Review: A Wicked Ride by Avril Ashton

A Wicked Ride (The Wicked)Reviewer: Amy

A Wicked Ride by Avril Ashton
Series: The Wicked (#1)
Release Date: February 1st, 2011
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Page Count: 266
Source: Provided by author for review

Blurb: Sasha Forde has hung up her thieving stillettos, but a visit from a mobster sends her back to her old life. In order to save her family–and herself–from jail, she must steal evidence hidden in a lawyer’s office. She sets out to do what she considers a simple B and E, but someone else has arrived first. And he holds her life in his tattooed hands. Not for long.

Niko Davaris is all about revenge on the man who tried to kill him. The evidence he stole is the first step in that direction. He’s not thrilled to wake up with a gun to his head. The woman on the other end is cocky, smug and too damn hot for her own good. He wants her, she wants the evidence. When she takes it and disappears, he gives chase. Battle lines are blurred as they give in to temptation, but on a ride like this, someone has to come out on top. Who will it be?

Content Warning: strong erotic elements

Review: Despite some criticisms, I enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and enjoyable. Sasha is the type of character I don’t read about frequently and really enjoyed her. She basically sees Niko, decides she wants him and goes right for it. No subtle teasing, no demure glances, just bluntly and honestly is who she is. I liked her.

My biggest issue with the book was that I feel like there was a ‘character dump’ to start off with. There are numerous characters brought into or eluded to in the storyline over the first dozen pages. The author had a beautiful set up with the storyline and I struggled with staying focused on being introduced to Sasha because there were too many references shooting off to another character (people breaking in, past people after everyone, past lover, etc.). I felt when I started reading it that I was already being set up for the series and was turned off by it.

This is absolutely an erotic romance. The action frequently takes a back seat to the attraction between Niko and Sasha. The love scenes (or just down and dirty sex scenes) are well written and I enjoyed them. Sometimes the sex took front seat over the action, but I personally find that pretty acceptable in an erotic romance.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I think Avril Ashton has a good voice and has great potential.

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