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A Clever Sacrifice

(Wicked Fortunes #3)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Everything was supposed to have gone back to normal. After watching and waiting for weeks, I’d been sure that the threat of more ritual sacrifices was over.

However, when I wake up in the middle of an unfamiliar swamp during a storm that’s the worst I’ve ever seen only to stumble on an unwelcome surprise, I have to admit that I was right all along.

Something worse is out t
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published July 1st 2021 by Focal Fox Press
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Rambling Reader
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Definitely that 4.5 range!

A Clever Sacrifice is another great installment in George's story, and I sped right through it. In this one, we're seeing more from the Loa and the aftermath of the misadventures that our leading lady had to battle through in book two. I'm glad that Merlin continued with that story arc; we all knew there was more to come, but I was worried that there'd be a lag while George got wrapped up in some other case.

Instead, we're finding out who's behind it all and dealing wit
Floss Worden
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A clever storyline that makes you want more!

George and her boys leave you wanting more and more.
Some new friendships that I can’t wait to see how they evolve between the boys and George was as kick ass as I remember her to be.

Another well written book from AJ Merlin, the characters and the storylines are fast becoming my favourites.
Dawn Milligan
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This series is so ducking goooooodddd I love love love it!!! Such amazing character with a fabulous story!!! You have to read this!!!!
Oct 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
A Clever Sacrifice? That's how the author is explaining this ending? I'm sorry, but no. Not clever, and not actually a sacrifice. Also, the ending just stops....right after (view spoiler) We as the readers are just left in the dust, wi ...more
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow just wow honestly AJ Merlin just keeps getting better and better with every book she writes. I devoured this book unable to put it down for even a second which is why I have finished it within 24 hours after eagerly awaiting its arrival!

Time has passed a bit since the end of the last book and all seems quiet. George's suspicions that she hadn't truly stopped the ritual killings seems to be unfounded ... or is it? Her beliefs are questioned and doubts creep in making her questions everything.
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Okay it’s official I’m obsessed with THIS series. Reading this book has confirmed everything, and has reminded me of why I haven’t been able to put any of the books down. AJ Merlin’s writing is addictive, and it only gets better each book. I think what I appreciate most about this book is we are finally seeing George get closer to the Troublesome trio, don’t get me wrong there’s still a LOT of room to grow closer. After all the Trio have been together for a long time and I holding out hope that ...more
Colbie C
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Overall: 4.25 / 5 *
As the third book, we get to see some real character development, beyond getting to know them (as we had primarily done in previous books.) The Loa continue to wreak havoc but are showing their humanity more as they are now under threat! George and her harem learn to start trusting each other and she becomes more forward in being able to state when she wants out of life as well as her relationships. I wish our villain had been better developed but there’s always next time! Th
Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
My favourite in the series so far.
Another hilarious, steamy, creepy addition. George has learnt to trust her instincts regardless of those around her & also learnt to be vulnerable & put herself out there. I loved these moments, it was such great character development. The steam factor with her lovers is taken up a notch & whoa there is a pairing in here I didn't realise I wanted to see together, but hope that gets explored more in the future. There is further development with George & her magic
Sue Harbers
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of changes for George in this book, by the end of it things are in a totally different place from the beginning. There’s a strong focus on George’s relationships with “the trio” and also Merric and Yuna. George spends some time on reflecting and trying to figure out where she fits in with everyone. Meanwhile there’s trouble again in New Orleans and George has sworn to put an end to it all. She’s got to get to the bottom of the crime spree and try to get her magic under wraps. Thi ...more
Marisa Niemann
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
George's insecurity about her relationships and her strength continues from the last book, but we finally get some resolution... at least with the trio. George finally confronts them about what their relationship mean and how serious it is, which has needed to happen for awhile. Other than resolving emotional problems, there is also some resolution on George's insecurity on her powers and her strength when comparing herself to others, I won't say much more about that because I do not want to spo ...more
Evelyn Jane Thorne
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Clever Sacrifice is definitely my favourite book from the Wicked Fortunes series. I love how much George has evolved in regards to her magic and her relationships. She has definitely grown into a much stronger character that doesn’t need to be saved by the others (I mean at least not as much). I need more Merric because I absolutely love and adore him so much. I would also love to learn more about his past because he is so intriguing.

