A Little Bit Wicked
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: June 17, 2020
Publisher: World Literary Press
Book #1 in The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside series
Number of Pages: 425
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 7/19/20 to 7/21/20
What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much. But she couldn’t be more wrong…
Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?
There are really no words to describe how I feel about Chloe and Justin. These two knocked my socks off, in more way than one. Whenever they’ve run into each other over the course of this author’s overarching Love in Bloom series, there’s been chemistry. Seeing them interact on a more day to day basis took that chemistry up a few notches until it was bursting off the pages of this book.
Since I’ve been reading the Love in Bloom stories since the beginning, I know Melissa Foster always finds a way to make me love characters I think will be tough sells. That’s exactly what happened with Chloe. I am in no way a girlie girl. I don’t have the urge to wear heels or pencil skirts, give me jeans and tank tops any day of the week. Once I got to know Chloe better and understood her motivations for not only her apparel, but her very controlled life, I couldn’t help but want to be her best friend. And it turns out she’s also just as comfortable in flip flops as she is in stilettos. And, while I was a bit annoyed by her image of what being a “biker” meant, even after knowing Justin and some of his family for years, I could also understand those deep-seated fears and prejudices.
The Wickeds are such a welcoming bunch, and Chloe fits in with them seamlessly. No surprise since they’re related to the Whiskeys. Justin’s story is just as compelling as Chloe’s, and it really helped drive home what a wonderful group of people the Dark Knights are. They can be a rough bunch, sure. But only in the defense of others. Sometimes they go overboard, yet it always seems they learn from their mistakes.
Between Chloe’s work at the assisted living center, Justin’s Grandpa, and all their friends, I was filled with warm-fuzzies throughout this whole book. I cannot wait to see Tank find some joy in life, not to mention the rest of the Wicked clan.
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