“Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul (Goodreads, 2014).”
I’m a little late to the party have only recently discovered Jennifer Armentrout’s books courtesy of my best friend, who recommended her books due to knowing all about my Sarah J Maas obsession and finding Jennifer Armentrout’s work similar.
I chose “Wicked” as the first of Jennifer Armentrout’s book to read since I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction recently and felt like I needed to read something more modern to cleanse my palette so to speak.
“Wicked” definitely did not disappoint. Let’s start with the setting. New Orleans has a rich supernatural tradition with voodoo, ghost and vampire tours attracting visitors from all over year after year. I’ve been dying to visit and feel that this city is the perfect place for a paranormal romance.
I enjoyed the plot itself although it’s fairly similar to other paranormal romances out there. I will say that the ending definitely peaked my interest. It was somewhat foreshadowed, but I’m curious to see how the main characters will tackle this latest challenge.
Although the plot was pretty standard, I loved Jennifer Armentrout’s writing style and her characters. I really enjoyed her pop culture references and was gratified to actually understand them (I’m usually pretty behind when it comes to this sort of thing) I also loved the humor and the chemistry between the two main characters. Ren does come off as a bit pushy in my opinion, but I like that he generally respects Ivy’s boundaries. Ivy is a snarky female protagonist, which I always enjoy and I think Jennifer Armentrout’s sense of humor best presents itself any time Ivy talks. Finally, there is Tink. He’s such a weird little guy, but clearly cares about Ivy. I almost died of laughter when he tried to defend her while wearing war paint and with a sling shot of all things.
Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5. If you enjoy paranormal romance then this is a good choice for you. I will definitely be continuing with the series and will add Jennifer Armentrout’s other books to my to be read list.
Quotes I Enjoyed:
As I walked beside Ren I couldn’t help but notice that he got a lot of attention… He had that angelic face, but was rocking a grin that had bad written all over it
Let me know if you think this might be a book you would enjoy or if you have read some of Jennifer Armentrout’s books before.