

✮ A New Favorite Character –

“By the seas, you are rather cute in an ugly sort of way, aren’t you?” Harrison sighed and passed him up to a giggling Aerity. – About Furball!

I LOVED Furball! Oh my goodness, I adored him so much. And I’m sorry I can’t tell you anything about him, but I have a feeling you’ll love him too.

✮ Friendship –

She whispered to him, “What have I done, Lief? That was awful!”
And to her utter surprise, Lief palmed her cheek and gently said. “No, Princess. That was incredible.” And then he began to laugh.

Not only did this book display strong, female friendships, which I loved! But it also displayed strong non-sexual friendships between males and females, which I loved too. My favorite was Aerity and Harrison, who have been friends forever. We got to see many sides of their friendship, and just how far they would go to help each other out. And my second favorite friendship was Aerity with Lief. While he could be frustrating at times, with his beliefs and actions, I loved how they pulled together. I loved, loved, loved how their friendship evolved over time. It was perfect!

When I closed this book, I was so ecstatic with how everything panned out. Especially that epilogue! Oh, Wendy Higgins’ epilogues are always so perfectly beautiful. But I’m going to hold out hope that someday, if we’re lucky, we’ll hear more about Princess Dixie and Lady Wyneth’s HEA with their sexy men. Fingers crossed…….

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The Great Hunt #1
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BOOK REVIEW – The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins

BOOK REVIEW – The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy HigginsThe Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1)
by Wendy Higgins
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Synopsis:

Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series, reimagines a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.

Review:

The Great Hunt was absolutely enchanting! I became addicted to the story-line, infatuated with the characters, and I was reminded yet again why I love Wendy Higgins’ books. And while I thought I had it figured out, oh how wrong I was. Tears fell down long after I finished that last page. So I definitely can’t wait to see how it all ends in the final book!

She knew she should say something, but words . . . there were no words. Her life, as she knew it, was over. Her future, and the freedom she’d imagined, was dead. – Aerity

I have to throw this out there, since so many reviews have talked about this – but yes the beginning was slow. BUT it made perfect sense to me. You see, the first fifth of the book set the characters, theme, and land into place. Learning all about the characters and the world they were in had a twofold affect. One – I became easily attached to all of the characters since I felt like I knew them inside out. Second – I completely understood the world and visualized everything so perfectly and beautifully. And no, there’s no info dumps or overly detailed descriptions.

They were herding the beast straight for them.
“It’s coming!” Tiern shouted from behind him. – Paxton

So in a world of castles, royalty, and forbidden magic (except in a few instances), a great beast terrorized commoners and royalty alike. The beast was enormous and could tear men’s bodies to shreds in second. To restore peace to the land, the King declared a proclamation, kill the beast, and marry his daughter, Princess Aerity. Oh, how I loved the princess! Princess Aerity was brave, strong, honorable, and underneath it all she was compassionate and humbling. She was everything that would make a fair Queen one day! But at the same time, she pushed boundaries. Especially when those boundaries related to one of the hunters that was at the Castle to kill the great beast. And that hunters name was Paxton.

“What if I said I do want you to kill the beast, Paxton Seabolt? What if I want it to be you?” -Aerity

Paxton Seabolt is my favorite type of guy. Ever. He could be a jerk at times, he easily appeared closed off, yet he gave us these moments that showed he was so much more. Moments when he was selfless, rational, thoughtful and loved his family fiercely. Yet to Princess Aerity, he came across as a closed off jerk, the majority of time. I always have faith in those types of hero’s, and all I can say is that I am completely head over heels in love with Paxton. You definitely want to meet him!

“No,” Aerity whispered. A deep longing for Paxton expanded within her. “Seas, no. Please.” Her stomach knotted so hard that it sent another shooting pain through her ribs.

But there was SO much more going on in the book than just Aerity and Paxton. There was the magical group of the Lashed, whose history and current situation was terrifying. Then there was the hundred of hunters, many from afar, that had come to slay the beast. And then there was all of the royalty in the castle. I found myself attached to so many of them, and that made me nervous since deaths happened left and right. So what started out a little slow, easily led to a tale that gripped me. The tension, plight, sexual tension, and my emotional attachment to so many of the characters made me fall for The Great Hunt. Now I’m off to read the final book in this duology!

PS My faves, besides Princess Aerity & Paxton, were Tiern (Paxton’s brother), Lord Alvi, Harrison, Zandora, Lady Wyneth and Princess Dixie.

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The Great Hunt #1
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The Great Pursuit #2
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BOOK REVIEW – Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

BOOK REVIEW –  Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy HigginsSweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3)
by Wendy Higgins
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Synopsis:

It's time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous--especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna's great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she's prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

Review:

*Spoilers for previous books*

Oh, this series was so much fun.  I am always on the lookout for a paranormal story that makes me want to smile with happiness while my heart is beating fast from the romance and perilous situations.  And The Sweet Series did just that!  While I did have a personal issue with an event that happened, I’m sure it won’t bother a lot people the way it did me.  But any who…..yes!  This series was fabulous, and since there is so much I can’t talk about, here’s my favorite things about Sweet Reckoning:

He closed his eyes. “I’d do anything for you.”
“Just love me,” I whispered.

