Series: The Wicked Horse #1
Published by: Big Dog Books on July 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Author
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Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.
He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.
Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.
Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Off Chance, Forever Young, If I Return, On the Rocks, Mitigation, Reparation, Affirmation, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Alex, With a Twist, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Clash, Grind, Yield, Zack, Ryker, Friction, Hawke
One Line: Not my particular kind of read, but still enjoyable.
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
Ah, the tale of the dirty-talking kinky guy and the innocent girl who wants a walk on the wild side. Add to that the fact that these two grew up together and are getting a kind of second chance to fall in love. What’s not to enjoy? Even though I’m no expert in BDSM, I can still safely say that this is pretty tame compared to what you would expect from this world. Bennett gives us a glossy overview of what this world is like and I could appreciate what she was willing to let readers see. We do, however, get a lot of sex from Woolf and Callie as they’re pretty ravenous for each other, so be forewarned. I’m all for sex in books, but at times, it felt a bit much and I felt like I was mentally chafing from all the sex to be honest.
Woolf is as sinful as they come and I could easily see his appeal. He’s confident, attractive, and successful. His attraction to Callie is obvious right from the get-go, but he is of the belief that he isn’t capable of love and a true romance. Because he’s never been too picky who he shares intimacy with and just does what feels good, I could see how he felt that way. Once Callie is in the picture though, his thoughts and views change and he wonders if he can live the “vanilla” life with her. It was interesting seeing him wage a war within himself about both of their worlds and how or if they could ever make a relationship work. Callie has always been the “good girl”, doing what was expected of her and never really branched out in any aspect of her life. After her fiance cheated on her, she was looking to start over and reinvent herself. I admired her willingness to try new things and step outside her comfort zone. I also liked how she knew her limits and was able to express to Woolf what she deserved from him. They challenged each other and also balanced each other in a lot of ways and I liked that about them.
With that said, I feel like we got more of Callie’s character development than Woolf’s though. Don’t get me wrong, he does change and that ending was all kinds of sweet and touching, but I felt like we get to see Callie develop, but we were just told of how Woolf developed, if that makes any sense. So much of the book was about Woolf telling the reader, and himself, how Callie is such a good girl and he didn’t deserve her, but I couldn’t really feel it considering how they’re together through much of the book. It’s kind of contradictory. Also, a lot of the time we’re told how depraved and kinky Woolf is and he is that, but we don’t really get to see much of that side of him. Once Callie and Woolf get things going, he’s all about her and with the exception of one scene, we don’t see any depravity on his part at all. Even though I wasn’t particularly looking for that, but if that’s the kind of guy he is, I needed to see it in order to believe it.
Overall, Bennett’s writing is still as engaging and entertaining as it always is, but it just felt like something was missing that made me not love this as much as all her other books. I enjoyed it for the most part, but this is one of those instances where there wasn’t as much of a substantial story as I like. There needs to be a good balance between sex and story for me to love a book like this and it felt like it favored the former rather than the latter in this case.
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