Review: Wicked Bride Games by Clarissa Wild

Wicked Bride Games Wicked Bride Games by Clarissa Wild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn't even sure how to rate this one. Clarissa Wild did an amazing job of messing with my head.

Naomi has hit rock bottom. She lost her job, her dad's dying from cancer and her parents can barely afford his medication, the bills are piling up, and the bank turned her down for a loan. What's a girl to do? Find a new job? Apply for government assistance? Turn tricks? Sell drugs? Or maybe take the mysterious Max Marino up on his offer of $50 million for three weeks of her as his "property". At first she's resistant but c'mon... it's $50 MIL!

I never liked Naomi. My dislike for her only grew as the story unfolded. At first it was because of... I'm just going to quote my status updates:
"I'm only 7% in and I'm already questioning the heroine, Naomi. Is she for real??? No, seriously. Is she? Because she's mad that she's not at the top of the food chain, but I've seen no mention of her education. Then she gets made because the bank questions if she can pay back a loan when she has NO JOB!! I thought the question was appropriate. Am I the one who's clueless???"

And then at 11%:
"Getting through this slowly but surely but Naomi is really frustrating the fck out of me! Now she's appalled by Max's proposal??? Wasn't she just a few pages ago, willing to sell her body to pay the bills? Did she think she was gonna get paid more than 50 million on the street corner between "Get fcking real" Street and "Find a damn clue" Avenue???"

The negative feelings I had towards her also stemmed from how deceitful, manipulative, cruel, and downright evil she was. However, I admired the shite out of her tenacity, determination, and perseverance in the face of all she had to endure.

Max was a truly intriguing character. His motivations are what first caught my interest and his devotion to Naomi kept it because it bordered on obsessive. I wasn't a fan of the idea of him interacting physically with the other woman, but thankfully the author spared us the details. I did want Max to succeed and found myself rooting for him at the most inappropriate times.

This story was dark, twisted, dirty, insane, and a bizarre sort of mindfck. There's a lot of negative energy permeating this book, which made it an incredibly entertaining read.

Release Date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Dark Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Series or Standalone: Standalone
HEA: I'm not sure wtf that was!

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