Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay, #1)

Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay, #1)

by L. A. Cotton

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An edgy, angsty, addictive YA/NA crossover series from L. A. Cotton, author of the Chastity Falls series.

Sometimes wrong feels so right...

When seventeen-year-old Eloise Stone finds herself halfway across the world, moving into her uncle's pool house, she expects things to be ... awkward. She doesn't expect to come face-to-face with the boy from last summer. The boy that made her feel things she'd never felt before. But a year is a long time, and Lo isn't the girl she was then. Besides, they're family now.

It's weird.

Maverick Prince acts as if he doesn't remember her, treating Lo like nothing more than an annoying younger sister, and not in a 'he cares' way, just in a 'he's an arsehole' way. One thing's for sure, he isn't just dangerous for her sanity--he's hazardous for her heart.

Lo thought moving to Wicked Bay was the worst of her problems, but as life begins to unravel around her, she's going to find out it's only the beginning...


The Wicked Bay Series is recommended for readers aged 17+ due to mature themes, language and content.

Reading Order:

Wicked Beginnings

Wicked Rules

Wicked Lies (can be read as a standalone)

Wicked Games

Wicked Needs (can be read as a standalone)

Wicked Suprise: A Wicked Bay novella

Wicked Hearts (can be read as a standalone)

Wicked Promises (coming soon)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154869727
Publisher: Delesty Books
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Series: Wicked Bay , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,311
File size: 548 KB

About the Author

Addictive Romance

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

Customer Reviews

Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I never leave reviews but this one inspired me to. 15, 16, 17 year old kids, acting like adults, making intense adult decisions. Speaking in prose, I can't master at 40. Seriously the main character speaks to her father as if he's her personal servant to be reprimanded. Really the author should have made her characters in their 20s and in college. I didn't finish it, half way thru I was so tired of the hidden agenda and the secret no body can actually know about because really I don't think the author knows.I'm disappointed, I got this book recommended to me off a romance fiction site. Its not romantic and definitely not enjoyable for an adult.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
Leave it to L.A. Cotton to have you needy and on edge. Full of angst, energy, and chemistry that needs a warning Wicked Beginnings is all about the intrigue. It is full of eyebrow raising situations but not enough answers. I need more. I need it now. I want to know all those deep dark secrets hiding behind those hooded eyes. I am twisted with the need to know everything. It seems waiting is all I can do. But I will get more info if I have to shake these characters until they tell me everything. I mean it's only book one after all.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
What a great way to start a new series! I am not typically a YA reader, but I loved LA Cotton's Chastity Falls series, so I wanted to give this one a try. I'm so glad I did! I absolutely love this crazy family with a million secrets! Eloise is making the most difficult transition ever for a kid even though she just turned 18 her life has completely changed after tragedy forced the change. When she moves to California with her dad she enters a world that is completely different than hers. Her cousins Maverick and Kyle seem to rule the school with her their sister Macey. Their younger sister Summer is a little more reserved and lives in her siblings shadow. The world Eloise (Lo) enters is a world of secrets and lies. Perhaps the biggest secret is Maverick. There is a pull between them that he continues to deny. This was a great first look at this set of characters. I'm hungry for more! Well written and I can tell the secrets are going to blow me away. Can't wait!
Maura-Harper More than 1 year ago
I read this book blind; I had no idea what it was about, the genre, the author – 100% blind. The Stone-Price family is a blended family hers and theirs. Hers are moody and mysterious. Theirs are sweet and friendly. Mix in another side of the Stone Family in the form of an uncle and his daughter from England and watch the fireworks happen. Poor Eloise “Lo” “London”, all she wants to do is fit in and not be “the new girl with the British accent” but because of her last name and the family she lives with – she is not able to be invisible after all. Her step-cousin Maverick is dark and broody and obvious there are secrets that are being withheld from her. This story was sad more than it was happy. It was full of angst and drama. It was sweet and romantic and heartbreaking all at the same time. There are lies of omission, lies of deception, loss and first loves. There is so much in this story that I hope we get to see more of Maverick and Lo in future installments of Wicked Bay. Wicked Beginnings is a story that I got into from page 1 and zipped right through. I would absolutely recommend this to my young cousins.
Thi More than 1 year ago
One of the best book hanger over I've had in a long time. I just couldn't put the book down. All the characters were intriguing and I just wanted to know what the hell was going on with each of them. I even wanted to know Macey's story, why she's the way she is, and half the time I wanted to slap her. I can't wait to see what's next.
ssrosepetal More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a book by L.A. Cotton I think that they just keep getting better and better. Wicked Beginnings was no exception. This is the story about Eloise (or Lo and she prefers to be called) and Maverick (or Rick) two teens fighting their own demons. Unfortunately this book leaves you hanging. But L.A. Cotton has a way of getting us excited and looking forward to the next book in the series. Lo has been through so much and we slowly get her story throughout this book (though I'd love to hear more of her story.. ie the accident that took her mum and brother from her). The story we don't yet know, and the one I'm definitely looking forward to learning about, his Maverick's. He's dark and brooding, always looking for a fight. But there is more to him than meets the eye and we start to see that as this book comes to a close. There is a twist that I definitely didn't see coming and I'm not only looking forward to seeing that twist burn but also figuring out why. That's the big question that you keep wanting to ask.... why... What will happen between Lo and Maverick, their friends, their enemies... but as I've learning from previous book we WILL get our HEA and I'm looking forward to that. Can't wait to delve more into these two and watch them find their happy. Wicked Rules can't come out soon enough!
LouLouR More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book and the lives and residents of Wicked Bay. When Eloise Stone moves from the UK back to Wicked Bay in America she is uncertain of the huge change that faces her. Having experienced the most horrific of family tragedies, her and her Dad are making to the move to be closer to his Brother and their American family.... Their very wealthy American family. The Stone-Princes are well known in Wicked Bay, and everyone stops when they are in the room. They are popular, and somewhat Wicked Bay royalty! With new faces, new school, and a new life, Lo has a lot of challenges ahead of her. She has been to visit her family before briefly last Summer, and when she returns suddenly things start to unravel. With family feuds, secrets, lies and plenty of drama and angst, this book has a little bit of everything. From the moody, bitchy step-cousin Macey, to the in your face OTT happy cousin Kyle, plus all the other family members, Lo certainly has a lot to learn an experience. As Lo forms friendships and learns who she can and can't trust even more secrets are unearthed. There were elements of the story I really didn't like, but not due to the writing, simply down to the way that the author has created the characters and their layers, leaving bits out and keeping us guessing. There are so many questions I am left with after reading this story? Why did Macey and Maverick treat Lo so badly. What's Macey's problem? What was going on in Mavericks life last year? Why all the hatred between fathers and step-fathers? I can't wait to find out as everything unravels and is revealed in the next book - hopefully we will get some answers and not be left with even more questions!?! I really did love the characters in this book (even the ones I loved to hate) as they all play such an important role in this complex and well developed plot and storyline. This is just my kind of book and I simply could not put it down from the moment I started. I love L.A. Cotton's writing style, and the way she writes YA stories is perfection! She has just added another amazing book, and the start of a brilliant new series to her collection. I cannot wait for book 2 and to see what happens next...