And, she hadn’t been desperate until Calder Cunningham, heir of the Center’s largest benefactor, had inexplicably stripped their funding.
Lily–again, young attractive and desperate–wants to entice Calder to reinstate the funding, by whatever means necessary.
Finding Lily trapped at the Cunningham estate by a flood, Calder offers some of the money back, if Lily can win the games he proposes. What Lily tries to convince herself–that her compliance is all for the Center–is far from the mark, however, and when her controlling ex, Garrett, arrives on the scene we learn Calder’s most-guarded secret.
HIS WICKED GAMES by Ember Casey is a fun caper with quite the right amount of heat.
What I liked about this one: Lily is able to push past her prejudice regarding Calder and his fortune. She is a driven character who is appropriately reflective and inappropriately brash…all to the good. Calder is an interesting lead, and his perceptive skills are on point. He desires Lily, has for some time, and yet the situation doesn’t feel smarmy or manipulative as Lily seeks to exploit Calder, too.
When it comes to the climax, it is Calder’s advice of that pushes Lily forward, but she makes the tough choice on her own. The ending was satisfying and the potential for more tales of Lily and Calder is a highlight.
Good job Ms. Casey. Keep on cooking up those spicy tales…