A Little Wicked by A.J. Merlin – Book review

Published: 6 August 2020
Series: Wicked Fortunes Book One
Pages: 348
Warnings: Language, reverse harem, MMF, F/F

I’m paying bills, making powerful enemies, and collecting magical lovers. You know; everyday stuff.

I’m not just a tarot reader… my birth right means I’m the best fortune teller you’ll ever meet, too bad I never listen my own advice.

My name is Georgette, but only my witchy mother gets to call me that. As the child of a witch and a wolf there’s both consequences and amazing benefits to their union. I get to taste a hint of my true power when I rush to save my cousin, with the help of three mysterious men.

Men that become more than friends – they’re only the first of several new male and female additions in my life that have me confused and heated. But trust me, it’s not all fun and steam. One of my intimate companions is the new vampire king of New Orleans. And the vampires hate him. A rebellion is rising and revenge is their battle cry.

Settling down might not be an option after all…
A Little Wicked is the first book in the Wicked Fortunes series and contains polyamory, MM, and FF content.




  

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I was a bit unsure about A Little Wicked at first, as I came to this story by accident. I’m not a fan of reverse harem (the main female having multiple partners at once) & I generally avoid them. And it didn’t take long to work out that A Little Wicked falls into this category. But this book really surprised me! I ended up really enjoying it (with only a little skimming necessary). It was a fun story that kept my attention from start to finish.

What I will say though is that this isn’t even vaguely a love story. I’m only giving this a one for romance, as it’s all about the attraction. And there’s plenty of attraction going on, amongst multiple characters in the story. George, the main female character, is bisexual. And as the story progresses, she becomes involved in various relationships. They include Yuna the cecaelia (a type of mermaid), and Cian, Indra and Akiva (a vampire, hellhound and a lich), who are already involved in a polyamorous relationship, that they want George to join.

Something I appreciated about this book was its very matter of fact approach to sexuality. I rarely read LGBTQ books because I often feel that the queer characters are there for a purpose, rather than just to be part of the story. And that annoys me. But in A Little Wicked, the queer characters are all through the story and they just are. No questions, it’s just fact. And I liked that. 

The main female character, George, is great. She’s very confident, but at the same time unsure, and I found this really relatable. She’s also very likable. She is a hybrid witch/wolf shapeshifter (with cute sounding white ears), and I was really kept entertained by her adventures. The other characters are all likeable too – even the cranky ones (I’m talking about you, Yuna). I did wish that a couple of the characters were a little more well rounded, but perhaps that was deliberate and they will get their moment in another book in the series.

I really enjoyed the pace of this book & the way the story builds up. AJ Merlin has a very entertaining style of description and it caught my attention and carried me along. There were moments that I was drawn right into the suspense, as well as others where I laughed out loud. And in between, the action and drama kept me wanting more. 

If you’re not a fan of dominant/submissive type relationships, be aware that there is an element of this in the story. But as I mentioned earlier I did do a bit of skimming, and these were the bits I did it in, with no loss of enjoyment of the story at all.

Thank you to A.J. Merlin and Affinity Author Services for sharing a copy of this e-book with me.

AJ merlin is an author, crazy bird lady, and rampant horror movie enthusiast. Her debut novel, A Little Wicked, is the product of being enamored with the paranormal and the need to hunt down all things that go bump in the night. Born and raised in the midwest United States, AJ is lucky to be right in the middle of people who support her and a menagerie of animals to keep her somewhat sane. Connect with her on facebook or social media to see updates, giveaways, and be bombarded with dog, cat, and pigeon pictures.

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