Dark and brooding, Nick Crocetti was labeled a ‘bad boy’ from the moment he arrived in Rockland City. Now the owner of the bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past still swirl around him. Being alone suits Nick, until his high school fantasy enters his life once again.
Veronica Barnes is leaving behind a disastrous marriage along with her high-paying consulting career. Returning home, she is determined to follow a lifelong dream of opening a bakery. Meeting her secret high school crush, ‘the wicked bad’ Nick, stirs up her emotions in ways she never imagined.
Despite the mutual physical attraction—past and present—Nick and Veronica are wary, and, even though they would never admit it, —lonely. Breaking down the barriers of past heartbreak seem insurmountable, especially when the intimate bond moves toward something neither counted on—nor wanted. Acknowledging their feelings may be more than they bargained for.
Note on this book: It was previously published in 2013 with Crimson Romance's Spicy line as The Wicked Bad.
I received the rights back in 2016. Crimson Romance is no longer in business. (Bought by Simon and Schuster in late 2016, closed in 2018)
Used paperbacks of the 2013 version are still floating out there.
I have completely revised this story. First off, He's the Wicked Bad is no longer erotic, this is a mainstream series. Meaning even though the hero is on a motorcycle, he is not part of a club, and this is not a dark romance.
I also have the rights back to book 2, His Wicked Celtic Kiss. That title will not be changing.
Book 3 is written, it is called His Wicked Cold Heart.
Book 4 is not written as yet. (but I started it!) It will be called He's so Wicked Good.
A little about the series: The Wicked Men of Rockland City.
Nestled on the Chesapeake Bay, in Rockland City, Maryland, this small industrial city has witnessed the struggle for dominance by two families: The De Lucas and the Barneses. For good or ill, their lives, and those associated with them, have intertwined for years.
The Barnes family represents law and order. The De Lucas embodies the complete opposite, and soon their various criminal enterprises overtake everyone’s lives with disastrous results. Once the smoke clears, the question remains of who will survive. Passions run high, so do old and new resentments—and old and new friendships and loves.