If you've read my review for Half and Half then you know I did not like the book. If you did NOT read that review, I did not like the book.
In an effort to give the author a chance to redeem herself, I picked up the Wilde and Reckless series.
Can I just mention how frackin' confusing these covers are, unless you use your bionic eyes to decipher what number you are on at the bottom, you may find yourself in the wrong order?! The covers are only distinguishable as different from the different colors.
That was crazy annoying.
To be honest, they were slightly, and I mean marginally better, but the writing itself was still lacking--and I don't see myself picking up any more of this author's books. It's just not there for me, on a writing or storytelling level.
Wilde is an exotic dancer, who dances solely for the purpose--of paying her son's extensive medical bills.
One day, on her way out--she's commandeered to dance for the Mayor. The mayor just needs to unwind, and Wilde is exactly what he needs.
Their love rather emotionless focused solely on the explicit physical attraction between the two.
Wilde wants nothing to do with a relationship in any shape or form
Jhalil, wants nothing else but Wilde, despite her resistance.
It's all kind of written out from there. Girl resists guy. The guy fights for her love, blah, blah, blah.
Book one serves as an introduction to Wilde's life and reasoning and peeks into Jhalil's struggle with being Mayor.
It all happens pretty fast and then it's over--ending on the precipice of a promised relationship.
Book two: The beginning of this had me in a complete state of confusion. I actually went back to Amazon to ensure I hadn't downloaded the wrong number in the series.
But it was a dream sequence that was not signified by a change in font--or even a hint of what was going on. I think the author was going for dramatic effect, but I was just confused.
The story pretty much continues in the same vein of need, and want.
Look, if a sexual connection is all you need in a book, who are me to judge?
Wilde still fights their connection, but of course, she relents when she realizes she doesn't want to be away from him.
Book two has the same grammatical issues it does in book one--inconsistent and misused phrases. I don't have the energy to cite them.
As I mentioned they're not as bad as half and half, but it could've been helped.
Moving right along.
The ending of book two is another melodramatic, cliff-hanger.
Book three finds us at the height of the drama from the ending of book two.
This was by far the better of the three. Real emotion started to show up. While I'm still feeling kind of meh about the story in general, I can give props where they are due.
The third novel although not five-star worthy seemed more flushed out, and solid in comparison to the first two.
Book three is the conclusion to a love, that I was not wholly convinced of, but slightly entertained by.
Without breaking down what each book entails for fear of spoilers. They all follow the same storyline, and in that regard, flow well--aside from that odd beginning in book two.
While I probably won't bother picking up any more of this author's books, I think there are signs of growth, and there might be something to find here, if you like your romances rough around the edges--and don't mind a lack of romance, but a lot of drama, and sex.