Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wretched Wicked by S.M. Reine [Review]

 Wretched Wicked by S.M. Reine
Wretched Wicked (Preternatural Affairs #10) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: November 11, 2018

Preternatural Affairs
1. Witch Hunt
2. Silver Bullet
3. Hotter Than Helltown
4. Shadow Burns
5. Deadly Wrong
6. Ashes and Arsenic
7. Once Darkness Falls
8. Bitter Thirst
9. The Road to Helltown
10. Wretched Wicked Kindle

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Cesar Hawke works for the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He's an agent in the Magic Violations Department, hunting down witches who break the law, saving lives, and getting caught up in a lot more trouble than he's paid to deal with.

Fritz Friederling is his boss. The director. The heir of the Friederling fortune, earned by mining in Hell with human slaves. A man who puts away witches for life without trial. Inheritor of his father's legacy, and his grandfather's, and all the ruthless men who came before.

But they didn't always work together. Not before, and not after. Once they were strangers, and now they're something else. More fatal than family, more permanent than marriage, closer than the oldest friends, until death do they part...

This novella tells the story of the early years of their partnership from Fritz Friederling's perspective. It contains spoilers and should be read after the rest of the Preternatural Affairs series. It also includes a new, exclusive afterword from the author!
Thoughts on Wretched Wicked: HA! Cesar and Fritz are so freaking fun together. The weird mating dance they do around one another (even though Cesar doesn't know it's a mating dance) just makes me smile. THOSE TWO.

So. We get a little insight into the inner workings of Fritz Friederling. And those workings are...pretty much as expected. He's a powerful man who generally gets what he wants when he wants it. On the surface, Cesar seems like nothing more than a pretty distraction. Except he's not. He's Fritz's other half. In more ways than one.

He's also the polar opposite of good ole Fritzy. Cesar is likable and fun. He laughs and lives large and goes about his life vaguely clueless to a lot of things going on around him. To say Fritz is a wee bit taken with the man (even though he'd categorically deny it) is an understatement.

I like these two. I like their weird relationship. I like that they're willing to push boundaries (cluelessly in Cesar's case, at times) and that they're together to the bitter end. Things were crazy before the Breaking and they only got crazier after Genesis. Somehow these two (and the various others in their lives) weathered the storm and came through it as a team. Go, Team Hawkerling!

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