Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Wicked Horse #4
Published by Big Dog Books on 28 June 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
I think this woman may be the death of me. A dire prediction, but probably true. Probably true because she's not mine to have and I'll probably take her, even at the risk to my own safety. So many men slobbering to get a taste of her and only one, sweet, virginal girl to go around. That's right. She's a virgin. Looking like a porcelain china doll that would break if not handled carefully. But I also know she's stronger than she looks. She's a contradiction. She's most likely my downfall. Like I said, she'll probably be the death of me, but it's a risk I'm willing to take.
Wicked Ride has the hotness the other Wicked Horse stories are built on, there is also some suspense, and of course, the Silo.
As seen in the summary, Logan, one of the fantasy-makers at the Silo has a very strong longing when it comes to Auralie, the young woman whose virginity is for sale. Wicked Ride centers about the forbidden relationship between the two of them – stolen moments, heated exchanges only with looks across a crowded room. That part worked very well for me – however, I thought there were several things going on that could only happen because some of the characters really behaved out of character. Like, Auralie arrives at the club with Magnus, an older man, and he parades her around – obviously ‘in charge’ of her – to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. I wondered all through the story why Bridger hadn’t done more of a background check on both of them. His club was always so squeaky-clean when it came to consent and being a safe place it just didn’t seem like he would let anyone who might not be there 100% voluntarily be coerced into being there.
Wicked Ride also had another plot point that seemed a little flimsy to me, and that was that Magnus actually left Auralie alone in Jackson for a few days to take care of business in New York. Even if he was able to exert some pressure on her, it just didn’t seem like something he’d do – especially after how controlling he had showed himself to be at the beginning of the story. I really did enjoy getting to know Logan better, though, and learning about his past and what had made him so closed off while seemingly still being a party guy. Auralie had her own secrets, but she was also a character that intrigued me, and seeing her bring Logan out of his shell – even if he didn’t really want to made their story relatable.
There was both suspense and action in Wicked Ride, when Auralie’s past came crashing into her present, and she wasn’t really prepared for that. Written in first person present tense, in dual points of view, the story unfolded at a good pace, and it also helped to get to know both of the main characters fairly well. If you enjoy very dark romances, where there is a real story as well as some erotic scenes as well, The Wicked Horse series should definitely appeal to you.
But just to make sure, before I turn the knob to the Black Room door, I ask, “You have to go through with this sale?” My heart sinks when she nods. “I don’t have a choice.” Thought so, because why else in the fuck would she even ever start down this path?
Instead, he reaches out for my hand and says, “Come on. Let’s go get some breakfast.” I don’t hesitate. Don’t even think to deny him. My hand lifts out and clasps his palm to palm because there’s nothing else I’d rather do in this moment.
I’m hopelessly drawn to her like a moth to flame. A hummingbird to sugar water. A bear to honey. And what-the-fuck-ever other cliché you can think of that describes an irresistible need to have something – it’s what I have right now.