Wicked Attraction has got to be one of the most unsatisfying ebooks that I have read in a long time. If you have read as many interracial romance novels as I have, you start to pick up on certain conventions: racist/bigoted family members, cartoonish villains, stereotypes of how black and white people act and speak, etc. After finishing Wicked Attraction, it felt like the author took all of those ingredients and then dumped them in this story. Ms. Rochelle’s writing style is so loose and apparent that it takes all of the fun out watching the romance build between the main protagonists. I don't need to be told that the characters are meant to be together. I need the author to show me through vivid descriptions and convincing characterization as to why the main characters are perfect for one another.
I adored Jaleena. She is strong, quick-witted and determined. I enjoyed the fact that she followed her dream of owning her own antique business, and worked hard to make it a success. Ridge, when he is with Jaleena is fun, attentive, and charming. Outside of those scenes, he comes off as passive-aggressive and one dimensional, which made me dislike the character. He has several chances to break up with his lover Caitlin, but continued to allow her to manipulate him into keeping their relationship going. While I am not a fan of alpha males who make decisions for everyone in their lives, I do like to read about decisive, independent and thoughtful men who are willing to fight for what they want. Ridge is not one of those characters.
The two villains: Caitlin, Ridge’s lover and Trent Jaleena’s disrespectful brother, have lots of potential; unfortunately, they are one dimensional caricatures. Caitlin, is written to be a self-involved, possessive and irrational mess. This sort of characterization is begging for a dramatic resolution between her and the main protagonists; what you get though is anti-climactic and too convenient. Trent’s resolution was a tad more convincing, but it felt like an afterthought quickly added in because someone remembered that he had been introduced earlier in the story.
Personally, Wicked Attraction ended up being a waste of time for me and that annoyed me. The story was so shoddily strung together that I just cannot give the positive aspects a pass to cover up for the fact that the story is derivative and trite.
Steamy hot emotions rattled his mind and body the second he noticed Jaleena Falcon. The intensity of them left Ridge Taylor speechless in her stunning presence and there was nothing he could do about it. Honestly, all he wanted to do was gain her trust and eventually her heart.
Jaleena Falcon felt Ridge's penetrating eyes on her the second he sauntered through the front doors of 'Talk of the Town' but, she held it together. He was probably accustomed to women falling for that look, yet she wanted to be different and more intriguing to him.
However, she was worried her plan would fail and break some of the wonderful wicked attraction sizzling between them. She only hoped he was man enough to keep pursuing her and make the chemistry between them into something more.