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Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2014

3.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Wild Quartet Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Wild Quartet (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062243322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062243324
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,111 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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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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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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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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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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