Book starts out a little too fast - sort of an unbelievable experience kind of start - but the story quickly catches up with the fast pace of the beginning and it turns out to be a really REALLY good book. First book I read by Beth Kery and will be reading more!
I found Wicked Burn to a tough novel to grade. On the positive side, I found myself genuinely enjoying the characters. There was a romance here, not just the sex. The sex itself was frank, hot and plentiful. I thought the writing showed quite a bit of talent, with a plot that was engaging on it's own, even without the sex.
Hence one of my problems...I know this was written as an erotic romance, but I actually found myself wanting less sex and more story. The characters were interesting enough that I felt disappointed that there was less character exposition. Some of the best of the writing was during a big separation between the hero and heroine, and that felt like a lost opportunity for Ms. Kerry to me. I was also quite disappointed with the heroines lack of a backbone in a few scenes. I realize that she was submissive sexually, but too often it seemed to me that she allowed misunderstandings to linger far too long because she avoided the conflict outside of the bedroom.
It is a tribute to the writing that I want to read more of this author. What felt like missteps to me in this story were overshadowed by the enjoyment overall.
Niall Chandler on her way home from a charity dinner finds herself in the unwanted clutches of her date. Standing out in the hallway in front of the door to her apartment, fighting off her overzealous date, her hunky next-door neighbor Vic comes to her rescue. After not so subtly telling Niall's date to get lost, he asks Niall if she would like to go back to his place for a drink. Niall, unable to resist Vic's sex appeal accepts for not only just a drink, but for one of the most erotic sexual encounters she has ever had in her life.
Beth Kery is a new author to me. I usually am leery when trying a new author because I never know how their writing is going to appeal to me, especial authors who write erotic romance. I was pleasantly surprised by Wicked Burn and found I enjoyed it quite a lot. I would compare Beth Kery's writing to Shannon McKenna or Lisa Marie Rice in terms of the sexuality, characters and pacing.
I really enjoyed Vic's character. There were many different layers to his personality. In public, or I should say, outside the bedroom, he is a man of few words. He doesn't like crowds and prefers to sit on the sidelines and observe rather than be in the spotlight. In the bedroom he is demanding and possessive and completely in charge. I love how when he is with Niall, he gives her his complete and utter attention.
Niall wasn't quite as well depicted at Vic. I could empathise with her character but there were times when she annoyed me. The way she handles her problems and how they affected Vic really bothered me. Instead of facing Vic, she runs from him and doesn't give him any explanation. As a reader this frustrated me. But that was really my only complaint. Other than that, I thought it was a solid, sexy story.
This book was HOT! Great storyline and an awesome Alpha Hero!
I started losing interest about halfway through this story. I had a hard time connecting with Vic and Niall as a couple. I thought Vic was crude and forceful in the bedroom, and not in a good way. It was just so rough all of the time; I really wondered how Niall could enjoy it. Vic wasn't apologetic about his bedroom behavior. He said he tried to change for a woman before and it didn't work.
Niall had her own issues to deal with, plus she wasn't certain where she really stood with Vic and I think that was part of the communication breakdown between them. She seemed a bit too meek as well.
The pacing regarding Niall's past was too slow and by the time all was revealed, I didn't care anymore. The big misunderstanding annoyed me as well. I'm not a fan of this plot device. If it's not handled well, it drags on and causes huge amounts of frustration for the reader. Usually, all it takes is a simple conversation to resolve the issue(s). But, if it were that easy, there wouldn't be much of a story.
I've read a couple of Kery's work before and liked them, but I don't feel the same for this one. I have a couple of her other books in my TBR pile. I hope they're better.