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REVIEW: “The Love of Wicked Men Box Set” by Brandon Shire

ABOUT:

The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

Six action-packed episodes!

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or, was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

BOOK INFO:
Title: The Love of Wicked Men Box Set (The Love of Wicked Men 1-6)
Author: Brandon Shire
Publisher: TPG Books
Pages: 427
                          Release Date: June 12, 2015
                          Purchase Links: Gumroad, Amazon

REVIEW:

Can I get you a snack? Something to drink? Please make sure all needs have been met before fastening your seat-belts. You’re about to go for one hell of a ride.

Before we begin, let’s get one thing straight. If you’re looking for a handsome hero or think this is good vs. evil, you would be wrong. No ‘good’ guys race in to save the day. As the title clearly states, these are Wicked men. You will meet big bad men who will do dreadful things while the high-speed plot takes you on a demon drop ride. Sound like fun? Yeah, I thought so too.

Guilty confession #1: I bailed on this serial during the early days of its creation. I wanted to partake in the giddy excitement of an ongoing serial, but I couldn’t bring myself to join in. The last serial that I sank my teeth into was amazing, unforgettable and complete torture. I put my life on hold for nearly two months and I just couldn’t afford to do that again. So…I waited. I studiously ignored the voice screaming at me to jump on this Wicked ride. I am so thankful I waited. I needed this package in its entirety. I believe the power of this ‘season’ lies with the overall story and if I’m brutally honest, the first half is the weaker of the two. I fear I may have faded quickly from this serial if I didn’t read them together.

Guilty confession #2: I typically fall over my own feet for Brandon’s guys. I love them so hard. This time? I could hardly stand them…at first. The smoke cleared near the end and their icy exterior began to melt, yet I still can’t say that I was absolutely in love with them. However, this is one of my favorite things….when I despise a character initially and then slowly become fond of them as their story unfolds.

Okay, I feel better now that I’ve gotten that out-of-the-way.

One of the (many) things I admire about this story is the calculated plot. Each move was premeditated with such careful precision that I never saw several blows until it was too late. The final two episodes left me catching flies and seeing stars. Have you heard of Wizard’s chess? Well, this was Wicked chess. Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. Strategic game of life or death where pawns are played, royalty is dominant and when the heat is turned up, everyone gets burned. It’s pretty sexy too. I was nervous, slightly scared, angry and nauseous, and it rocked!

Sid is an asshole. *whispers* Can I say that? I don’t know how else to tip-toe around it. He is dirty, mean and a straight up twat. I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him, which is not at all. He’s a swanky suit who’s his own biggest fan. He does disgraceful and repulsive things without an ounce of regret. His life is a tornado leaving a trail of debris in its wake. Can you tell I am not a fan? But then he meets his match and things take a turn onto a mysterious path. Secrets are all over the place and some of them come with a hefty price. Jack is the biggest secret of all and Sid desperately wants to bear every part of him. Of course, Jack has other plans.

Jack is a sweet asshole. *whispers again* Yes, there’s actually such a thing. I’m not talking about a sweet ass, though he has one of those too. He’s rock hard on the exterior but has a soft and squishy center. It’s in his nature to bite first, though his bark is pretty damn intimidating too. He is fiercely protective of those lucky enough to be in his circle, but stay out of his way of his way if you’re not. I instantly liked Jack but his good guy persona was only an illusion.

Each episode takes us on a different ride. Every part had its own strengths, thrills and rough and raw sex. Every part has new faces but it was built with such solid foundation that I was never confused. Hooray! How refreshing it that? I never had to flip back or focus on who was who. The cast grows while the plot twists and I was never lost. Blindsided? For sure. Confused? Not once. And that my friend is exclusively due to the brilliant writing. I was stoked to see a few familiar faces. One particular scene had me happily cheering. Another ‘tricky’ scene was a bit disheartening, simply because I thought those days might be over for him. It was still awesome to see him again though. I could go on and on about the new faces, but I don’t want to ruin the excitement of meeting them for the first time. Some things you just have to experience firsthand.

Brandon gives us a little bit of everything: mystery & suspense, mild BDSM & ménage, sharp suits & combat gear. It was skillfully pieced together. There are times that I feel particular tropes are added just for show. This wasn’t one of those times.

It started slow for me but then…the further I went, the deeper I was sucked in. The ending was my absolute favorite, pure perfection. I had a hard time settling on a final rating. It gained so much for me as it progressed. Therefore, I suppose I should meet in the middle.

It is filthy. It is crude. It is addicting.

If you like sinful men doing sinful things, go get this box set and settle in for radical ride.

Ohhh, and Season 2? Where can I buy my tickets?

 

2 comments on “REVIEW: “The Love of Wicked Men Box Set” by Brandon Shire

  1. lisat131
    July 8, 2015

    Love this review, Sheri! You’re right, there are lots of illusions and twists. And Jack! :D

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    • Sheri
      July 9, 2015

      Thanks Lt. Jack…I’ve never considered myself a Jack girl until now ;)
      Can’t wait for more Wicked fun
      *muah*

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