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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Breaking Wicked by E.J. Nickson is the second romance novel from the Crooked Brook Ranch. Jacob "Trix" Doyle has worked at the farm for three years, making those that live there his family. He would do anything for them, especially his best friend, Winn. Katherine Grant was considered banned from the Crooked Brook Ranch when she ruthlessly broke Winn's heart. Any dealings with her were considered a betrayal to the family. Katherine is desperate for help and tries to turn to Winn, but it was Trix that got snared in her web of deceit and lies. Once Trix understands the depth of trouble she is in, he can't stand back when she calls on him. Will the ranch family understand his involvement as their feelings deepen?
I found Breaking Wicked had a special kind of charm as E.J. Nickson includes another romance for the men of Crooked Brook Ranch. The story twists around old lovers, damaged relationships, and trust issues. Trix is from a wealthy family trying to fit into a normal family setting, while Katherine is from a poor family attempting to get ahead in life. The pace goes from one dramatic event to the next, keeping the characters on edge. Trix has family issues that keep him mysterious to the end, but he is an endearing character with wit and charm. Katherine is snarky, and I wondered what her angle was as she manipulated one man after another. I enjoyed the ending as everything came together and true personalities were revealed. I am looking forward to seeing another man from the ranch surrender to love and romance.