So many things happened in this book that I never saw coming
Danyelle Williams
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not done yet

Things are getting interesting. We learn more and more about the realationships in this book. I love when not only the FMC has realationships but there are relationships between the group wheter friends or lovers. I'm not gonna lie there is something about Cian that I can't quite figure out if I like him or not. I'll reserve my judgement for now. But him. And hoping to see more Yuna in the books to come

The mysteries continue as more is happening in New Orleans. There w
Michelle The Outgoing Bookworm
4.25 ⭐️

George has her hands full with five ‘lovers’. She wonders where she stands with each as she comes to the realization that they mean more to her than she expected.

But that is taking a backseat to the horrific, violent acts that are supernaturals dismembered. The problem is they are hitting too close to home and the perpetrator(s) are just as much.

I love how George is unsure of her relationship status with her harem. She’s like any other person in this situation. Apparently it isn’t obviou
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
A Clever Sacrifice book 3 in AJ Merlin’s Wicked Fortunes series. Each book keeps getting better and better.

George is feeling a little insecure in her relationships with all her lovers. Especially when she realizes her feelings for them are deeper then she thought. This one focuses more on her relationship with the “troublesome trio,” however I still love her relationship with Merrick the most. He’s definitely favorite.

It’s not all fun and games though. There’s more trouble in New Orleans and G
michelle rivera
Looking forward to more!

I love this series, but sometimes George can be quite obtuse. That can be annoying at times, but even with that, the storyline is intriguing and kept me coming back for more. I look forward to the next book, because there are some interesting questions that need answering after that ending. These stories are filled with fantastic characters and enough intrigue to keep anyone who likes a good story coming back for more! I would definitely recommend.
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Wicked Fortune series and I'm obsessed!!

This book takes us deeper into the Loa side of the series and George's affinity for helping in all matters, even when she shouldn't. I'd loved the amount of magic in the story, there isnt alot of sex scenes like the previous books but I didn't find I minded. There was definitely enough going on to keep me satisfied and struggling to put it down.

I received this book as an ARC.
Jordan Burnette
Aug 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wish there would be another book.

I am only giving this book 4 stars because I wish there was a 4th book. I wish I had the opportunity to see George collect more cards and grow into her magic. I am so glad she was able to finally learn to to trust her cards. I wanna be able to see her relationship progress with Cian, Akiva, Indra, Yuna, and Merric. I love this series and this author.
Jamie Wagers
Oct 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love love loved this series! I have become so attached to these characters throughout series that when I wasn't reading it still felt like I needed to check in on their progress lol. I really enjoyed the few twists and turns thrown into the story line and it was really nice to see it be about more than just the sex... although those scenes were pretty great too! Definitely will be following this author and I'm hoping to find that they keep writing on this series! ...more
Heather Freeman
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well. That was an ending. I want the next book now lol
Lots got revealed in this book as to people’s backstories and motivations. George had some good growth but has to learn things the hard way.
Really enjoyed this book, much like the rest of the series. Though the cover art is my least favourite of the three
Jul 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Clever Sacrifice by AJ Merlin, book 3 in her Wicked Fortunes Series is a phenomenal book. With each book the story gets better and more details come out. The romance is strong and looks like there might even be a possible new fling....... have to wait for the next book to find out. I would recommend this series for anyone's TBR list. ...more
Bianca Mittan
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Best one yet!
Omg! This book was probably my favorite in the series. I love George’s character and how much she just wanted to do things for herself. How much she wanted to save herself and others. I hope there’s more books in this universe because I loved it.
Kelly Wheeler
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Great addition to the series , George is one of my fave FMCS , the dialogue, plot ,action , world building , relationships etc … just everything! So well written , you’ll love this !
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love love loooove this book

This installment of the series is insane! AJ just keeps getting crazier with every book! I cant believe what poor George is going through and that ending??? No way. I cant wait to see what comes next from the incredible AJ Merlin
Anthia Clark-Felt
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved every part of this book! So many mysteries to be solved, Georges awkward " what are we " talk with the men and women in her life and devious liars to deal with. I can not wait for the next book. ...more
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am not going to lie I started to doubt myself about those characters being the one pooling the strings. And the end oh man. I am not going to lie I started to doubt myself about those characters being the one pooling the strings. And the end oh man.
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There hasn't been one single book of AJ Merlin's that I haven't lived!! And this is no exception. This series was the start of my love affair with Ms Merlin, lol!! And book 3's addition has made me love even more. I can't wait to read more of George and her harem! ...more
Lydia Cost
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Woah; Our George is Leveling Up

This one was so exciting for me. There was a lot of suspense and action, and I’ve fallen for all of these characters. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this one!
Valarie Gentry
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I was so completely drawn into their story!
Roxy Cunliffe
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loving this series and all the characters cant wait to see what happens with George next
Recommend for a good prn series
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