Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody’s fool, and she didn’t get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out—and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.
Of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he’s as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone’s looking for . . .
Worldbuilding: The world of the Realm Enforcers series is super-rich in paranormal elements – immortals (witches, demons, vampires, shape-shifters), and rich in political tension. I loved the combo, even if it was my first visit!
Characters: I loved Simone because she was pretty independent and gorgeous ofc, lol. I loved that she was powerful and ambitious, and has attained status within the Coven Nine. There was this struggle within her between the independent/self-reliant side, and her vulnerable one. I’m sure many of us know that struggle, witches or not, hehe. So I felt I had a lot in common with her, somehow.
Nick was the uber-alpha-male, bad-boy slash biker, with a very strategic mind, uber-powers, and physical strength plus the bod to go with all that fab, lol. At times he was maybe a bit over the top, but he was fiercely protective and made me go “Awwww!!” quite a few times.
I loved them together. I felt they had awesome chemistry and were very charismatic both apart and as a couple, plus all the banter and sizzling tension for a while there was really entertaining xD
Plot: The romance arc had a nice pace to it, though it was of the second chance romance variety, as opposed to what I thought it would be from the blurb (enemies to lovers). My one gripe with that is that I don’t like second chance romance too much, even though this one worked due to awesome world, characters, and writing. The plot outside the romance arc was equally if not more interesting to me at times, since I’m a compulsive puzzle solver. So the mystery-solving side of the intrigue was very much to my liking, even if the ending wasn’t too exciting. (I still suspect someone from the Coven Nine was a lot more involved than we know at this point, lol! Give me paranormal political intrigues and I’m hooked!)
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. I loved the writing style, with a good dose of humor and tensions all around.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – even if to me, as a first-time series reader, the plot hinted at another trope.
All in all, I totally recommend Wicked Burn if you’re into PNR with diverse beings, intricate paranormal political world ripe with tension, and even if you’re into biker bad boys with more of a bite than a Contemporary might provide, lol. Also recommended for second chance romance trope lovers, particularly of the paranormal variety but not only. Well worth your time!