New York Times best-selling author Liz Carlyle has created a breathtaking new romance about a man without scruples and the lady who brings him to his knees.
What does it matter if Kate, Lady d'Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds herself tempted to surrender to her houseguest's wicked kisses.
Disowned by his aristocratic family, Lord Edward Quartermaine has turned his gifted mind to ruthless survival. Feared and vilified as proprietor of London's most notorious gaming salon, he now struggles to regain his memory, certain of only one thing: he wants all Kate is offering…and more.
But when Edward's memory returns, he and Kate realize how much they have wagered on a scandalous passion that could be her ruin, but perhaps his salvation.
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Not So Wicked...Just Gone a bit Astray.
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Back to basics...and I love it!
I've been a Liz Carlyle fan for nearly 15 years. And we're talking the kind of fan who has had to replace copies of her paperbacks because the spines have fallen apart from overuse. I fell in love with her work because, in addition to creating complex, suspenseful, believable, steamy hystorical romances that always have a healthy dollop of mystery, Carlyle's characters were unforgettable and her dialogue was clever. However, for the past few years, as she has spun out the tales of the Fraternitas Aurea Crucis, I have found myself picking up each new installment with a sigh, and the hope that I would once again feel the old magic. If anything, the plots were so complex that they detracted from the story, and the characters felt increasingly difficult to relate to, steped as they were in mysterious powers and/or resentment, rage, fear and a host of other emotions so negative that in my opinion they detracted from the enjoyability of the books.
And then came A Wicked Man. Since Ned Quartermaine's backstory is tangentially related to the stories of the Fraternitas Crucis, I put off reading this book, afraid I would find another well-written but difficult to love disappointment. Instead, I was delighted to discover a likable, intelligent, witty heroine who is easy to relate to and someone I might actually want to know in real life. Add to that a disreputable but still honorable, lonely man who is terribly easy to fall in love with and a skillfully drawn cast of supporting characters who help bring each scene vividly to life, this story was easy to enjoy, and will be fun to re-read. It's a simple tale--there is very little in the way of mystery, although there are a few clever twists that showcase the author's talent for plot development. If you're in the mood for a complex, thrilling murder mystery, this isn't the Carlyle for you, but if you want a warm, almost sweett--but undeniably still sexy!--novel, this is a great read.
A note about the narrator: Overall, I enjoyed Carrolyn Morris' reading. It was well-paced, and she differentiated the voices well. She also did a great job with the erotic content, which not every reader can pull off. My one complaint: She mispronounced several words! If this sort of thing doesn't bother you, then I appologize if I sound like I'm nitpicking. However, if you're a stickler like me, be warned!
- C. Mendez "lady_akemi"