Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wicked Reads Reviews – Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives

A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius

Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn't get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he's tried-and failed-to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination

When both Randall's political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella's help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that's catching them completely off guard…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Wicked, My Love was a lively read. A love-hate relationship, with an endless stream of the Hero & Heroine's push-pull banter. Childhood rivals turned business partners. The romance built and built, and even after it reached its climax, the H & h didn't surrender until the end of the novel. A copious amount of will she/he, won't she/he from page one until the end.

Several steamy scenes, also featuring many a reference to tingling between the thighs, sacred passages, and cutesy terms for both the male and female parts and their uses.

The romance took a backseat to the mystery of the tale- a mystery that flowed smoothly but was interspersed with chaotic, action scenes of zany comedy, over-complicating the simplistic mystery until it was oft times confusing.

Many a Historical Romance reader who peruses reviews before purchase are looking for whether or not the novel is realistic of the era- Wicked, My Love was filled with politics, women's rights, and the state of the lower class system. Mind you, I have no idea if this was an accurate representation of the times, but it was in great detail and full-fleshed out. However, our heroine ran free for the entirety of the novel, and I questioned the validity of her easy independence.

Wicked, My Love had an interesting mix of characterizations: an over-emotional Hero, a logical, independent heroine- both equally commitment phobic yet longing to create a family of their own, as well as career-driven -with every other male shown in a villainous light, and every other female shown as irrational and flighty, giving off a sense of comedic relief that added a heavy dose of frustration.

Recommended to Historical Romance fans who love over-the-top sequences, being taken on a ride with the narrators as they solve a mystery with many twists and turns that draws you back to where you began, witty banter, an abundance of humor, and a pair of narrators who fight their love every step of the way.

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Susanna Ives started writing when she left her job as a multimedia training developer to stay home with her family. Now she keeps busy driving her children to various classes, writing books, and maintaining websites. She often follows her husband on business trips around Europe and blogs about the misadventures of touring with children. She lives in Atlanta. – Sourcebooks bio

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wicked, My Love (Wicked Little Secrets #2) by Susanna Ives to read and review.

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