Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy Series #3)

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Embrace Your fate

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 ...

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Overview

Embrace Your fate

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for Sweet Evil: “Well written and enticing… Paranormal romance fans will line up to read it… it will draw readers back for the remainder of the Sweet Trilogy.”-VOYA (starred review)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—This third and final book in Higgins's "Sweet" trilogy finds Anna Whitt, daughter of an angel and Belial, the Duke of Substance Abuse, preparing to fulfill her destiny of ridding the world of demons and releasing herself and her fellow Nephilim from performing their various sinful obligations. Armed with a team of supporters, both Neph and human, as well as the love of Kaiden Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, Anna's adventures take her on the road, ultimately winding up at the annual summit of Dukes in Sin City itself, Las Vegas. The journey forces Anna to face and overcome her various urges, ultimately marrying Kaiden in a mile-high ceremony on a private plane and subsequently consummating their union (repeatedly, as it seems that every glance between the two of them is a smoldering one), as well as guzzling the contents of a hotel mini-bar in order to confuse Kaiden's father, Pharzuph, when he comes to test their "bond" (apparently, it is harder for a demon to detect when one party is drunk). The Christian message of good winning over evil and God's victory over the devil is more heavy hitting in this book than in the others, at times verging on cliché (when all else is failing in her final battle against the Dukes, Anna reverts to prayer to help confirm her victory); however, it is ultimately an appealing paranormal romance that will appeal to both secular and religious audiences alike.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062265975
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Sweet Trilogy Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 29,047
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Higgins is the author of Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril, the first two books in the trilogy, as well as Flirting with Maybe. She was born an Army brat and spent her childhood moving across the US, finally settling in the Washington, DC, area. She attended George Mason University for her undergraduate degree in creative writing, and Radford University for a masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught high school English before achieving her dream of becoming a full-time author. She now lives in northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    I don't even know where to start with this book. What can I say?

    I don't even know where to start with this book. What can I say? I loved the first two books of the Sweet Trilogy, and I was expecting a lot from the third and final book. And, hell yes, it delivered! Sweet Reckoning was a brilliant conclusion to an amazing series. It was everything I hoped for and more. I can't overemphasize how much I loved this book. Fans of the series, you will definitely not be disappointed.

    Anna was wonderful. Over the course of the first two books, she slowly became stronger and, in this book, she proved that she was a force to be reckoned with. She faced down demons, determined to save who she could and usher in a new age for the Nephs. All the while, she stayed a genuinely kind person who is impossible not to like. I loved her in the previous books, and I loved her even more in this one.

    Kaiden...how I adore him. He was so sweet and determined to stand by Anna, no matter what. He showed just how much he was willing to risk for a chance at redemption and a chance to be with the girl he loved and proved that he was a hero worthy of the title. Ugh, he's just so perfect. I adored him so much and I'm so sad that I don't get to see more of him after this. Oh, well. That's what rereading is for :)

    The romance was lovely. Anna and Kaiden are just so sweet together, with some serious chemistry that got surprisingly hot. Their relationship took a turn that I wasn't expecting and that might be a little controversial with some readers, but I really liked it. It might not work for every couple, but it worked for them. They were a perfect couple.

    All the other characters were wonderful as well. Kope, Blake, Jay, Marna, Ginger, Zania. They all proved themselves as strong and willing to fight for the chance of freedom from the Dukes. Some of their stories had surprising twists that were both amazing and broke my heart. I loved them all and I'm so happy with how things ended for (most of) them.

    My only two problems with the book were: 1) it toed the line becoming preachy, with its slight emphasis on prayers and Christianity, which might make some people uncomfortable, and I didn't love it either. 2) After the final battle, we get a couple of chapters of aftermath and an epilogue (which I LOVED!), but I wish I could have seen more on how the Nephs  as a whole found a way to move on and make a new life for themselves. Of course, both of these were very minor issues and didn't have much of an effect on how much I adored the book.

    The plot was fast paced and I was utterly riveted the entire way through. This book took so many twists and turns and surprises that I never saw coming. I was totally on the edge of my seat. Woe to the person who tried to interrupt me while I was frantically reading this. The story was thrilling, romantic, and everything I could want in the conclusion of one of my favorite series. The ending was amazing, and I loved how the epilogue showed how things turned out for our characters. I'm so sad to see this series end, but I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion.

    Sweet Reckoning was just brilliant. I loved this book so much! It was a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. From beginning to end, it was thrilling, romantic, and a wonderful read. Fans of the series, you won't be disappointed. And, YA romance lovers, the Sweet Trilogy is a must read.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Great Book

    I absolutely loved this book and thought it was the perfect ending to the series. Kaiden and Anna's relationship progresses and I loved every minute of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    My heart pounded through this whole book in anticipation of the

    My heart pounded through this whole book in anticipation of the ending. And what a perfect ending. No disappointment here! 

