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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; First Printing edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446616877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446616874
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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San Francisco Bay Area native Julie Anne Long set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. She began her academic career as a Journalism major, then realized Creative Writing was a better fit for her freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy. Still, for years she worked by day in finance, software development, web & graphic design, and marketing and promotions...until the fateful day when playing guitar in dank, sticky clubs by night lost its "charm." Which is when she realized she could incorporate all the best things about being in a band--namely drama, passion and men with unruly hair--into novels, while indulging her love of history and research. Since then, her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America Rita, Romantic Times Reviewer's choice, the Bookseller's Best and the Quills, and reviewers have been known to use words such as "dazzling," "brilliant" and "impossible to put down" to describe them. Her latest, WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE, was chosen as one of Amazon's Best Book of 2011.

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As the darling of the Paris ballet, Sylvie Lamoureux's hard work and sacrifices had paid off, including the attentions and love of a royal prince. All would be of no consequence when she chanced upon a letter that sent her across the English Channel to discover a sister she never knew. Before she ever gets to meet her sister, she lands in the arms of

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
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First of all, when a hero/heroine says "I don't love you" to the heroine's/hero's face - no. That just does not work in a romance book. Never. If you could say that to someone, without cringing, blinking, or feeling guilty or whatever, then it must be true, and the romance then won't work.

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!
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In Paris renowned ballet dancer Sylvie Lamoureux sees the note from England addressed to her adopted parent Claude, who is away on vacation. She becomes frightened and euphoric when she reads the content. English Lady Susannah believes that Sylvie is her sister, separated along with a third missing sibling as children when their mom was accused of murder. Needing to know the truth, Sylvie immediately travels to England to meet Lady Susannah leaving behind notes to Claude, her dangerous jealous lover Etienne and her employer.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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"Ways to Be Wicked" is the second book in Julie Anne Long's Regency era trilogy about three sisters who were separated in early childhood when their mother was (unjustly) accused of murdering her lover, their father. In the first book, "Beauty and the Spy", the *real* murderer was exposed and brought to justice by Sister Number 1 (Susannah) and her former British spy hero (Kit, Viscount Grantham.) At the end of that book, Susannah embarks on a quest to find her lost sisters, having discovered that Sylvie was adopted by a French opera dancer and Sabrina by a English country vicar.

"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.
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