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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!
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 sister. There’s quite a bit of suspension of disbelief required to get through the first section: that Sylvie, famous and renowned ballerina who has literally taken a prince as a lover, chooses to travel to London alone, with just a little money that is immediately stolen by highwayman, and then throws herself at the mercy of a theatre/semi-exotic dance club owner she’s happened to meet on the coach. But… once you get past that, there are a lot of interesting and whimsical interactions — the hierarchy of the dance company, the lovers they take, the silly bawdy rhymes they put together and sing. The romance happens almost as a casual backdrop, and is ultimately one of the less interesting, less believable parts of the story. Still, it’s fun, fast, and though there are a lot of plot twists to swallow, it’s outside the box enough to be an enjoyable read.
Sylvie Lamoureux is a beautiful, tempestuous ballerina, used to being a bit of a diva — the envy of her entire ballet company (whom she assiduously keeps at a distance), she has finally taken a lover in the form of Etienne, an older prince who loves her and wants to shower her with gifts and take care of her forever. She finds a letter from her sister to her guardian Claude, and impulsively decides to travel to London immediately (and alone).Read more ›
Tom definitely gives the best gifts to Sylvie; they aren't jewels or extravagant gifts but ones she really wants. The music box and mirrors showed how much Tom paid attention to Sylvie and her wants and needs.
Started to get more interesting when Sylvie and Tom sleep together ( second half of book) and she is trying to figure out if what she feels for Tom is love. In some aspects Sylvie was an intriguing character. She is definitely not your average regency character; a ballerina and having had a lover who wasn't the romantic lead. Just wish the story could have supported Sylvie more.
When Sylvie and her long lost sister, Susannah from the first book, finally meet it is really abrupt. I didn't feel emotionally involved with their reunion at all. Even when Etienne, Sylvie's lover, and his role in the background is revealed I couldn't bring myself to be shocked.
After being numbed by page after page of Sylvie learning to dance with her "derrière in the air" I was just ready for the end. It was kind of like, meet sister in an anti-climatic way- check; take care of Etienne in an anti-climatic way -check; happily ever after- check.
Deleting "Ways to be Wicked" from my kindle- check.
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