Before We Were Wicked by Eric Jerome Dickey

Before We Were Wicked

Eric Jerome Dickey

Passion, infidelity, and raw emotion combine in Eric Jerome Dickey’s poignant, erotic portrait of a relationship: the rise, the fall, and the scars–and desire–that never fade.

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New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey reveals how one chance meeting can change everything in this engrossing, sexy tale of star-crossed lust.

They say the love of money is the root of all evil, but for Ken Swift, it's the love of a woman.

Ken is twenty-one, hurting people for cash to try to pay his way through college, when he lays eyes on Jimi Lee, the woman who will change the course of his entire life. What's meant to be a one-night stand with the Harvard-bound beauty turns into an explosion of sexual chemistry that neither can quit. And when Jimi Lee becomes pregnant, their two very different worlds collide in ways they never could have anticipated.

Passion, infidelity, and raw emotion combine in Eric Jerome Dickey's poignant, erotic portrait of a relationship: the rise, the fall, and the scars--and desire--that never fade.


Advance Galley Reviews

There's a solid story about a person's character and how life can take a sudden turn and learning to live with it somewhere inside this book but it lost me with two things: 1. The writing during the sex scenes - particularly the talking between characters - sometimes came out sounding like something ridiculous a sitcom or SNL would come up with to make fun of someone who has no idea what to say during sex. For each their own, but it just made me roll my eyes and lose all hope for the book. 2. Characters that made me want to knock their heads together and just separate them for the good of them and my reading pleasure. On the one hand, I really liked how the main character is represented. Ken Swift reads like a real person and, even with the not exactly legal or innocent job, seems like an incredible standup guy. He's good and takes responsibility and always does his best to provide for his family and respects his wife even when she certainly doesn't deserve it. On the other hand, I could not stand Jimi Lee at all. From the very beginning, she's the spoiled "good girl" who wants to do "bad" things and finds a person to obsess over as her fix and then blames everything on after things obviously go bad. This is an excellent example of a toxic relationship that only gets exacerbated by a clash of cultures and a lack of communication. I kept wanting Ken to just walk away, but the man is too unfortunately honorable. But seriously though, Jimi Lee starts out with few (if any) redeeming qualities and only goes downhill from there. There are some good moments and talking points interspersed in between all the bad and it made me really think about a couple of things, so I didn't find it a total loss. It's just not something I would go out of my way to recommend.

Quite an interesting read. I got through it in under two days; give that it takes me on average; one week to complete a book.The book caught my attention and kept it till the end...and I wanted more. The storyline was easy to follow without any ambiguities. I could easily relate to the social issues raised in the book. A good read overall.

I am a writer myself, which makes critiques for us more complicated. The title really grabs you in, as well as the book cover. The story itself is great. The characters are formed well. There is a good back story and sexual chemistry which spices things up. I would read this again in paperback.

 


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