*I received a free copy of Wicked Choice from Big Dog Books via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Wicked Horse Vegas #4
Published by Big Dog Books on 2 January 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Rachel Hart and Bodie Wright are nothing more than teammates. As mercenaries for hire with the elite Jameson Group, they have each other’s backs in the most dangerous of circumstances. But after a mission gone deadly wrong, Rachel does something she’s never done before. She crosses the professional line and takes comfort in Bodie’s arms.
One night of passion turns their lives upside down with a pregnancy neither of them expected, and one that Rachel was too terrified to ever want. Bodie, however, is a family man through and through, and he’s determined to raise their child alone if necessary.
The only common thread Rachel and Bodie have is their membership at The Wicked Horse, a sex club that lets them both fulfill their dirtiest fantasies with each other. As they become more intimately entwined, the strong, steady man with a heart of gold makes Rachel question everything she ever thought she knew about herself. Their wicked nights together make them so much more than teammates and Rachel is about to discover the choices she thought were the most difficult are actually the easiest ones to make.
Wicked Choice is much more than an erotic romance, there are some important choices the characters have to make. And there is an important theme about how women are often judged much more harshly than men for their choices.
Wicked Choice does partly evolve inside the Wicked Horse, but it’s not the most important place or theme of the story. Rachel’s unplanned pregnancy, and the fears she feels about that is the focal point of the story, and I found the way this unfolded to be very realistic. Not all women can imagine being a mother, and that is all fine and good. Rachel kind of did want to be a mother, though, but she was afraid of all the changes motherhood would bring to her life.
Wicked Choice is all about choices, which also brought out a discussion between Rachel and other characters about those choices. Bodie was so level-headed and calm I fell in love with him from the start. The interactions between the characters were so well done, and I loved that there was more to the story than the sex club – even if that is the case with all the Wicked Horse books.
Of course, there are plenty of steamy scenes in Wicked Choice, but there are intimate moments in which the characters talk and get to know each other better as well. Overall, the balance of the steam with the story, plot and character development was very well done.
Wicked Choice can be read as a stand-alone, as the other characters who appear are on the sidelines – you might enjoy the little nods to them that happen here and there – but you can still enjoy this story on its own.
Rachel is a strong woman in so many aspects of her life. Both physically and mentally, she holds her own. Even when it comes to work, where she is in a male dominated field. She does have some insecurities, though, but none that made me not like her!
Bodie. *sighs* He is just made of awesome! Mature for his age. Understanding. And not judgemental at all!
Other characters from the Wicked Horse series are present as well, which made me feel right at home.
Writing style :
Rachel and Bodie each have their chapters, written in first person, present tense. And the pace flows nicely. Wicked Choice is an intimate story as readers share headspace with the main characters.
Hope and hotness were the main feels with Wicked Choice.
The banging on my hotel door takes a moment to penetrate. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m four shots of bourbon past the pleasantly buzzed state, or because I’m sick with exhaustion and guilt.
To be a member of this private club means having money out the wazoo, and I am indeed quite well fof because of the work I do.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I do like Sawyer Bennett but haven’t read any of this series yet. This sounds really good and I am happy that you enjoyed it as much as you did. Great review!
I plan to read Wicked Horse this year and get started on this series. I like that there is some depth and thoughtfulness along with all the sizzle.
*Sigh* Another series to add to my list of books to read. 🙂 You always have a way of doing that! lol
I’m loving the sound of the feminist kind of line running through this one, and how although it can be really steamy and hot, there is quite a lot of character development. And even though I do love my heated scenes, they are better for me when the characters build the romance through conversations and knowing each other well. Which sounds like something this book manages to achieve.