Wicked Pleasures: Part One (Bound Hearts #9)

Wicked Pleasure: Part 1Wicked Pleasures: Part One Summary:
Jaci Wright has been running from the Falladay twins, Chase and Cam, for seven years. Fears of the desires they arouse in her, and the knowledge of the relationship they wanted with her, spurred her to run as far as she could from their strong, demanding embrace. But now life has come full circle...

Wicked Pleasures: Part One Review: 
I have not read any of the books before Wicked Pleasures but because it is an adult romance series you don't need to read the previous books to understand what is happening. And I'm not always comfortable reading books like this. I have read similar books from Maya Banks and this book was by far the worst in this genre for me. While Maya Banks' books made me uncomfortable with the sex scenes and enjoy the dialogue between characters, this book was wholly uncomfortable and irritating. I am alright with looking at and accepting different types of relationships if the characters can show me why there is love there. Sweet Persuasion is a great example of this. I do not like what Damon and Serena do in their bed, but their love is strong and and believable. They are still one of my favorite couples because of their connection, that is where this book falls flat. I understand this is the first part and there is still some time for the book to develop so I gave the book some leeway in my rating.

I have a lot of unflattering opinions on the characters, save for Chase who I thought was alright. The plot was weird and seemed short. The book wasn't terrible and I am curious to continue reading this book because it may develop into a better story.

Jaci was an inconsistency within herself. She pretended to be strong, instead was extremely emotional, constantly falling to her insecurities. I’ll talk about her character through the two parts we see her in now. First, as a twenty-one-year-old (I actually thought she was 16 at this point), and after the prologue.

Initially, I thought she was (excuse my language) a moron. She waited her whole life to be with Cam and did not once get to REALLY know him. She assumed a lot about him, and it would have taken a couple of seconds just to clarify the situation. After she realizes that both twins have to be with her during sex, she runs away instead of asking about the situation. One moment leads her to leave behind the town. This was the first instance where her emotions made her loose control of the situation. I would have understood her reaction better if she was 16 because of the irrational way she acted.

Throughout the rest of her life she has become a stronger character, that is easily seen, but she still lacks emotional control in situations. I can understand her blowing up to her boss with the questioning; being forced into a situation and constantly being judged for it can be taxing. What I didn’t appreciate is that she falls to her insecurities too many times in attempt to be strong. Even when we figure out what her secret is, it fails to explain why she is keeping it a secret even though we know she has a strong backing. We are repeatedly told that Ian, Cam and Chase will back her yet she does not tell them how to help her. The independence thing that Leigh was going for is not as powerful, a series like Kate Daniels is a great way to show female independence. Hopefully the reason for her remaining so secretive is explained later in the book.

Now let’s talk about Cam. I’m almost indifferent to him. Chase I like because he isn’t domineering, but amusing. Cam is incredibly domineering, a perfect example of an overbearing alpha male. He enters Jaci’s life without learning how to actually win her over and expects, seven years later, for her to fall at his feet. We get to see only one emotion from him which is anger, relating to his possessiveness of her. His demeanour is similar to Travis from Beautiful Disaster which is worrying because of his constant anger. We are expected to connect with him and his torturous past, yet he does not give us anything to go off of. Hopefully, this will get better and we will get to see his past.

Warning: Below I’m going to be talking about the sex and its problems for the book. 

The sex was unusual. Yes, I have read books with ménage before from Maya Banks and I think she does a better job of it. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to go but a person who has never had sex with two men shouldn’t be introduced to anal sex first. Shouldn’t you get her used to a male first then do everything after? Also what is a heated caress? If it’s spanking, why wouldn’t you just call it that? And the passion came off as to much. One minute their arguing and the next their having sex. Anyways, those were the main concerns with this part but fore I go I will do one last comment. Why is Chase always so dang amused? It’s irritating and endearing.  

Another Warning: this book contains ménage (m/f/m), anal sex…so far
Overall, this book is a 3 star rating. It had an interesting premise, but was written with poor characterization and plot development. Can’t wait to see what the other parts have in store, and if they can save Wicked Pleasures.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review!

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