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Product Details

  • Series: Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006219951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062199515
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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The cadence of this book is so boring.
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The journey they have to love is captivating and well done.
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I loved watching Marcus grow into his own man.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2013
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Eh. This one didn't quite hit the mark for me. It was ok, but it didn't really inspire any deep feeling. The book wasn't exactly boring, but it teetered on the edge.

The story centers on two characters featured heavily in The Importance of Being Wicked: Caro's cousin Anne and her unscrupulous friend Marcus. As the story begins, Anne is being plagued by fortune hunters. She can't seem to find a man who wants her for who she is, until she meets Marcus. Of course, he wants her money every bit as much as all of her other suitors, but he's better at playing the game. He convinces Anne that he shares her interests --that he sees the real her-- and convinces her to fall halfway in love with him. That is, until she learns the truth. From there, she decides to teach him a lesson he'll never forget.

It's only a matter of time, though, until these two work through each other's facades. And they fall head over heels for the reality of the other. But is it enough? Marcus is still poor and Anne could lose more than her heart if she stays with him.

Marcus is supposed to be this worldly, dastardly rake, but we don't really see much of that. In fact, he's really quite tame. Yeah, he was trying to get one over on Anne in the beginning, but he did far more moaning and groaning about not wanting to be like his father. I just wanted to shake him. You don't want to be like your father? Then don't be like your father. Problem solved. But alas, there was much more teeth gnashing than that. Then there is Anne who is really kind of clueless about real-life. She whines about her money, but doesn't really understand what it means to live without it. Then, we go from seeing her pampered and pristine to scrubbing floors and it just didn't ring true.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claire on September 9, 2013
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I have been trying to figure out why this book fell so flat for me: the writing was good, the story was fine (not plausible at all but it was okay) the individual characters were interesting and the setting was good. And yet when put together, things just didn't work. The pacing was too slow, the dialogue was just okay and the chemistry between H/h didn't work. Rather than avidly turning pages, I was wondering whether to just give up and read something else. It was just hard to care what happened or even how it was going to happen. I have liked Miranda Neville's other books but this one is missing her usual spark.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amtmcm on June 13, 2014
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Anne the heiress thinks she's finally met a man who's interested in her and not her fortune, but Marcus the scoundrel turns out to be just like every other fortune hunter. She decides to get even by acting like a haughty brat and making him escort her and pay for obscure, tedious excursions around London. When Marcus inherits a ramshackle estate from his uncle, he decides he doesn't need to put up with her bad behavior to win her fortune and heads to his estate. She wants to investigate the Roman ruins on Marcus' estate and wants to create a minor scandal to deter another prosy suitor, so she shows up there unannounced. He puts her to work as a maid in exchange for free access to dig in the ruins.

Of course spending so much time together, they learn each other's true character and come to love each other. But they are torn apart by the discovery of a treasure of dubious origin left behind by Marcus' father. Will Marcus return the treasure to the rightful owner or use it to set his estate to rights?

Most books have a certain feel to them and I far prefer books that are optimistic. This book lacks optimism. I kept waiting for more bad things to happen to Marcus and even Anne. The story is well written, and I cared enough about the characters to want to keep reading and find out what happened. But I would have enjoyed the book more if there was some comic relief. I did really enjoy the discoveries in the Roman ruins, but I like history. I mostly liked this book, but I didn't love it and probably wouldn't read it again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2013
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Neville is one of the few historical authors still on my autobuy list. Her history is impeccable (no women inheriting earldoms or Regency-era inspired game show shenanigans), and her characters are always smart. Even if Anne is young and a bit naive, she's got a brain. And even if Marcus is a scoundrel, he's what the world made him and learning to be better is his story arc.

I was especially charmed by the second half of the book when Anne gets a chance to explore her Roman ruins and Marcus gets to explore his own motivations and decide who he really wants to be for the rest of his life. It was all just brilliantly handled and a pleasure to read.

I'm looking forward to the next book (Windermere's), but I'm dying for Denford's. Denford is by far the most interesting character in the series and it's going to be a joy to see what Neville has planned for him.
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This was a totally great read. Romance heroes and heroines are usually either annoying or mehh for me, despite how much I enjoy their story, so it was a wonderful surprise to not only like the story but also like the main characters. Well-written, the slight dose of angst and generous dollops of humor keep the story flowing smoothly. There was never a dull moment.
I do wish the final denouement was slightly longer, however, as I felt too much happened in too few pages; but this may be due to the fact that I never read the first book of the series so I did not fully feel the emotional impact of the revelations as I think I should have. Regardless, it was a minor hiccup in a very pleasing body of work.
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