Series: Wicked Lovers #9.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Holding on Tighter
Also by this author: Seduction in Session, Holding on Tighter
During his decade as an international pop star, Jesse McCall has lived every day in the fast lane. A committed hedonist reveling in amazing highs, globetrotting, and nameless encounters, he refuses to think about his loneliness or empty future. Then tragedy strikes.
Shocked and grieving, he sheds his identity and walks away, searching for peace. Instead, he finds Bristol Reese, a no-nonsense beauty scraping to keep her family’s business afloat while struggling with her own demons. He’s intent on seducing her, but other than a pleasure-filled night, she’s not interested in a player, especially after her boyfriend recently proposed to her sister. In order to claim Bristol, Jesse has to prove he’s not the kind of man he’s always been. But when she learns his identity and his past comes back to haunt him, how will he convince her that he’s a changed man who wants nothing more than to make her his forever?
I haven’t read the previous books in this series and it didn’t affect my understanding at all. Pure Wicked is sort of a second chance story but not a second chance at romance. Its a second chance for the hero to NOT make the mistakes of the past. Overall, the book is a bit predictable: famous rock star gets caught up in a tabloid nightmare story and decides to hide out in a nowhere town. What really saved this book for me was Bristol. She was a very well written character. Her sister stole her boyfriend and is now marrying him and everyone expects her to be happy and supportive about it. She experiences both frustration with her family and a desire to put it past her and make everyone happy. Jesse helps her out and no one deserves it more than her. If you are looking for a quick rockstar read Pure Wicked fits the bill.
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 40+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.
A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.
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