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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives

Wicked Little SecretsPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:  1402283571
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/ Historical
Challenges- TBA
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's

Summary:

It's Not Easy Being Good...

Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.


When Being Wicked is so Much More Exciting...

Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn't ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash's best intentions.

My Review:

Intro Babble: I took a self-imposed break from the blog to get myself back into a groove during the holiday and I think it worked. I'm hoping at least. It just so happened that I read this one during my break and I loved it. Susanna Ives is a new to me author and I definitely think I will be reading more of her books.

Characters:
Heroine: Vivienne-I liked Vivienne. I did. Even though she frustrated me. And she did. She really really did. She was so willing to be led around by everyone—her fiance, her Aunt Gertrude—that I was kind of wondering if she was ever going to snap out of it and assert herself. I wanted that big “come to Jesus” moment for her because I really did like her.

Hero: Dashiell-He was lovely. In a completely naughty way. He was a scamp. He was mischievous and a big ol' sweetie pie. I loved when he had his little freak out episodes and I loved it even more that he was never really free of them.

Chemistry: At first, Vivienne came across as very judgemental and snooty. Especially towards Dashiell. But, throughout the novel, Vivienne became less judgmental and I began to buy into their relationship more. I do wish that Vivienne had woken up sooner. I also liked that Vivienne and Dashiell had a connection from when they were children. It added another interesting dynamic.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I really enjoyed Wicked Little Secrets. I blew through it. It was sweet and had some really funny moments—one of the funniest moments I have ever encountered in my reading life occurs towards the end of the book. There is also a nice twist towards the end. I did find myself a little annoyed at the constant mentions of religion but it fit with the story and it was necessary with a character like Gertrude. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I am really looking forward to the next one from Susanna Ives. 

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