A broody billionaire and a down on her luck single mom strike an illicit deal that leads to more than either one could imagine.
I think I expected more from this book. Before you go and “boo” me, here’s the thing… Bennett’s Wicked Horse Vegas and it’s predecessor, the Wicked Horse series, are billed as erotic romance and they are, for the most part. They are super steamy, sexy books with good plots and characters. Wicked Knight definitely drops down the scorcher scale to more steamy and less en fuego. Don’t get me wrong, there is talk of threesomes and machines and sex that certainly doesn’t fall into vanilla, but that’s the thing, it is mostly talk or in this case implied. Save for a brief scene in the Wicked Horse early on in the book, the rest of the sex is essentially implied. Some of you may like that. I often do. However, in a series and it’s spin-off where I have come to expect that, it was a bit of a let down.
The story itself was good. Asher Knight is a brooding billionaire who spends his night at the sex club instead of forming real relationships. Hannah Madigan is a single mom who is working three jobs to save money to get custody of her child back from her skeevy ex-husband. Asher offers Hannah a deal she can’t refuse. (I’ll let you read it to find out, but I’m guessing it won’t be that hard for you to figure out.) Things begin as all business, but as in any good romance, things begin to change. I was left a bit unsatisfied. There was no real climax in the story. Sure, Asher made an assumption and screwed things up, but it wasn’t a heart-breaking, left me gasping climax. The ending was good and the epilogue was satisfying as it tied up loose ends and Asher and Hannah got their HEA.
Let’s just get down to brass tacks, shall we? My real issue with this series, this book in particular, is the clinical nature of Bennett’s writing. I get it. Sawyer Bennett was a lawyer. She is probably super smart and extremely well-spoken. That is all fine and dandy, but I need the character’s voice to match the character’s background. Asher was written as cold, bitter, rich and well-educated. It fit him; although, he too was almost too clinical. Hannah came from a poor family in South Carolina and yet she was written with a richer vocabulary than I have and I have three degrees. The clinical nature of the writing took away from the steaminess and emotion that was meant to be there. This kind of writing fits some of her other series, it just doesn’t fit here.
All in all, I enjoyed the book and the characters, but I was left wanting more where emotions and sex were concerned.