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Author: Angeline Kace

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Contest: Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, New Adult, Review1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Blog Tour Review + Contest: Wicked Thing by Angeline KaceWicked Thing by Angeline Kace
Series: Wicked Thing,
Published by Publisher: Accendo Press on 26 September 2013
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 220
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
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Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed, Texas

First Line(s): Jake and I sneak in through the back door.

Related Posts: Wicked Thing Excerpt // Spotlight Post // Win a copy of Wicked Thing

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.

 

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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.

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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

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace

Posted by Irish in Cover Reveal, Excerpt0 Comments

Hello Internet!

How are you on this lovely day? Today I am once again working with Inkslinger PR to bring you the cover of Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace. Wicked Thing is a New Adult title and it will be available next month. To learn more see the description and excerpt below and as always…tell me what you think of the cover and the book in the comments!

BOOK SUMMARY:

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.

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WICKED THING EXCERPT

DALLAS 

I shoot some darts with the guys, losing some, but winning mostly.

Carmyn looks over at me a few times, always looking away when our eyes meet. She’s watched us play most of this last game, so I grab the darts out of the board and walk over to her. “Play me.”

She tries to hold back her smile. “I don’t have any cash on me.”

“Then if I win, you kiss me.”

She looks me up and down. “What the hell.” She shrugs. “And if I win…” She studies me as if she’s not sure what’s worth my price. “You have to teach me how to drive your motorcycle.”

The crowd roars with a loud, “Ooooohhhh!” and she’s grinning like a god damn magician. That’s a good one. She’s gotta know I don’t let anyone drive my bike but me. Everyone knows it. It’s my baby. But I’m confident I’ll win. She’s dancing tonight like she’s reached a perfect buzz level—drunk enough to let loose, but not too drunk to fall ass over face. And on the point-oh-five percent chance that I do lose, it’ll get her on my bike, spreading her legs to straddle the leather and steel. No matter how much I’ve stuck to my self-imposed rule of “no chicks on the bike,” that alone might be worth the small risk.

But shit. To let her drive it. I just don’t know. That’s a lot. “You know I don’t let anyone drive it, right? Hell, I don’t even let the ladies on for a ride.”

She grins, again challenge accepted. “Well, you know I don’t go around betting to let just anyone kiss me, right? And I doubt this is anything less than a once in a life time opportunity.”

It only has a single seat, so I won’t be able to be on there with her to help her drive it. I specifically asked for the single 1939 Harley Davidson seat during the build. Every detail of this bike was thought through.

Vick’s glaring at me from the sidelines. She’s tried on numerous occasions to talk me into taking her for a ride. Even going so far as to offer sexual favors, or incentives as she calls them. Which of course I could never accept. She’s gonna be pissed.

“Do it. Do it!” the guys start chanting.

I’ve never seen her play when the brothers get a game going. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her watch much of our games before, either. And that pussy of an ex-boyfriend of hers has never had the balls to throw any money down. Shit. I gotta do it. I present the darts to her. “Do you wanna start, or shall I?”

The crowd whoops, and Ava runs up and hugs her. “I’m so proud of you,” she yell-whispers into Carmyn’s ear. Carmyn pats Ava’s arm and then steps forward, wrapping her fingers around the darts in my palm.

I curl my hand, catching the beveled darts between our fingers. “Do you know how to play?”

“Outer ring is double, inner ring is triple. First to zero wins.” She yanks the darts out of my hand when I’m too stunned to do anything but let them go.

Shit. Is she trying to hustle me?

She walks back to the line we’ve taped on the scratched hardwood. It’s sexy as hell seeing her walk over there like she owns it. That doesn’t mean she’ll win, though. My shot is straight and accurate. Even if she does know how to play, I doubt she’s better than me.

She shoots pretty well. I’m surprised why she never plays more; she could win a shitload of money from these drunk clowns.

Still, I should win this round. Carmyn has one hundred nine points left, and I’m down to fifty-four. I could hit a triple eighteen, but I can’t win on the first dart because I’ll appear too eager. And I can’t win on the third and final dart of this round because I’ll look like a chump. I survey the board and do some quick math, figuring out where I have to hit to get the numbers I want from each dart. I shoot the first dart and hit a single four.

The guys cheer.

“Only the inner bulls eye is left,” Nate says. He’s keeping score.

“He’s got this,” Randall calls.

I do. I look over at Carmyn and she’s holding back a smile, shaking her head. “Nope. You’re not gonna hit it.”

I’ve been avoiding that the whole game. She doesn’t think I can hit it. I wet my lips. That kiss is mine. I throw the second dart and it sinks into the center of the board.

I raise my fists into the air and hop on my toes while the crowd cheers.

Carmyn’s jutting out her jaw and shaking her head.

I move the couple of steps over to her, taking my time. “I’ve come to collect what’s mine,” I warn her.

“Right here?” She glances around at all the bystanders.

“They’re all invested now too. They’re not about to look away now.” I drop my voice. “Better make it good.”

She swallows, hesitating.

“I believe this is yours.” I hand her the last dart in my hand. “And this is my mine.” I cup her face in my hands before she can think anything else, and I kiss her.

Her lips pucker, but I’ve worked for this, so she better give me more than that. I open my mouth slightly and she mirrors me. My tongue strokes her upper lip gently. Hers reaches out and caresses mine. When she pulls her tongue back to stroke again, I open my mouth to a full kiss. Our tongues run along the other’s, tasting, taking in the firm but giving sensation as they meld together and then pull apart.

The room is loud around us, but I tune everyone out. I’ve kissed a lot of women before, but Carmyn’s is more than that. From her breaths mingling with mine, to the delicate way she tilts her head. I knew the bet would be worth it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. She is currently at work on her first New Adult Romance, Wicked Thing, which releases September 2013.

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