Steamy and sweet, this friends to lovers romance features a biker with a big heart. I won’t lie to you – the beginning of this was a struggle for me. For a book that’s the start of a new series, it really doesn’t feel like a standalone. There are a LOT of characters to keep track of (so many that the author provided a chart at the beginning of the book), and I was about ready to abandon ship. I’m glad that I didn’t, because it becomes much easier to settle into the story once it gets going. I loved the hero and the connection was definitely there, so it turned into a great read. This one’s for those that love a light, sexy romance with plenty of the good times. Our couple gets together early on and the focus is on them strengthening their relationship, so it’s low angst and steamy with a lot of time devoted to subplots.
The story follows Justin, a biker who fell for Chloe the moment he met her. He’s been relentless in his pursuit ever since, flirting whenever possible and trying to convince her that they’re meant to be. But Chloe’s experience with tough guys has not been favorable (there are definitely some TRIGGERS in this one), so she’s unwilling to take a chance on Justin – no matter how tempting he may be. When something changes Chloe’s mind and she finally gives Justin his shot, he’s got to prove that Chloe wasn’t wrong to have a change of heart.
I really loved Justin’s determination, and his unwavering desire to start something with Chloe. It was refreshing that he was already planning ahead before he even got his girl, and the lack of OW drama was great (other than one minor blip on the radar). It’s a light, playful, and very steamy opposites attract romance where the feelings are already established when the book begins so there’s not much holding these two back from embracing the love. That didn’t really help with my feeling that this doesn’t read as a standalone – in addition to countless characters, there was already history that we’re not privy to at the start. For me, this started as a 3-star read, but it wasn’t long before it worked its way higher. Longtime fans of Foster will likely enjoy it from the beginning, because there’s obvious chemistry and characters that are easy to like. Now that I’ve got a better handle on the other characters, I imagine the next books will read a lot better. I received an ARC via Inkslinger PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy romance.
Title: A Little Bit Wicked
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About A Little Bit Wicked:
A captivatingly funny and deeply emotional new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. When the Dark Knights at Bayside and the cast of Bayside Summers collide, sparks fly, and trouble—or maybe love—is not far behind.
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. Their stories are told in the same loving, passionate voice readers have come to adore from Melissa. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun, others will tear at your heartstrings with injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them!
In A LITTLE BIT WICKED…
What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much.
Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe Mallery has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?
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UNDERCOVER WAS THE only nightclub in Truro, a small beach town, and like on most summer nights, it was packed. Justin’s eyes swept over the crowded dance floor as he made his way toward the bar. Colored lights rained over scantily clad women and testosterone-laden men, who were bumping and grinding to a seductive beat. He’d seen Chloe dance plenty of times when they were out with friends. She had moves that could make a dead man come. As he wove past the last few tables and joined Blaine and the others at the bar, he was relieved not to have spotted her on the dance floor with another guy.
Blaine ordered a round of beers and motioned across the room. Justin followed his gaze to Chloe, looking sexy as sin in a black sleeveless dress as she entered the room from the hallway that led to the ladies’ room. Her hair was like spun gold. It brushed her shoulders and framed her gorgeous face as she moved gracefully through the crowd. She stood out like a diamond in a sea of rocks. Chloe didn’t rely on low-cut tops or short skirts like other women did. She was confident and smart, and she had a sharp mouth. A mouth Justin had fantasized about so many times, he was sure he knew exactly how it would taste the first time they kissed, how it would feel the first time she wrapped her luscious lips around his cock, and the way that mouth would look when she cried out his name as his face was buried between her legs.
“Damn, bro,” Zander said, tearing Justin from his reverie. “I don’t care if you smash my face. She’d be worth every bruise.”
Justin shot him a dark stare, then turned his attention back to Chloe as she lowered herself to a chair across from another fucking clean-cut Ken doll wearing a button-down shirt and tie.
“Looks like a date to me,” Blaine said, handing Justin a beer.
Justin took a swig, his eyes trained on Chloe.
As though she could feel him watching her, she looked over. Their eyes collided with the scorching flames of a blowtorch. Her lips tipped up at the edges, and Justin felt a tug deep in his chest. There it was, the moment that burned past the heat to the something more he couldn’t name but knew existed.
In pure Chloe fashion, she narrowed her eyes and shifted in her chair, crossing her long legs. He fucking loved her legs and she knew it. She lifted her chin in that defiant way she’d been taunting him with since the day they’d met and turned her beautiful eyes on the geek sitting across from her.
Justin ground out a curse. He tried to focus on the shit his brothers and cousin were saying, but like metal to magnet, his attention was drawn back to Chloe. She looked bored, and her eyes skirted back to him. That’s it, baby, you know you want me.
About Melissa Foster:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.
Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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