Wicked Nights by Nina Bangs
March 24, 2011 Leave a comment
Wicked Nights is a vampire romance about Donna Nolan, a radio personality who specializes in the paranormal. She’s been sent to an adult theme park where women are allowed to roleplay in their fantasies. It’s rumored that some of the clients are being forced to perform for three sex starved creatures of the night, for real, but Donna is skeptical. One of the acting talents, Eric Mackenzie does have something to hide, and tries what he can to scare Donna off, but instead he just ends up intriguing her more.
Now, in the prologue we meet Sparkle Stardust, a “cosmic troublemaker” who owns a local candy shop. Her specialty is forcing couples that are absolutely wrong for each other to hook up. With a name like that, I should have known. We are also introduced to Eric, a centuries old vampire who plays the bad guys in the theme park’s castle.
Throughout the book, Sparkle disguised as the ghost of a long-dead ancient looking Madam (as in brothel), and her rival a would-be Egyptian Goddess that takes the form of a Siamese cat, dole out sex advice at odd moments, and lock Donna in her room with a sexual Demon. I cringe. Lets not forget the mysterious owner of the park put two plants that thrive on sexual energy in her room.
A good point is that Nina did not cause every significant male character within a hundred mile radius to be enamored or in deep lust with the main character. Her turn of phrase was not haunted by a thesaurus. In a nutshell, she did not make every single mistake in the creative writing handbook, but she did make a lot of mistakes. Too many to be ignored.
Donna’s reactions to “the ghost” and the talking cat, not to mention how she handles real vampires versus a man admitting to being a demon that can’t keep from being with a woman for more than an hour without propositioning her are not believable. Plus, the demon’s big terrible curse was not as dire as it was first made out to be, if a woman refuses him, everything’s okay. Sure the guy is described as hot, but seriously it just seemed like the author wanted to make it a really dire thing, but then realized if he didn’t have an easy out, he’d try to rape the main character and be killed by Eric, his friend. So instead Nina made the solution so laughably easy that it’s a wonder why they worried about it in the first place. But back to Donna, she either has a serious mental problem that causes her moods to shift like television stations, or the author just couldn’t be bothered. What’s worse, the convenient “hand of God” ie. Sparkle, swoops in when it’s obvious the characters’ minds are far from thinking of sex, and gives them a homework assignment (I really am not making this up) to imagine the other person naked.
Nina also fell into an easy trap. Her problems seemed contrived, her characters were laughable, and she failed to show what was going on in and around the main character. She tells the reader that Donna is scared, or writes that she’s a little weirded out even though her actions are showing the reader a very different story.
The author is supposed to be a New York Times bestselling author, but it is obvious it wasn’t for this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was not even worth the price I paid and should go the way of the nameless book I reviewed some time ago.