Wicked Charming by Nazarea Andrews
Series: Wicked Ever After #1
Published by Self-published on February 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He’s at the top of the world. He’s rich, sought after, and in control. And he’s bored. A string of one-night stands have left Samul Charming increasingly dissatisfied. When his mother pushes him to settle down, his best friends come up with a brilliant plan: Audition the submissives at The Kingdom. The problem is, Charm knows who he wants: the only girl to challenge him, while submitting as naturally as breathing. But he can’t have her. With the entire club watching and his parents expecting him to settle down, Charm decides to settle. But love in the Kingdom is never simple and it is never painless. And Charm is about to be reminded of that. ~ It’s the dirtiest fairy tale of all…. Charm. Beast. Wolf. Everyone in the Kingdom–an exclusive, decadent BDSM club–knows the three friends and business partners. But no one has ever gotten close enough to touch them. Sex is easy, even when it hurts. It’s all any of them wanted. Love is off the table. Love is the thing none of them ever saw coming. In the Kingdom, control is everything. Who wields it and who surrenders. But some things even they can’t control. Welcome to the Kingdom, where every happily ever after hurts in the most wicked of ways.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
WICKED EVER AFTER SERIES BLURB:
It’s the dirtiest fairy tale of all….
Charm. Beast. Wolf.
Everyone in the Kingdom–an exclusive, decadent BDSM club–knows the three friends and business partners.
But no one has ever gotten close enough to touch them.
Sex is easy, even when it hurts. It’s all any of them wanted.
Love is off the table.
Love is the thing none of them ever saw coming.
In the Kingdom, control is everything. Who wields it and who surrenders.
But some things even they can’t control.
Welcome to the Kingdom, where every happily ever after hurts in the most wicked of ways.
I really loved the premise of Wicked Charming. I mean, a take on Cinderella but in a BDSM club? I thought it was brilliant. Unfortunately, the execution just didn’t work for me.
For starters, my first impression of Charming, our hero, was that he was a whiny excuse of a Dom. He whined like a stubborn three-year-old about everything. Everything. The only thing missing was the foot stomping.
The introduction to the story felt incomplete, the author starts dropping names and talking about the connection between characters in a way that I just couldn’t seem to catch up. So this might be a “me” problem, though I don’t usually have this kind of issues in a first of a series, but truth be told it didn’t help the story in my eyes.
While I theoretically loved that this was going to be a series on fairy tales adaptations, the execution of the project felt forced. There was the idea of The Kingdom being a club where Beauty, Beast, Wolf, Charming, Cinderella, and the gang went to get their rocks off… and then it was the reality of it where nothing made a lick of sense to me. From the “sub audition” to the whole “our place in the Kingdom” issue, all the characters interactions to Charming and Celeste’s “relationship” everything was… (picture the gif of the little blond girl in pigtails saying “what the fuck is this?!” right here).
I really wanted to like this book, and I even made it to the end in the hope that something would eventually make sense. Clarity was not to be found, though. What’s worse? There isn’t even that much sex in the story. There’s one scene between Charming “the lame Dom” and Celeste “the sassy sub bartender”. There’s another scene between Charming “the lamer Dom” and Cinderella “the mysterious sub” and then Charming and Celeste finally have sex at the end of the book. For all the talk about depravity, orgies and wild wicked sex going on… there was very little actual sex taking place.
As I hated Charming’s guts and believe he needed to hand back his Dom Card along with his Man Card, the story didn’t make sense to me, and I didn’t care much for Celeste, I can’t say I enjoyed Wicked Charming. This doesn’t mean other people won’t enjoy or even love this story but it most decidedly was not the right story for me.
Rating: 2 “OMG, gag him so he stops whining” Stars
WICKED BEAST (Coming February 20)
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James “Beast” Lutz isn’t like his friends.
He doesn’t crave control the way Charm and Mal do, and he doesn’t play the games Wolf thrives on.
He lives on his knees, all of his strength bent to the will of his Domme.
He’s never regretted that, until now.
Now, when he’s trapped in an arrangement serving a Domme who can’t keep a sub.
Now, when he’s not sure how to trust a woman wrapped in mystery and less sure he wants to.
But the more he gets to know the Domme everyone knows as Beauty, the more Beast realizes everything he thought he knew was wrong.
WICKED WOLF (Coming February 27)
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Charles Wolf Blackwood likes the game. He likes chasing a new girl every week, loves seducing them and earning their trust. He doesn’t like to keep them.
Until he meets Scarlet.
The chase has never been quite as intoxicating as it is with her, the feisty sub with an innocent streak a mile wide. And for the first time, he wants to keep her, but Scarlet already has a Dom, and Hunter has no intentions of giving her up.
Both Wolf and Hunter are in for a surprise when they realize Scarlet doesn’t want one of them.
She’s playing to keep them both.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.
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