June 10, 2022

REVIEW A Worthy Opponent (Wicked Villains #3) by Katee Robert

A Worthy Opponent (Wicked Villains #3) by Katee Robert
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Format: Audiobook (Borrowed from Library)
Publisher: Trinkets and Tales LLC (Self Published by Author) 

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I loved seeing Tink appear as a side character in the first two books, so it was exciting to see her take the main stage A Worthy Opponent. Five years ago, Tink sold her freedom to Hades in exchange for protection. Those five years are coming to a close, and the monster she was running from has reared his ugly head. She finds herself with only one place to turn to; Jameson Hook offers his protection from Peter in exchange for marrying him. Will she be able to ensure she doesn’t find herself in the exact same situation she ran from so many years ago, or will she lose herself in the process?

Tink and Hook have known each other since she was Peter’s “woman”, and the tension between them has been building for the five years Tink worked in the Underworld. They are well aware of each other’s kinks, and that comes into play with the scorchingly hot scenes that the author delivers. Their wedding night was one of my favorite scenes, but I was also touched by the simpler scenes that didn’t involve physical intimacy. For example, the small moments where Hook slowly chips away at all the walls Tink has built over the years to protect herself. The first I love you. The “Do you trust me moments?” It all wove together to create a beautiful and engaging relationship for readers to witness. 

The role reversal for Hook and Pan was fan-freaking-tastic. Out of all the role reversals in the series, this one was my favorite. To be honest, I never liked Peter and the Lost Boys. I always thought it was creepy that he took children from their beds at night. That feeling definitely translated to my feelings for Wicked Villain Peter. In addition to the conflict between Hook and Peter, I enjoyed how this book explored the territory dynamics of Carver City. More of the territory leaders made an appearance - I’m especially interested in learning more about the Man in Black, his territory, and his lieutenants (Beast and Gaeton) in the next book (The Beast).

Overall, another fantastic installment to the Wicked Villains series. I can’t wait to read the other three books. I would recommend these books to mature readers who aren’t put off by taboo, kinky dark romance stories that reimagine modern fairytales.  

TRIGGER WARNINGS (From Author’s Website): Abusive father (off-page, historical), abusive relationship (heroine, off-page, historical), assault, murder, guns, explicit sex

About the Book
Once upon a time I was a girl who believed in happily ever afters. Now the only thing I believe in is revenge. Hook's the only one who will help me, but first he wants his ring on my finger and me on my knees before him. I'm willing to pay any price in order to bring our mutual enemy down...even if it means I lose my soul in the bargain.

About the Author

Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.


Katee is represented by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

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