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Wicked Little Game (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – July 7, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425228487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425228487
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,218,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Wells writes historical romance for Berkley Sensation, an imprint of Penguin, NY. Her debut, SCANDAL'S DAUGHTER, won the Golden Heart® Award, while THE DANGEROUS DUKE was nominated for a RITA® for best Regency historical romance in 2009.

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Wells' prose is impecable and her love scenes are hot!
Mary Lewis
Knowing that, I think Sarah was more afraid of herself than Vane although she did her best to make him believe that it was him she feared.
VampFanGirl
Multi-dimensional characters with a well developed plot.
Austen Ardor

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By VampFanGirl on July 16, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a young, reckless and strong-willed seventeen year old Lady Sarah married Brinsley Cole, she though it was a great and passionate love they shared. Fighting nearly tooth and nail to get what she wanted, Sarah burned bridges with her family to achieve her goal of marriage. Unfortunately her thoughts of love were nothing but a smokescreen hiding her husband's true and cruel intentions. Now, ten years later, Sarah has constructed formidable and icy walls to shield her heart and exudes the prickly and prideful nature of a woman scorned but also one bound and determined to hold her head high. There's only one soul on earth that probes beneath her hateful layers to the passionate woman below and that's the utterly masculine Marquis of Vane. The man is danger in the flesh and Sarah has always felt his penetrating gaze to the very heart of her soul but she's also prided herself on her everlasting refusal to partake of the sinful pleasure that he's always offered her; always wanted from her.

Vane can't actually put into words the why or how of his infatuation with Lady Sarah Cole. Once, already years ago, he asked to form an arrangement with her but she shot him down with such cold precision that he couldn't stand to see for her many, many months. Even with the beating to his pride, Vane still could never turn his mind loose from Sarah. Despite her icy demeanor, Vane was sure that it shielded passion for her soul was nearly tangible to his roaming awareness. She plagued his thoughts and his body and her confounded husband only served to spark his intense anger over the fact that he wasn't the first to claim her heart.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lucé on August 16, 2009
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Wonderful hero, mediocre heroine, and too many contrivances. Ms. Wells created a dreamy hero who worships the heroine and goes out of his way to make her happy. On the other hand, the heroine seemed to be intent on making herself and the hero miserable for no other reason than guilt over her dead, undeserving husband, a man who had made the entire 10 years of their marriage a demeaning and extremely unhappy experience.

Ms. Wells' prose is fine and she shows promise, but the plot depends on too many contrivances and unreasonable actions on the part of several characters, especially the heroine, and this spoils the reading experience. I was continuously taken out of the story by these elements, asking myself: How come she did that or didn't do this (regarding Sarah's actions throughout her marriage and her relationship with her parents)? Why is she doing this precisely now (regarding her determination to take care of her dead husband's bastard son)?

I can't go into more specifics without entering into spoiler territory, but suffice it to say that I was frustrated and disappointed by the author's portrayal of the heroine and the devices she used to keep the conflict alive. I felt that things could have been resolved earlier if the heroine had acted reasonably and KINDLY, instead of wallowing in guilt for way too long. This resulted in a rushed ending and a too short epilogue that does not allow the reader to enjoy the happiness of the couple. 2 1/2 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austen Ardor on September 9, 2009
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I absolutely loved this book. Multi-dimensional characters with a well developed plot. The writing was also fantastic, especially during the more steamy scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lewis on September 5, 2009
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I've read all of Christine Wells' books and I always claim each one as my favorite, but Vane alone makes WICKED LITTLE GAME outstanding. He's everything a romance hero should be!

There are plot complications and twists which I found interesting because they kept me wondering, among other things, why Vane would agree to such a dastardly suggestion as Sarah's wastrel husband suggests. But they're all resolved nicely.

Wells' prose is impecable and her love scenes are hot! I definitely look forward to her next book SWEETEST LITTLE SIN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on May 26, 2010
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It's obvious Christine Wells has talent. Vane was a fully realized, likable character. But the same can't be said for the heroine, Sarah. She was horrible - a completely unsympathetic character. I can't understand how anyone could fall in love with her. She was hateful and annoying. Nothing appealing about her whatsoever. This is the first book where I hoped the threatened separation (suggested by Lord Vane) actually took place. THAT would have been a "Happily Ever After."
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