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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258033
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Alissa Johnson and her novels

“High on believable, witty characters and emotional honesty."--Publishers Weekly

"Has just the right combination of humor and earnestness to keep this reader captivated. With likeable characters who are more than they seem at first blush and dialogue that sparkles, I plan to revisit this story for years to come."--All About Romance

"Wonderful characters and witty dialogue....Highly recommended!"--Fresh Fiction

About the Author

 Alissa Johnson is the RITA Award–nominated author of Tempting Fate and several historical romances. She grew up on Air Force bases in the United States and Europe and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She currently lives in the Ozarks. 

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Love the smart dialogue!
Tari Rode
Her assertion of independence is somewhat understandable, but ultimately not likable.
Mary @ *Buried Under Romance*
It was boring--boring hero, boring story.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Bookdragon on October 5, 2012
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The publisher's description of this book is misleading.

Anna is isolated and pretty much held prisoner by her scandalous, and I think mentally unstable , mother who is a member of the demimonde. Her mother is famous for her lovers and wild parties. she also lies constantly even leaving Anna unsure of her own age and paternity. Her mother would parade her like a pet in front of the demimonde occasionally, but only from a distance. Anna hated these occassions, hated the whispers and stares. Her dream was to live in a country cottage out of the eyes of society, get a dog and just be free.

Max thumbs his noise at the ton by basking in the demimonde, seeing the life as a type of freedom, something he never new in his childhood. A childhood made unhappy by uncaring parents.

They first meet the night that Max's brother dies leaving him the Viscount. He gets drunk at one of her mother's party and wanders into an area of the house Anna is in. Anna and Max connect emotionally that night and he promises to call on her in a weeks time. Thanks to her mother's interference she thinks he never shows and he thinks she has refused to see him.

Fast forward 4 years and Anna discovers not only her paternity but that her father had promised upkeep money for her. A promise her mother states he never kept. Hearing from her nursemaid/companion that she has 2 brothers who would likely honor the monetary debt she sneaks from her mother's house to meet them. She expects to collect the money buy a little cottage and and gain freedom from her mother. She did not expect to find a family who wanted to know her. Nor did she expect her brother's good friend Max to be there as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on May 6, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book left me feeling slightly unsatisfied, in part due to my own expectations formed from its intriguing premise, which might have set me up for some disappointments.

Anna Rees had grown up with her courtesan mother in the demimonde, living a cloistered life until one night when she encounters Viscount Maximilian Dane, who, despite being drunk, fascinated her in his charming demeanor. Max was equally enchanted with the innocent Anna, who had never seen such a mix of refreshing honesty and shyness. Max promised to call on Anna again, but due to a misunderstanding their meeting was postponed for four years, when Anna came to visit her newly discovered half-brother, the Marquess of Engsly, where Max was also present as a visiting friend.

In spite of the initial hostility Max displayed towards Anna, his distrust and anger quickly vanished when their earlier misunderstanding was cleared up. This led the story to be told pleasantly for a great part of the book, as Max and Anna amicably got to know each other and became increasingly fond of each other. Anna had the most character development in this story, as she experienced independence for the first time, away from the possessive influence of her jealous (but not strictly mean) mother, and realized how to sacrifice her own life for the love of a lifetime.

Max, on the other hand, is not very multidimensional. He eludes briefly to having a conflict with his father and brother, but not enough is expanded on either subject to provide a deeper background for the reason of his choosing to be a rake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KBT VINE VOICE on December 12, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Practically Wicked is another sweet, witty and well written romance from Alissa Johnson. Max and Anna where well matched and it was great getting to revisit with the Haverstons.
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By gayle pace on June 29, 2014
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Anna Rees had grown up with her mother living a sheltered life until she meets Viscount Maximilian Dane, fascinated her, even though he was drunk. He had a charming aura about him.This wasn't a one sided admiration. Max was in awe of the Innocent Anna. He had never been around anyone who was so charmingly honest and sweetly shy. They had a meeting planned but due to circumstances that meeting didn't take place until 4 years later. They both ran into each other when Anna went to visit her newly found half brother, the Marquess of Engsly. Max was also there visiting a friend.

Once their misunderstanding as settled, they became instantly attracted to one another again.
Most of the book was a lovely romantic read. The author developed Anna's character the most.. She became independent for the first time in her life, being away from her possessive and jealous mother.. During this independence she discovered how to let go of her own life for the love of a lifetime.
To me, Max was a rake and would always e a rake. This was his choice. He is a charming and handsome and does care for Anna but I guess I would have liked a bit more of him giving up some of himself as Anna is willing to do. I would have like for the character of Max to have been a little more descriptive and a little more romantic to Anna. Anna was told much more of than Max. I would have liked to have known more about him.
Even though Anna grew up in less than wonderful conditions, her new found independence made her sort of unlikely to accept help from anyone, Extremely stubborn and at times, just a pain. It became rather monotonous real quick.
I didn't find the book all that engaging. I had a hard time keeping my attention on the book.
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