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Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, naturally expects to speak with a man at his appointment with the architectural firm of Garret and Tempest, so he is more than a bit surprised when Miranda Garret shows up. Win doesn’t need a woman, he needs an architect who can repair Fairborough Hall, his family’s ancestral home. Since no other firm in London is willing to even consider taking on the commission, let alone guarantee that the remodeling work will be done before the annual summer ball, Win really has no other choice but to meet with Miranda. Of course, it isn’t as if Miranda will actually be drafting the remodel of Fairborough Hall herself. That is what Mr. Tempest will be doing. At least that is what Miranda seems to be implying in this cleverly conceived and delightfully droll romance. Between them, Win and Miranda generate an abundance of fast-paced, snappy dialogue and a bounty of sexy chemistry, proving that the ever-reliable Alexander is now the go-to author for historical romance readers in search of love and laughter. --John Charles

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered her love for fiction. Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written 24 full-length novels and six novellas. With books translated into a dozen different languages, she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award. Victoria is now settled in Omaha, Nebraska, with her family. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420117076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420117073
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. Find a complete list on her website http://www.victoriaalexander.com and chat with her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAlexandersPlace

The Perfect Wife--originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008--hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.

Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON'T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She's interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor's helicopter. She's covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter's school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She's never looked back.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed! Now he's been joined by Reggie, king of the lilacs.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal--she has to.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on January 29, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A novel-length continuation of the story begun in "Lord Stillwell's Excellent Engagement," Victoria Alexander's "The Importance of Being Wicked" lives up to her usual standard of engaging characters and solid plots. The conflicts in the story revolve around preconceived notions and fears based upon past pain. Set in a time on the cusp of modern ideas and significant changes in the roles of women, the novel deals very well with the difficulties faced by women embarking upon professions. In order to have the loving future each deserve, Win and Miranda must overcome their prejudices and self-delusions to be open to new ideas and to take risks in order to build on their love for each other. The only weakness, if it can be called that, is kind of dragged out way the story proceeds, with the characters often seeming to take far too long to come to some sort of resolution, making the story drag at points. But even that does not detract significantly from the enjoyment of the novel. And an added bonus are the secondary characters--the delightful Hadley-Attwater crowd. I can't wait for the next installment in the adventures of those siblings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Affaire de Coeur on March 8, 2013
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What a charming warm-hearted story! Ms. Alexander's witty characters are carefully built into the story one piece at a time, creating the perfect amount of attraction and tension for the ultimate CO (Certificate of Occupancy). As if that weren't enough, a bonus novella is at the end, "Lord Stillwell's Excellent Engagements."
Lauren Calder
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Catalano on March 24, 2013
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This novel is the second book in Victoria Alexander's "Millworth Manor" series. I was totally captivated by the first book "What Happens At Christmas" and knew I had to carry on with the series. I'm so glad I did.
This novel centers around Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, who with three broken engagements, has decided to forgo his search for a wife and focus on undertaking hiring a company to repair his family's fire-damaged country house. The firm's representative turns out to be Lady Miranda Garrett, a very desirable widow.
While Miranda resides at Millworth to oversee the work, Win occupies most of her days and they become "friends". Is that all they are?
The attraction, arguments and back and forth banter between the two is quite comical and their chemistry is obvious to everyone but them.
A light hearted and funny historical romance!
I look forward to more of Victoria Alexander's books as well as the next book in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luciefuentes on March 13, 2013
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A nice historical romance. For once, women are not treated as porcelain vases unable to think or usefull only to spend their husbands' money. Pretty cool and progressive, huh?

If the place of women in this historical romance is quite interesting, they are portrayed as being equally manipulative or secret creatures incapable of telling the truth. Unflattering in one case as in the other ... But at least the female have personality, strengh and do not hide from revealing it. It is already a progress!

Through Miranda, the reader follows a young widow who participated in the architectural work of her husband without obtaining credits. After his death, she decided not to close the company and continue to work incognito even by risking a scandal and bringing shame on her family.
Win, the Viscount Stillwell decides to hire her after a fire occurs in his family home and falls under the spell of her mind and her scathing repartees. A brave one who he's not afraid that his wife has a mind in a archaic era that gives me goosebumps. Believe me, reading this kind of novel, I am delighted to be a woman soon plunged in 2013 ...

As for the love story, it is enjoyable even if I found a lack of action. The story is a little soft with heroes who are overthinking their actions and emotions too much. So, I read some passages in diagonal which did, in the end, not really missed. Despite these lengths, I smiled to some good verbal sparring between the two heroes.
I even got a soft spot for Win. Despite the fact that he is being mistaken for a spoiled child, a bit slow and succeptible half the time. He may have lack a bit of testosterone to be a trully wicked heros.

A pleasant romance.

Lucie
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buried By Books on June 20, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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I used to love Victoria Alexander's books, but something has changed in the last few years. She's changed publishers, for one. And many of her books have been released in hardcover first. Not something I'm a fan of. The Importance of Being Wicked is a mass market original, though. Even if the title is ripping off the classic one The Importance of Being Earnest. (Romance community, I am BEGGING you to stop borrowing titles and tweaking them for your use.)

The last few books she's put out just haven't worked for me. Which is sad, because the The Marriage Lesson and The Wedding Bargain are two of my favorite romance books. But I couldn't even finish this book's predecessor, What Happens At Christmas, after requesting it from Netgalley. I hate abandoning books midway through, but when I do, it's because I've lost interest. I'd almost rather a truly bad book to one that leaves me indifferent.

IOBW isn't terrible. It's just not terrific. There's very little real tension or true obstacles for this couple. No deep well of emotion to draw from... Nothing. I liked the risks she takes by having a heroine with an occupation I can't recall reading before and a bit of a stodgy hero (with a wicked reputation). I also liked the dialog between the hero and heroine--something Ms. Alexander has always excelled at. I just felt like the pacing was slow and the author could have gone with a little more edge when it came to Miranda's involvement with the architectural firm. The revelation, as it were, felt anti-climactic. And the last 1/4 of the book felt quite a lot like filler...it seemed to drag on forever.

At least I finished this one.

While missing both the charm and the emotional punch of earlier works, this book is still sure to entertain the most ardent of Victoria Alexander's fans.
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