Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Review: His Wicked Ways (The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside #5) by Melissa Foster

His Wicked Ways
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside #5
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: November 8, 2023
Source: arc for review

Blaine Wicked is used to women doing as he says in and out of the bedroom. Find out happens when he falls for the one woman who won’t submit to his wicked ways in the newest insanely sexy, deeply emotional, and laugh-out-loud funny standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Blaine Wicked can spot trouble a mile away. As the eldest of five and raised in a Dark Knights biker family, he has always been a protector. Rescuing a stripper from a bad situation comes with the territory, regardless of the hell the mouthy, slightly awkward, and seriously hot leggy blonde gives him for it. She’s far too innocent to bend to his wicked ways, but the more he learns about her, the harder it is for him to walk away.

Forensic scientist Reese Wilder never imagined herself as the entertainment at a bachelor party, but she’d do anything to keep food on the table for her teenage sister. With their mess of a mother in rehab—Third time’s a charm, right?—Reese is stuck paying off their mother’s debt to a dealer and trying to make ends meet. Reese has had it rough, and she knows better than to rely on anyone for help, much less a pushy biker with piercing blue eyes who probably has dozens of women at his beck and call.

The more flames Reese throws, the more determined Blaine is to walk through them. The closer he gets, the hotter they burn—and the more curious she becomes. But Blaine Wicked has the power to torch Reese’s walls to embers, and with her sister’s well-being at stake, that’s a risk she can’t afford to take.

Before I jump into my review, I feel like I should give a bit of a life update. This past week, I was looking through my blog, remembering all of the fun I had with it, I realized that I never reviewed Melissa's His Wicked Ways. And I don't really know how, but it completely slipped my mind. You see, November was the calm before the storm. In early December, I ended up catching a random cold that kicked my ass. I was ill for the rest of December, into early January. My dad ended up catching it from me and he was finally feeling better a couple weeks ago. Then in late December, my grandmother passed away. We knew it was coming, she had been declining since October, but it still left me wandering a bit. Anyhoo, I just wanted to share what has been happening. I apologize for being so stinking quiet the last couple of years. And I think I'm finally ready to bring my blog back to life.

On to my review for His Wicked Ways. First of all, YAS! A new Melissa Foster romance (that came out in November). I remember telling my friend Lisa that it kind of feels like Melissa's characters are losing their inhibitions a bit more lately. And I am here for it! It's no secret that I adore Melissa's books. And I'm going to continue with my tradition of picking a word that I feels best describe the book, characters, or Melissa's writing. For His Wicked Ways, that word is tenaciousness. That's a perfect word to describe all of Melissa's books, but it definitely works best here. Reese Wilder is the epitome of tenaciousness. Heck, she gets a job as a stripper to care for her sister and pay of her mom's debts. If that isn't full force tenacity, I don't know what is. She can take care of herself, even when Blaine tries to bulldoze his way into her life. Much like with every other Foster book, I devoured His Wicked Ways in record time. There is something mesmorizing about her books. The connections between the characters and the world around them, it really does feel like you are catching up with old friends and meeting new ones each time you read one of her books. I'm so thankful that I found her books all those years ago.


Audio, narrated by Jacob Morgan and Andi Arndt

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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