Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#Review: Wicked Wild Fantasies by Shiloh Walker - 3.5 Wine Glasses

26183845Title: Wicked Wild Fantasies
Series:  Connected  #2
Author: Shiloh Walker
Format:  eBook, 165 pgs
Published: Sept. 1, 2015 by Shiloh Walker Inc.
Links: Goodreads  | Amazon | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Always the wallflower, Alison Ryan is used to being ignored and pushed around. Everybody takes her for granted, even the strung-out would-be mugger who tried to steal her purse late one night. She can’t say who was more surprised when she stood up to him…the mugger, herself…or Detective Alex O’Malley, her brother’s best friend and the man she’s loved for most of her life.

When a little bit of comforting goes sideways, Ali ends up living out one of her most hidden fantasies, having Alex’s mouth on hers, his hands sliding all over her body.

The last thing Alex O’Malley expected was to wake up and find himself wrapped around his best friend’s baby sister. He’d just been trying to be a friend and he wakes up in wonderland. Before he could get his head wrapped around what’s going on, though, his mouth gets him in trouble and Alison takes off. Plagued by guilt and a need that just won’t quit, he keeps away from her.

When life has them crashing back together, Alex can hardly believe his eyes. The shy mouse who used to pretend she wasn’t staring at him is gone and in her place is a strong, sexy confident woman who isn’t afraid to take her life—and her needs—into her own hands.

Determined to convince her to give him a chance, Alex sets out to make her understand that he is the one man who can make all her wicked, wild fantasies come true.

Previously published as HER WILDEST DREAMS. This title has been extensively rewritten and revised. New material has been added and it has been re-edited.

Kimberly’s Thoughts:
Alison lost her mother at a young age and with a gruff, show no emotions cop father, she grew even more introverted. When her father dies suddenly, even her brother has a hard time reaching her. When Alison experiences a life or death situation it wakes her up and Alison decides that she wants to truly live. Experiencing a hot moment with her brother's bestfriend, someone she has loved from afar, it pushes her to shake free of her cocoon. Alex for his part has always had feelings for Alison but buried the more amorous ones as he didn't feel right lusting after his friend's little sister. When Alison comes back from Ireland no longer the mousy wallflower, he really pays attention. Their path to happiness is going to be rough but fortunately, rough and hot is how they both like it.

"It's weird, the way a woman can go her whole life without ever really seeing herself"

Rewritten and revised from Her Wildest Dreams, this story is a hot erotic take on the little sister/brother's bestfriend trope.  I'm a fan of Ms. Walker's writing, both how she writes sex scenes, which there are plenty of and how she can infuse deep emotional tenets, which there are some, in this story. I felt Alison's desperation to change and be freed from her self-imposed shackles and desire to be shackled in a completely different way by Alex. Alison's metamorphosis from shy, quiet, virgin to strong, determined, sex hoyden was somewhat rushed (consequence of a shorter story) but I still ultimately, believed in it. I liked Alex's inner battle in the beginning with trying to fight his desire for Alison but there were times where he felt a bit immature in regards to his thoughts and actions. I wanted more straightforward decisive dominance from our Dom. Together, they are smoking hot, well, in the bedroom. I'm not sure if they have a lot of deep meaningful platonic interactions or if I simply don't remember them because their sex scenes melted my mind. You're not going to want to read this in public, or maybe you will want to, you kinky beasts!

With a title like "Wicked Wild Fantasies" I'm pretty sure everyone knows what they're going to get out of this and the story definitely delivers on that front but there were some story threads thrown in that felt awkward and out of place. Alison's trip to Ireland after Alex and her sleep together for the first time, she meets a guy there and while we’re only briefly told by Alison remembering, she apparently has 10 days of wonderful sex with him. It works later to show how she is now comfortable with her kinky side and showcase Alex's jealous side but still felt very unneeded. This is second in a series, so maybe the story thread of Alex searching for the man who killed her father played a role in the first book but here it felt jammed in and out of place. I'm guessing it's added for "substance" but it ended up feeling very awkward, adding more speaking scenes between Alison and Alex and showing Alex's dynamic with Mike the brother could have accomplished the same thing.

All in all, if you come for the sex scenes, you're going to stay for the sex scenes and not leave disappointed; just be aware Alison and Alex like their props, whether it be Alex's handcuffs or Alison's dildos, and Alison admits to a rape fantasy that Alex does not shy away from but I would say it's fairly mild-ish. Ms. Walker writes fantastic down and dirty sex scenes and manages to hit you with raw emotional lines and moments, if looking for a quick stimulating read Wicked Wild Fantasies would be a great purchase.

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