An epic love story – A bad boy with a tortured past, and a truly good girl whose past is filled with love.  The two of them were polar opposites, yet when they were together it was an explosion of emotions.  Since Anna and Kaidan have finally announced their love for one another, I just knew that this book was going to be fabulous!  And I was so right!  I swooned over their interaction and I found myself grinning like a fool while fanning my face towards Kaidan.  My gosh, that boy can heat things up in the blink of an eye.  I got every single tiny moment I wanted with them, and it left me a very happy girl!

The odds were stacked against us. A year and a half ago I had held my hands up to the heavens and told them to deal me in, and they had. Now the prophecy was about to happen—this war on earth between the demons and their children—with me leading the way. My stomach was in knots.

True friends – I was thrilled that the twins, Blake, Kope and V played important roles in this book, so I got to spend a lot of time with them!  Each of them are true friends to either Kaidan, Annna, or even the both of them.  They could always be counted on in times of need, and they always had each others backs.  I loved that strong friendships played an important part in this series.  It makes me miss these characters almost as much as Kaidan and Anna!

Kaidan or the world? I’d been spared making that choice today, but it seemed inevitable that I’d have to eventually. Could I do the right thing if it meant Kaidan would lose his life? Tears threatened to fall again, but I fought them back, putting on a strong face and closing my eyes.
Please, God. Don’t make me choose.

Uncertainty and the unknown –  The way the story proceeded, there were twists that unfolded that I never even saw coming.  There were so many different parts at play, that it made certain elements of this book hard to guess, and I loved that!  I loved feeling clueless at times right along with Anna!  It made for a very eventful ride!

“Everything will be okay,” I said quietly. “The sooner we get rid of them, the better.”
His jaw worked from side to side. I wanted him to talk to me.
“What are you afraid of, Kai?”
“I’m only afraid of one thing.” His blue eyes hit mine. “Losing you.”

A wrapped up ending – If you know me, I deal much better with a Happily Ever After than a Happily For Now ending.  Not only was this ending wrapped up, but there was even an epilogue!  I wanted to jump up and down, I was so over the moon ecstatic that this book contained such a solid ending!

“It’s time,” I whispered.

While I’d love to stop my review here, I can’t.  Because there was a scene in Sweet Reckoning that was too religious for me.  I was perfectly fine that angels, demons and God existed in this series.  That wasn’t the problem.  What was the problem was in regards to having ones faith tested.  That situation left me feeling off, and I was not okay with how it was handled.  YET, I still love this series.  I loved the characters, the story-line and that ending.  So I will definitely be reading more books by Wendy Higgins!

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sweet evil wendy higgins
Sweet Evil #1
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea

sweet peril wendy higgins
Sweet Peril #2
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea

sweet reckoning wendy higgins
Sweet Reckoning #3
Reviews:

Jen
Sweet Temptation wendy higgins
Sweet Temptation #4

BOOK REVIEW – Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

BOOK REVIEW – Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy HigginsSweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)
by Wendy Higgins
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Synopsis:

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she'd never do the work of her father--polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a claim. She'd been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school's party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there's Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Review:

Sweet Peril was completely mesmerizing.  Whether Kaidan was trying to seduce or push Anna away, or Anna was trying to discover his feelings, I was enraptured.  They twisted my emotions around in the best possible way. Especially that lead up to the ending!    This series continues to be a favorite, and I can’t wait to see how the ending unfolds.

I promised myself I’d never do the work of my demon father—polluting souls—leading humans to abuse their bodies with drugs and alcohol. I’d been naive to make such a vow. I’d been naive about a lot of things.

Anna continued to struggle in life, not only with her confusion towards Kaidan, but also because she had to “work”.  Since the others knew that she existed, she was being watched.  So Anna transformed herself into the ultimate party girl, and was a bad influence to the humans around her.  Which is the polar opposite of her goody two-shoes tendencies.  I felt horrible for Anna as she emotionally fell apart.  But thankfully her will to live was strong!  I was so happy to see that no matter how depressed she got, she continued to fight for her right to live and protect the ones she loved.  But I was happiest to see that Anna was willing to take risks.  Especially ones that revolved around Kaidan!

He stepped closer, not letting me go. “You shouldn’t have come.” I nearly faltered from the sting of his words and the fire in his eyes. “I know.”

The risks she took around Kaidan had my stomach in knots.  I was so nervous for her safety and her heart, but Anna was determined to know Kaidan’s thoughts and feelings towards her.  Which I desperately wanted to know too!  But Kaidan tried to have a death grip on keeping everything inside, except his ability to seduce.  But every once in a while it seemed as though he would slip up, and I grabbed a hold of those glimpses and held them close to my heart.   Kaidan continued to captivate me, made me smile and fan my face.  That’s why it was so hard to see Anna and Kopano spend so much time together.

I knew there would be something bigger to focus on someday, bigger than my life and my worries. And now it was happening. But I never imagined my life’s mission would be coupled with such agony and loss.

