Sunday, December 3, 2017

2 stars-- Wicked Ride (Realm Enforcers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

I love Zanetti but, yall, Wicked Ride was a struggle. A 2+ year struggle and I'm the odd girl out but this one just didn't work for me despite my love for Zanetti's books. 
The Gist: There's a new drug on the streets that's literally burning people from the inside out and both Alexandra-- a cop-- and Kell-- a witch enforcer-- are bound and determined to find the supplier and get it off the street. If the other would just stay out of their damn way so they could do their jobs.
Okay. So my issues with this one were...extensive. I didn't HATE Wicked Ride and maybe in another reader-life before I'd read other series I would have liked it better. But, yall, I just had so many issues with it.
1] It came off like mediocre fanfic by a newbie author. Which is surprising because Zanetti is an amazing author. But it just smacked of fanfic that cannibalized bits and pieces from popular series-- JD Robb, Sherrilyn Kenyon, GA Aiken. Even Katie MacAlister. There was nothing that felt original, really, from Kell/Lexi who were a pale imitation of Eve and Roarke to how mates were claimed.
2] There was extensive telling instead of actually showing things. Told so many times how good a cop Lexi was, that they liked each other, loved each other, that Lexi was so super sweet. But I never really saw those things in action. And things that were shown were in direct opposition more often than not.
3] He manhandled her a few times, she hit him multiple times when mad. And had a huge chip on her shoulder and kept claiming sexism against everyone male.
4] The heroine was kind of nuts and wishy washy. I trust you! *seconds later* THROW HIM IN JAIL!!! I was so stupid to trust you! *calls in the SWAT team for a raid* Kell explains what really happened and instantly *oh I trust you fuck me, please!* aaaaand rinse and repeat.
The good things?
1] I did think Kell was pretty sexy with his alpha self.
2] The eventual showdown was decent and a small twist provided a good surprise. 
3] I did like a number of the secondary witch/vampire/demon characters but I don't think enough to actually buy their books. Maybe if they were free one day. 
4] The sex was super hot and I appreciated the heroine calling off things when there was no condom available. 
Overall, though, I was underwhelmed by Wicked Ride. I expected so much more from Zanetti and just didn't get it.

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

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