Review: Wicked Beautiful by J.T. Geissinger (Wicked #1)
Note: This ebook was provided by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Wicked Beautiful is the Wicked series starter from author J.T. Geissinger and was quite a unique story of first love, first heartbreak, and revenge. Victoria Price knows what she's talking about when she empowers women with her words and teaches them all about manipulating a man by letting that inner bitch come out to rule in a relationship. She's every bitch she proclaims herself to be and learned how to live her life according to her terms after getting her heart broken by the only boy she's ever loved as a teenager. Then she sees him again, and playboy restaurateur Parker Maxwell has no clue who she really is. You see, Victoria Price isn't really the Queen Bitch's real name. She's actually Isabel Diaz, the girl Parker fell in love but was forced to walk away from. He's never forgotten her and he has no clue that she's never forgotten him either, but for very different reasons. She intends to make him pay for what he did to her all those years ago, but when real emotions come into play, will they end up getting their hearts broken once again?
I love it when a woman isn't afraid to show the world just how powerful she is and that's what makes Isabel/Victoria such an appealing character. Yes, she's bitchy and proud of it, but that's not all that she's about. She's wealthy and successful and is her own woman. Maybe in her case, behind the successful woman was a man, it's just that this man broke her in ways that irrevocably changed her. However, it's clear that not everything has changed because she's still as drawn to Parker as she was when they were teens. He's in pursuit of her for a large portion of the book, and of course, Isabel is all for it because this is all in the name of vengeance. I did feel bad for Parker because it's not as if he's this terrible guy who ruthlessly and thoughtlessly broke her heart. He's actually a good guy who was really in love with Isabel but did what he had to and went on to have meaningless flings only to fall for the same girl only this time she's not a naive girl but is a woman hellbent on making him feel every bit as miserable as he did years ago.
The story was different and I appreciated that Isabel was a strong woman who made no apologies for being who she was. There's a lot of humor in the book, so it's not as if you're getting an angst-ridden story. Of course, there is drama and moments that will have you empathizing for both of the main characters, because revenge always ends up claiming more victims than you would expect. For more than half of the book, I found myself addicted, wanting to see how everything was going to play out between Isabel and Parker and what would happen when all of the dark secrets that both of them have been keeping will finally come to light. But then it got to the point that Isabel/Victoria was drawing out the whole payback thing and my addiction turned into frustration. I guess she was blindly in love as a teen and is now blindly bent on revenge, but she began to resemble an embittered woman not worth emulating, and the ending was rather underwhelming. So, Wicked Beautiful started strong but did lose some momentum. Four stars. ♥
Date Read: 05 March 2016
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