I fell in love with Sasha Wagstaff’s writing when I first read her Recipe For Love in 2013, and strangely, have not been able to find her other books in the library. I was very excited to find Wicked Games on a recent visit.
I enjoyed the book tremendously; and I especially loved the parallels with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Like the arch enemies, the Capulet and the Montague families, this novel is about two fierce rivals, Lochlin Maguire and Judd Harrington.
The Maguire family consists of complicated souls and Judd has a vendetta where destroying Lochlin isn’t enough; he’s out to destroy the family. Like a twisted game of chess, the members of the Maguire family and the Harrington family are like hapless pawns, with Lochlin and Judd presiding over them like demented adjudicators.
Judd has returned to England from Los Angeles after 25 years, a glittering success. Why? Is he back really to destroy the entire Maguire clan? He has made extreme demands from his family, but would his demands end badly?
Also, like Shakespeare’s play, there’s the theme of fate and a pair of “star-cross’d lovers”. Lochlin’s talented singer daughter Iris has fallen for irresistible racing driver Ace Harrington, who is under orders from his father to break her heart. Ace did not expect to lose his own heart in the process. Can he go against his father’s wishes? Or will Judd’s wicked games ruin love’s young dream? Would Iris and Ace be torn apart by family feuding and petty revenge? Would Lochlin or Judd learn to forgive and forget? Would they realise it is not worth getting all bitter and twisted about things that are best left in the past?
There are also many other characters and sub-plots weaved into the story that are intruguing and absorbing. I hope I don’t have to wait very long to lay my hands on Sasha Wagstaff’s other novel, Changing Grooms, which I’m sure will be equally delectable!