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“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!” (Lisa Kleypas)

Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)

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The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love . . .

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble . . .

Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke…while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Wild Quartet (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006219903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062199034
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in southwest England. During my misspent youth I devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels I could lay hands on. I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

You can learn more about me and my books at http://www.mirandaneville.com
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Twitter: @Miranda_Neville

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By CaroleDee on February 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
After happily devouring Miranda Neville's Burgundy Club series I was thrilled with the opportunity to read her debut of a spinoff series The Importance of Being Wicked. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried I could not enjoy it :(

I found the heroine, Caroline aka Caro, unlikeable. She idealizes her alcoholic/gambling addict late husband to excess. She acts irresponsibly towards the care of her innocent cousin. She lets her 'friends' treat her like a complete doormat. But the most damning thing, to me, was she married Thomas,The Duke of Castleton, with great enthusiasm but it took months into their marriage and a great tragedy before she showed her true self to a man that she was supposedly completely smitten with. The whole thing was hard for me. Thomas is a wonderfully written respectable gentlemen, if not a bit stuffy (Caro actually refers to him as Lord Stuffy to her friends throughout the book!) He's absolutely in love with her and she keeps him, emotionally, at arms length for the first 250 pages of the book! I felt horrible for the man. He's 30 years old but reminds me more of a naive, sheltered teenaged boy. Caro's character reminded me more of the 'opportunistic female villain' of historical romances rather than the heroine.

Perhaps I'm being harsh because I did love the Burgundy Club so much, and my expectations were too high. I was expecting more of the previous series's formula of mystery, intrigue, and love. What I got was an unbelievable match, almost no drama, and an extremely unlikeable heroine :(

There were a few saving graces to The Importance to Being Wicked. The last 100 pages (when the 'real' Caro finally introduced herself to Thomas) were great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2013
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I'm a big fan of this author but not all her books are five stars. The best best thing is that the male characters are NOT bored rakes. All her characters are true to life and not based on troupes of the trade. Thank you Miranda for that!

This latest though is well written with characters that grow to love each other even while they face their own insecurities. Both characters stay true to themselves, honor each other and forgive the other's mistakes.

I don't want to spoil anything, but the hero is fabulous. He is dutiful yet decided to marry the heroine in spite extreme pressure to marry for money based on his need to provide for his illegitimate sisters and make up for the mistakes of his father. The heroine is very reckless and finally makes the right decision committing to this man. She is in denial about her late husband and his friends and lets herself get into precarious financial situations. I thought it was very real to life. Fortunately the hero is the kind of person who she can count on. He doesn't judge her and shows his loyalty again and again. He isn't a beta-male; just willing to risk it all for this woman. The heroine is exactly the kind of person to upset his life and give him a chance for joy in life rather than duty. Their happy ending is well deserved!

This is a keeper! Plus, we now get to learn about a group of people obsessed with art. Fun!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on November 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caroline Townsend is dealing with the death of her husband and trying to find a way to pay all the debts left behind and with her generous nature, she finds it hard to turn away her late husbands artistic, struggling friends. A bright spot is the arrival of her dear cousin, Anne who is coming to meet her potential fiance, Thomas, Duke of Castleton. It quickly becomes clear that this proper man, or Lord Stuffy as Caro comes to call him, will not suit for Anne and does not fit in with Caro's more carefree lifestyle...but the attraction between Thomas and Caro is there and hard to ignore. When Caro attempts to settle on of her larger debts, Thomas is there to sweep her away and this forces a change in their relationship. However, Thomas needs to marry for money so how can he throw away the chance to marry for money (Anne) for the chance to marry for love and passion (Caro)? Will he choose duty or love? Will Caro be able to find a balance for her feelings for Thomas, a balance between proper and free?

What a fun, sexy, enjoyable easy read! I really like to read a good book sometimes without major conflict, without loads of action and with feelings expressed without having to pull teeth and I felt Miranda Neville delivered with this one. Caro is a delight...free spirited, kind, loving and a wonderful teacher to Thomas about all things wicked! Thomas is the perfect, proper, stuffy gentleman who knows his duty but can see importance to learning all things wicked. I did feel like the story was a bit slow in the beginning but it really picked up for me half way through and I finished it in one sitting to see how it all played out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story has a premise a bit like Jo Beverley's A Scandalous Countess but is a better read than that one. The heroine here, Caroline Townsend, at 17 marries her "true love" neighbor boy, against the wishes of her family, and the two of them live a rather hedonistic, irresponsible London life for seven years, running with a somewhat disrespectable crowd of fun-loving people. The husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her a widow in her early 20s who's saddled with many debts because of his gambling addiction.

Caro still runs with the fun crowd, still entertains at her house and still lives a rather irresponsible life, albeit on a more restricted budget. She doesn't want to give up her friends. They were the friends of her love-of-her-life husband and are now her tie to his memory.

Enter hero Thomas, Duke of Castleton. Although the long-ago first Duke of Castleton was the illegitimate son of Charles II and one of his actress mistresses, this present-day duke lives a totally respectable, almost repressed, life. He needs to marry, as all dukes seem to in HRs, and he wants to marry respectability and money. So he's after a young well-regarded heiress who, at the moment, is living with and being chaperoned by Caroline. That's how the stuffy duke and the irrepressibly fun-loving widow meet. And, oops, it's lust at first sight on the part of both.

But it's not an easy path to the HEA. Their personalities and attitudes towards life are at odds, but their changing relationship is realistically and well drawn by Neville. You can see the rather immature, irresponsible Caro become more self aware and more realistic about her first marriage and her way of behaving.
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