Wicked by Nicole James

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• BLURB •

A woman lost in grief and pain. A bossy biker determined to bring her back to life.

A wickedly wild ride. Paige knows the meaning of pain and loss.

Two years ago she left town to nurse her grief over the death of her husband in a tragic bike wreck. Now she’s back— returning to the one family that understands the depth of her loss— her MC family.

WICKED—

My brother’s ol’ lady.

I’ve carried unspoken feelings for her since the night we met.

Ransack and I were as close as two MC brothers could be. I was with him the night he died. I held Paige in my arms in the trauma bay as she collapsed, her wailing sobs tearing my heart out. And the month after the funeral, I helped her load up Ransack’s old truck and head off for Macon— taking my heart with her.

I wish I could take that pain away from her.

More than once I’ve wished I’d died in my brother’s place.

Ransack’s death had been a huge loss for me, but watching Paige drive out of my life as well, ripped my heart out. Now she’s back.

When I see her standing across the clubhouse, instantly my lust for her flares back to life like it’s been days, not years.

She drove out of my life once, but I’ll be damned if I’ll waste this second shot with her.

All I have to do is win her heart from a dead man. I’ll do anything to keep my woman safe. Only problem is— Paige is stubborn and willful. And she never does anything she’s told.

PAIGE—

Wicked. He’s the one man I could always count on.

When I see him across the clubhouse for the first time in years, my heart begins beating again.

I need him, more than he can possibly know.

But in order to have a chance together, I have to let go of the past.

That’s easier said than done.

When information comes to light, I begin to question if my husband’s death was the tragic accident it appeared.

Determined to find out the truth… I won’t let anything stop me.

But the evidence I dig up could put everything I hold dear in jeopardy— Wicked, our future, and my very life.

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• MY REVIEW •

Ok. Before I delve into my review, in case you didn’t know, Wicked was originally published as a novella called My Ol’ Lady. It’s part of the Evil Dead MC series, James expanded the story, renamed it (obviously 🙄😜), and it’s here in all its glory! Wooo! 🙌

I’m gonna cut to the chase— Wicked is another amazing addition to the series! This was a second chance romance with a twist as Paige was originally an ol’ lady of another MC brother who died in an accident. His best friend Wicked has always had an attraction to Paige but never acted on it. She moved away shortly after to try and get a fresh start but a couple years later she moves back home and reunites with the club. All romantic feelings come flooding back for Wicked once he sees her again and it’s like no time has passed. The kicker is… Paige has the same feelings for Wicked too!

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This was a relatively quick read (still on the shorter side of a full-length novel) with fast-paced storytelling. It’s told from both points of view and the majority of the story focuses on Paige being able to move on from her deceased hubby.

There’s a nice amount of MC elements still going on on the sidelines whilst Paige and Wicked figure out their budding relationship. I would’ve loved if it was a little longer to really give their story and their relationship a deeper development. I thought it could’ve been more in-depth. Paige and Wicked have known each other quite a long time but their past wasn’t something that was delved into in detail other than a couple of flashback memories. It gives you some insight into Wicked, Paige, and her husband Ransack’s friendship/relationship but I couldn’t fully connect with it because there wasn’t enough past interactions to make me see the close brotherhood they supposedly had.

I don’t know if that was purposely done so readers wouldn’t get attached to Ransack (because he’s dead and this is Paige’s and Wicked’s story) but in my opinion it lacked some form of bond, resulting in my lack of connection and emotion in really loving this couple as much as previous couples in this series.

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Putting those minor issues aside, I did overall enjoy reading this book. It still has great world-building in place with the brotherhood dynamics present. I was excited to see some of the past MC brothers make appearances in this book to give the story some dimension. There’s more than meets the eye with Paige’s story and the accident the killed Ransack, so I was kept on my toes as the truth slowly revealed itself.

Paige’s and Wicked’s rollercoaster of emotions and uncertainty within their relationship felt fairly relatable. I sympathized with Paige’s struggle to fully commit to a new relationship, and with Wicked’s frustration with having to somewhat compete with a ghost for Paige’s love.

James has added her usual trademark swoon-worthy heroes who are just the right amount of sweetness and protective alpha. The usual brotherly banter is there which is one of the reasons I first fell in love with this series, and even though this is an MC romance, there’s no doubt that “love conquers all” and a “happily ever after” is present.

I always love the balance of light and dark within the storylines of each book in this series. There may be some suspense and serious subject matters on occasion, but there’s also amazing friendships, swoon-worthy coupling, and tons of entertaining banter as well! Wicked is no different!

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A must read for fans of Nicole James and her Evil Dead MC series and perfect for any romance reader looking for MC romance books. 👌😉 The world-building is oh-so vivid and ever-expanding with each new book. Although this book can be read as a standalone, to get the full experience of their MC brotherhood and all the relationships, I highly recommend you start from the beginning with Outlaw and work your way from there (reading order below).

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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💀 Read my review for the Evil Dead MC Series!

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📚 Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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