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His Wicked Games: A Cunningham Family Novel (His Wicked Games #1) [Kindle Edition]

Ember Casey
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Book Description

Trapped with a billionaire in his mysterious mansion... Can she beat him at his own game?

Lily Frazer would do anything to save the Frazer Center for the Arts--even take on the infamous billionaire Calder Cunningham. When Lily breaks onto the Cunningham estate, she only wants to find and reason with Calder. (All right, all right, she wants to punch him in the face, too, but that's Plan B.) As it turns out, the arrogant billionaire is willing to give her the money he promised, but there's a catch: she must win it from him.

And the games he has in mind aren't exactly... innocent.

Lily isn't about to give up the money without a fight (or let some haughty bastard seduce her), but she quickly discovers that there might be more to the brooding Calder than she initially perceived. As their games of cat and mouse become increasingly intense, she suddenly finds herself confused by her own emotions. Can she deny her attraction long enough to win the money she needs?

A contemporary, steamy take on Beauty and the Beast, His Wicked Games is a tale of devilish deeds, wild passions, and wicked romance.

Cunningham Family Reading Order:
HIS WICKED GAMES SERIES (all available!) 
Book 1 - His Wicked Games
Book 2 - Truth or Dare
Book 2.5 - Sweet Victory

HER WICKED HEART SERIES (all available!)
(spin-off series)
Book 1 - Her Wicked Heart
Book 1.5 - Take You Away
Book 2 - Lost and Found

Completely - a BONUS Cunningham short story
Their Wicked Wedding - Coming Fall 2014!

Editorial Reviews


  • "This book was like the roller coaster you never want to get off of -- it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and when I wasn't reading it, I was fangirl squealing about it to whoever would listen!" - Preppea at I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews
  • "His Wicked Games is a great quick and fun romance read! I read the book within three hours and couldn't put it down! It was erotic without being too much; it was sweet without being cheesy, and well written. I want the second book in the series NOW!!" - Jessica's Book Review
  • "I really enjoyed the characters, and absolutely loved the setting. I mean, who wouldn't want to spend 3 days holed up in a huge, mysterious mansion with secret passageways and gorgeous, playful billionaire to have a little fun with? Sign me up." - Brittany at Brittany & Bianca Blab Books

From the Author

Cunningham Family Reading Order:

HIS WICKED GAMES SERIES (all available!)
Book 1 - His Wicked Games 
Book 2 - Truth or Dare 
Book 2.5 - Sweet Victory 

HER WICKED HEART SERIES (all available!)
(spin-off series) 
Book 1 - Her Wicked Heart 
Book 1.5 - Take You Away 
Book 2 - Lost and Found

Product Details

  • File Size: 1347 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8C14AC
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MEEEHHH/BEWARE OF THE SEQUEL August 26, 2013
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This book deserves at least 2.5 stars but since I cannot rate it 2.5, I will give it a 3. I liked it more than I disliked it. It gets a 3 because I think that the story it itself was well written and it flowed nicely. There are just enough supporting characters to make it interesting. I did not skip pages and it held my attention. Another reviewer stated that this book lacked something. It did. It lacked heart. I was not totally invested or convinced of the feelings of these two characters. The lead female character (Lily) is trying to solicit money for a community center that she runs. Lily is selfish and her behavior to meet this man (Calder) was just too way over the top persistent and stalker like. Once she meets him she is condescending, rude and just down right unpleasant. He starts out being gracious but there is this creepiness about him that I cannot put my finger on. He is lonely, bitter and desperate. Although he is a little creepy I do like how the author wrote his character. There was a cadence in how he seemed to speak that he is from old inherited money and that he was very worldly. Needless to say things get heated between them very quickly. Now I don't want to give anything away but when "the misunderstanding" comes it involves her ex. Honestly, I still can't figure out why she is so angry with him when he uncovers the truth. I think maybe she is more mad at herself then anything.

There is a sequel to this book. I think this was meant to be one book and she probably just put this version out to get feedback. The sequel will probably be a rehash of everything that you already read in this book with the additional chapters that should have completed this book. The author does state it on the Amazon website.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Fun Read! June 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"I've never been this reckless before, but I think it agrees with me. I know I'm being insane, but I don't care. I've come to save the Center, and there's no turning back now. Calder Cunningham won't even know what hit him."

Lily Frazer and her father own a small non-profit called The Frazer Center for the Arts. They rely on donations to run their operations, which gives a place for disadvantaged youth to spend time after school doing various activities until their parents pick them up.

The Frazer's have always relied on a substantial donation from the Cunningham family. However, now that Wentworth Cunningham has died, all business has fallen into the hands of his son, Calder.

