Series: Wicked #1
Publisher: Self Published on December 8, 2014
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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
She’s done it again, ladies and gents. Jennifer L. Armentrout has knocked my socks off. Wicked, a self-published first installment in a new series, was absolutely phenomenal. The characters were kick-ass and the story had a great balance of humor, romance, and ass-kicking good times.
Set in New Orleans, Wicked had me hooked. Maybe it’s my love for the setting (The Originals, hellooo.), but it just made the whole story that much more appealing to me. JLA has never written something that I didn’t enjoy, she knows how to tell a gripping, amazing story. As the story carried through I found myself super excited that it wasn’t a stand a lone novel, especially because I really want to explore the world of The Order and maybe hear some more stories from other characters. Ren and Ivy were interesting characters who I fell for and found myself easily connecting with, and Ivy’s journey – finding out what she really wanted and where she fit within The Order was a story I found myself loving from beginning to end. She wanted more from her life than to just be tied to The Order and so she applied for College and attended while still keeping up with her duties to The Order which I couldn’t help but admire. As this giant battle grew closer and closer and things were revealed (and I guessed the plot twist. Boo.), I didn’t want the story to end, I just wanted more. And so I’ll be waiting impatiently until Summer 2015 when the second book Torn is released.
Ren knew he wanted Ivy from the beginning which I liked for some reason. The boy knew what he wanted and he went after it, worked for it. I guess that’s just something I admired him for. And of course their romance was a rather steamy one. Ren knew more about what he was doing than Ivy seemed to which made him all that more appealing. It’s in the New Adult genre for a reason, kids.
Ivy – Our main girl, the heroine – who of course turns out to be special. *gasp* I saw that plot twist coming a mile away.
Ren – The Book Boyfriend. Strong, knows what (and who) we wants, and how to get it. He’s not completely who we thought he was at the very beginning of the story, but he’s still got us swooning.
Val – The best friend, who I thought was pretty sketchy all of a sudden near the middle of the story. Hm.
Tink – The Brownie who I absolutely adored. We have a lot in common; we both enjoy sugary treats, ordering WAY too much from Amazon, and marathoning the Twilight movies. I think we’d get along great.
> “I didn’t need your permission,” I spat back. Ren smirked. “Honey, I know what you need and you’re going to get it.”
> “I want to know your story. I want to know you. I want—oh, fuck it.” Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he tilted my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me. It was no slow or seductive kiss. He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me. His mouth was demanding as he tilted his head, his lips moving over mine, his tongue tracing the seam of my lips, willing them to part, and I . . . I opened for him. My lips parted, and he made this sound, this deep animalistic groan that sent flames lapping over my skin. The kiss deepened, and his tongue slid over mine, along the roof of my mouth. He took me with his mouth, tasted me and claimed me.”
Even though the ‘cliffhanger’ wasn’t really much of one because I caught on to the ‘plot twist’ before it was revealed, Wicked was a fantastic and entertaining read for me. I would recommend it to lovers of JLA’s previous anything, and fans of wit, swoon-worthy guys, and yeah, some sex. It was an all around good story, as I expected it would be.