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The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012
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The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love . . .
Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble . . .
Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke…while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.
Top Customer Reviews
I found the heroine, Caroline aka Caro, unlikeable. She idealizes her alcoholic/gambling addict late husband to excess. She acts irresponsibly towards the care of her innocent cousin. She lets her 'friends' treat her like a complete doormat. But the most damning thing, to me, was she married Thomas,The Duke of Castleton, with great enthusiasm but it took months into their marriage and a great tragedy before she showed her true self to a man that she was supposedly completely smitten with. The whole thing was hard for me. Thomas is a wonderfully written respectable gentlemen, if not a bit stuffy (Caro actually refers to him as Lord Stuffy to her friends throughout the book!) He's absolutely in love with her and she keeps him, emotionally, at arms length for the first 250 pages of the book! I felt horrible for the man. He's 30 years old but reminds me more of a naive, sheltered teenaged boy. Caro's character reminded me more of the 'opportunistic female villain' of historical romances rather than the heroine.
Perhaps I'm being harsh because I did love the Burgundy Club so much, and my expectations were too high. I was expecting more of the previous series's formula of mystery, intrigue, and love. What I got was an unbelievable match, almost no drama, and an extremely unlikeable heroine :(
There were a few saving graces to The Importance to Being Wicked. The last 100 pages (when the 'real' Caro finally introduced herself to Thomas) were great.Read more ›
This latest though is well written with characters that grow to love each other even while they face their own insecurities. Both characters stay true to themselves, honor each other and forgive the other's mistakes.
I don't want to spoil anything, but the hero is fabulous. He is dutiful yet decided to marry the heroine in spite extreme pressure to marry for money based on his need to provide for his illegitimate sisters and make up for the mistakes of his father. The heroine is very reckless and finally makes the right decision committing to this man. She is in denial about her late husband and his friends and lets herself get into precarious financial situations. I thought it was very real to life. Fortunately the hero is the kind of person who she can count on. He doesn't judge her and shows his loyalty again and again. He isn't a beta-male; just willing to risk it all for this woman. The heroine is exactly the kind of person to upset his life and give him a chance for joy in life rather than duty. Their happy ending is well deserved!
This is a keeper! Plus, we now get to learn about a group of people obsessed with art. Fun!
I really enjoyed this book, particularly because the author flipped the typical hero/heroine dynamic. Caro is a slightly scandalous widow who is loud and charming and not the slightest bit interested in what society thinks of her. I love that. Thomas, a very proper Duke, whom she nicknames Lord Stuffy, is handsome but not dashing, doesn't have a particularly charming way about him, and is way out of his league in the "sexual arts". I love that, too. They were a bit of an odd couple, but so endearing. Given the circumstances of Caro's first marriage, they made perfect sense.
I love when books mention historic works of art; Art History was a favorite subject of mine in university. So for art lovers, it's pretty cool to see vague references to classics, and I like how art ties several of the characters (Caro and Julian from book four) together).
I'll admit that Caro's blind devotion to, or more accurately, denial of her first husband's character, was frustrating, particularly to see how it affected Thomas's self-esteem. I do think the author brought great growth and resolution to that aspect of the story, and by the end, I truly believed in Thomas and Caro.
The Wild Quarter is a really good series. If you're looking for something a bit different, I do recommend The Importance of Being Wicked.
What a fun, sexy, enjoyable easy read! I really like to read a good book sometimes without major conflict, without loads of action and with feelings expressed without having to pull teeth and I felt Miranda Neville delivered with this one. Caro is a delight...free spirited, kind, loving and a wonderful teacher to Thomas about all things wicked! Thomas is the perfect, proper, stuffy gentleman who knows his duty but can see importance to learning all things wicked. I did feel like the story was a bit slow in the beginning but it really picked up for me half way through and I finished it in one sitting to see how it all played out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So not my favorite series by this author. Both main characters seems to have missed the maturity that should have came with their ages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avid Reader
Very enjoyable. My first Miranda Neville read. I don't think it will be my last.Published 8 months ago by rstuff
To me that's what this book was all about. The pains of growth. Loved the main characters and how they worked through their problems. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lora lynn
The story has one of a million dukes, but thankfully not too much of the ton. Characters were one-dimensional and did not entice me to read any more in the series.Published 15 months ago by Gidget
So we catch up with Caro seven years later. She is widowed and fighting off debt. She is a chaperone to her heiress cousin. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tracey P.
It took a while for Caro to grow up; Thomas had been grown all his life. It was interesting to me how they each reacted to similarly overbearing parents. Read morePublished 17 months ago by lark
Being the first in a new series, I had such high expectations for this book. This book just kind of fell flat for me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RomanceEscape
You may not agree but I felt the h was an idiot and the H just loved a pretty face, as the story progresses so do the characters and you grow to respect their relationship. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lydia
I had never read Miranda Neville's books and enjoyed it a great deal. I enjoyed the book all the way through.Published 22 months ago by beemer guy