Anna and Kopano traveled together to recruit as many allies as they could.  They not only had their lives to worry about but their hearts too.  Remember that Kopano liked Anna back in Sweet Evil?  Well that hasn’t disappeared.  And I was scared to death that Anna would act on that attraction and friendship.  I just wanted her to firmly place him in the friend zone.  So their times together kept me on my toes.  I was so anxious with how the story would unfold, except for when other old friends made appearances.

But all I could think about was the boy I loved and his empty gaze, lost to me.

Thankfully, Anna was able to form stronger friendships within their group of friends.  I absolutely adored the twins.  Maria was the sweetest person ever, and I loved getting to learn more about Ginger.  Shocking, but she was so much fun with her snippy attitude lol!  I’m definitely a fan of both of them!  Ohhh and Blake too!  And another female whose name I can’t mention.  I loved that friendship plays such an important part in this story!

“I’m trying to talk to you,” I said. “Yes, I know. But I’d rather not.” In one step he had me against the table, the back of my thighs hitting the edge as he pressed his body flush against mine.

Sweet Peril created an emotional overload in me, and I say this with a huge smile on my face!  Moments made me swoon, elated, crushed, scared and I loved that my emotions pulled me in so many different directions.  I am so happy I picked up this series!  And if you are a huge paranormal lover, then I really think you would enjoy this series too.

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sweet evil wendy higgins
Sweet Evil #1
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea

sweet peril wendy higgins
Sweet Peril #2
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Jen
Chelsea

sweet reckoning wendy higgins
Sweet Reckoning #3
Reviews:

Jen
Sweet Temptation wendy higgins
Sweet Temptation #4

BOOK REVIEW – Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

BOOK REVIEW – Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy HigginsSweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)
by Wendy Higgins
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Synopsis:

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Review:

Sweet Evil was breathtakingly perfect.  It had every single thing I absolutely adore, and I closed the last page with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart.  The characters I met and the story that unfolded captured my attention and made putting the book down next to impossible.  When life forced that hand, I eagerly counted the minutes until I could step back into their world.  It was so much more than good vs evil, because the pages were filled with friendship, hope, family, trust and discovering your heart.  I loved every part of this story!

We were damned for simply being born. So why was I holding fast to rules that didn’t really apply to me anyway? Why shouldn’t I take from this life what I could in the time I had? This had nothing to do with what Pharzuph demanded of us, and everything to do with what Kaidan and I had become to each other.

I absolutely adored Anna.  She is what one could call a goody two-shoes, which I thought I’d have a hard time connecting to, yet she was so easy to understand.  She is honest, loyal and has a heart of gold.  Even when she reminded the teacher, in school, that they need to turn in the homework that hasn’t been collected yet haha.  But Anna has always known that she is different.  And after a run in the with Kaidan Rowe, she starts to see how much more different she really is then her adoptive mom and best friend.  Anna is a child of angels, one of light and one who is a demon.

I’d been looking in the wrong place earlier when I searched for a flaw in Kaidan. It was not in his face; it was in his personality .

Kaidan Rowe was gorgeously complicated and utterly heartbreaking.  He is the child of a demon, and explained to Anna what was expected of them.  Each of them are to have jobs, to be a bad influence to people, in their father’s area of expertise.  While I don’t want to reveal what Kaidan’s specialty is, just know that because of it I was always left swooning while also wanting to cry for him.  So Kaidan easily caught me in his seductive spell.  Even though he ran hot and cold towards Anna.  In case you’re not aware of this, I’m the one who’s always looking for the tiniest clue of hope towards a character.  So no matter what Kaidan said to Anna, I paid a great deal of attention to his actions.  And some of the little things he did for Anna made my heart soar.  He continually gave me hope, fingers crossed I’m correct!

“I wish , just once, that I could see your colors,” I whispered.

There were also darker moments in Sweet Evil, and those times seemed to break Anna apart while swallowing her whole.  And let me tell you, my heart shattered into a million pieces right along with her.  I felt her depression, her confusion, and I just wanted to curl into a little ball and sob for her.  Yet her perseverance and determination, that always won out, made me realize how much I respected and liked her.  She felt like someone I’d want to know, be friends with and have on my side.

“Which was your favorite place?” I asked.
“I’ve never been terribly attached to any place. I guess it would have to be… here.”
I stopped midchew and examined his face. He wouldn’t look at me. He was clenching his jaw, tense. Was he serious or was he teasing me? I swallowed my bite.
“The Texas panhandle?” I asked.
“No.” He seemed to choose each word with deliberate care. “I mean here in this car. With you.”

While I enjoyed the moments when Anna was with so many other characters I truly liked, Kaidan and Anna’s moments together were my favorite.  By far.  When Kaidan and Anna were together, it felt as though fireworks were exploding.  And I can’t wait to see what will happen next!  But thankfully after that ending, I was left with hope.  Hope of what is to come, and hope that this series will easily wind up on my favorites list.

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
sweet evil wendy higgins
Sweet Evil #1
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea

sweet peril wendy higgins
Sweet Peril #2
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea

sweet reckoning wendy higgins
Sweet Reckoning #3
Reviews:

Jen
Sweet Temptation wendy higgins
Sweet Temptation #4
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