Monday, October 11, 2010

Wicked Bad


Title: Wicked Bad
Author: R.G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-190-8
Genre: [M/F/M] Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

As the Heiress to the Abbott family Magian dynasty, Harrison Jennera Abbott is considered a princess. Other members of their magical society might be respectful to her face but behind her back, they ridicule her for her looks, her family heritage and the power she welds. She’s sick of it and on the night she accidently finds her two mates, longing for time alone, she flees into the mortal world.

Pretending to be human isn’t as fun as she thought and after three months of avoiding every scrap of magic, she’s tired. Just as she’s ready to call it quits and go home, she’s attacked, saved, kidnapped…and seduced by the very men, Ric and Jacob, she ran from. Despite the pull of their destined bond, Harrison refuses to be used as a sex toy or as a rung on a social ladder so the men have their work cut out for them, convincing their fiery mate that they want her for all the right reasons. Herself.

But there’s danger threatening Harrison and when the source is discovered, they might have to let her go to keep her safe. The question is whether she’ll pick safety or take the risk and stand at their sides.

Wicked Bad is the second release in Wicked ³ by R.G. Alexander and it follows Harrison, another member of the magical Abbott family. The story has an interesting premise with lots of potential and takes up while the first release is concluding.

I found Harrison intriguing at her introduction in Wicked Sexy and was looking forward to learning more about what made her tick. She’s a strong willed woman, determined to stand on her own two feet and show her family she’s not just a showpiece for a man’s arm but a woman of power. It just didn’t end up the way she expected, and it’s here the author excelled. I found the opposing parts of Harrison’s personality fascinating—vulnerable yet strong, a little cold and calculating, yet passionate; willing to take a risk, yet yearning for her old life. From a reader’s point of view, these parts of her character made Harrison likable and understandable.

I can’t say the same for Ric and Jacob. Their initial introduction was hot, sexy and passionate, but didn’t give me much of a feel for who they were as men and that changed little after they kidnapped Harrison, bound her powers and took her back to Argentina. They were so intent on sexually overpowering her that they never bothered to get to know her as a woman, a person and their mate. Then in a short span of pages, Harrison went from a steady, angry woman at being hauled away against her will to a loving woman ready to forgive her two overbearing men for forcibly seducing her into submission.

By the end, many of the reasons behind Ric and Jacob’s actions had been explained, allowing me a more kindly feeling toward both men. I just wish the Argentina section of the story and Jacob’s family dynamics had been fleshed out more. It would have made understanding him such much easier but in the end, the author used the last section to explain what was going on and enabled the triad to work through their issues to the resolution they craved.

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