Title: A Worthy Opponent
Author: Katee Robert
Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Age Range: Adult
Genre(s): Erotica, BDSM, Retelling
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Once upon a time I was a girl who believed in love and happily ever afters.
Now the only thing I believe in is revenge.
Unfortunately for me, there’s only one man willing to help me. Hook. I should have known it wouldn’t be out of the goodness of his heart. He doesn’t have one. No, Hook wants his ring on my finger and me on my knees before him—and he won’t take no for an answer.
I’m willing to pay any price in order to bring Pan down…even if it means I lose my soul in the bargain.
TW/CW: talk of past abusive relationship, violence
Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Learn My Lesson (Wicked Villains #2) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Y’all, this series has been so a welcome distraction from all the things going on the world. Adult smutty retellings of classic Disney characters have been surprisingly entertaining, heartwarming, and so much fun. Also, these characters are written so well, I am loving them so so much.
“I think I care about you. I think it might be even worse than that. I might be falling for you.”
This book follows Hook and Tink, a pair I didn’t think I would love nearly as much as I do. I think of the three books, their relationship is my favorite to date and Tink is probably my favorite heroine to date.
I adore how sassy she is, while also being surprisingly vulnerable. Tink has been in the previous two books as a minor character and we didn’t really learn that much about her, other than knowing she was in a short-term deal with Hades that was expiring soon and that she’s a total brat.
In this book, her deal has expired and Hook offers her a place in exchange for marrying him. Tink does accept the marriage, knowing it’s just for appearances and safety. Moving in with Hook allows Tink to face the trauma she faced at the hands of Peter and acclimate into life outside of the Underworld.
I really enjoyed how Tink’s past abuse was handled and I really enjoyed reading how Hook was offering Tink comfort and allowing her to grow. Hook is an absolute gem and I grew to adore his character so much.
Like the other books in this series, the smutty scenes were done so well. I enjoy how the various kinks the characters are into are written and how the scenes are constructed. I also love that these books have multiple-partner scenes and I’ve really enjoyed how those were done.
My main issue with the previous books in this series is that there was a serious lack of communication between the main characters, usually leading to the climax of the book. I really enjoyed that that wasn’t the case with this book. Hook and Tink had fantastic communication during this book and the major conflict that ended the book was orchestrated and part of a power-play to aid Hook cement control over his territory.
“I fit. It’s annoying that I fit.”
This series is so much fun. If you’re a fan of smutty novels, I highly recommend this series. I don’t think it’s vital to read them in chronological order, though each book does reference things that happened in the previous books and don’t establish side characters as much as they have larger roles in the previous books. Though there is enough explanation as to who characters are that readers can fill in the blanks without reading the book. I’m so excited for the final two books in this series, which are coming out later this year (my copies are already preordered)!
I still think the first book is my favorite, though this book fixed some of the issues I had with the earlier books and featured one of my favorite characters overall. Also, Tink is a plus-size main character, which I really liked to see. I loved the way her insecurities were addressed, and while she was extremely confident, she also had moments of doubt. The fact these short books have such interesting characters and compelling plots speaks greatly to how successfully they are written. I can’t wait to read more from Katee Robert in the future.