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

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    Oh the bitter-sweetness of the last book in a series, and the th

    Oh the bitter-sweetness of the last book in a series, and the things that happen in Sweet Reckoning make you smile, swoon, and have several "Oh my Gawd" moments.  Sweet Reckoning was definitely my favorite book out of the series.  I loved where Wendy Higgins took the romance and relationship between Kaidan and Anna - it was downright hot.  Didn't know my girl had it in her, but she does, and she ends up being a kick-butt heroine also.  Kaidan had me totally swooning over him in this novel.  I totally loved the person he became in this book.  He wound up being quite the hero.  All of the other secondary characters played big roles as well - Ginger and Marna - the twins,  and their bittersweet finale.  Then there is Jay, bless his heart, Patty, and of course my favorite of all, Blake.  I still so wish Blake had his own book - I just loved him.  




    That said, the ending is epic and I thought Wendy Higgins concluded the series very well.  She even provided an epilogue, which is something I love, and I totally loved this epilogue.  




    My Opinion:  Fantastic series that young adult and adult fans of paranormal romance will love.  Definitely buy it, you won't be disappointed.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Scarlet from candy

    U there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    J.T

    Sure he smirked

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Scarlet

    Will die soon if she doesnt see brent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Alex

    Hi

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    Posted September 1, 2014

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    Buddy-read this one with Rashika as well and, as a whole, I can

    Buddy-read this one with Rashika as well and, as a whole, I can say that this series is made of win. Light, fun, fast-paced and character-driven, Sweet Evil and its following novels bring you laughs and enjoyable reading experiences. While Sweet Reckoning wasn’t my favorite novel from the whole series, nor one of my favorite series endings, I did truly enjoy this read. 


    “We are not running. This is happening whether you like it or not. It's time to get your game face on and get ready to kick some ass.”


    I want to get the slightly bad things out of the way first and then move on to the better stuff. Ok, so there is nothing wrong with everyone finding their soul-mate inside the pages of one book and from the inner circle of the main and secondary characters. Gawd knows I love all three pairings in the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series. However, there was just something so annoying about all the couples all ending up together in Sweet Reckoning. Of course, there’s one exception, but that’s due to extreme circumstances and if those were different, these two would have ended up together 100%. Also, I’ve said it before that Patti and Anna can be a tad overwhelming with their endless love and sweet natures, so don’t expect anything other in this installment. This cotton candy combination tastes just as sweet in your mouth as it did last time. 

    Other than that, I loved how the book was built towards a great climax that lasted throughout multiple chapters and even more pages. I wish there had been more action in the first half of the book which, while light and well-paced, felt a little boring. The second half though—that was just brilliant and so enjoyable. The stakes were high and even though the inevitable death of one of the important characters (during the final battle) was pretty predictable, it still fascinated me and made moi excited about all the action that Wendy managed to portray beautifully. What’s more [POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILER IN THE NEXT 2 SENTENCES], I love that Sweet Reckoning deals with sex in YA lit and it wasn’t just a blackout scene. It was very steamy for YA and totally pushes some boundaries, but manages to do it with class, swoon and put a cute flirty spin on things. 

    And last but not least, I need to shout some love for the characters. Completely head over heels with Kaidan! Love him so, so, so much. Epilogue was just the bestest! Brought me on the verge of tears. That’s how you finish a series! I also fell hard for Kai and Blake’s bromance. So much swoon, you guys! Anna has a strong mind-set and I admire her for this. She’s not Rose Hathaway nor is she a Celaena Sardothien with her kick-assery, but she’s still a great heroine to follow and root for. And of course, I enjoy reading about Anna’s dad. He’s a fun character who brings logic and reasoning to the picture, and I couldn’t have been happier about having seen even more father-daughter relationship development. 

    As I said in my introduction, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. It has a slightly different take on angels and brings you a wonderful cast of characters to hang out with. Don't let the rating fool you! (It's 3 instead of a 4 because I feel like in a year, I would remember enjoying the final installment, but not so much about what actually went down. That's just me though!) Sweet Reckoning is packed with high stakes, character development (still) and while there are quite a few frustrating moments (or characters *eyes Marna and Jay*), the good stuff easily outweighs all the annoyance one could feel and I can’t recommend this series enough. If you haven’t read these yet, go ahead and give them a try! 

    Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 

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  • Posted August 16, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the best Nephilim/Demon series ever written! Of course,

    One of the best Nephilim/Demon series ever written!
    Of course, I loved it as I knew I would. However, I was so not ready for this sweet and yet sexy young adult angel/demon series to end.
    I literally put off reading this final book for months because I just wasn’t ready to say good-bye to this group of wonderful characters.
    Angel/demon mythology is right up there with vampire mythology for me and this series is one of my top favorite paranormal series.

    Anna’s dad, Belial is seriously my favorite dad character ever. I loved watching his relationship with Anna evolve throughout the entire series,
    but especially loved his role in this book. Without spoiling what happens, Belial once again plays a substantial role in aiding Anna & her Nephilim
    allies’ in their quest to rid the Nepilim of the Dukes, demons responsible for corrupting souls.

    There were a lot of surprises along the way – astonishing me, cracking me up or making me exclaim in sympathy. 

