A running theme throughout this story is that Cat doesn’t feel she’s worthy of love and Rand dreams up opportunities to show her that she is. He mostly does that by having sex with her, lots of sex – the wickedly good kind. Some of it not as protected as a new couple should be, and that hits on a pet peeve of mine. I want to see informed, responsible choices from these characters, and that includes consent from both parties, (preferably before getting down to business), and I don’t think this would have taken anything away from their get together. In addition to sexual freedom, there is also the concept of sexual fluidity and Wicked Need explores some same-sex flow that seems like it doesn’t go far enough. Titillating yes, but I wanted Rand to explore and own his sexuality. His careful reference that he’s “not gay, only been with another guy in a carefully orchestrated threesome seems counterintuitive to sexual profusion.
Every character from previous books in this series shows up as does someone from Cat’s distant past. This surprise tactic felt a bit disjointed and seemed at odds with deeper issues about sex, and self-esteem. But this is not that kind of story. It is at its core a standard romance about a hero/knight that swoops in to save the damsel in distress. And this knight is a nice guy, and I love a nice guy story. But Rand wasn’t as forceful as I hoped for, sure he follows the hero template, but he is not a bold character. It could be because he is the casualty of the repetitive and too similar dual pov. His voice is not that strong for a male lead and his white knight act not as believable when he second guesses himself. Additionally, Cat does not fare much better in the character development department. Her attempts to get back on her feet feel half-hearted, and her esteem never seems to rise even when she gets everything that all heroines seek, i.e. the guy, the mansion and the money. Wicked Need is a story that chooses to take its heady subjects and put a fluffier, lighter spin on them. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I would have enjoyed a deeper commentary. I am a big fan of Ms. Bennett, and I like how she takes risks with her stories and while this one wasn’t a must read for me, I appreciate that this is not your run of the mill romance.
About the Author
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.
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