Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Cassablanca
Release Date: March 5, 2015
A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius
Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn’t get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he’s tried— and failed—to get the better of her.
Make a perfectly wicked combination
When both Randall’s political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella’s help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that’s catching them completely off guard…
Fumpy Isabella St. Vincent and the smooth Lord Randall have known each other since they were children and have been adversaries ever since they got into a childish spat over the sexes. As adults and bank partners, they try their best to avoid one another, until Lord Randall’s political career and their bank interests are on the verge of being destroyed by scandal. Now the financial genius and the rogue have to work together to figure out who is trying to sabotage everything they worked for, all while trying not to tear each other apart, or fall in love.
I really wanted to love this book, honestly I did!
Isabella was the financial genius in Wicked My Love and I appreciated that she started off with a different outlook on life. She craved financial stability and had the brains to make it happen for herself. She was in an unheard of position for a woman of her time: She had responsibilities beyond securing a husband and having children and that always intrigues me. Sadly, her intelligence and ability to be somewhat independent was pushed to the side instead of being a very important part of who she was. Lord Randall was no better, hanging on to a childish spat was one thing but to continue to act as he were a nine year old with his teasing. All he needed to do was stick his tongue out and stomp his foot at Isabella. I’m all for bickering between the two main characters but not like this.
The sex scenes were written like the writer was a prepubescent teenager. Phrases like “sacred feminine vessel” and “man part” quickly doused whatever heat Randall and Isabella had going. Okay, I get that “sacred feminine vessel” was how her cousin probably referred to her, um, lady bits but couldn’t Isabella have discovered a better name for it? It was just so silly and over the top that it just killed the mood and the chemistry between the two characters! For a character who had a cousin that supported women’s rights and didn’t believe in keeping girls ignorant about the facts of life, Isabelle was even more ignorant than most.
Then there was the actual relationship between the two, Isabella never quite found her footing as part of a couple. At times it seemed like she was content to let Randall do the thinking for both of them, even though she was the one with the intelligence. She never really established herself as an independent entity, nor did she have a strong sense of who she was when she wasn’t with Randall. To me, she needed more of a backbone and personality to make her a solid, stand alone character. Her identity shouldn’t have depended on whether Randall was around or not. All in all, I thought Isabella was too dependent on Lord Randall’s presence that I felt she wasn’t her own character but rather, just a pretty extension of Lord Randall himself.
Wicked, My Love wasn’t all bad though. I did love the twists and turns as Randall and Isabella tried to unravel the mystery of just who wants to bring them down and why. The entire adventure was exciting and that’s what kept me reading when I would have otherwise put this book down. I do want to make one thing absolutely clear though: My issues with this book are strictly about the characters and their relationship with one another. Not the author’s style. I happened to enjoy the setting and the plot so YES I will try this author again before I go and say Susanna Ives isn’t for me. I just won’t be listing Isabella and Randall as my favorite characters.
Final Verdict: I'm willing to try this author again.