Title: Wicked Games
Authors: Vivian Wood & Amelia Wilde
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 4, 2019
A secret society.
A forbidden crush.
And an unsolved murder…
Emily Danes expected the tough classes at Campbell College, one of the most exclusive and prestigious universities in the world. She expected the ivy-covered halls. She expected the money.
She didn’t see Wolf Astor coming.
Obscenely wealthy, socially connected, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous, he’s everything she ever dreamed of in a man.
He’s also a total prick.
But at a place like Campbell College, there’s no escape. Not from Wolf, and not from the secrets hidden behind the graceful facades of the campus.
With every day that passes, she’s drawn deeper into the underbelly of the wealthy and privileged at Campbell: a secret society known as the Skulls & Thorns.
And with a murderer loose on campus, she’s running out of time to escape.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
The blurb of this book really sucked me in. Promise me secret societies, suspense, hot guys and murder and I am all in. Emily worked her ass off to get into Campbell College and she certainly isn’t going to let Wolf in all his mysterious brooding hotness get in her way of doing what she came to Campbell for. A fresh start and to concentrate on her education. But Emily who is by nature curious is drawn into the mystery surrounding the death of a student that was part of the mysterious Skulls and Bones secret, yet not so secret, society on campus. They’re rich, elite and her new frenemy/these two are superhot for each other. Wolf just happens to be their golden boy leader.
“Alexander Astor, or Wolf, or whatever he is calling himself these days…he is a prick. He may be hot, but I’d do better staying away from guys like him. That much I am sure of.”
Wolf saw something he wasn’t supposed to and now everything he thought to be true feels like a lie buried under the mystery that is Skulls and Bones. His main focus this year? Find out who killed Asher and why. What was not supposed to be his main focus? Emily Danes, the fierce and beautiful pixie haired freshman he just can’t get off his mind.
“I knew there was something about her that called to me the first time I saw her.”
Can the two of them figure out who killed Asher or will the secrets surrounding his death stay within the walls of Rose House? Ok, so I really did enjoy Wolf and Emily’s relationship. They were sweet and definitely had some fantastic chemistry. I will say the first half of the book was a little slow going for me and I struggled with it at times. The second half was a lot better and I liked the whole mystery part but then that ending? Like what was that? It felt very rushed like the author just decided hey, this is it and I feel like it ended without some really important questions answered. It wasn’t really a cliffhanger as I really am not sure there are even more books. It was more of a I’ll just leave you half satisfied here. SO while the second half was better, I obviously was not a fan of the ending. I am interested in reading more from this duo in the future.
“The door of Rose House slams shut with all the finality of the gates of hell slamming shut behind a newly departed soul.”
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Pulling my two heavy textbooks for this class out of the stack too, I arrange everything nicely. Just as I am getting my brand new pencils ready, I am startled by a loud bang. My desk mate drops his books on the countertop and sits down, looking at me askance.
I startle to realize that it’s the blond Greek god I ran from only yesterday. Tall and broad-shouldered, he wears his black denim and dark blue tee shirt incredibly well. He knows it too, judging by his posture. He perches on his stool and crosses his arms, expectant. Perfectly unkempt sandy blond hair, dark brows spread wide over the darkest blue eyes I’ve ever seen, a patrician nose, two incredible cheekbones, and the most expressive lips…
This guy is fucking hot, excuse my French.
Which are currently smirking at me. I knew hot guys back home in Prineville. Mostly I avoided them, truth be told. But this guy is on another level. He is so dazzling that he could work in television… and bad tv just so happens to be my weakness.
Being around this guy is enough to make me rethink the bright yellow tee shirt dress I am wearing. I want more than anything to tug the hem down and smooth my hands over my black tights, but I don’t.
Instead I blush, fumbling to introduce myself. Sticking my hand straight out and tossing my messy blonde hair back, I try for an authoritative voice. “I’m Emily Danes.”
At the front of the classroom, the professor clears his throat, ready to start talking. My eyes dart to him, but then he reaches for his bunch of tissues again. Glancing back to my partner, I see him eye me up and down in a totally unsubtle way.
At last, he leans forward and shakes my hand. His skin against mine is hot. I bite my lip, refusing to let a little thing like instant animal attraction do me in.
“I’m Wolf,” he says, his voice low and gravelly. He looks me over once more. Then he arches a brow, his smirk deepening. “Did you find all of your panties last night?”
My cheeks instantly go the exact color of a ripe tomato. I lick my lips and frown. What am I supposed to say to that?
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Vivian likes to write about troubled, deeply flawed alpha males and the fiery, kick-ass women who bring them to their knees.
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