Saturday, April 24, 2010
Book Review of Wicked Becomes Her by Meredith Duran
Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she's 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.
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.
I have to say that Wicked Becomes Her is my first Meredith Duran romance novel and once I finished it, I immediately wanted to read her earlier books!
Wicked Becomes Her works so well -- I love historical romance novels with smart, funny, daring and supremely loyal women. Gwen Maudsley is one of my favorite romantic leads with her hidden depths, quick wit, sharp mind, and loyal soul. I loved that she's abandoned at the altar twice and has to face the ton's gossip - and responds with a flash of spirit! Meredith Duran had me chuckling from the start!
The other romantic lead measures up as well. I love it when the heroes appear dissolute but prove otherwise. And when I come across a book with dialogue that has me laughing out loud and characters as fun as Gwen and Alex, I carefully keep the book to enjoy another day.
If you enjoy historical romances and are looking for a fun, romantic escape, get yourself a copy of Meredith Duran's Wicked Becomes You. Put your phone on silent and turn off your blackberry - you won't want to be interrupted!
ISBN-10: 1416593128 - Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (April 27, 2010), 416 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author, courtesy of her website:
Meredith Duran grew up enamored of British history. At thirteen years old, she made a list of life goals that included writing romance novels, trying sushi, and going to London to see Holbein's portrait of Anne Boleyn. Now a doctoral student in anthropology, she is happy to report that all three goals have become her favorite things to do. When not studying, doing fieldwork in India, or working on her next novel, Meredith can be found in the library, browsing through travelogues written by intrepid Englishwomen of the nineteenth century. Learn more on Meredith Duran's website at http://www.meredithduran.com/index.html
Thank you so much Ayelet and Simon and Schuster for this review opportunity!