Review: Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives

Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives
Series:  Wicked Little Secrets (# 2)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius

Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn’t get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he’s tried-and failed-to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination

When both Randall’s political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella’s help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that’s catching them completely off guard…



Review: This book is not the usual juicy ones that I tend read and review on this blog. The blurb intrigued me and I do like regency romances, as long as it’s entertaining.  And as long as the heroine isn’t one of those females that sigh, simper, bemoan her plight in life, act as if she’s all helpless, and then decides to “help” her man and goes waltzing off into trouble only to have the hero has to save her. I don’t like those kinds of books.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that this is not one of those book either, and it was pretty darned good too. It was witty and funny; I found myself giggling frequently throughout the book. I loved the banter between Isabella and Lord Randall. He tries so hard to best her at something, anything, including arguments, and she just bests him every time, and she doesn’t even try. He’s not a jerk about losing to her, not at all. He’s very gracious about it in fact, it’s just that he’s lost to HER, whom he’s never been able to beat, that just frustrates him to no end and works his last nerve. It’s so funny to read his inner monologues and “hear” what he has to say about Isabella, about himself, and about the situation they find themselves in.

Lord Randal is a man that is rich, handsome, and successful. He has an innate ability to articulate his thoughts succinctly and he can draw people out of their shells and talk to him. He is popular with the ladies as well as the men, and can handle himself in any kind of social situation. He is everything that Isabella wishes to be.

Isabella is intelligent, good with math and making money, and is so awkward and shy, she can’t even talk to a group of people. She is true to who she is, she doesn’t feel as if she’s attractive, and wants more out of her life. It’s sad that she doesn’t see the gem that she really is.

As Lord Randal and Isabella get to know each other during the telling of their story, the reader gets to know them, their backstories, and why they react to situations the way that they do. There are some extremely emotionally intense scenes between the two of them that creates a lot of intimacy between them. The arguments that they have are highly entertaining, thrilling, and made my stomach flip in the most delicious way. The telling of their stories brings them closer together, helps the reader understand them better and makes for an entertaining story. The sex scenes were hot, descriptive, and will not disappoint.