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Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet) [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Neville
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hell hath no fury . . .

Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can't bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn't about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she'd long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!



Editorial Reviews

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A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.


Product Details

  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062243322
  • Publisher: Avon (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ34ZY0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite from this author June 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I had some issues with this book. OK, one issue primarily. I didn't like the hero. That's a pretty big obstacle to overcome. In fact, I found myself rooting for "the other guy" to win the heroine. This, even though she was already married and I hate adultery storylines. I didn't dislike the entire book, but I just couldn't get excited about the romance.

Damien, the Earl of Windermere, only married Cynthia because of a bad game of cards. He got drunk on his 21st birthday and lost his mother's ancestral home. He actually lost it to a friend, but that friend was just as loaded and lost it to a third party. He never got over it and he never forgave Julian, the friend who carted his unconscious butt away from the card game before securing the property. Over the years, Damien has tried to buy back the home, but the new owner refused, until now. Damien can get the property back when he marries the owner's niece.

I won't get into the particulars of how it all plays out. The bottom line is I thought Damien's treatment of Cynthia was abominable... He had no faith in her. He accused her of things she didn't do. He took no stock in her intelligence. He insulted her and yet because he wanted to get in her pants, we are supposed to think this is a romance to root for? At least Julian recognized that she was a woman of worth. It took Damien way too long to reach the same very obvious conclusion. For much of the book it felt like the only reason Damien wanted to keep her was because he wanted to sleep with her and simply because he did not want Julian to have her. That is pathetic. On top of that, I felt like his animosity towards Julian was based on a very flimsy premise. Julian wasn't the one responsible for his stupid behavior as a young man.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific start, fun middle, too-pat ending June 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you love fluent, elegant writing, effortlessly accurate history and emotionally complicated premises, try this book. I just bought it on a whim and holy moley, I dropped everything to read it. Yes, it's good. And I'm happy to have procrastinated with it. (And even happier to discover this author. She's written quite a few. Yay.)

A textile manufacturer's heiress is married to a nobleman-diplomat who has accepted a devil's bargain to regain his mother's estate, a property he lost to an erstwhile friend in a youthful game of chance. The Earl of Windermere holds his nose to marry the Birmingham bumpkin but takes off soon after consummating the marriage and she is left to fend for herself. This she does by wintering in London and making a few friends, one of whom is her husband's frenemy, now Duke of Denford. Old emnities and class divisions are just some of the obstacles the two face, not to mention a year's worth of preconceived notions, disappointments and mistrust.

You might enjoy this if you've enjoyed Mary Balogh or Grace Burrowes. The perspectives of H/h are beautifully delineated, and their initial gulf heartbreakingly wide. Midway through I couldn't wait to know what happened next and how in God's name he'd redeem himself with her. (As others point out, he's not the take responsibility and suck it up fantasy hero populating most romances, but an imperfect man whose colossal mistake in youth sets his course for life and leaves him with a few idee fixe about who shared the blame for it.)

Having finished it, I will say it was enjoyable as the two negotiated common ground and their evolving passion. The last act of the story involved a half-hearted, half-baked crime, which came out of nowhere and resolved without much to-do; but all in all, I had a good time here. No wish to re-read this, so ultimately not 5 stars for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's gone wrong? June 26, 2014
By Danker
Format:Kindle Edition
I pre-ordered this title and settled down to read it with high levels of anticipation, only to find it disappointing.
In doing so, I was in no way influenced by other reviews, because I read this story the day it was released, before any reviews had been posted.
I found the writing, for the most part, flat. The H is a pathetic whinger who will most likely spend his whole life blaming others for mistakes for which he should take sole responsibility. The only thing in his favour is his recognition that his actions have driven her into the arms of another man and that he can't condemn her for her "unfaithfulness".
Moreover, the alienated friend is unbelievable and the plot is downright irritating.
I tried to like the h, but she is implausible (her reminiscences of the wedding scene made me cringe - seriously, given what had happened previously, what did she expect?).
Finally, if we are to believe her almost lover's suggestion that she was frightened into marriage, her bullying uncle is a most unconvincingly invisible villain.
I am in no way tempted to continue with this series. And that surprises me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This one didn't work for me June 27, 2014
By Claire
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Miranda Neville is a good writer and I've greatly enjoyed some of her earlier books so this book gets 3 stars vs 2. The fact is, it just wasn't that good. The story was interesting (marriage of convenience trope) and the dynamics between H and his former friend Julian were really good. What didn't work was the "romance" between H/h. I wasn't convinced by H's love for h -- when he first started thinking that he loved her I kept thinking "why? what exactly changed your mind?" -- and I also think the heroine gave in a bit too easily. The first half of the book was excellent and tightly written and I was looking forward to seeing how this whiny, self-righteous prig of a hero was going to redeem himself, but he never really did. At the half way point, the story lost steam and became sort of blah. And at the end there was a strange chapter with action that didn't seem to fit with the story and was resolved in a few pages (trying not to include spoilers here.) I wanted to love this book but I can't even really recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
It's the first book I read in this series and I went back to read the previous 2. I loved the discovery the H regarding his wife and the way the h communicates to her husband. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lydia
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak characters
I have read several books by this author, but this one is NOT one of her best books! I bought this book almost 2 months ago, started it once (I had to stop, dull). Read more
Published 20 days ago by scarlett #3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed all three of The Wild Quartet...Great read
Published 1 month ago by beemer guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 2 months ago by Cathey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
pretty ordinary, same old misunderstands
Published 2 months ago by robert atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed book
Published 3 months ago by zevadie harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I enjoyed this installment of the Wild Quartet series.

I have been dying to read Cynthia's story since the first book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TracyJane
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like Damian the Hero. He did not deserve to "get the girl" in...
First, I am a woman (my amazon account is in my husband's name). I am a huge reader and lover of historical romance, and have been for over 20 years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to read, quite enterteinment!
Published 3 months ago by Adriana Bereskyj
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites this Year
This was NOT your typical historical romance, in many ways, and I loved that. When a talented writer takes a little risk, I'm pleased! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sonoma Lass
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More About the Author

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. As a result I attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. I spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby's auction house in London and New York. Much of my time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed my suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people.

I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

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