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Review: His Wicked Desire by Dawn Chartier

His_Wicked_Desire_500_CS-FinalVersionTitle: His Wicked Desire

Author: Dawn Chartier

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Vieux Carré Witch Sister #2

Publication Date: August 24, 2015

Format: Paperback, 217 Pages

ISBN-10: 1633753964 (Entangled: Covet)

ISBN-13: 978-1633753969 (Entangled: Covet)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

A paranormal category romance from Entangled’s Covet imprint…

He’s found himself a wicked witch…

Brye Morgeaux is a half-witch, half-warlock who always relied on her beauty—especially when it came men. After a run-in with a particularly vicious warlock, Brye’s face is left scarred, forcing her to look to who she is on the inside. And what Brye finds is darker than anything she’d imagined…

Then she’s handed a terrible ultimatum—join the warlock clan, or watch her family die.

Josh Copeland has known the Morgeaux family for years, and has been waiting for the time when Brye would see him as something—anything—more than a friend. As she battles darkness from within and without, he realizes the woman he loves might just be her own worst, wicked enemy. Now Josh must find a way to show Brye who she really is…before she kills him.

Quick & Dirty: Beauty and the Beast all wrapped up as one character that was just too mean to care about. This one just wasn’t for me.

Opening Sentence: For the first time in her life, Brye Morgeaux was no longer the prettiest sister.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

His Wicked Desire is a paranormal romance set in New Orleans. It is the second novel in the Vieux Carré Witch Sister series. This was kind of a beauty and the beast tale except for beauty and the beast were the same person. I never read the first book in this series so I can only assume that the events that caused Brye’s condition happened in Bewitching the Enemy.

Brye has been a recluse for the past month while she has been healing and dealing with the fact that she no longer has her good looks. Half of her face was burned with acid by an evil warlock. Brye learns just how mean people can be when she doesn’t have her looks getting her what she wants anymore. As a half witch, half warlock, Brye is an abomination among her kind. Warlocks are evil and kill witches for their power in order to prolong their own lives. They certainly don’t have children with witches. The warlock who ruined her face needs something from Brye. The warlock keeps showing up at inopportune times threatening to kill Brye and her family.

Josh has been in love with Brye for a long time. They have been best friends since they were young. After an encounter that left them both thinking the other wasn’t interested in a relationship. Josh has tried to move on but when he sees Brye’s disheartening encounter at the mall he knows he needs to comfort his friend. Brye keeps brushing him off but he can tell something is up. A mysterious man shows up and he can tell she is in trouble.

I had a really hard time liking Brye. She is quite rude and mean especially to the man she supposedly loves. When she finds out she has the power of persuasion, it doesn’t stop her from getting what she wants and it certainly doesn’t stop her from manipulating Josh. She uses her scarred up face as an excuse for everything, for avoiding her family, for avoiding Josh, for downright just being mean to everyone around her. I will say she learns a lesson in beauty, ugliness and persuasion but I’m not sure she learned it soon enough for me to really care.

Josh is a human in a witch/warlock world. There are the Paladins who protect witches but Josh isn’t one. He wants to protect Brye but he can’t because he isn’t powerful enough. I was really hoping something great would happen with him but it never happens. He just ends up kind of being Brye’s conscience. I wanted to like him since I really couldn’t like Brye but for the most part I was just kind of meh towards him.

The writing is good, the story is dark but not incredibly dark. I just didn’t like the characters in this one. It may help reading the first story in this series but I didn’t so some of the backstory was confusing jumping into this one. I did like how this story different with the witches, warlocks and paladins. I just wish I could have seen more of it. Some of the backstory left me in the dark so I felt I was still needing a little bit more when the story was over with. The romance wasn’t very romantic or hot knowing that she was manipulating him.

Overall, His Wicked Desire just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the characters and had a hard time really getting into this one.

Notable Scene:

She took a deep breath. Open up and let him in. “When I was lost—you were there. When I needed a best friend—you were there. When I lost my confidence and thought I had nothing left to give—you made me feel pretty. When I needed to wallow in self-hatred, self-doubt, pity—you didn’t drag me out of it too quickly. You let me fight my own way back, and it made me stronger, but you were always there. You were like a night-light, guiding me back home. I’ve changed because of you. My looks aren’t everything, as I once believed them to be. You. You are my everything. You even calmed the beast inside me.”

“What are you saying, Beast? I mean, Brye.” He chuckled, then sat up.

She slapped his bicep, then wiped her eyes before any tears escaped. “I’m saying that I’m afraid I’ll lose you forever this time.”

Vieux Carré Witch Sister Series:

1. Bewitching the Enemy

2. His Wicked Desire

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FTC Advisory: Entangled: Covet provided me with a copy of His Wicked Desire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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