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Friday, November 5, 2010

Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander

Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (66 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, Menage, M/M, Anal play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Honeysuckle

It’s a bumpy ride to dirtily ever after…

Wicked, Book 2

Harrison Jennera Abbot was born with a silver broomstick in her hand. Heiress to a Magian dynasty. Good witch extraordinaire. She’s sick of it. She longs to be human, normal like her friend Callie. Or, uh, as normal as Callie ever gets.

She thought running away would be an adventure, but three months playing human has given her a new point of view. Just as she’s ready to return home, though, the real adventure begins. In short order, she’s attacked, saved, kidnapped…and seduced.

Jacob and Ric are convinced that Harrison is the destined third of their triad—if they can convince her they won’t use her as a sexual chew toy, or a social stepping stone. Before they can make her beg for the match, though, she needs to know the truth about who tried to kill her. And why her brother keeps sending her cryptic psychic messages.

Hard as it might be on their Magian male pride, they might have to let her go…trusting that in the end, she’ll choose them.

What’s a powerful Magian to do when she finally meets her mates only to realize they don’t want her? Blow them up or run away? Personally, I would have lit them up but thankfully our heroine, Harrison Abbott, makes the smarter choice to run away. Lucky for her, and us readers, Jacob and Ric love a good chase. The fun really begins when they catch her!

I’m always just a little leery when picking up a novella. I’m worried that I’m going to be shorted on character development, plot and/or important details. That fear was almost totally unfounded with Wicked Bad. In just sixty-six exciting pages you learn who the Abbotts’ are, where Jacob’s family came from and how Ric came to be a part of his life. And, oh, the sexual tension!! Holy cow!! By the time the three finally come together I was needing a cool shower…I wouldn’t mind if it were enchanted either (you’ll have to read the story to understand why). Yeah, it was that good but no less than what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Alexander.

Jacob, a siren, is clearly the Alpha male but Ric enjoys causing him to beg almost as much as he enjoys do the begging. Harrison’s magic and chemistry compliment the men to make for one very powerful triune.

I’ve often heard authors say that while they love receiving high marks on reviews they’re always curious as to why a reviewer assigns a 4.5 as opposed to a 5. What didn’t work in the story to lose that half point. For me, in Wicked Bad, it was the scene with Jacob’s family. While I was given enough story as to why they left Massachusetts for Argentina there is so much room to develop how this prominent Magian family fell from grace. It’s possible Ms. Alexander felt that exploring deeper into the Gryffin family would detract from the main plot but she gave just enough of an introduction to whet my appetite. Oh, well, maybe we’ll see them again in the next installment.

Wicked Bad picks up just as Wicked Sexy ends but you don’t have to read the later to enjoy this story. It works very well as a stand alone. I think you’ll agree it wouldn’t be a hardship to read more of these exciting Mgian triune stories. Ms. Alexander leaves a perfect opening for the third in this series with Lorie and Conway’s story. This reviewer will be keeping an eye out for just that event.

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