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If He's Wicked Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Wherlocke Series

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Fans will gladly follow Howell (Highland Sinner) from the Scottish Highlands to London for her new 18th-century fantasy romance trilogy. After rescuing cuckolded Julian Kenwood from a would-be murderer, his cousins Chloe and Leo Wherlocke reveal that his wife and uncle have it in for him. They also unveil his son, Anthony, long thought to be dead. Aware that he is out of his element, Julian accepts Leo's help and protection. Like the rest of their prolific family, Chloe and Leo have special gifts such as seeing the future and detecting lies. Julian's inevitable affair with Chloe is hard to believe and the wait for his uncle's next attack is tedious, but the Wherlockes' affectionate teasing and lively banter will have readers picking up the next books just to get to know them better. (June)
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Product Details

  • Series: Wherlocke Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420104608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104608
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"If He's Wicked" is yet another example of why Hannah Howell's books seem to end up on my keeper shelf. She always seems to manage to take plotlines I may have read before, yet she adds a twist or turn that feels new and doesn't bore me. As best I can tell, this book is the start of a new series (!!) about a family of people with 'special' abilities. I can't wait for more!

Chloe Wherlocke is one of 'those' Wherlockes. Her ancestors have been feared, burned at the stake, and nowadays whispered about amongst the ton. She 'knows things' and woe betide those who don't listen. When she rushes to her disgraced sister's side, she assumes at first it's just to help her sister deal with the death of her husband and birth of her child. But soon Chloe realizes the reason for her presence is much more sinister than that. She's there to save, not her sister nor her sister's unborn child; but rather the rightful heir to a Earldom.

Julian Kenwood is the Earl of Colinsmoor. He has wealth, good looks, and a title to boot. But he's also suffered through his marriage to a vain, grasping, and faithless woman. He could have withstood it all if his child had lived. But the death of his only child has thrown him into a downward spiral via alcohol and whores. But someone has been watching out for him, and after the fourth attempt on his life, it's time for them to step in and show him everything he has to live for.

This story is so much better than I can describe without giving too much away. Writing about it makes the plot seem unreal, but while I read it I was 100% IN the story and it was totally believeable. There's not 'magic'...exactly. Instead, the gifts this special lineage has are those of 'the sight', 'the knowing', and 'reading'...
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Like generations of her ancestors Chloe Wherlocke has special skills; in her case she has visions. In 1785 she sees her sister dying while giving birth to a stillborn followed by men bringing a living newborn to exchange for the dead baby. In hiding Chloe sees what she envisioned occur. Chloe and her cousin Leo Wherlocke raise baby Anthony.

Three years later they rescue a drunken Julian Kenwood from an assassin. Julian informs the Wherlocke cousins that his man-eating adulteress wife Lady Beatrice and his Uncle Arthur want him dead. He also mentions his wife gave birth a few years ago to a stillborn. He is shocked when he meets his son Anthony and how duplicitous his spouse is having exchanged their live child for a dead infant. Leo offers to protect father and son starting with spreading a rumor that the Earl died and sometime afterward taking the fight to the evil duet. Meanwhile as the two Kenwood males become acquainted, the older falls in love with Chloe, who reciprocates.

This Georgian romantic urban fantasy is an exciting suspenseful tale of love, murder and adultery. The lead pairing of Chloe and Julian is handled smartly to overcome the obvious anticipation that they will fall in love. In spite of the villains being so outrageously vile they are over the top of Big Ben, fans will appreciate Hannah Howell's enjoyable historical as the beleaguered in love heroes try to keep Anthony safe while struggling with staying alive against incredible odds and insane evil.

Harriet Klausner
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I just finished reading this book, and I must say that I'm sorry for it. Although I thought that the story was somewhat enjoyable and some characters were well developed, I found the two main characters, Chloe and Julian, rather flat and under-developed; the secondary characters were much more fleshed out. I found myself buying the "gifts" that Chloe and her cousin have, yet not believing at all the heinous qualities of Beatrice, in particular. I was annoyed that I read about Julian's golden brown hair umpteen times, yet I don't recall ever reading a description of what Chloe looked like. Another review mentioned that these two people fall in love after a few conversations and that this wasn't believable. I completely agree. I think more dialogue occurred between Julian and Chloe's cousin, Leo, than between Chloe and Julian. There were also many leaps in the plot that are completely glossed over. Conversely, some elements were extremely redundant, and I found the attempts at humor extremely shallow and ill-timed. The biggest problem I had with the book, however, was the awkward flow of the text and the many errors in conventions. This alone completely distracted me from enjoying the story in and of itself. I felt as though Howell was simply working her way through some contractual obligation to the publisher rather than really trying to make this a compelling, interesting story, which it could have been.

Regrettably, I would not recommend this book unless you are a huge fan of the author and used to the quirks of her style and humor.
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Plot:
Julian's uncle and wife want to kill him and his heirs. Chloe saves his son, only to find herself falling for him and also targeted by the BadGuys.

Comments:
- Historical paranormal (visions) romance - set in London 1788 (Georgian).
- 376 pages, 4557 kindle locations
- m/f - reasonably frequent and explicit enough for the genre but not overly so.
- Part of series but would comfortably stand alone.
- Includes an excerpt from "If He's Sinful" by Hannah Howell.

Opinion:
A fun alternative series combining a light paranormal romance with Georgian historical light suspense.

It is an easy, enjoyable book. From saving the hero from himself ("rutting like a goat and drinking oneself blind seemed a little excessive") to Chloe's nice motherly instincts and a well-considered, well-planned World, it works. There is nothing to complain about, and lots of love.

Aside: What was with the vision of mum and a mysterious man on the beach? It seems a rather useless foreshadowing.

- Wherlocke Series -
Book 1 - If He's Wicked - Chloe Wherlocke and Julian Kenwood
Book 2 - If He's Sinful - Penelope Wherlocke and Ashton Radmoor
Book 3 -
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