Sweetly Bad (Haizea Brood #2)
Released: September 4, 2013
Genre: Paranormal erotica
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Review by Sarah
On the flap: The stand-alone sequel to Wickedly Good
Drew couldn’t imagine anything worse than being stranded in a two-cellular-bar town with a broken-down Ferrari…until his mother—his own mother!—marked him as a rogue Air witch and canceled all his credit cards. Now he’s kill-on-sight in the Underground, and the only person willing to help him is the curvy human mechanic who towed his car. A strangely delectable curvy human mechanic.
The last thing Erica needs is a yuppie playboy freeloading in her garage. Still, she can’t bring herself to turn Drew out into the sultry heat, even if he is a bit of an ass. A gorgeous, incorrigible, everything-your-mother-warned-you-against ass. Soon the heat isn’t the only
thing sultry in the garage and self-control is the last thing on her mind. They agree to a one-night stand, but Drew’s magical secrets are dangerous—and catching up to him fast.
Inside Scoop: Hot and explicit sex with the right (plus-sized) woman just might redeem this bad boy hero.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
This is a paranormal romance which is a second in a series but is said to be the stand-alone sequel to Wickedly Good.
Drew is a playboy air witch who between sleeping with tons of other witches, spending the family money, and sleeping in late finds the time to be driving his Ferrari far away from the family compound when it breaks down. Unbeknownst to him, his mother chooses that morning to cut of his funding to teach him a lesson. She also signifies him as a rogue witch, who means he is not to be helped by others and can be killed on sight.
Finding a lusty Italian sports car with a preppy looking man on the side of the road, Erica finds she’s the one that can help. The buxom woman is one of the two mechanics in the small town, running the auto shop her father left her in his will. Although a remarkable mechanic her business has hit some hard times because her ex-boyfriend and the town’s other auto technician has been stealing her clientele.
Erica tows Drew and his car to her shop. They both find out quickly he can’t pay and has nowhere to go. He calls more than twenty women to try to get financial or even sexual assistance to assuage his current dilemma followed up with a temper tantrum. When no one will help, Erica offers up a place to stay and a meal for the night. The next day they agree to a one night stand while further attempting to resolve Drew’s problems.
Oy vei, this specific outing is not my cup of tea. The story itself has a lot of potential that’s never met. The concept and plot are good, the execution not so much. The point of view between the two characters seems to switch without notice or reason; one paragraph is Drew’s perspective and the next is Erica’s.
My biggest issue happens to be with the characters. They seem to be a hodpodge of conflicting traits. Erica has significant body issues as a size 16 and allows her sister (a size 12) to constantly berate and call her names and then Erica will drop everything to do the sister’s bidding. One second Erica acts like a doormat, will to be manipulated by her ex and the next she’s a tough heroine sucker punching Drew. It is confusing as to which version she’ll be in each scenario.
Drew has a much bigger—or well smaller flaw. Who wants to fantasize about a hunky male who can’t kiss and has a small package? Furthermore, if everyone says he’s bad in bed, how is it he is so good with Erica first time? And especially since she doesn’t have to teach him how to have sex like she does with the kissing? I’m not sure if the perceived cuckolding was intentional or a device meant to make the rich playboy be less perfect, but it was definitely off putting. Really at this point I tried to focus on the story since all the heat had been sucked out.
The paranormal part of the storyline didn’t seem to be all that noteworthy. There is not much background to the witch theme and a version could easily be successful without it.
On the upside, bits and pieces of the romance flourish. The three sex scenes are pretty well written and descriptive. Some of the strife and intrigue are nice as well.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.