Series: Wicked Ever After #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romance
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He’s at the top of the world.
He’s rich, sought after, and in control.
And he’s bored.
A string of one-night stands have left Samul Charming increasingly dissatisfied. When his mother pushes him to settle down, his best friends come up with a brilliant plan:
Audition the submissive at The Kingdom.
The problem is, Charm knows who he wants: the only girl to challenge him, while submitting as naturally as breathing.
But he can’t have her.
With the entire club watching and his parents expecting him to settle down, Charm decides to settle.
But love in the Kingdom is never simple and it is never painless.
And Charm is about to be reminded of that.
I love books that kind of retell fairytales, I kind of adore fairytales, so modern interpretations of them make me super happy. When I read the blurb about this one, and how all the male fairytale characters seem to have opened up a BDSM club together, well to say my interest was peeked would be an understatement.
So the first book in this series focusing on the Prince Charming character. He’s heir to a huge pharmaceutical empire, but he is totally not down with that becoming his life. He loves being part owner of the Kingdom, although he has been feeling a tad bit restless, but being a corporate guy, so not his thing. Charming is kind of looking to maybe settle down, or rather find himself a submissive who doesn’t bore him before the scene is even over, so when he takes a liking to one of the bartenders at the club, things really start to shift for him.
I hate to admit it, but I had a hard time getting into this book, it wasn’t so much the story or the subject matter, but the nicknames. Each guy has a nickname, Charming, Wolf, Beast, etc, and they also have real names too, like Charming is Samul Charming, which wasn’t too hard to catch on to, but some of the others were. And the name are used to often and interchangeable in the beginning that it was a bit much for me. Maybe I’m just terrible at names.
Now that being said, I did get more into the book as it went on, especially as it started to focus mostly on Charming and Celeste (our lovely bartender). The book was a little short for me, I love super long books, and I wish things could have been drawn out a little bit more, especially with Celeste. The book all Charming, so while I did feel like I got to know him pretty well, and figured out why he was the was he was, so much of Celeste is such a mystery. Sure we get a look at her family, and Charming does end up getting some background/biographical information, but I still didn’t feel like got to know her that well.
The guys that Charming surrounds himself with are interesting, and I have to admit more than one of them intrigue me, but sometimes their dynamic was sometimes off putting. I didn’t like how one of them seemed to rule the rest of them with an iron fist and the others just went along with it. Didn’t really like bossy pants all that much, but I have a feeling he is going to be explained in another book, so maybe I will come around and like him later. I did like Charming, and I was glad at the end of the story how things all worked out, plus the writing was pretty good, so easily this was a good book for me.