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Ways to Be Wicked Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2006
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bawdy theater owner Tom Shaughessy while trying to hide from a persistent ex-lover who followed her from France.
Now, while Tom was not adverse to the notion of women jumping into his arms this lithe little feisty baggage would test his mettle with her courage, wit and overt sensuality. Forced by circumstances to accept the good natured offer of assistance from Tom to join his troupe in his naughty productions at the White Lily, the once prima ballerina would be conflicted as she tried to reconcile the showman with the private man who instilled a sensual desire in her that she'd never before experienced.
*** This was a lovely story, well-written and rife with subtle nuances of two people who very slowly come to `know' one another as they fall in love. Long does an about face with this second book of her `Three Sisters Trilogy' relying more on character development rather than on the adventure, excitement and action the first book featured with a more robust mystery. Theirs was not a love at first sight `jump in the sack' lusty pillow fluffer, but a sweeter, slower development of a truer love that Long defined with humor, style and grace. Additionally, Long delivers some signature humor with a motley cast of secondary characters, from the aging starlet, to the diminutive `General', and the young toddler Jamie adding substance and gentle humor to this sweetly sensual tale that should appeal to this newer author's fast growing fan base.
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization
Second, what a horribly selfish, shallow, and superficial heroine. I HATED Sylvie; she was such a - ugh, I can't even describe her because my review won't be appropriate to be posted...lol.
Third, the story straight out sucked. Someone told me they absolutely adored this book so much, so I figured I'd take a chance. So sorry I did. I honestly cannot see the greatness in this, nor the growth in either character. There was too many pages about Tom's past. Okay, you came from a bad childhood, we get it, now you need to GROW UP!
At the English docks, Sylvie sees Etienne so she leaps into a carriage containing theater owner Tom Shaughnessy. On the road to London, highwaymen stop them and take Sylvie's retinue that included all her money. In London, she learns Susannah is in Paris seeking her out so she turns to Tom for employment. As they fall in love, Etienne searches the city for her and Susannah rushes back to London to seek out her sibling.
The sequel to BEAUTY AND THE SPY (Susannah's story) is a fun Regency romance in which the limits of communication of the era play a key role in the relationship that develops between Tom and Sylvie. Tom is a terrific roguish male lead who cannot stop himself from needing to help the brave Sylvie. The support cast like the General, Etienne, and the other dancers augment this fascinating tale, which clearly belongs to the second sister Sylvie. Readers will look forward to Sabrina's tale and hopefully learn the truth of what happened seventeen years ago in 1803 to their mom Anna Holt.
"Ways To Be Wicked" is the story of Sister Number 2, Sylvie Lamoureaux, who through natural talent, determination and hard work has risen from her humble beginnings to become a prima ballerina on the stages of Europe. The story begins when Sylvie intercepts a letter to her adopted mother from Susannah asking for information about her long-lost sister. Sylvie realizes that she has a sister that she has never met and whose existence has been kept a secret from her. Tempestuous, dauntless and determined, Sylvie decides to leave her high-born lover, Etienne, with a brief note of explanation and travel alone to meet her sister in England. It is clear from the onset that Sylvie has mixed feelings about Etienne when she hides from someone that looks like him on her arrival in England by jumping into the lap of Tom Shaughnessy, a handsome fellow traveler on the mail coach, and embraces him. When the coach later is set upon by highwaymen, Tom and Sylvie manage to limit the losses of the other passengers, but Sylvie in the process loses her reticule and all her money. She arrives in London penniless and (nearly) friendless, only to find her sister out of town and her sister's servants unhelpful.Read more ›
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The 1st time I read this book, I really didn't like Sylvia the heroine. I thought she was a little too diva. I reread it and my opinion improved. I liked Tom Shaughnessy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by yardtree
What's the matter with this publisher??? $9.99 for a book that is SEVEN YEARS OLD !!!!!!!!!!! Another book, Beauty and the Spy, is being offered at a great LOW price of ONLY... Read morePublished 10 months ago by booklvr70
Book was boring, way to much storyline about Sylvie dancing in The White Lily. The author seemed to get lost and lose her way in writing the story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Whiskey in the Jar
I have enjoyed all her books and this one was just wonderful. Humor, angst (a little), and adventure: a great recipe for happy reading.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cut to the Chase:
Quick to read, but also easy to forget, this was a moderately enjoyable tale about a beautiful ballerina who travels from France to find her long-orphaned... Read more
I was pleasantly surprized to see the dealer was Goodwill Industries. Glad to see they are picking up some of Boarders business. I look forward to reading the story.Published on October 19, 2013 by Cecilia Rodriguez
This whole series is wonderful! I enjoyed it immensely! Julie Anne Long is definitely in my favorite author list! She doesn't disappoint! :)Published on May 25, 2013 by LisaM