Jorinda Pearce thought she did everything right – graduated from college, married her long-time sweetheart, established a career. But what does she have to show for it now? A degree she doesn’t use, a job she hates, and an ex-husband that broke her heart. Looking for a long overdue adventure, Jorie takes a walk on the wild side and attends a masquerade event at The Wicked Horse Vegas. It’s exactly the escape she’s looking for, and even better, she can explore anonymously. Drawn to the man masked in black leather with the body of a god, Jorie finds the greatest pleasures of her life at the hands of a stranger. Walsh Brooks is the most sought after man in The Wicked Horse. Sex is nothing but a game to him and he’s the type that will always leave at the end of the night without looking back. Unfortunately for Walsh, there’s no way he can walk away from the mysterious green-eyed beauty behind the mask of sapphire feathers, because he knows exactly who she is. Jorie is his best friend’s little sister and there’s not another woman in the world that’s more off limits.
That said, this is definitely erotic. There were a couple of things in this that gave me pause. And, while all of it was interesting, there are definitely some things mentioned that are more than I would be willing to do. But, that is the point, I think, of reading. To live in someone else's life for a bit, to experience things (like Vegas sex clubs) that you would not normally do in real life.
Jorie and Walsh grew up together. Or, more accurately, as she is 8 years younger than he is, Walsh watched her grow up. Then she moved away, got married, and he has not seen her in years, although as her brother is his best friend, he has heard about her.
They meet anonymously, and their attraction is off the charts, even though he feels that they can't date because of his relationship with her brother. But, that attraction is just too much for them to resist, and really, Walsh doesn't try all that hard because he has never felt about any woman the way he does about Jorie, and really, when that happens, it is tough to fight.
I loved their story arc, from initial anonymous sex club meeting to happily ever after. I thought it was realistic and I believed it. I liked that it was not all of a sudden, that there was some push and pull, that there was some hesitation. That said, it does bring me to the part I did not like as much. Without spoilers, there is an unresolved thing in Jorie's past and while I agree it needed a resolution, I thought her past was brought a little too much into the present, and I thought it messed up the flow of the story.
There is a scene over a tv dinner that is priceless and charming, and it tells you all you need to know about exactly who they will be in the next few years. The epilogue, well, that is fun.
I definitely recommend this title.
Wicked Wish gives us the story of Josie and Walsh, two people who have known each other forever and suddenly find themselves looking at each other in a whole new light. This erotic story is a best friend's little sister story as well as a friends to lovers and those are some of my favorite stories. It's no wonder that I was drawn into this story from the start.
I sympathized with Jorie. This woman has been made to doubt herself, inside the bedroom first of all, but that also translates to how she perceives herself in general. She needed to find herself and when she did, I think she got more than she bargained for initially. I loved seeing her become strong within herself again.
Walsh is a man with hidden depths. I found myself wanting to know more and more about WHY he was so closed off, why he was so resistant to a relationship. It wasn't just a relationship with Jorie even, just relationships in general. So for me seeing him fall for Jorie was immensely satisfying. He had to realize that loving someone was worth the risks and the heartaches because being with that person simply makes you a better person. Once Walsh was all in, he was all in.
There is absolutely no denying that there is chemistry here. These two ooze sex from the moment they unintentionally meet again. They share a unique bond, more than just sex, and it was fascinating to see that unfold. Again, particularly with Walsh as he was much more resistant. The sexy times in here? Trust me, you want a fan. This is erotic-and the author tells us that in her foreword. In fact, I encourage you to read that foreword again because it's just spot on.
I thought the writing here was strong. The push and pull between these characters was believable. My only issue is that the ending felt a bit rushed to me. I think a little more time needed to be given to have some closure to something (and yes, I know I'm being vague but I'm avoiding spoilers) and I just didn't fully get that. I definitely enjoyed the epilogue though.
This is part of a series but can absolutely be enjoyed as a standalone. If you're looking for an erotic romance give this one a try, I'm sure you won't regret it. I recommend this book.
