Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey

Bad Men and Wicked Women

Eric Jerome Dickey

With the strong characters, heart-pounding action, and intense passion he is known for, New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey lays bare a tale of lust and angst that will leave readers breathless.

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Affairs of the heart can be lethal in New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey's latest sensual, thrilling novel.

As a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles, Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and she isn't above blackmailing Ken to get it. Yet even as the tension-filled father/daughter reunion escalates into a clashing of wills and desires that spread far beyond their family, Ken's latest contract spirals quickly out of control, and he finds it is not only his daughter looking to seek revenge.

With the strong characters, heart-pounding action, and intense passion he is known for, New York Times bestseller Eric Jerome Dickey lays bare a tale of lust and angst that will leave readers breathless.


Advance Galley Reviews

I wanted very much to like this book. But the author made such a big deal of making EVERYTHING about race, and subscribing to the "black ideal" that the story itself was quickly swallowed in the meaningless noise of long institutionalized stereotypes. As a black woman and a book reviewer. I am deeply saddened that such tired and outdated views of what black fiction is, are being presented to the world at large. Is this truly how we want the world to read us? As angery, bitter, and self loathing crabs in a barrel? I think not.

As I've never read anything by the author previously, I decided to request an ARC of this. I decided not to read an excerpt first to go in without prejudices. Overall, I didn't enjoy it. This writing style is not my cup of tea and there are just aspects of it that I really didn't like or couldn't get into.

Good work! Appreciate the chance to read this tale.

I really wanted to like this book, however I quit reading after the first chapter. I could not get into the author's voice. It seemed racist and I cannot really understand this point of view. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

With very layered strong characters, this book should have been right up my alley but despite that I was kinda frustrated more than entertained. I at once couldn't stop reading as I rolled my eyes, cringed, and thought more than once 'where exactly is this story going'. I got halfway through and just couldn't continue. I hate to give up on a well written story, but over halfway through there really needs to be more of the plot revealed. Strong cultural, political and spiritual commentary reflective of the community we come from makes me sad I couldn't force my way through to the end.

I requested access to this book on a lark, since I had never read anything from this author before. It took me a while to get used to the author's style of writing but for the most part, I enjoyed the book. I did feel that it was a slow at first and I agree with what another review said about the dialogue being too much at times, but I think it pays out well by the end. I wouldn't mind reading another book by this author.

I used to really love Eric Jerome Dickey, but this wasn't my cup of tea. I couldn't get past the first chapter.

This was not a novel it was as if I was reading a few pages from our world crucial history. Well I guaranteed my copy for this book because it said romance. It was an almost 350 pages book, I read up to 150 but the romance part never came. I am very disappointed. I have read previous works of Eric Jerome Dickey and liked them but this book was not for me.

This was a difficult read for me because of the slow burn of the story line. Half way through the story and the action is just starting to pick up. Way too much diaglog that I thought was unnecessary. I almost put the book down several times, but managed to get through it. Overall, this was not my favorite EJD read and I'm a bit disappointed. He finished the story strong, but it took too long to get there.

Another Fantastic novel by Eric Jerome Dickey! I was hooked from page one. Ken Swift has been one of my favorite leading men by EDJ! This book was fast paced with lots of twists and turns. No plot giveaways with my review. You need to run out and purchase this book right away! You will not be sorry! V. L. Davis

This book, like EJD's Blackbirds, has a slow start. I had to push through the first third with heavy Tarantino style delivered history insights- but it was worth it. Really liked the two main men- Ken and Jake... the Women not so much, but I have a feeling that was the author's intention. The story is narrated from a single POV, so the tone was consistent, which was nice. It weaves in references to a few characters from past adventures to keep us EJD fans smiling. This escapade has elements of extreme stress, passion, panic and intrigue. It also manages to connect with readers on basic life and everyday relationship woes and challenges. Good Read

Not my style of writing, but decently written. Probably wouldn't read more from this author. Every person that wasn't of color was painted as the bad guy in some form or fashion. Not the novel I thought I'd be reading based on the description. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy.

Very good book. Thought provoking with captivating plot. A little heavy, but educational at the same time.

I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. I love Eric Jerome Dickey and Bad Men and Wicked Women lives up to the hype. The characters are on point, as usual. Ken Smith and Jake Ellis are in it up to their eyeballs with the women in their lives and the danger posed by their “job”. This story is action packed with a little ghetto love thrown in for good measure. I was up all night with this one. Another must-read. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I had a really hard time reading this book. It was very slow for me. I almost stopped reading it but I finished it because its hard to do a review if you don't fully read a book so I forced myself too. This book was not my cup of tea but if you like the description it might be worth a read. Part of my problem might be is I thought that the book was a romance novel and I swear it was labeled that way from the site I got it from, but I must have been wrong because this was not really a romance novel. There was maybe a few pages worth of romance in it. It was more of an action book. There was definitely a lot of violence in it. I really liked that many of the characters were well educated. The book is written where even though it wasn't my thing I could actually envision things that were going on. The main character Ken Swift is working as an enforcer. I actually liked him a little bit, he wasn't to evil. I could not stand his daughter Margaux but she was rude right from the get go. She did end up being less spoiled in the end and being more tolerable. The ending was good. I am afraid if I write too much more that I will spoil too much of the book. I got this for free to read in exchange for an honest opinion from First to read. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

Let me start by saying I am a long time fan of Eric Jerome Dickey. His new work is timely and it did not disappoint. I love the new slogan that Rachel created. There was a slow burn in the middle but by the third act it was a wonderful payoff. With the current situation, I will say the author is not afraid to discuss the burning questions. I felt vindication reading about the sensitive subjects. The summary was the truth; I felt breathless and it absolutely hit me hard.

I found this book to be very intriguing. It had quite a unique plot line, that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It was full of action, with unexpected twists and turns. I would recommend this book.

Loved Ed.. And this was no different.. And that Jay Ellis a man you love and hate in equal measure.. Great read what's next?

I have never read a book by this author before and it was not what I thought it would be from the summary. That being said, I enjoyed the book and it gave me a fresh perspective on life, race and gender today. It is pretty violent and eye-opening - so know this going in.

I loved the writing, and the characters. A little too much about racism. Otherwise, pretty good.

Reads like a Tarantino movie. I liked it! The characters are salty and corrupt. The story is good. It’s a fun read!

I loved this book. I really love the fact that he brings his characters from previous novels into the new books. The way EJD weaves different cultures and cultural backgrounds is excellent. The book kept me enthralled and I read it in one day. I have been reading him since I was in high school and he will always be at the top of my to be read list.

 


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