    A few of my favorite Anna & Kaidan moments:
    His smile was wickedly sexy. “I’m not as hard to please as you might imagine. But don’t worry – I’ll show you anything you want.” 
     ***
    “Come on, Kai… my freckles are getting impatient.” 
    ***
    “If we both, you know, end up down there…” I cleared my throat. “In hell. We can make it through together. We’ll keep each other strong until
    it’s our time for our judgment.”

    He said nothing, and from the corner of my eye I saw his Adam’s apple bob as he swallowed.

    “I’ll never leave your side,” he whispered. “I swear it.”
    ***
    Do the Neph succeed in their mission or end up in hell? How this question was answered tugged on all of my emotions in an oh-so-good
    and satisfying manner. 

    Although Sweet Reckoning concludes this fantastic trilogy, the author has given in to fans’ pleas for more Kaidan Rowe by writing
    Sweet Temptation, the series told entirely from his POV. Look for it to be published in 2015. I can’t wait since I definitely sigh for Kai!

    Series order: Sweet Evil-1, Sweet Peril-2, Sweet Reckoning-3 and Sweet Temptation-4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    This was an amazing trilogy.  The characters and actions describ

    This was an amazing trilogy.  The characters and actions described by the author was great. The only reason it is not five stars is because of the irratic pacing  . However it was still a great read that I could not put down. I LOVE  KAIDEN!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Great Read!

    Sweet Reckoning was a great end to the Trilogy. The book was a great read.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Sweet Reckoning wraps up The Sweet Evil Trilogy in an enticing r

    Sweet Reckoning wraps up The Sweet Evil Trilogy in an enticing red bow.




    Even when Anna and Kai are at opposite ends of the country, their attraction to one another is intense. "Blood whooshed through my body. A Kai buzz. Oh, he was totally using the bedroom eyes...Even from the other side of the country, this boy was dangerous." (13)




    Unfortunately romance isn't the only thing on Anna and Kai's minds. With the help from their Nephilim allies, Anna and Kai are prepared to take the Dukes of Sin down, including Kai's father, The Duke of Lust.




    "Let's bring them down. You and me and the others, together. We'll use our element of surprise while we have it. It's our time." (267)




    In Sweet Reckoning, we learn more about Anna and Kai's allies, including Kopano, the Son of Wrath, Ginger & Marna, the Daughters of Adultery, and Blake, the Son of Envy.




    I absolutely adored Sweet Reckoning & I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys reading because it simply has something for everyone.




     

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

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    loved the series. miss patti, but at least she went to heaven

    loved the series. miss patti, but at least she went to heaven

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    :)

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't have imagined a better

    I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't have imagined a better ending to this series. The epilogue was so beautiful that I read it four times in a row! I've read several angel themed series lately, and I must say that this one blew the rest away. A couple I didn't like at all, and some were enjoyable, but this one was absolutely excellent. I felt that the biblical themes were tasteful and really helped develop the plot, without being preachy or disrespectful. The character development was perfect.  I loved everything about how Anna and Kaiden's relationship grows.  I also loved how there was closure for all of the characters. I know I'm going to re-read this series over and over again!  

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Sweet Reckoning was amazing. I had so many theories about how th

    Sweet Reckoning was amazing. I had so many theories about how the series would end, and I don't think a thing happened the way I expected it to. I'm fairly good at seeing plot twists and the like, but this caught me completely off guard. Wendy found loopholes in all the right places. Unlike a lot of other series enders, Sweet Reckoning had a nice amount of exposition. It didn't hit the climax and then have one teeny weeny chapter to wrap it up. I am happy to say that I got full closure from the ending given!




    My heart hurts for the characters. I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say that Wendy is BRUTAL to them in this book, Anna especially. To be fair, there are some amazing moments mixed in. I was laughing my head off all the time while reading this. All the characters hit new highs and new lows. Their willpower is put to the test, and they pass with flying colors. There was at least one character who I hated at the beginning of the story and loved by the end. Anna really found herself in this book, and I love her more than ever. And if you look up, you see that Kai definitely has a place in my heart.




    Like with the previous books, Sweet Reckoning has a prologue and an epilogue. Both provided some really cool insight, and honestly, the epilogue was very near perfect. I'm the kind of reader that loves pretty bow on top of a story, and Wendy did it perfectly! The action was constant and the romance beyond scorching. There were a couple awkward moments for the reader and the characters, but they always got past it. The characters all came full circle and I believe just about every plot point was wrapped up. There were no loose ends, which was REALLY nice. Sorry this can't be more in depth, but I REALLY don't want to spoil it! A perfect series ender that will go down in the history books! Five stars for sure!




    P.S. Wendy Higgins might be my favorite nonexistent word in the dictionary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    LOVE IT!

    This series had me from the begining and kept me in it' grasp the entire time. If you are looking for a fast paced and easy to get wrapped into series, this is it. I believe the ending to this book was perfect. Sure you always want more from such an amazing series such as this one, but I was content with how it all came together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Fabulous

    Absolute perfect way to end the book! The entire story kept me interested. Wish it could have lasted longer because I hated for it to end.

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