Available: Now Amazon
Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
My Copy: NetGalley
Fate has a wicked sense of humor.
Alexis’s new life was made up of two things: baking and hiding the details of her old life in Chicago. The first allowed her to finally find some happiness. And the second is about to be destroyed by a man who knows all her secrets.
Marshall Rawlins was prepared to do anything when he moved cross-country to launch an upscale cocktail bar—anything except work with Alexis, his best friend and business partner’s ex-wife. Adding Alexis’s boozy-baked goods to his menu would be a major feat for his bar. But striking a deal means getting in bed with the enemy.
Battling between distrust and desire, Alexis and Marshall give in to a passionate, forbidden affair. They know if they’re discovered the consequences would be bad—it’s just hard to remember that when being together feels so, so good.
So Wicked is book #3 in the Bad Behavior series by Melissa Marino. I actually started with book #2, So Screwed and absolutely 100% fell in love! The series has everything, fun, drama, sassy woman, hot as hell men, you get the picture. I’ll be honest though, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to read this story. How do you take the one woman who has been made to be such a god awful person in the previous books and make her LOVABLE???? AND on top of all of it, add in Aaron’s best friend, Marshall??
Well, Melissa Marino, I have to say that you wrote them FLAWLESSLY.
Alexis has moved from Chicago to escape the husband, child, job she left behind because of her demons. Alexis now has a successful bakery that she absolutely adores and that has given her soul a bit of peace with her past. With a new cocktail bar opening up in the area, Alexis will be working with them to provide her pastries to pair with the drinks.
Marshall is the owner of the cocktail bar and best friend of Alexis’ ex-husband Aaron. He had no idea who was running the bakery business he is now partnering with and is not too happy about it when he finds out it’s Alexis. However, Marshall knows her pastries are a fit for his business and chooses to keep Aaron, who is part owner, out of the loop for the time being. He’s just not sure how all it will work, especially when she’s the one who destroyed his best friend. For years. How do you get over that?
When Marshall and Alexis first meet after all these years, I really wanted to continue to hate her. I mean, she up and left her family! Her child! But when the demons start to show up again, I felt nothing but pure empathy for Alexis. The way Marshall just couldn’t fathom what she did and why and the way he spoke to her, while I understand completely, it utterly broke my heart.
Everyone has a story to tell regardless of what you believe or have heard. When Alexis told hers, I broke. It was the most gut wrenching thing I have read and no longer was she the evil woman from the past. She was just a woman, trying to make a life for herself.
Will Alexis and Marshall be able to work together? Can this attraction between them be something they can act on with their past? What happens when Aaron finds out about them?
This was one of the best series I have ever read, hands down. I just cannot say enough about this story. The way everything played out, the demons that were unleashed and the ending? Get your Kleenex ready. It’s beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of!
I give So Wicked by Melissa Marino 5 stars!