Book Review: ‘Wicked and Wild’ by Cynthia Eden

Title: Wicked and Wild (Bad Things Book 7)

Published: 24th April 2018

Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing

Author: Cynthia Eden


Twitter: @cynthiaeden




She was wicked…

Everyone knew that Valerie Storm was the baddest bit—um, witch on the block. She might look like Snow White, but she had the heart of a wicked queen. She turned her enemies to ash, she danced on their graves, and she had to be stopped. But who could stand up to someone so wicked?

He was wild.

Griffin Bastien was the most powerful shifter to ever walk the earth. His claws had sent plenty of his foes to the grave. Bloodlust burned fast and hard within him, and when his beast took over, there was no stopping him.

Then Wicked met Wild.

Neither of them believed in love. And neither of them ever expected the firestorm that ignited when they kissed. But some things—some people—can’t be controlled. The need that Valerie and Griffin feel for each other, the white-hot lust, will change their world.

Even hell doesn’t burn this hot.

Too bad that Griffin has been keeping secrets. Too bad that he is the original assassin sent to destroy Valerie. Because when she finds out the truth, there will be no greater fury than a wicked witch betrayed. Even the biggest, baddest beast might discover that he’s absolutely lost when a witch casts her spell, and he will be willing to do anything to reclaim the mate he never expected.

Buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

Author’s Note: WICKED AND WILD is a complete, stand-alone story that is set in the world of my “Bad Things” paranormal books. Expect a sexy alpha, a very fierce heroine, and hot times ahead.



Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A paranormal book. Got a bit of everything with this one – witches, shifters, vampires, Medusa and Fate to name a few. Interesting mix of supernaturals that made up one fun filled ride so hold on to your hats.

Hot, hot, hotter!! From the first page till the last I was hooked. She’s wicked and he’s wild, together they burn hotter than most. Fun quirky characters that draw you into the world they’re in no matter if you have read the others or not. Got the first 5 chapters free in authors newsletter and knew I needed to know more so one click buy later and away I was.

So Valeria Storm is a badass witch who likes to break rules wherever she goes. She tends to use the darker side of magic and is quickly seen as a threat by the witches’ council elders. Namely her old two BFF’s Devon and Genevieve. Not so much in the friend department anymore with the fact they want to burn her at the stake for her so called crimes. She finds herself stuck in a dungeon awaiting her fate. But it seems she may have been given a heads up in the fate department to figure out a way to not burn. Her dragon dungeon mate might just be the ticket. Seems he’s stuck in his beast form and if he doesn’t turn back soon will go mad and have to be taken care of. A little dark magic needed but everything has a price. She will free him from his current state only if he agrees to become her mate. He wants to be freed so you know what’s coming. He just can’t see why she would want him as a mate. Soon figures it out though when she is almost toast.

Griffin Bastien is the king of shifters – means he carries three beasts, dragon and wolf being key ones we know about. He wouldn’t have chosen Valerie for a mate due to the stories he’s heard but can’t help wondering how she manages to draw him to her. Good really as he crashes in to her almost burning at the stake. Seems one law trumps the council and that’s to do with shifter mates. You kill one of them and you create a war between the whole shifter communities. Boom! I love it when Valerie does that. She looks like she has all the cards right up to the point the council says if they can’t burn her then she need to be banished and what better place than shifterland – well that’s what she calls it anyway, along with hellhole.

Just when she thought she had the upper hand she gets thrown a curve ball. Though could this be a plan in the making too? Once home Griffin makes it clear he has rules for her to follow. It’s a shame she likes breaking them, more fun that way. Main one is to not use magic but for her that would be like telling her to stop breathing because she can’t use the air. Rules are made to be broken and she does so when she finds a group of shifters bulling another. Little vanity payback is in order and the outcome is getting herself a new henchman – Rio. He was being bullied because he can’t shift but she sees potential in him – a late bloomer perhaps? That’s not all she gets that day as a new familiar claims her. A crow called Edgar. Comes in very handy when she needs ears in places to find out valuable information. Case in point why Griffin keeps saying their mating is temporary. Seems to make it permanent they need to sleep together. Hard to do when he tries to keep his distance. I say try because it doesn’t take long for a situation to occur where he pounces on her with a scorcher of a kiss. She may be stuck there but her plan is still the same. She wants to take over the council; only fair really as she is the strongest. Being the strongest meaning you are cold of heart but it doesn’t take long for most to see that’s just not true.

Griffin might keep saying to those who will listen that the mating is temporary but his actions speak the voice of a man who sees her for keeps. Shame he’s keeping a secret of his own, one that just might make her run. Running would put her in more danger, though to be fair that does kind of follow her around anyway. They need to trust each other to see things through but nothing is ever going to run smoothly with this mating.

He’s a dragon so you know his flames make him hot already but when they finally succumb to their lust its off the charts. Talk about chemistry just waiting to explode. You can tell feelings are not far behind with the reactions made from both when faced with different dangers or pain. Can they stick together to see things through or will secrets keep them apart?

Seems going back to reasons of the past brings things full circle to how they were always meant to be. Who is she lying to and whom can she trust? Playing how many sides or just going the way she was always meant to. Either way a fun filled hot ride to blast through in a few hours. Another great read from one of my favourite authors. Loved all the other characters, clicked really well together. Need to work backwards with the series now as started at 7. You can read as a standalone but it will just make you want to check out the others.

5 out of 5 stars

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