Calder is a rich playboy who is used to spending his time traveling and living a carefree life. You can find him on the arm of the most beautiful women in the world at any time. Since his father has passed away, he is forced to come home and take responsibility for his affairs.

Lily receives a letter from Calder letting her know that his family will not be able to keep their contract in the future and that it would be in her best interest to not waste her time pursuing the funds any longer. Lily is not okay with that at all. The Frazer Center desperately needs that money. So she takes it upon herself to go have a chat with the man himself. When she arrives at the mansion no one will answer her at the intercom, no one will open the gates, and there are no security guards either. She thinks up quite interesting ways to get someones attention but nothing works. At her wits end, she decides to crawl through the gate!

Calder catches Lily and the game of cat and mouse begins. You can feel the attraction right from the start.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught up in HIS WICKED GAMES June 23, 2013
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Imagine being young, attractive and desperate for'd be Lily Fraser, operations manager for the Fraser Center for the Arts, a non-profit community project to help underprivileged kids.

And, she hadn't been desperate until Calder Cunningham, heir of the Center's largest benefactor, had inexplicably stripped their funding.

Lily--again, young attractive and desperate--wants to entice Calder to reinstate the funding, by whatever means necessary.

Finding Lily trapped at the Cunningham estate by a flood, Calder offers some of the money back, if Lily can win the games he proposes. What Lily tries to convince herself--that her compliance is all for the Center--is far from the mark, however, and when her controlling ex, Garrett, arrives on the scene we learn Calder's most-guarded secret.

HIS WICKED GAMES by Ember Casey is a fun caper with quite the right amount of heat.

What I liked about this one: Lily is able to push past her prejudice regarding Calder and his fortune. She is a driven character who is appropriately reflective and inappropriately brash...all to the good. Calder is an interesting lead, and his perceptive skills are on point. He desires Lily, has for some time, and yet the situation doesn't feel smarmy or manipulative as Lily seeks to exploit Calder, too.

When it comes to the climax, it is Calder's advice of that pushes Lily forward, but she makes the tough choice on her own. The ending was satisfying and the potential for more tales of Lily and Calder is a highlight.

Good job Ms. Casey. Keep on cooking up those spicy tales...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good i found the 2nd one and the short one ...
very good i found the 2nd one and the short one in a triooology ad got them so i could finish it out very good reading.
Published 8 hours ago by Jane St John
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawn in
I was drawn in. I didn't want to be, but was. At times I wanted to smack each of the main characters for getting on my nerves, but overall I enjoyed the story and the concept.
Published 2 days ago by Kathy
1.0 out of 5 stars crazy stalker demands donations
So she hates him because he's super rich and thinks her junkie art center is entitled to his money. If that is not a misplaced since of entitlement and anger I don't know what... Read more
Published 3 days ago by K. Mcelhose
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. It was so good as soon as I finished I had to buy the other 2 and now am going to get the next 3 in the series.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Steamy! Can't put down. Love the characters. Ordering next sequel right now to continue the story with Lilia & Caulden...
Published 7 days ago by Debra C. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good plot and well defined characters
I really injoy the reeding.Very good plot and well defined characters. First time reading Ms.Ember Caseys book . waiting for last book for happy ending.
Published 8 days ago by Rachel K
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what wicked games they are!!
I'd play his wicked games any time he wants. Well written and fun (not for the whole family kinda fun). So glad her *ex* gets his comeuppance - jerk deserved it and more!
Published 9 days ago by Nicole C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. Reminded me a little bit of 50 shades.. Nonetheless a very good easy read book.
Published 10 days ago by Michelle Phelan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Read, But Nothing to Write Home About
It was a pretty good read, but I found myself getting somewhat annoyed by how something so obvious to this reader (no spoiler alert here) was not at all obvious to the heroine in... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Peter Cavaliere
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I enjoyed this read because it was different and unexpected. can't wait to see what next. The beauty of forgiveness and finding love when you'll not looking for it.
Published 11 days ago by Style
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Ember Casey is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Atlanta, Georgia in a den of iniquity (or so she likes to tell people). When she's not writing steamy romances, you can find her whipping up baked goods (usually of the chocolate variety), traveling (her bucket list is infinite), or generally causing trouble (because somebody has to do it).

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Twitter: @EmberCasey

Recommended reading order of the Cunningham Family books:
His Wicked Games
Truth or Dare
Sweet Victory
Her Wicked Heart
Take You Away
Lost and Found
Completely: a BONUS short story
Their Wicked Wedding (Coming Fall 2014)

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