“Want another drink?” I ask Micah as he lounges on my couch and takes the final swallow of his scotch. He flew in about an hour ago, and we’re waiting for Jorie to arrive to go out to dinner tonight. My nerves are on edge. I definitely want another drink. “Nah, man,” Micah says as he pushes up from the couch and moves to take his glass back into the kitchen that opens straight from the living room. “Tonight’s not about getting drunk. It’s about hanging out with my two favorite people in the world.” I smile at him and nod, my stomach clenched. “But just so you know,” he says with a laugh. “Jorie’s my first favorite, you’re my second.” “As it should be,” I reply, and hope that sounds casual enough. Micah rinses his glass out and sets it on the counter. As he walks back into the living room, he says, “And besides… I figure tomorrow night, you and I are going to hit the town, right?” “You know it,” I say as I push up from the chair, head straight to the wet bar, and replenish my vodka. There is not enough alcohol in the world to get me through this weekend. I take a healthy slug as soon as I cap the bottle. “Dying to go to The Wicked Horse,” Micah says with excitement in his voice. “Want to meet Jerico, too. He and I have been emailing about testing out some more of my designs in his club. Plus, you and me, dude… we haven’t had a woman together in a long time. Your stories about the stocks… we’ve got to hit that, man.” My shoulders tighten and my gut rolls with nausea. How in the fuck I am going to weasel out of this is beyond me, but I’ve got to figure something out. I don’t want another fucking woman other than Jorie. “Walsh?” Micah says in question, and I turn to look at him. “We good with going there tomorrow night?” “Damn straight we are,” I say with a smile. “A night of debauchery for the both of us.” Fuck, fuck, fuck. Just then, the elevator doors give a slight hiss as they open, and Jorie is standing there. She looks fucking amazing, wearing a dress done in large black-and-white zebra stripes that’s loosely belted around her waist and comes down to her knees. She’s got on a pair of sexy-as-shit taupe heels to go with it and my mouth waters as I take in what they do to her legs. Hair in that sleek, angled bob that hangs halfway in between her jaw and shoulders, and that thick crop of bangs straight across her eyebrows make her green eyes brighter than ever. I swallow hard and try to appear casual. Her eyes go immediately to Micah, and she gives a squeal of excitement. He rushes to her, picks her up, and swings her around. The skirt of her dresses rises a bit in the back, and I look away guiltily. “God, I missed you, squirt,” Micah says with a choked voice. My guilt intensifies over the naked display of love and affection he has for his sister. Jorie’s voice quavers with equal love. “I missed you, too.” She hugs him hard and looks over his shoulder at me. Her eyes are wary and nervous. When Micah releases her, I step up and casually say, “Got a hug for me?” It’s a shameless move to touch her, but not something that would raise Micah’s eyebrows. I’ve hugged Jorie a million times over our lives together growing up. “It’s good to see you again,” she says to me as she walks into a very brotherly hug. I make the mistake of inhaling her scent, and I’m hit with a jolt of lust for her. After we quickly release each other, she steps back and surveys my apartment as if it’s her first time. She told Micah we met for breakfast one day, but he sure as shit doesn’t know I’ve fucked her on almost every piece of furniture in this apartment. He’ll never know she went to her knees right where we’re standing in front of the elevator and swallowed every drop of cum I gave her. Fuck, fuck, fuck. I have an overwhelming urge to fake a stomachache, a migraine, a goddamn stroke for all I care at this moment, and beg off from this entire weekend. Instead, I put a smile on my face and tell them, “Come on. We’ve got prime seats in Moulineaux tonight. I’ve not eaten there yet, but heard it’s amazing.” Jorie smiles back at me before turning to hook her arm through Micah’s. She leans over and puts her head on his arm as she’s too short to reach his shoulder. They both stroll into the elevator. This night can’t get over with fast enough for me.
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.