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Told from dual points of view, Alexis and Marshall have an attraction but it’s complicated by Alexis’ messy past with Marshall’s best friend. However, through the emotional rollercoaster journey both go on through in the book, it was clear to see how both characters have evolved from when first introduced and to watch them face up to the past. Being truly honest, it does take a little time to fully warm up to both characters but Alexis in particular; the back history revelations do help a little to warm up and understand her actions and emotions.
While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone with a HEA but for fans of the series, it’s nice to catch up with familiar faces and how they were worked into the story where the book is rounded off in a way that’s fitting of all characters.
If you enjoy an illicit style romance, definitely give this a read.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I was in the mood for something light and flirty so chose this one. Well, it is light and flirty but also has some heat and a solid romance behind it.
What coloured it too much for me though was Alexis' past. I just couldn't respect or like someone who could do what she did. I know there were reasons, I know its all explained later in the book, but for me that just didn't fit, didn't excuse her actions.
Though I'd have loved her if I'd met her as she's presented in the novel if I didn't know her past, I did know and I found that changed all that I thought about her.....Wrong? Maybe but internal issues and bias often affect what we read and how we feel about stories and characters.
I could see easily how she and Marshal disliked each other - or hated on Marshals part! The way they slipped slowly into them having a relationship didn't feel right though, just felt a little forced to me.
I did love the bar and the cake parings, my mouth was watering at some of the desserts.
If you want a quick sweet romance and can get over Alexis actions then you may love this.
If you're a surly, judgmental person when it comes to book characters then like me you may find things too difficult to get past.
I can't help how I feel, a well-written book brings characters to life, and then of course I think and judge them as real people.
Stars:Three, a good read with some gentle humour, a real light chick-lit story for summer on the beach.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
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Marshall is the friend of Aaron and Abel. He goes into partnership with Aaron for their new nightclub in California. He relocates from Chicago and starts getting the bar, Ginger, off the ground and ready to open. It's classy and trendy with a laid-back California vibe and cocktail infusions. When his second in command sets up a meeting with a local baker and owner of Tipsy Treats, baked goods with an alcohol infused theme, he is floored when he meets the owner.
Alexis/Lexie is the mother of Delilah. we learned in the past two books that she just up and left them with barely a word and then disappeared. So she has been someone unliked due to the narrative of the past two books. For the author to make her the main character in this book was a bold and beautiful thing. She is someone so completely different than what I perceived and when she realizes that the owner of the bar is not just Marshall, but her ex-husband Aaron, things get hairy.
The full-circle feeling of this book was so much better having read the previous two. The way Marshall and Alexis denied their feelings/fought their feelings/gave into their feelings and THEN had to answer for them to Aaron and Delilah. Amazing. Enjoy!
“Wrong kind of love turned right, 5 stars”
We all know about the “code” between friends, right? If they don’t like someone then you don’t, their ex is like your ex and is off limits, when someone wrongs them they wrong you as well. This is the way it’s been since the start of time. This is the story of a man who magically falls for is his best friend’s ex even though he hates her.
Marshall is loyal in a way that is incredibly sexy. When his best friend’s wife left him he stepped up and helped Aaron in all the ways he could. He may have been a bachelor but he was in love with Aaron’s daughter Delilah and would drop everything for that blue eyed blonde with ringlets. After the death of his mother he went through some life changes and found his true career calling and passion, the bar industry. When the opportunity to open his own bar with the help of Aaron arises he takes it. Yes, it takes him away from the two people he considers family but he has to do it for himself. Only he doesn’t see the storm coming. What will happen when a ghost from his past comes knocking? And will business turn to pleasure?
Alexis ran from her ex-husband and daughter. She was never cut out to be a mother and it was slowly killing her. The ghosts from her past mixed with her daughter wasn’t boding well for her and she thought about ending it. Someone gave her an out she needed and she took it. That doesn’t mean she didn’t love them, she just loved them enough to go. When her ex’s best friend shows up in her town and she’s supposed to do business with him she knows everything is about to change. Because truth be told Marshall is the one she wanted originally.
Marshall and Alexis fight the pull between each other like crazy. The story is intense, one minute you want them to get together and the next you want her far away from Marshall. But it’s not just about them, what about Aaron and Delilah? Can one truly move on from the past or is the past repeating its self? At first I hated this story, only because I didn’t want to know Alexis. When her past was revealed everything suddenly fell into place and made sense. Next thing I knew is I was rooting for Marshall and Alexis and for Aaron to accept them.
Marino set up a story that was perfect about someone moving on and about how the love from the right person can really set one free. The secondary characters new and old were awesome. I loved Alexis best friend. The story just simply fell into place. I would defiantly recommend not only this book but this series to anyone. Here are a couple quotes from So Wicked that I really liked;
“The hint of a garter holding up the lace top of her stocking. I couldn’t help but stare. I don’t think any man could not have, but when she stood back up, she caught me fixated on her legs. Her hands pushed the skirt back into place as her cheeks flushed in embarrassment. The innocent blush. The sexy garters and stockings. It was too much for me.”
“and I knew that when I saw her tomorrow, the harshness of what I’d just said would still be hanging in the air like stale beer and cigarette smoke.”
“There was desire and tragedy and so much hidden beneath the blue. I wanted to reach inside and pull it all out of her. I wanted to lay it in front of her so she could see all the things I did, all the wondrous things that rose above all the past bullshit. It was there. I just couldn’t reach it yet.”
but there's always been another side to that story. and alexis lives with the consequences of her choices daily. the most salient is that if she had stayed with aaron she would have killed herself. she believes that being out of delilah's life is the best way to keep delilah safe. even if that feeling is completely irrational and untrue, it's alexis's reality.
at first, marshall isn't willing to see that alexis might have had her reasons for leaving. but this deep-seated attraction to her is an inconvenience that doesn't seem to be dissipating. and the more he finds he can't stay away, the more open he is to hearing alexis's story. when he does finally listen, he understands even if he doesn't really agree. and when he gives in to the attraction that has sparked between them, he makes the choice that he's not going to tell aaron. after all not only is he betraying his best friend by becoming friendly with his ex, he's making it even worse by sleeping with her.
aaron will be their biggest crisis. both marshall and alexis are adults who know exactly what they are feeling. they've experienced loss. they've made impossible choices. they've survived. and so when they fall in love, it's for keeps. together they'll keep their doubts and their crazy at bay. as always, communication is key. and both marshall and alexis are upfront and plainspoken, which makes them perfect for each other.
this series closes out on a high note. and manages to redeem alexis in a way that really works. her choices might not seem fathomable, but at the same time you get it. she didn't leave aaron and delilah behind because she didn't love them or she didn't care. she left them behind because she had no choice. because the alternative would have been worse.
**so wicked will publish on may 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
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