Publisher: Samhain Publishing (Oct 2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: eBook (384 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
It s all quasi-legal fun until somebody gets framed for murder.
Jessica Moore thrives on misery. Literally. Thanks to a goblin’s curse, she gets a magical high from humanity’s suffering. A shameful talent like that could bury a girl in guilt, so to atone, she uses her dark power to hunt murderers, rapists and other scumbags until one of them frames her for his crimes.
In desperation, Jessica seeks refuge with the one person she trusts to not turn her in, a satyr named Lucen. Like every member of his race, Lucen uses his lusty magic to control Boston’s human population, and Jessica isn’t immune to his power. But the murder victims belonged to a rival race, and when they discover Lucen is harboring Jessica, dodging the cops becomes the least of her problems.
With only five days to find the real killer, Jessica faces a danger far more serious than the brewing magical war. The danger of succumbing to Lucen’s molten seduction.
Warning: Contains a heroine with a lust for misery, creepy murders, and creepier goblins, satyrs so hot you’d sell your soul for one, and scaly sewer rats masquerading as dragons. Who said magic was all sparkles and tiaras?
At A Glance
A really exciting and unique urban fantasy, but the beginning was confusing/boring.
Wicked Misery had such a unique concept and exciting story. After the slow beginning, I was enthralled by the rest of the book to the point that I could not put it down. Stupid bathroom breaks! Anyways, I loved all the supernatural beings crammed into this story. Some you will recognize, some you may not. These creatures were all interesting and each brought something fun/scary/exciting to the table.
Jessica is a human cursed with the need to ‘feed’ on human suffering. She has tried to make due with her crappy life but it gets worse when someone frames her for murder. Jessica loved misery, and she was misery. She was not a very happy person because of her circumstances and you couldn’t help but fell bad for her. I loved how she took action and tried to solve her situation any way she could. She never sat and waited for people to fix it for her. And even though she often let fear drive her, she also would beat it down any time she could and faced the monsters head on. She was a great kickass heroine.
Lucen was both sweet and spicy. (Mmm, now I want some orange chicken) He obviously has true feelings for Jessica, even if she keeps denying them. But his way of life is scary. He feeds off lust and can addict people to his touch. I would be leery of him too, honestly. But I loved the lengths he went to help Jessica. He just kept endearing himself to me with each kind (and sexy) action so that in the end, I loved him.
The action was great, as was the suspense. Each character felt authentic and the dialogue had me laughing. I definitely want to continue this series, especially with that sorta but not really cliffhanger!
In the beginning, I was so bored out of my mind I almost didn’t finish this book. There was so much background and world building slabbed into those first few chapters I could barely keep up. I was confused and jumbled for a good portion of the front of the book.
Sexual tension galore! And oh was it yummy. But we never got the big bang. I really expected all this sexual tension to go somewhere, but no, we get a cliffhanger for that part. How cruel!
I am happy to find another fun and exciting urban fantasy series to read. I just don’t want to see confusing info-dumps in the beginnings of the other books. I can’t wait to see where Jessica and Lucen go! Very recommended.
I was wicked tempted to keep goading him to see which of us would break first. Me, no doubt. But that would be okay because I could imagine the make-up sex.
And imagine and imagine…
He kissed my forehead. ” Last time before I become the leper again.” He pried himself off me and put on his pants.
“You know that’s not it.” He didn’t answer, so I sat up. “I want to trust you, really, but the fact is you can hurt me. Easily. Badly.”
“Just because someone can do something, doesn’t mean they will.”