Title: Just a Bit Wicked
Author: Alessandra Hazard
Series: Straight Guys #7
Page Count: 214 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2016
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
He’s sure he’ll never fall for a man…
When it rains, it pours. After losing his prestigious job, Vlad discovers that his girlfriend has cheated on him. Angry and hurt, he’s determined to find her lover and teach him a lesson. When he finds out that her lover is bisexual, it only makes him angrier. Raised by an extremely homophobic family, Vlad is convinced he’s straight and holds nothing but contempt for people who aren’t.
But sometimes contempt and anger can turn into obsession, and then into something else entirely—something Vlad has always considered sick and wrong.
He’s sure he’ll never fall for a homophobic bully…
Sebastian is a successful English model who has always detested bullies. When a man shows up on his doorstep accusing him of sleeping with his girlfriend, Sebastian isn’t interested in being a punching bag. However, provoking a homophobic man is probably not the best idea…or the safest. But then again, Sebastian has never been good at playing it safe.
Things get a lot more complicated when Vlad has to bodyguard Sebastian. Can they stay professional?
They can’t. They bicker and fight, and they hate everything about each other.
Now if only they could figure out how to keep their hands off each other.
Warning: references to past bullying and minor character deaths, violence, homophobia, internalized homophobia, hate sex.
After reading the previous book and being introduced to homophobic Vlad, I was a bit hesitant to read this one. He was quite the asshole in book 6, and I didn’t think his behavior would change anytime soon.
Turns out I was mostly right. His behavior did NOT change soon…but I did love reading his book and yes…I even loved him !!
Dare I say, he has even become one of my favorite characters in this series….after Tristan that is. 😉
I think one of the reasons I feel this way is because he did show so much growth…Anyways, Vlad was introduced in the previous books as one of Roman’s Russian, and very homophobic, guards. Let’s just say he didn’t leave a really good impression.
This book starts out with Vlad returning back home and finding out that his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Vlad has done many terrible things in his life, but hitting a woman has never been one of them, so he figures he best take it out on the guy she cheated with…and beat him to shit.
This is how he meets Sebastian, a bi-sexual model and the man his girlfriend cheated with. Things don’t really go as planned though and soon Vlad finds himself in a situation, that goes against everything he has been taught and believes in. Because being gay is wrong and he isn’t gay…he can’t be gay….
Not wanting to be gay doesn’t stop him from being attracted to Sebastian and wanting to do all sorts of sexual things to and with the man though.
Now getting Vlad’s background it was easy to see, how he became the person that he is today. It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t excuse his behavior, but it was understandable. As Vlad says so himself…everyone has a right to their own opinion on things.
The problem was him being so outspoken about it.
It also didn’t help that every other character in this book kept taunting him. This actually annoyed me much more than Vlad’s homophobia did. Sebastian at times, acted like a little kid, trying to get his way and he constantly tried to get Vlad to take things one step further. And Vlad…he kept taking the bait… This actually led to Vlad bottoming for the first time, which actually pissed me the hell off.
Now, these two go from hate fucking, to fuck buddies, to friends (very shortly) and then to actual lovers. I myself would have liked it if there would have been more about them being actual lovers instead of fuck buddies. We only get to read about them being together as lovers in the epilogue.
What I enjoyed most about this book was Vlad growing into himself.
He may have been a big homophobe in the beginning, but to me, he wasn’t an unlikable character. When he started to realize that his slurs were very hurtful, he stopped using them. It took a long time for him to accept the fact that he was gay, but like I said…
His character did show real growth.