Book InfoWicked Girl by AJ Merlin
Series: Knot Their Toy #2
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Genres: New Adult Romance
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The murders may be over, but my heartache is back in full force, thanks to my mother and my own misgivings.
When I return to Winter Grove early and end up relying on the pack to help me out, I’m sure it’s a new form of torture. Instead, I find myself growing closer to August and Foster. I can’t help but think they’re dragging me deeper underwater, with no intention of letting me up for air anytime soon.
To add to the confusion, a new arrival at the university has a grudge against the pack, and she knows that getting to them is easier when she’s targeting anyone who’s more vulnerable than the boys.
And that might include me, despite how much I want to stay out of it.
But when she goes after my place at Winter Grove and the pack that I might be willing to call my own, will I just let her? Or will I take a few lessons from my vile boys and show her I’m not so quick to surrender?
Wicked Girl is the second book in the Knot Their Toy duet and includes omegaverse, M/M, poly, and bullying.
Wicked Girl - My Review
It’s the start of the new semester and Mercy is back in Winter Grove, facing the same dilemmas she left behind over winter break, primarily where does she stand with Dorian and his pack?
The answer to that seemed pretty clear to me, even from the first can but it took Mercy weeks and some very explicit statements to figure it out although that’s understandable after everything the pack put her through in Vile Boys. The boys aren’t Mercy’s only problem: she’s got a new roommate, the one girl nobody can manage to share with; and a new transfer, Amelia, who wants to make her life hell, purely because of her association with Dorian’s pack.
The roommate aspect of the storyline was weak, especially as Mercy only interacted with Petra a couple of times. No doubt about it, Petra was vile, but considering all Mercy had been through with Dorian’s pack in the first book, she succumbed to her nastiness far more quickly than I would’ve expected. That said, it was a good catalyst to further her relationship with the pack and avoid their dynamic becoming stagnant throughout the semester.
In the same vein, the Amelia storyline would have packed more punch if it went deeper from the beginning. For a bully intent on dragging Mercy away from Dorian’s pack, she really didn’t put much effort into her torment. The actions she did take had the desired effect (or would have if not for the intervention of Dorian’s aunt) but the level of abuse she gave Mercy didn’t come close to matching what the boys put her through earlier in the school year.
On the flip side, there were plenty of those smutty scenes that AJ Merlin is great at writing. Despite Wicked Girl being a short read, she did well at exploring the existing dynamic between the boys at the same time as bringing Mercy into the fold.
Wicked Girl was a good read but it didn’t stand as tall in comparison with its predecessor. After the drama of a serial killer on campus in the previous book, a bully and a nightmare roommate don’t come close in intensity. I enjoyed seeing Mercy develop her relationships with the guys but can’t help feeling this could have been done just as well with a short story to wrap things up instead of a book.
Last Updated on 22 June 2023 by Glowstars