Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Review: The Wicked Aftermath (The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside #2) by Melissa Foster

The Wicked Aftermath
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside #2
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: June 9, 2021
Source: ARC for review

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When the person you blame for your grief is the only one who can save you from the pain…

Tank Wicked lost his sister and has since vowed to save everyone else in his path. He lives by the creed of the Dark Knights motorcycle club, sworn to protect and respect his community. He selflessly saves lives as a volunteer firefighter and treats the men and women who work for him at his tattoo shop like family. But life isn’t a balance scale where good deeds negate bad things to come, and one foggy night life guts Tank once again. When a car careens over the side of a bridge and into a river, Tank springs into action, plunging into the water to rescue the passengers. Four people go into the river, but only three come out alive.

Leah Yates is just trying to make it through each day. When the man she blames for her grief becomes the only one who can pull her from the depths of despair, she discovers that even hope comes at a price. Maybe this time she won’t have to face it alone.

THE WICKED AFTERMATH is an emotionally gripping story of love, loss, and hope, with a rich and entrancing happily ever after. Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven’t met the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun and deeply emotional, others will tear at your heartstrings and include injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them. All Wicked novels may be enjoyed as standalone romances.

 
Oh, my sweet baby Jesus. I have been waiting ... W-A-I-T-I-N-G ... for Tank and Leah's book for what seems like forever. To say that Melissa Foster loves to tease her readers with a little bit of character foreplay is an understatement. We first "meet" Tank and Leah in at least 2 previous books. Sadly, I don't recall the exact number. What I can clearly picture are moments of frustration for Tank when he couldn't figure out why Leah was so skittish around him. Then we've got Leah practically running from the room whenever Tank glances in her direction. What was the force that was pulling them together? It was obvious to everyone who had eyes that it was only a matter of time before the attraction between them ignited. And when it does, it is scorching. 

To be completely honest, this book didn't even make it to my Kindle. Nope, I sat at my computer for two hours and read it while I was crocheting. And let me tell you, crocheting while ugly crying is not easy. All of this goes to show how well Melissa is at building anticipation for a book. Meeting two characters in the background of one book, then seeing them again in another... That's all it took for readers like to me become emotionally invested in them without properly being introduced. Why? It is her ability to create characters we crave. Characters we would love to know outside the pages of a book. Just seeing those brief glimpses into the possibilities of Tank and Leah were enough to make me devour this book in record time. When the time comes and you decide to read this one, do so with a box of tissues and a fan handy. Trust me, you'll need both.

Melissa Foster is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today bestselling author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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