Payback's a bitch...named Victoria.
Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.
Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.
Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?
Wicked Beautiful by J.T. Gessinger is a second chance romance novel that takes you through a gambit of emotions from hurt to healing and utter disgust to admiration for the main characters Victoria Price and Parker Maxwell. These two truly had a teenage love affair reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, but not. First, Parker doesn’t’ even know Victoria is his teenaged lover, and for second, they come from opposite sides of the preverbal train tracks and Parker’s father vehemently does not want his son dating someone like Victoria, who is of a different race and socio-economic background.
Fifteen years ago, Parker abruptly breaks Victoria’s heart and killed her soul when at the age of 17 and completely disappears. So what does Victoria do, she picks herself up from the pit of despair and gets even with a pen and a makeover that catapults her to stardom and the H.B.I.C. Literally. Victoria thinks she has it all together until Parker pops up and fantasies of revenge fill her head, but her heart calls out for the love she once had and still has for him. So, while she's plotting revenge, Parker is planning their lives together and just when you think the jig is up, a twist is thrown into the mix and sends the story up down and all around, tossing a gambit of even more emotions in the atmosphere.
This novel can best be describe as a story of feels. My feelings were all over the place. I wanted to hate Victoria, but I couldn’t because she did suffer some tremendous losses along the way. And I really wanted to hate Parker, but sheesh, I just couldn’t. Their friends were hilarious and have interesting lives and stories of their own. However, I did settle on the fact that I did not, without any question like Parker’s father and as the story unfolded, Victoria’s mother wasn’t necessarily ‘mother of the year’.
I digress. I would give this read 4-stars and would recommend that you jog and read Wicked Beautiful by J.T. Geissinger. This is the third novel I have read by this author and I can honestly say, characters have traits about that them that are so relatable. She consistently has a diverse cast of characters that are relatable to myself as a reader or reminds me of that one friend that does those odd things. If you have not read any of her books, I would definitely recommend that you read Sweet As Sin and Make Me Sin both good and both out now. Oh and before I leave you, add Wicked Sexy to your ‘Want to Read’ list on Goodreads, to be release Summer 2016.
About J.T. Geissinger
J.T. Geissinger is an award winning and best-selling author of dark, sexy romance.
She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
She lives in California with her husband, on whom all her heroes are based.