Viciously Yours by Jamie Applegate Hunter

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Summary from Goodreads

Goodreads / Storygraph

When Rennick was thirteen, the gods bestowed upon him the name of his fated mate–a human girl. As the sole heir to the Mountain Kingdom, magic bound him to his kingdom until he ascended the throne on his twenty-fifth birthday, and as a human, she couldn’t cross the magical barrier separating the humans from the fae. Heartsore and consumed with thoughts of her, he did the only thing he could and sent her anonymous letters and gifts…

Until he crossed the barrier into her kingdom to claim her as his own.

Six months after Amelia’s thirteenth birthday, she received a strange letter from a fae boy claiming her as his mate. Humans weren’t taught much about the fae, and one look at the horrifying doll meant to be her belated birthday gift solidified her suspicions that someone was playing a cruel joke. Except the letters and odd gifts kept coming. Against her better judgment, Amelia fell in love with her mysterious admirer throughout the years, certain they would never meet. But on her twenty-fifth birthday, her walk to work was interrupted by two familiar words she’d read a million times.

Hello, love.

Viciously Yours is a new adult fantasy romance long novella/short novel of about 60k words/250 pages. It is fast-paced and focuses solely on the relationship between the two main characters. There is no overarching background plot. Example: Rebels attack the kingdoms, but there is no story as to why because it just is.

The couple does have minor obstacles, but there is no miscommunication trope, no third act breakup, and no cheating.

PLEASE NOTE: The male main character does a few morally black things to those he deems a threat to his relationship. There are no shades of grey.

The Plot

Something I really liked about this book is that the author is honest when she says “there is no overarching background plot”. 

There are some events that unfold in the book in relation to our main characters, but they only serve to further the relationship between the two main characters. 

We are not told why something happens, we only see the effect it has on our main characters. 

And that is entirely the point. 

There were some tropes I was not a fan of in this book. While our main characters don’t purposely mis-communicate with one another, I’m not a huge fan of the ‘overly possessive MMC’ trope. Or the whole “plug” thing. (IYKYK)

The point of this book is to not take it seriously. It is a slow burn, sex positive, dark romance story set in a fantasy world that is not overly complex. 

Anyway, let’s move onto what this book is really about.

The Characters

Rennick and Amelia initially seem to be quite different. 

Rennick is told Amelia’s name when he is 13, as she is his future mate. Amelia is not aware that Rennick is her mate. 

Which leads to some interesting letters and gift giving over the years before these two can finally meet. 

Amelia leads a semi-normal life. Being raised as an orphan, she has learned to stand on her own to feet. She is not as trusting and so when it comes to Rennick, Amelia is quite hesitant to trust him.

Rennick, on the other hand, is quite determined to not only start his life with Amelia, but do everything in his power to make her happy. 

Let me just get this off my chest. Rennick is unhinged

Like there is morally grey (Rhys) and then there is straight up fae mate hormones making the man psychotic (Rennick). 

This book is also quite filthy. While I do give it a small round of applause for its sex-positive attitude. There were A LOT of spicy scenes. Especially once Amelia and Rennick are 25 and she leaves the human lands to live with Rennick in the fae lands. 

The side characters were interesting. Rennick and Amelia both grow as characters but the focus is on their love story which unfolds for the readers from the first page to the last. 

Overall Thoughts

Going into this book, my expectations were perfectly set by the author. I don’t know whether the author is warning us because she didn’t put effort into this books or because this was the story she wanted to write and didn’t want a lot of criticism over the book lacking quite a bit of structure. 

The romance is the central and driving point of this story. So if you do not like fated mates, dark romance, probably too much back door play, then you will not like this book. 

The author ended his book with hints of the next book to come, but I will not be continuing the series. 

It just wasn’t for me. The ending/prologue was very HEA and it kinda took me out of the story if I am being honest. 

It (again) felt like a lazy way to wrap up the story while trying to appease readers. 

Overall, this book was no plot, just vibes and I kinda vibed with it so 3.5 stars out of 5 stars from me. 

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