Wicked Beautiful (Wicked Games #1) by J.T. Geissinger #BookReview
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My first thoughts as I cracked the virtual spine on Wicked Beautiful were 1) I would so pay to watch this woman speak (hell, its so well written, I feel like I already have seen her speak!) and 2) this chick’s voice reminds me a lot of Drew (whom I ADORED) from Tangled by Emma Chase. Victoria Price has culture, class, a gifted tongue, and some serious moxie.
A successful, intelligent, beautiful woman with a Mona Lisa smile, arctic laser beam eyes, and a reputation for being not only a ruthless bitch but also a voracious lover?
The way my mouth has begun to water, you’d think someone waved a meatball sandwich under my nose.
Parker and Victoria’s verbal sparring is downright bloody. These two both attack with a take-no-prisoners energy, and god help anyone who wanders into the crossfire. Reading this book was a thrilling and uncomfortable experience. The connection between Victoria and Parker is INTENSE, and he’s just so incredibly sexy and likeable that her determined plotting of his inevitable downfall is really hard to read. Yet I sympathized with her too—more and more as the story went on. Just beautifully written.
Here’s the thing I adore about Darcy LaFontaine: she’s comfortable in her own skin. In spite of being a woman of considerable size, she carries herself as if she’s Marilyn Monroe, Halle Berry, and Penelope Cruz rolled into one. An unabashed bombshell, she’s not afraid to be sexy, or to flirt, or to enjoy food, no matter that we live in a society that demands women starve ourselves down to an acceptable BMI or we’re not worthy of love, much less male attention.
This story is surprisingly body positive, even if the main characters are fashion-plate beautiful. It rides the hard edge between New Adult angst and Romeo & Juliet level almost-tragedy. The saving grace, and part of what makes Wicked Beautiful so unputdownable, is that while the characters are bull stubborn and crazy determined, they’re not stupid and they don’t make unfounded decisions. Wicked Beautiful is laugh-out-loud funny and tug-on-your-heart emotional. In the end, the story took a few turns I didn’t expect, but—while I personally didn’t love the ending—some readers will surely see that as a good thing as much as a detractor. It’s also a little Alice In Wonderland: just when you’ve been charmed by what’s on the surface, down the rabbit hole you go!
“How many secrets do you think I have, Mr. Maxwell?”
For the first time since we entered the kitchen, his smile is genuine. “I’d guess you need a closet the size of an airplane hangar to hide all your skeletons, Ms. Price.”
I can’t help myself. I smile back. “That’s a very useful talent, to be so charming while you’re insulting someone. I need to add that to my arsenal.”
Wicked Beautiful may be rich in sass and wit, but it is not a light-hearted read. It may start out feeling like a grand adventure, but every step the characters make carries them closer to a fate they can’t come back from. This isn’t one you should pick up if you’re looking for a quick, happy read. Now if you want a deeper experience, one rich in complex emotion with a darker edge that still pulls off an HEA, Wicked Beautiful is for you.
I really enjoyed reading this story, and I found J.T. Geissinger’s voice absolutely delightful! Wicked Beautiful is a real treat from start to finish, with all the delicious, catty foreplay in between. I could read Victoria all day (and did), and Parker is a freaking wet dream.
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