"Between the deliciously dirty and tattooed Marshall to the tasty treats within its pages, SO WICKED left me hungry for more." Brighton Walsh, author of Caged in Winter.
"Melissa's books are unique and masterful, filled with brutal emotions and unstoppable hope. A definite must read for anyone who loves sensual and smart romance." Ellis Leigh, USA Today bestselling author
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 baranything 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 badit's just hard to remember that when being together feels so, so good.
PRAISE FOR MELISSA MARINO:
"I was totally blown away.... It was one of those rare reads that has everything I love in a book: a spitfire heroine, a swoon worthy hero, a captivating plot, and an unforgettable love story. Marino's ability to transcribe emotions left me spellbound. She has a reader for life!"
Tara Sue Me, New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive series on So Twisted.
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About the Author
Melissa Marino is a full-time writer and part-time Storm Trooper collector. When she's not writing, you can find her watching Friends reruns, mastering her cupcake frosting swirl and hunting for the perfect red lipstick. Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband, son and very opinionated dachshund.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So Wicked, Melissa Marino Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance I was in the mood for something light and flirty so chose this one. Well, it is light and flirty but also has some heat and a solid romance behind it. What coloured it too much for me though was Alexis' past. I just couldn't respect or like someone who could do what she did. I know there were reasons, I know its all explained later in the book, but for me that just didn't fit, didn't excuse her actions. Though I'd have loved her if I'd met her as she's presented in the novel if I didn't know her past, I did know and I found that changed all that I thought about her.....Wrong? Maybe but internal issues and bias often affect what we read and how we feel about stories and characters. I could see easily how she and Marshal disliked each other - or hated on Marshals part! The way they slipped slowly into them having a relationship didn't feel right though, just felt a little forced to me. I did love the bar and the cake parings, my mouth was watering at some of the desserts. If you want a quick sweet romance and can get over Alexis actions then you may love this. If you're a surly, judgmental person when it comes to book characters then like me you may find things too difficult to get past. I can't help how I feel, a well-written book brings characters to life, and then of course I think and judge them as real people. Stars:Three, a good read with some gentle humour, a real light chick-lit story for summer on the beach. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
So Wicked is a tale that begins in irony and ends with forgiveness. Alexis and Aaron share a common thread. Alexis' ex is Aaron's best friend. Alexis is far from perfect. Her past is littered with the ghosts of her mistakes, but despite actions to the contrary, everyone deserves a second chance. She's still trying to earn hers. Aaron represents her worst fears and her greatest temptation. He's seen her at her worst. Judging and hating Lexie, doesn't stop him from, wanting her. Can he forgive her past, so that they can build a future? Ms. Marino accomplished an epic feat. She took a character that was beyond redemption and reinvented her into a woman of strength. Her flaws were great, but her determination to become a better person made for a courageous, rocky and taboo filled road. So Wicked shows the bravery of two strong women. Gifted author, Melissa Marino for triumphantly winning over a skeptic like me. Lastly, Alexis for facing he demons and healing her soul.
so wicked is the most emotional of the bad behavior novels, in it marshall rawlins, aaron's best friend, and alexis bell, aaron's ex-wife meet again in san diego when alexis's bakery is unwittingly contracted as the baked goods supplier for ginger, marshall and aaron's new bar. marshall is unbelievably pissed to see alexis again, especially since she seems to be doing so well and all he can think of is aaron's heartbreak and the fact that delilah is growing up without her mother. but there's always been another side to that story. and alexis lives with the consequences of her choices daily. the most salient is that if she had stayed with aaron she would have killed herself. she believes that being out of delilah's life is the best way to keep delilah safe. even if that feeling is completely irrational and untrue, it's alexis's reality. at first, marshall isn't willing to see that alexis might have had her reasons for leaving. but this deep-seated attraction to her is an inconvenience that doesn't seem to be dissipating. and the more he finds he can't stay away, the more open he is to hearing alexis's story. when he does finally listen, he understands even if he doesn't really agree. and when he gives in to the attraction that has sparked between them, he makes the choice that he's not going to tell aaron. after all not only is he betraying his best friend by becoming friendly with his ex, he's making it even worse by sleeping with her. aaron will be their biggest crisis. both marshall and alexis are adults who know exactly what they are feeling. they've experienced loss. they've made impossible choices. they've survived. and so when they fall in love, it's for keeps. together they'll keep their doubts and their crazy at bay. as always, communication is key. and both marshall and alexis are upfront and plainspoken, which makes them perfect for each other. this series closes out on a high note. and manages to redeem alexis in a way that really works. her choices might not seem fathomable, but at the same time you get it. she didn't leave aaron and delilah behind because she didn't love them or she didn't care. she left them behind because she had no choice. because the alternative would have been worse. **so wicked will publish on may 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
Alexis leaves Chicago behind hoping for a quieter life, one with little drama and no trouble lurking, but she soon learns that her wish, may come with some complications. Complications in the form of a sexy forbidden business man, who knows all her secrets, but also may hold the keys to her success as a baker. Even though he knows her past he is still willing to make her an offer, one that is sure to test boundaries and lead them down a path of trouble. Now she must decide if the success she craves is worth the trouble... Marshall Rawlins moves across the country to try his hand at running an upscale cocktail bar, but he needs to find that extra special little thing to set him apart from his competitors, and when he discovers these boozy little treats he knows they are just what he is looking for, but the problem is he would have to make a deal with the devil in order to get them. The devil being his best friend and business partner's ex-wife Alexis, he despises the woman, but he knows her treats are too good of a thing to pass on, so he makes her a deal full well knowing it could lead him down a path of trouble. And once the deal is made, the sparks start flying and these two find themselves involved in a forbidden affair that neither one is ready to walk away from... I had my reservations about this one, mainly the making the villain a likeable heroine part, but I have to say it didn't take me long to come around and start to see her in a different light. Knowing her history I wasn't sure I would be able to let go of my distaste for her, but she found a way to sneak past my defenses and redeem herself, and by the end I found myself in her corner. The more I learned about her the more I began to understand her previous choices, and began to see a woman very deserving of a second chance, and without giving too much away I will just say I was pleased with how it ended. I highly recommend this one, it's a story of second chances with some forbidden romance mixed in here and there, and it made for one heck of a literary escape!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.