So Wicked (Bad Behavior Novel)
by Melissa Marino
4 Forbidden Romance CROWNS
So Wicked chronicles the romance of a truly forbidden couple, an ex-wife and best-friend, and the destruction she left behind when she fled.
The interesting part of both of these characters is how much they have changed in the years since they have last seen each other. Both abandoning high paying business oriented jobs and chasing their dreams, they feel they can see pieces of their old selves in each other but are so different then who they were. These differences allow each of them to look at the one in a new light, and their attraction to the new versions of themselves cannot be contained. Sure there is an attempt to stay loyal and not hurt others, but when thrown into situations where one reacts and not thinks, these two act on feelings and desires. As a reader, I didn’t fault them for this or for chasing what make them happy.
This plot line is intriguing. Alexis causes a lot of damage when she flees, and realistically Marshall should want nothing to do with her. Business dealings, however, force his hand, but watching them both struggle with their feelings while trying to respect and honor the past is difficult, leaving the reader torn between wanting these two to go for it and holding back, similar to that of the characters. Readers will appreciate how the author develops the story and resolves it. She gives Marshall and Alexis their HEA while also honoring the other characters and the ending she gave them in previous books.
I found So Wicked to be well-written, engaging, and unique in the angle of the story she took. She is definitely an author I would read again, and this story is definitely worth a read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Fate has a wicked sense of humor.
Alexis’s new life was made up of two things: baking and hiding the details of her old life in Chicago. The first allowed her to finally find some happiness. And the second is about to be destroyed by a man who knows all her secrets.
Marshall Rawlins was prepared to do anything when he moved cross-country to launch an upscale cocktail bar—anything except work with Alexis, his best friend and business partner’s ex-wife. Adding Alexis’s boozy-baked goods to his menu would be a major feat for his bar. But striking a deal means getting in bed with the enemy.
Battling between distrust and desire, Alexis and Marshall give in to a passionate, forbidden affair. They know if they’re discovered the consequences would be bad—it’s just hard to remember that when being together feels so, so good.
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Melissa Marino is a full-time writer and part-time Storm Trooper collector. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching Friends reruns, mastering her cupcake frosting swirl and hunting for the perfect red lipstick. Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband, son and very opinionated dachshund.