After rescuing Julian Kenwood from a would be murderer, cousins Chloe and Leo Wherlocke revealed several truths to Julian he'd been too dissipated lately to fully understand. They also unveiled to Julian, the son he'd thought had long been dead. Realizing that he'd been so self absorbed in his own personal pity party, the Wherlockes were opening his eyes and offering Julian their combined help and protection to battle a vengeful wife and his murderous uncle. As Julian battles his way back to both sobriety and healing under Chole's competent healing hands, the attraction evolves between the two with an inevitable affair which ultimately brings danger to both.
*** Hannah Howell has always penned historical romances I have always enjoyed, but when a friend of mine pointed me back in her direction with Howell's newest fantasy series of the Wherlocke family who came with special gifts of seeing futures and detecting lies - I was totally intrigued. AND after reading IF HE'S WICKED - I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of this marvelous series.
It is not too often I've been shocked by the greed of people, both in reality and in fiction, but as seen in the Prologue of IF HE'S WICKED - a mother who allows her infant child to be placed in the arms of a dying woman in the hope that he would die as well has got to be one of the coldest and most horrid cases of a mother I have ever witnessed since Steinbeck's East of Eden! [Not a spoiler as this is discussed in the beginning of the book] All that aside, I was totally immersed in Howell's tale and loved every bit of it especially Chole who was a like a breath of fresh air! The dialogs between Chloe and Julian were great and the sensualness that was built into their relationship was lovely. However, Leo's comments to Julian once he knew Chole and Julian had done the `deed' was classic - "like rabbits". Nope, you're going to have to read the book to discover exactly what that phrase means!
Bottom line: I totally loved IF HE'S WICKED and am all set to buy the rest of this series and truly hope it goes on forever! Fantastic series - fantastic family!
Marilyn Rondeau, for [...]