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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420104837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104837
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The classic Beauty and the Beast tale is twisted into something new in Dahl's latest historical romance. Marissa York is no demure debutante. She's 22 years old, stubborn, and very curious about sex. But after losing her virtue to a disappointing suitor, Marisa is doomed to ruin. To save her reputation, her family enlists Jude Bertrand, a duke's heir, to marry her. But Marissa is appalled at the idea of marrying the unattractive Jude. Slowly, however, Marisa and Jude grow extremely passionate about each other. It's not all pleasure, as there is also a blackmailer threatening to expose the scandal. Marissa's relatives, rash and overly dramatic, are entertaining and likeable. Though it's clear why the beast wants to marry the beauty, it's mind-boggling that he loves her. Marissa starts out shallow and remains so. Still, it's good beach reading: funny and unlike the others just enough to be worthwhile. (Aug.) (c)
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From Booklist

Victoria Dahl (Lead Me On, 2010) returns to historical romances after a foray in contemporaries. At 22, bored, flighty, aristocratic Marissa York wants to know all about sex. To satisfy her curiosity, she engages in the act with one of her beaux only to be caught by her brother, who decrees that since she might now be with child, she must marry. When she discovers that her brother is just after her yearly income, she refuses to marry the man who compromised her, but forms a fake engagement with a friend of the family, Jude Bertrand. The illegitimate but recognized son of a duke, Jude has admired Marissa for years and decides to woo her with passion, a plan bringing them closer than anyone would have imagined. Despite some modern jargon and occasional plot holes, Dahl’s Regency beautifully showcases two people who must strip away their preconceived notions of each other and grow up in order to find love. Dahl’s quirky sense of humor, interspersed with her depiction of significant personal problems, makes her characters memorable. --Pat Henshaw

More About the Author

Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow. Victoria has published over eighteen books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA® Award for excellence in the romance genre.

Find out more about Victoria and her books at www.VictoriaDahl.com or write to her at Victoria@VictoriaDahl.com.

Customer Reviews

I was left with some questions about possible sequels - I'm definitely interested in the characters.
Kindle Owner
In reading Dahl's book, I was struck how unlikely a character Jude Bertram was as a hero and how much I liked him the way that Dahl had cast him.
Fiendishly Bookish
She has to learn to see past all her preconceptions and learn where the true value of a person lies and the difference between lust and love.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm so pleased that I ended up loving this book so much. The first two chapters showed a very unattractive side of the heroine, Marissa, and I actually stopped reading to go clean something! I was so nervous that this book would be the one that broke my lucky streak with this author. I have enjoyed every book that I have read by this author, and I believe I've read them all barring the novellas, and I live in fear of breaking that pattern. But I got some reassurance that the book didn't disappoint, so I picked it back up and quickly found myself sucked in.

Marissa begins the story at a disadvantage with the reader. She comes off as extremely spoiled, thoughtless, and selfish. I also originally thought she was rather stupid, but I can excuse that because of the liquor involved in the scene. But she comes off as whiny and immature. She wants her way and doesn't understand why everything has to change. Well, she does understand, but she would rather just ignore it.

I was afraid that I would dislike her for a while, but she actually grew on me pretty quickly. She quickly realizes that there are more people impacted by her actions than just herself and decides to suck it up and deal. Unfortunately for her, she has to deal with Jude, who is not at all her type. Marissa is attracted to the pretty boys. She likes the pretty, thin, graceful, rather effeminate men who dress well and look nice on her arm. Jude is large, and muscular, and not pretty at all. She has to learn to see past all her preconceptions and learn where the true value of a person lies and the difference between lust and love.

The author made a bold choice starting the book out where she did.
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A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl
Historical Romance -Aug. 3, 2010
4 1/2 stars

Marissa York let curiosity and a little too much wine go to her head, and she disgraced herself with a fashionable young man in her family's sewing room. Now she has to marry! But Marissa has refused the offer of the young man who `helped' her get into this catastrophe. (Unfortunately, his fumbling about was so disappointing she did not want a repeat performance!) So her brother is determined to find her a replacement.

Fortunately, her brother's good friend, Jude Bertrand, (the bastard son of a Duke), steps into the breech and offers to `save' her. For years, Jude has recognized Marissa's adventurous nature but he felt her youth forbade his pursuit. But now that she's older and in a fix Jude feels this is just the time to play the hero.

I really enjoyed this book, because it explored the question of a young woman's burgeoning sensuality in a historical context when sensuality was hardly acknowledged. She has these feelings that she can't discuss with anyone, but they won't go away. Though the story is largely about sensuality, it isn't erotica, and descriptions of sex are not the point of the story. The book does a nice job of capturing that confused time in young adulthood when many conflicting ideas scramble for a toehold in a person's consciousness: looks versus character, words versus action, family versus society. Both characters are interesting and have real depth. I immediately liked them and became invested in their growing realtionship.

This was a charming and absorbing read that I highly recommend!

Reviewed by Adrienne from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mara on October 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The plot behind A Little Bit Wild is well constructed, but unfortunately, the novel as a whole is poorly executed.

As much as I wanted to like Marissa, I found her shallow, selfish, and even a bit childish. My view of her did not improve over the course of the novel. There just wasn't enough character development or enough depth to the characters to really make you understand why Marissa felt or acted the way she did. I think if there had been more character development or some form of a saving grace, she would have been easier to come to like. As it was, I disliked her character from beginning to end and could not find myself satisfied with even the intended to be feel good ending.

Jude, in my opinion, is not much better than Marissa. He criticizes her for being shallow while he, himself, knows very little about her and desires her simply based upon appearances. In time, he does grow to genuinely care for her based on who she is as a person, but he does have doubts about her feelings for him which are not resolved completely, or at least not satisfactorily, at the end of the novel.

I also found the beauty and the beast scenario that this novel is sort of modeled around a bit of a turn off. Jude is described as truly being ugly, not one who has some hidden or different sort of beauty, but really just ugly. Call it shallow, but I like to imagine the men in these books as handsome men so the constant reference to Jude being ugly was really a turn off for me.

There also was a lot of interaction between characters that seemed a bit out of character. Actions and conversations that did not seem true to the characters at all. This might be because of the lack of character development though as you never get a good sense of who the characters really are.

All in all, I think 3 stars are generous. Okay sex scenes, but the plot is not executed well at all. I would not recommend.
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