Series: Wicked Thing,
Published by Publisher: Accendo Press on 26 September 2013
Genres: New Adult
Source: Inkslinger PR
Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed, Texas
First Line(s): Jake and I sneak in through the back door.
Wicked Thing Companion Series Order
Book 1: Wicked Thing
Book 2: Untitled (Release: TBD)
First off, I apologize in advance if I ever refer to the main character Carmyn as Camryn. My crazy, selective, self-diagnosed dyslexia kept reversing the letters in my head as I read Wicked Thing and I fear that might carry over here.
Going into Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace I wasn’t sure what to expect other than your typical new adult type of story. You know the one, the ultra good girl who is very ordinary and the very hot guy who is covered in tattoos and is usually a secret MMA fighter or some such crazy thing. And while there is some of that in Wicked Thing its not over the top crazy as many New Adult Titles can be. Carmyn and Dallas both had a similar childhood experience and it affected them in entirely different ways. Carmyn decided to try and live the perfect structured life and find the perfect boyfriend in the hopes of never getting her heart broken by someone cheating on her. Dallas decides to just avoid all relationships, something he is very upfront about, as no one can hurt you if you never let them get close. Carmyn’s world then comes crashing down when her almost fiance is caught cheating and she decides that maybe a night of fun with the campus playboy might be just the thing she needs before she moves on to perfect guy number 2.
I really liked the interaction between Carmyn and Dallas and thought their banter and relationship. And I also enjoyed all of the secondary characters as they really helped to flesh out this world and make it real. Carmyn and Dallas have all these hidden little facets that you just don’t expect and so that adds a fun bit of discovery to the story. I also enjoyed how these two characters start to reach for something more and the person who moves first may not be the one that you expect. Wicked Thing is also a dual POV story so it was fun to get into both Dallas and Carmyn’s heads to see just what was making them tick. I also enjoyed that the thing that almost breaks them apart is something more than a lack of communication.
So often in stories its the main characters refusal to talk to the other that leads to a giant misunderstand. Thankfully what happens between Dallas and Carmyn is a real conflict. While it may not be a life and death one it is one that is entirely realistic for the college setting that these two characters live in. Where this book lost me a bit was the ending. I really could have done without that final scene as it was a bit too much and seemed like it was a whole different tone than the rest of the story. If I re-read this story then I will probably stop before I get to that scene.
In New Adult there has also been some chatter on the golden couple….you know that couple from high school that EVERYONE talks about? Well, there is a bit of that in Wicked Thing but when I see it in this book it doesn’t seem like something out of high school. Instead, Dallas and Carmyn are both big in the Greek community in various ways. The Greek community at most colleges tends to be very close when you start going to all the events and even more so when you are a member of it. So to me, when Carmyn worries that everyone is talking about her Dallas I don’t see it as the entire college campus but just those in their immediate sphere.
Wicked Thing won’t be a story for everyone but it was one that I enjoyed when I read it. I liked the writing and I liked how it left some openings for more books in the series. I know that I am curious to learn more about Denton’s story. Denton is Dallas’s half brother and to say that there relationship is strained is putting it mildly. But there are reasons for this, even if they mostly live in Dallas’s head. But sometimes its really hard to get over perceived slights and doctrines that have been drilled into your head from a young age. Wicked Thing is among my favorite stories read so far in this New Adult category and I look forward to reading what Angelince Kace comes up with next. The writing was sharp and the story was engaging and this is a story that I’ve been recommending to friends with positive results. So if my non-blogger, not huge reader friends are enjoying this book then maybe you will as well.
One lucky winner will receive a WICKED THING charm bracelet with 6 charms. They will also receive a Dirty Dancing blu-ray and some candy. This contest is international.
About the book:
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 a life all his own. He doesn’t do relationships, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, and he doesn’t live up to anyone’s expectations but his own.
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.
Angeline Kace’s Bio:
Angeline is a Scorpio living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and dogs. She loves all things paranormal, believes ghosts are real, werewolves aren’t, and vampires? Definitely real! At least in the Vampire Born world they are