Review and Release Blitz: Wicked Wife Games by Clarissa Wild

Posted February 28, 2017 by Perry in Blog Tours, Release Blitz, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review and Release Blitz: Wicked Wife Games by Clarissa WildDirty Wife Games (Indecent Games Book 2) by Clarissa Wild
three-half-stars
Published by Indie on February 28, 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Thriller
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* This is a Standalone novel *
A scorned wife on the run, and a stalker who follows her every move… Match made in heaven?
After being forced to marry a tyrant, Hyun Song flees his home in a desperate attempt to save what’s left of her dignity … and her life.Now on her own, she tries her best to move on with her simple life. But she quickly realizes she can’t escape her past … and that she’s not alone …
He watches her through her window.Sends her indecent notes.Stalks her everywhere she goes.
He wants her badly, and when she finally lets him in …It’s time for the wife to play a dirty game.

Author’s note: This story contains sensitive content that may be upsetting to some readers.

ALL BOOKS CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE.Indecent Games Series:Wicked Bride Games: Naomi’s Story.Dirty Wife Games: Hyun’s Story.

 

Excerpt

 

My breathing is shallow, ragged, as I silently watch her look up at me with those doe-like eyes. She’s magnificent, so innocent … so ripe for the taking.

I don’t know if she’s ready for me … but I can’t return to where we were before.

Her eyes are skidding across the room, and then they zoom in on me. Her lips part but no sound comes out … yet.

I place a finger on my lips and shush her softly, a devious smile lingering. I whisper seductively, “Don’t make a sound. We don’t want the neighbors to hear.”

I prowl closer, approaching the foot of her bed without taking my eyes off her. I feel like an animal, raging with hormones that beg me to fuck her. But I have to take it slowly, so I don’t scare her.

But as my knees touch her toes, she pulls them back, drawing the blanket back too. I can see her sucking in a breath when I lean over and place my hands on the bed.

She watches my every move as I hover over her legs, my mouth salivating from the mere anticipation of tasting her. Her bare feet are in front of me, and I bend over to kiss the top, my fingers softly sliding up her leg. Her skin erupts into goose bumps.

I bite my lip and kiss her ankle, gazing up at her to see if she’s still looking. I want her to see everything I do… everything she makes me do.Just as I watched her, I want her to be a spectator now.

Review

3.5 Stars

Disclaimer: I did not read the first book in this series, Wicked Bride Games, but this has been sold as a standalone, so it’s not supposed to be an issue.

Oy, where do I even begin? I finished this one a couple of hours ago and my head is still spinning! To be honest, up to the first 50% this seemed like a standard stalker fantasy with a standard heroine running away from an abusive husband on the side. There is so little information about the hero, it makes it hard to connect with him on any kind of level. We learn his name is Drake because it’s at the top of every one of his POVs, but his contact with Hyung, our Korean heroine, is actually very limited.

It’s very… and I mean very easy to become frustrated with what’s happening and bored even. It’s so hard to justify Hyung’s strange attraction towards her stalker. It requires one hell of suspension of disbelief and trust that this writer can deliver something actually exciting. I contemplated DNFing at one point, not gonna lie, because as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t buy into the reckless fantasy.

BUT (and this is a big one), if you perserve, the second half delivers blow after blow of genuinely heart-racing plot twists and developments. I found myself gasping in disbelief, in bafflement and in genuine shock. It’s one hell of a wicked, dark rollercoaster and that point, I didn’t want to get off.

This is my first book by Clarissa Wild and I must say, I’m genuinely impressed with her plotting skills and her ability to deliver a genuinely surprising dark erotic thriller. Everything makes so much sense in the end, it’s hard to leave this story feeling dissatisfied.

But as with any dark books, it’s hard to freely recommend this. The warning in this book is very vague. It doesn’t quite give any indication on what a reader might expect. It just says some content may be disturbing for some readers. Honestly, I agree. But it’s nothing of an actual sexual nature. There are other things going on here that will cause some people to become genuinely morally uncomfortable.

HERE BE SPOILERS – SKIP THIS SECTION IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE UBER SPOILED!

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I can honestly rationalize Drake murdering Hyung’s parents upon her request, as incredibly disturbing as it is. After all, these people did as much as they could to ruin her life and showed little concern for their daughter’s well being. They were selfish pieces of garbage as far as I’m concerned. I can also justify the entire, cleverly plotted plan to bring Greg down and Hyung eventually murdering him for all he did to her.

What I can’t get behind is Drake’s confession that he once had an affair with a student but when she betrayed him by outting him to the school administration, he actually killed her. I just… I can’t. That is so beyond morally right, it paints Drake in a completely psychopathic light. Murdering for him is no longer just about protecting Hyung, murdering is simply in his makeup. I don’t care that his student was a right bitch to him. He couldn’t keep in in his pants, he knew he was taking a risk by doing something so questionable as to sleep with a student. He could have dealt with the consequences of that risk, not murder his student in cold blood. This was just too much for me to justify in any way, shape or form.

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END SPOILERS – YOU CAN COME BACK NOW

So because of what I just described in that spoilery section, the entire dark fantasy was almost ruined for me. However, I’m still giving this book a positive rating and a positive overall review, because if you like dark romance and you like thrillers, you might find it enjoyable. The last 10% was a well delivered twist, which I never saw coming (clever little meta there because Drake normally studies how to create clever plot twists as part of his writing syllabus).

So I’m giving this one 3.5 stars. I’m predicting this one is probably going to be divisive for many and probably hard to rate. I know I had a hard time coming up with that rating but ultimately I respect this author’s ability to delve into the dark side of human relations.

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Also Available

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Giveaway
three-half-stars

About Clarissa Wild

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker Duology, Twenty-One (21), Ultimate Sin, VIKTOR, and Bad Teacher. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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