Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Wicked Thing

Title: Wicked Thing
Author: Angeline Kace

Publisher: Ascendo Press LLC
Genre: New Adult // Romance // Comtemporary
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

New Adult Contemporary Romance
**Due to content, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.**
Carmyn Rafferty witnessed the aftermath of her mother's affair. She learned at a young age not to trust anyone. Especially not your spouse. So she's planned. She's planned every detail of her life: who her husband will be, what their careers will be, what their lives will be like. All to avoid the pain of infidelity.
Dallas Brown lives according to his own terms. He doesn't do relationships, he doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, and he doesn't live up to anyone's expectations.
When Carmyn's fiancé cheats on her, it sends her into a whirlwind of one-night stands with the most infamous player on campus. She can't seem to stay away from this tough guy and his dangerous motorcycle. Everything about him is the complete opposite of who she'd planned to fall in love with: tattoos, dark stubble along his jawline, and hair that brushes his shoulders.
As Dallas and Carmyn begin to fall deeper and deeper into each other, they learn that love can truly be a wicked, wicked thing (goodreads).

Review based on copy provided by Ascendo Press and Netgalley. Thank you for the opportunity!

A contemporary romance circles around two individuals who are finding love after being hurt by loved ones; unfortunately, not even the steamy romance could keep me interested.

Plot: Poor Camryn, she literally walks in on her boyfriend in the act and decides to loosen up at a local bar. After tossing back a few drinks, she ends up in the arms (and bed) of notorious player, Dallas Brown. There are no crazy twists in turns in this one, Cam and Dallas have sex, they start hanging out, and then they start to fall in love. I had no qualms with the storyline, but there was no crazy reveals to make my clutch the book in anticipation. In fact, everything felt routine. 

Characters: Unfortunately, the characters are where Wicked Thing lost me. I didn't believe in Camryn and Dallas' love affair mostly because I didn't understand them as characters. I had (and still don't) no idea what their personalities were- what made them tick. Even though this book was written from both perspectives, I didn't feel an attachment to any of them.  This is mostly because the two main characters seemed to lose their distinct voice (if they had one to begin with) every now and then. If a character is portrayed as a tough player who doesn't date, I don't see why he would start confiding all of his dark secrets to Camryn within 80 pages, it just doesn't work for character development. And Camryn....she's just....there.  

Setting: Wicked Thing takes place in Texas (and that poor boy's name is Dallas!) but the only way I konw we're in Texas is because the characters kept making remark about how hot it was.There were many times that I forgot what school (and what state) we were in until someone reminded me by making some remark about being a Texan or about the brutal Texas heat. 

Short N Sweet: Wicked Thing is your run-of-the-mill new adult romance with two characters who are just not believable. I'm sorry to say that this book was not for me. 


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