A ruthless businesswoman and the playboy who dumped her long ago find themselves embroiled in a high stakes game of love, lies and revenge.
Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.
Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.
Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?
“Do you feel that?” Beneath my hand, his heart pounds wildly. Because I don’t trust myself to speak, I nod. He wraps his arm around me and pulls me close. “That’s what you do to me. Every time I see you, every time I hear your voice. If you can’t trust me, trust that. Hearts can’t lie.”
“I want to know all the dark places in you. I want to be the one who has the key that unlocks all your bolted doors, and chases away all the monsters you keep hidden behind them. I want to be the light inside your darkness. I want to be your rock and your safety net, the soft place you can fall.”
Wicked Beautiful was such an entertaining read. I was pulled in from the very beginning. I loved the idea of this story. I found it to be a lot of fun and so refreshing. What starts out as a revenge type story, quickly turns into more. Victoria was a lot of fun for me. I loved her attitude and how she didn’t take anything from anyone. She was on the surface, a total man-eater. However, like with any good story, there is so much more to her than meets the eye. Victoria may appear to be a man-eater, but her past is what made her that way. She’s been hurt, damaged, and in her eyes, ruined. So, to let anyone in…well that is a tough task. And Parker….Well, I actually liked him right away. He saw something in Victoria that made him want to take a chance. Maybe he saw her as a challenge in the beginning, but he was determined to break her icy shell.
I really enjoyed Wicked Beautiful. It was a quick and easy read for me. I enjoyed all the characters and can not to spend more time with all of them. This story gave me everything that I could ask for in a good read. It had angst. It had drama. It had lots and I mean lots of delicious sexy good times. There was romance and heartbreak. And of course, there was a few unexpected twists along the way. All in all a great read and I’m looking forward to discovering more books by this author.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*