I can hardly believe that's been a month since my last post! Clearly I took a little vacation. It's great to be back and I have TONS of post planned in the upcoming months. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are ready to jump into 2016 with some awesome reads.
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 300 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, New Adult
Review Date: December 28, 2015
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Ren, Ren, Ren. If only he was real and not a character...women all across New Orleans would be chasing him down. It's been a long while since I've liked a male character so much. He's got that balance of a dose manly testosterone, sensitivity, and strength. Yep, that trifecta that makes all women swoon. It's hard for a lot of authors to balance a strong man without making the woman appear weak, needy, or controlled, but Armentrout is very good at it.
I enjoyed the plot and the pacing of the story. It's a fun, quick read that's perfect for some light reading. Evil villians, friends that are questionable at best, and a history of war between Fae and Humans keep things from getting too mushy and the romance level within reason. Not to mention that cold water, also known as a Brownie named Tink, is doused on them a time or two. While the sexual tension and sex scenes with Ivy and Ren were very hot on the heat scale, I liked that this story didn't turn into a full on romance. The threat was loud and present and that kept the story moving forward with action.
With only the first book published, I didn't feel that instant attachment to this series like I did with the Lux series, but it has potential. I hope that the second and third book will get better and better. I was initially sitting at a three bookmark rating, but after thinking about it for a few days, I felt a four bookmark rating was more appropriate. I enjoyed the read and I'll definitely be reading Torn, the second book in the "A Wicked Saga". I can't wait to see what becomes of Ren and Ivy now that the latest discovery has been laid out on the table in the cliffhanger. Have you read Wicked? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
Before I go, I'm happy to share a few quotes that caught my attention.
“You wouldn't lie to me, would you, Tink?" "No." He grinned. "You have Amazon Prime.”
“I'm a lot of things, but today I'm your fucking saving grace.”
"Honey, I know what you need and you're going to get it.”