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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran

Wicked Becomes You
Publisher: Pocket
ISBN: 1416593128
Pages: 416 pgs
Genre: Romance/Regency
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

Publisher’s Description:

She’s been burned not once but twice by London’s so-called gentlemen . . .

Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she’s best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar—again—the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her, then it’s time to learn to be naughty. Happily, she knows the perfect tutor—Alexander Ramsey, her late brother’s best friend and a notorious rogue.

So why won’t a confirmed scoundrel let her be as bad as she wants to be?

Unbeknownst to Gwen, Alex’s aloof demeanor veils his deepest unspoken desire. He has no wish to see her change, nor to tempt himself with her presence when his own secrets make any future between them impossible. But on a wild romp from Paris to the Riviera, their friendship gives way to something hotter, darker, and altogether more dangerous. With Alex’s past and Gwen’s newly unleashed wildness on a collision course, Gwen must convince Alex that his wickedest intentions are exactly what she needs.

My Review:

First of all, let me apologize for this being a couple of days late. I had a bit of a mail kerfluffle but that is resolved now. Turns out neighbors are not the most reliable people when it comes to bringing packages that have been left with them in a timely manner. That has been resolved with a conversation with my lovely mail person who will now be getting a Christmas card every year from now on.

Enough of my haphazard ramblings, onto the review. I love historical fiction in all forms but I must confess to a serious addiction to historical romance. It is not a problem  but it is a definite addiction with no cure in sight. This addiction covers many historical periods including regencies, westerns, even the occasional swashbucklebuckle pirate romance. I am an addict and I cannot help myself.

Wicked Becomes You was no exception to my love of the historical romance. It had all of my favorite plot points---rakish hero, headstrong heroine, misunderstandings bad guys and drama. Alex was one of those loveable rakes. He was a bad boy yet at the same time kind of sweet and funny. Admittedly, not my favorite type of hero—I prefer my rakes a bit more rough around the edges—but he’ll do. Gwen was stubborn, a bit foolish but all in all her story was interesting. I did think that sometimes she became a bit Mary Sueish (for all of those fanficcers out there—it means an over-idealized heroine) but Duran always managed to pull her back.

Wicked Becomes you is one of the better examples of historical romance. It mixes drama, humor, and action perfectly. It was fun, intriguing and quite the good read. I will probably read Meredith Duran’s other books as well.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.

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