Book 3, The Wicked Horse Vegas
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The best of friends.
Two men. One woman.
A sinful playground called The Wicked Horse.
Entrepreneur turned millionaire, Dane Hawthorne, has been known to get his kicks at The Wicked Horse Vegas, and he has no shortage of beautiful women waiting for a shot at him. Driven to succeed, no matter if he’s in the boardroom or the bedroom, Dane never backs down from a challenge.
Avril Carrigan isn’t the type of woman to take risks in her personal life but after a broken heart and too much liquid courage, Avril decides to best way to get over one man, is to get under another. Looking to experience all the debauchery she’s heard about from her best friend and business partner, Dane, she requests one thing of him—take her to The Wicked Horse.
The request seems simple. One friend helping another in her time of need. But now that they’ve crossed the threshold, things aren’t as easy as they once seemed. Not only is Dane looking at Avril in a new light, but so is their other business partner and best friend, Andrew Collings. As Dane’s envy blooms, he wonders if he made the right decision when he agreed to show Avril his wicked world.
What happens when the lines of friendship are blurred and boundaries are crossed? Will their relationships survive or will jealousy tear them all apart?
So Deliciously Hot and Sexy! 🔥
I did not want to put this sinfully hot book down! I would tell myself over and over again, just one more chapter, but I just couldn't get enough of Dean, Avril, and Andrew! Wicked Envy is my favorite book in this series so far, and though it is book 3, it can definitely be read as a standalone.
Friends to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes, and this book did not disappoint! For those readers wary of love triangles, fear not! I actually wouldn't classify this as a traditional love triangle book. To me, it's more a story about true friendship and the love between 3 people. Best friends since college, Dean, Avril, and Andrew, all work together at Dane's successful biotech company, Caterva, in Las Vegas. They are loyal, protective, supportive, and loving to each other (in a platonic way), until curiosity and a bad break-up sends them to The Wicked Horse sex club. This exploration opens their eyes and turns their worlds upside down. Can friendship really survive unscathed, after lines and boundaries are crossed?
I really enjoyed all three characters in this book. Dane was a fantastic broken alpha. On the one hand he is assertive and cocky (both in and out of the bedroom!), but on the other he is incredibly vulnerable and insecure. Your heart will break as his past is revealed and you see why he has guarded himself so much. Andrew was so sweet and genuine. I loved how supportive he always was of his friends and that through it all, he stayed true to himself and his ideals/beliefs. Avril was intelligent, driven, and unapologetic once she unlocked a side of herself at The Wicked Horse. When these three decide to move past just friendship, I thought for sure that my kindle would burst into flames from the scorching heat! It all works so deliciously well - one on one with Avril or all three together.
Yes, there is the inevitable push and pull as insecurities get the better of our characters, but I liked that the angst and drama wasn't over the top and excessive. In many ways, it was necessary to show the transformation of our characters and the strength of their friendship. The epilogue was absolutely wonderful and brought the story full circle. I can't recommend this incredibly hot and kinky friends to lovers romance enough!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Sizzling!! This story is crazy hot as three long time friends and business partners take their relationship in a direction none of them ever expected. With the Wicked Horse as their playground the passion is intense and satisfying until jealousy and unexpected feelings start to blur the threesome's vision. Will their relationship be able to handle all they've experienced or will the lines they've crossed be the threesomes downfall?
Highly erotic with a fantastic story weaved in the pages. If you enjoy a good menage story you don't want to miss this one. I highly recommend it.
Filled with smexy goodness and lots of heart!
***4.5 ‘Liberation’ Stars***
I have to come clean and say that after I read the synopsis I was a bit hesitant to dive into Wicked Envy because the love triangle trope isn’t one of my favorites, but seeing that it was Sawyer Bennett at the helm I really had no choice but to give it a go fangirl that I am, and I’m very thankful that I didn’t allow my...issues with that particular trope hold sway because Wicked Envy was so much more. It is about three people, three best friends, working out their feelings towards each other in what could be the sexiest panty melting way possible, but it’s also about the bonds of friends, figuring out just who you are and finding the strength to liberate yourself of the chains you’ve placed on yourself in order to find your own happiness.
I really enjoyed getting to know Dane, Avril and Andrew and watching as not only their friendship evolved, but as they did as well. Dane, for all that he is closed off when it comes to any sort of emotional connection beyond friendship, is quite open minded, and adventurous, when it comes to his most base desires. Andrew is laid back, has no difficulty giving emotional comfort when needed and tends to view his most intimate relationships more with his heart than his head. Avril is comfortable in her own skin when it comes to her intelligence and work ethic but is less sure of herself when it comes to her own sexuality and what being a woman means to her. All three have huge hearts and care about each other at the deepest level, so it’s difficult for me to pick who I liked the most, but I will say that I loved watching Avril evolve and become truly comfortable in her own skin.
As for their journey from being friends to more. It was HOT, like don’t even bother with panties HOT. Not that I doubted that it would be because this IS Sawyer Bennett, but it was so much more.Their deep and long time friendships made it more than just the three of them taking their relationships to the more physically intimate level. It had them examining what they really meant to each other and what they wanted for themselves and from each other in the end whether it be a more platonic relationship or one that went deeper. I found the process that each of them went through quite fascinating as to how they each looked at how a relationship, in any form, should be and the decisions they came to in the end. The main issue that loomed over their heads was one that wasn’t a surprise, but there were enough twists and turns to make the build up to it well worth it. And as to where they all end up? Let’s just say it all worked out the way it was supposed to.
Wicked Envy was a great read that I am very happy I didn’t pass up. It was well written and paced and I loved being in the heads of all the main players throughout the book. As this is a Wicked Horse novel, it is all kinds of kinky, smexy hot goodness so be prepared for an eyebrow raise or two and lots of panty melting going on. This can be read as a standalone since the characters don’t have any strong connections with the previous couples outside of The Wicked Horse, though they are mentioned in the book. I really liked the epilogue, which was perfect for Dane, Avril and Andrew, and am curious about what the future holds there, but I’m all kinds of excited for Wicked Choice and crossing my toes that it will be about a certain smexy as all get out Brit!
~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~