May 17, 2016

Review: Wicked Games by Maureen Smith

Review: Wicked Games by Maureen SmithWicked Games by Maureen Smith
Series: Denver Rebels Book #1
Also by this author: This I Promise You (Wolf Pack Book 8), The Swede (Denver Rebels Book 2)
Published by Wordsmith Enterprises on December 22, 2015
Genres: African American, Contemporary Women, Multicultural & Interracial, Romance
Pages: 503
Format: eBook
four-half-stars
From USA Today Bestselling Author Maureen Smith comes a sizzling new interracial romance series featuring four sexy-as-sin hockey stars who lose their hearts on the road to winning the Stanley Cup...

Wicked Games (Book #1)

College recruiter Nadia Warner has sworn off jocks for good. So when her sports reporter brother drags her out to a hockey practice, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. But when she locks gazes with hockey superstar Reid Holden, all bets are off….

Reid is the resident bad boy of the Denver Rebels. On the ice, he delivers bone-crushing hits that often land him in the penalty box. Off the ice, he has a reputation for snubbing reporters, partying hard and breaking hearts. No woman has ever been able to crack his tough shell…until Nadia comes along.

When their eyes meet, the electricity between them is hot enough to melt the ice beneath Reid’s feet. In exchange for giving Nadia’s brother a quote for his column, Reid wants an introduction to Nadia.

But that’s just the beginning….

I’ve watched maybe 3 games of hockey in my life. One of those times was in person  and I have to admit the atmosphere was electrifying. I appreciate the sport but it’s never been one that I could thoroughly enjoy. Maureen Smith is about to change that with her latest book, Wicked Games.

Wicked Games is the first book in Smith’s latest series that revolves around the fictional professional team, the Denver Rebels. This installment follows star defenseman and bad boy, Reid, and college recruiter, Nadia.  They fell in love easily but the road to their happily ever after wasn’t an easy one. You will be swept away in this erotic romance that will make you fall in love with the sport, and the couple.

When I first saw that this was an interracial romance, I was very curious because a lot of  interracial novels, unfortunately, aren’t done well. I need not worry about Maureen Smith. She will definitely become the authority in this subgenre, in my opinion. She weaves this tale so expertly while never shying away from the classism and racial tension. While Wicked Games is a romance novel at its core, I love how she is never one to shy away from other prevalent topics she may introduce or allude to in her books.

I loved this book for so many reasons. The main reason being that Nadia wasn’t your typical insecure, whiny, heroine which we see far too often in romance novels. Yes, she had her issues and flaws but she was a fully realized multi-dimensional character. I shouldn’t even be surprised because that’s just what Maureen Smith because that’s just what she does.

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Natalya Muncuff

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