Released: March 3, 2015
Format: E-book, 309 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Whatever June Coffin says, goes—literally. And it’s not just because she’s a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. But in a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she’d rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines…until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago’s Institute of Supernatural Research. To save Jason, June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder—and strange bedfellows—including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. Soon the lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. But in a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother’s life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand.
The Wicked City is the first book in the Siren Song series by Megan Morgan, a new to me author who is known for writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and erotica. I am leaning towards this story being more in the Paranormal Romance genre than Urban Fantasy. The sex scenes alone are what we normally see in the Paranormal Romance genre, not UF.
The main character for The Wicked City is June Coffin, a Siren (aural captivator) who loves to chain smoke, drink whiskey and wine, and has tattooed nearly her entire body. Along with her twin brother Jason, they are brought to Chicago where the Institute for Supernatural Research is located after June unfortunately exposes them to the paparazzi.
While escaping without her brother, June uses her hypnotic voice against a researcher named Micha Bellevue, and ends up getting involved with not only Micha who lost his wife Rose and now has no memories, but Sam Haain (Shifter), Cindy & her cat Serendipity (Sex Witch), Muse Sagan (Telepath), and Aaron Jenkins (Human) in order to get Jason back safely.
June isn't what you call your ass-kicking take no prisoners sort of heroine. She's a bit crude, a bit on the immature side, apparently allergic to everything that she eats, and is covered in tattoos, and piercings. She is also highly addicted to sex, and it really doesn't matter who the person is. There are some eye rolling moments of woman on woman comparisons that just irked me. When are we ever going to get past the entire who has the biggest breasts, or is more beautiful than whom shenanigans? Can't we act a bit like adults?
I, unfortunately, did have other issues with this story not withstanding what I just wrote. I struggled with the thought of June and Micha being together so soon after his own wife was murdered. Didn't make for a pleasant experience for me, and yes I did skip over the entire chapter 8 because I'm not into erotic sexcapades, or the entire relationship and how it progresses. I had issues with Morgan not utilizing June's abilities until she had absolutely no choice but to use them to save lives.
Morgan also wraps up The Wicked City with little or no fanfare. There are a few left over storylines to traverse to the next installment which is to be called The Bloody City. The only way for this to work, is to tell readers that what happened in this book really wasn't the end, and that the dangerous June and Jason face are only the beginning of their journeys. Obviously, there is more to the Paranormal Alliance than meets the eye. Perhaps Morgan will it reveal more next time out.
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**