Wicked Things by Callie Hart
Published by Self-published on June 7th 2017
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"This is the reason I called her my angry girl in the first place. I was teasing her back then, but the truth of the matter is that she impressed me. She blew me away with her strength of character and her fire. She’s not just angry. She’s fierce. She’s determined. She’s strong. She’s brave as f#*$. She is everything she needs to be in order to withstand being in love with a man like me, and I am eternally grateful for that fact."
Zeth Mayfair is on a mission to take care of business in New York. The only problem? The Babieri family seem intent on taking care of him. Permanently.
Sloane Romera's just beginning to wrap her head around the idea of being a mother. When she's shoved into the back of a black panel van without so much as the chance to scream, she finally realizes she'll do whatever it takes to protect the growing child inside her.
And when Zeth finds out what's happened to his Angry Girl...
...Seattle had better prepare for fireworks.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
My heart skipped a beat when Zeth and Michael’s names appeared on the first page of Wicked Things. Come to think of it now, it would have been interesting to monitor my blood pressure as I read this book because the read out would probably suffice for a review!
Earlier times are covered by flashbacks, which frustrated the bejeezus out of me. The timing was akin to a commercial break, strategically placed before a major revelation is about to go to air. At these times I was desperate for someone to hold my hand, to placate me and help me wait out the return to the present. Fortunately the past and present tense was limited.
What astounded me in the first half was Zeth being off his game. He was second guessing his thoughts which were far removed from the confident man in previous books. I expected mellow, but where would the fun in that be LOL. Well, most of the guys were off their game except for the Barbieris.
“You’re a difficult man, Mr. Mayfair. When someone tells you to go left, you go right. When someone tells you stay, you go. When someone tells you go, you stay. It’s very frustrating for a man like me to try and communicate with a man like you.”
Getting Zeth’s attention the way the Barbieri’s did in the last book was not a good idea. Persuasive is one thing, but this was demanding. No one demands Zeth does anything anymore. Zeth’s response had me worried, especially with his head space. His behaviour tripped off Sloane’s reactions and as a consequence, his Angry Girl was subdued.
Close to the halfway mark of the story, the pace began to pick up. So much so, that I was at 91% wondering how on earth I had read so fast! The twists had my heart pounding. I didn’t pick the instigators of the drama nor have the slightest inkling of the drama awaiting Zeth and Sloane. Wicked at this point was an understatement of the actions of the perpetrators.
I enjoyed having the other familiar characters around, well, some more than others. Not being a schemer of evil doings myself, I was shocked when I began considering methods of justice to inflict upon certain characters. There’s a secondary story with Mason struggling to overcome his grief. Like Michael, Mason is proving his worth as a man who can stand alongside Zeth.
The dialog written in first person POVs came across as too well spoken at times, especially during difficult moments where normally a person would be struggling to convey their thoughts so articulately. Even Zeth’s thought process felt wordy during the first half of the story. With hindsight, when I reached the end, it was clear why the story was paced and told as it was.
If you’re like me and have a few (coughs) series on the go, you’ll be pleased to hear this book contained sufficient background details to negate the need to freshen up on the series before diving into Wicked Things. My final thought was please let there be another book. I am far from done with Zeth Mayfair and am desperate the read on to see how he tackles this new chapter of his life.
Rating: 4 Stars
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