Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review for Wicked Ride by Sawyer Bennett

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.


Readers who enjoy erotic reads will definitely want to have the Wicked Horse series on their list and this fourth installment is a satisfying addition to the series that's full of tarnished yet memorable men.  It's a read that has you blushing one moment and parched the next as a man teeming with past guilt becomes obsessed with a woman full of lies.

Logan enjoys living his life simply.  He doesn't care about money or material things as he flits from one town to the next.  The Wicked Horse, and the Silo, has become his latest haven as the easy sex becomes a way of escape for him. His life used to be vastly different, one of wealth and arrogance, as well as a family until a single act took everything away.  He's been torturing himself ever since, trying to bury the guilt with unending sexual encounters.  He recognizes that it's an addiction, but he just wants the pain to go away even for a brief moment. Seeing the young and virginal-looking Auralie though soon becomes his new addiction as their unspoken connection has him wanting to save her from the questionable man who brings her to the Silo night after night.  Logan's a kind hearted man desperate to help the woman he sees in jeopardy.  He wants to be her hero to make up for the damage he did in his past and employs the help of the super sexy and domineering Bridger as the first step.  Helping her though soon leads to bigger danger that might pull them apart just as they start getting closer together in this charming and scorching story that's extremely fast-paced.

Auralie's an unconventional heroine, a strong-willed one who doesn't accept help easily, with a childhood of running cons.  Just when she wants to escape that world a threat to her father pulls her back in and has her degrading herself in a plot to sell her "virginity".  She hates herself for the lies, and for the acts she's forced into committing, but will do anything to save her father as she knows what the man controlling her is capable of.  Though she knows she should stay away from Logan, and the temptation he presents, she wants a few moments of happiness amidst the vile plan she's part of which leads to clandestine encounters where truths are slowly revealed.  The more time they spend together the closer danger gets in a story of truth and lies.  This series has crafted many memorable heroes and heroines and while I appreciate Auralie's strong will and quiet confidence I felt frustrated by her.  She was hell bent on carrying through with the auction despite Logan finding her a way out. She expected him to open up but was quite happy to continue with her lies through a large part of the story, taking pride in her past accomplishments, which made it hard for me to like her.

Logan and Auralie's connection might've been based on lies at first but it's clear that it's a connection that crackles.  It's a connection that results in scorching encounters and lots of dirty talk from Logan that amps up the sensuality in and out of the bedroom.  As Logan's desperate to play the hero after his broken past Auralie's a good match for him as she's knee-deep in trouble. It's a nefarious plan she finds herself a part of, one that invades the Silo and brings out Bridger's clever and protective side, and that culminates off page in an ending that fell a bit flat.  What saved this story though, and has me giddy for the next installment, is the explosive epilogue that upends Bridger's life and promises an unforgettable revealing of his past that readers have been longing for from the moment we first met him.  All in all this was a satisfying tale mainly because of the sexy and heroic Logan who's played a role in many fantasies throughout the series.  Auralie may not be my favorite heroine but I appreciate the merry chase she took Logan on, through all their scorching highs and lows, and I recommend this tale as it's a decadent lead-up to the story we've all been waiting for.....Bridger!

My rating for this is a B+

*I bought this book with my own money for my personal bookshelf with my opinions being my own.

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