Title: WICKED BEAUTIFUL
Author: J.T. GEISSINGER
Release Date: 1st DECEMBER, 2015
Genre: ADULT, COMEDY, ROMANCE
Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.
Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.
Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
To say I howled with laughter and was shocked to the core would be putting it mildly. What a gem of a read. My emotions ran riot in this tragic comedy-cum-love story with a difference. How on earth was I going to tackle this review would become a personal challenge. Never in a million years could I have wished to come across such an original storyline. Feeling sorry for the male protagonist who I might add, just happened to be the topping of a delicious cream pie… and regardless of his drop-dead lickable physique, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In spite of the fact that he was in his domain, his safe haven and owner of the fashionable new restaurant, this player ruled par excellence. Both of the main characters crossed paths there and both are curious to find out who is who. Parker has a fleeting sense of deja vu, Victoria instantly recognises an old flame from her past causing no amount of mixed feelings. It was joy to read a story with so much angst and had me guessing throughout. And it’s not an easy feat hiding your Kindle under the sheets in order not to disturb one’s better half either. But I managed to and didn’t put it down until the last page.
Quote: Victoria ~ “It’s Victoria to my friends. To you, Mr. Maxwell, it’s Ms. Price.”
What Victoria Price has in mind is beyond cruel, but then again, she is the Queen Bitch. She uses her talent to perfection in a successful business selling ‘bitchiness’. Her books are snapped like hot cakes, she lies like a trooper and the word guilt isn’t in her dictionary. She wants vengeance with a capital V and will stop at nothing until she gets it. Tabitha, her personal assistant, dear friend and one of the few who know her boss’ true story, is extremely good at her job which not only does she take seriously, but also gives Victoria her undying devotion. Discovering Victoria’s nemesis’ weaknesses will keep Tabitha on her toes and at times, I couldn’t believe what lengths she was prepared to go to protect Victoria’s secret. But this loveable soul with no dress sense whatsoever, slightly crazy… well, you’d have to be if you worked for someone so demanding, is also highly intelligent. Although I loved to hate the leading lady and some scenes made my blood boil, I just couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. Why? Because I wanted to know what made her tick; how her modus operandi was going to affect her personally. However, as I read on, my opinion towards this hard-hearted person who preaches women’s rights for reasons to be told, changed one hundred and eighty degrees. By now my worries became ten-fold. Would she be able to come out of what she had thought to be cannily construed…unscathed? Chapeau to the author here. The character development is quite incredible.
Quote: Victoria ~ “You, my friend, are about to get royally screwed.”
Playboy and philanthropist extraordinaire, Parker Maxwell is a man with the minimum of friends and lives for work. Having suffered in silence for years for his behaviour towards the one and only woman he’d ever loved, he has no plans to fall again. So why he becomes obsessed with one of the most elegant women he has ever set his eyes on intrigued me no end. I kept having little chats with him; alas, my words weren’t what the author had had in mind for him. I loved his dry sense of humour, his debonair ways and hot in the bedroom, he most certainly is. But my heart broke into smithereens for this adorable man who had no idea that the player he thought he was, was not at all. Receiving the end of a cruel hand turns into what I had said before. A tragedy. So when I thought all had been lost, this story abounding in twists and turns has that glimmer of hope in a tunnel of lies, deception and reprisal.
Quote: Parker ~ “You never fail to amaze me. When you let down your guard, Victoria, you’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Much to my delight, the secondary characters were outstanding. Victoria’s best friend, Darcy, is larger than life in every aspect, and Kai Fürst, Parker’s chef, had me in fits of laughter. Aside from Bailey who I didn’t care for much; okay, she had her moments, I just couldn’t find fault in this read which flows at an incredible pace. The ending had me in tears so get a hankie or two ready. Now then, the epilogue is amazeballs and made me incredibly happy. This book is definitely a must read and believe you me, if you want a diverse one, this is for you. Bravo Ms. Geissinger.
Quote: Darcy ~ “He’s lucky I swore off chefs or I can guarantee I’d be making his skinny ass sing tonight.”
ARC kindly received by via NetGalley for an honest review.
“Work Bitch” – Britney Spears
“Sometime Around Midnight” – The Airborne Toxic Event
“You Oughta Know” – Alanis Morissette
“Blue Jeans” – RAC Remix, Lana Del Rey
“Dirty Laundry” – Bitter:Sweet
“Killer Queen” – Queen
“Elastic Heart” – Sia
“Beneath Your Beautiful” – Labrinth
“Arms” – Christina Perry
“I Never Told You” – Colbie Caillat
“Big Girls Cry” – Sia
“Run Baby Run” – Sheryl Crow
“Give Me Love” – Ed Sheeran
“Sugar” – Maroon V
“Madness” – Muse
J.T. Geissinger is an award winning and #1 internationally best-selling author of smart, sexy romance.
She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
Cat lover, wine enthusiast, and nap connoisseur, she lives in California with her husband, on whom all her heroes are based.
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