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In Love With a Wicked Man (MacLachlan Family & Friends) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013
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About the Author
A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.
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Carlyle, who is known for her story-telling skills and her charismatic characters, has in 'In Love with a Wicked Man' again proven that she's at the top of her game.
Kate and Edward meet by accident - in a fit of temper she jumps her horse over a hedge and careens into the hapless Edward. He receives a blow to the head and awakes with no memory of who he is. The reader already knows something of his sad and wicked background and knows that he is an Unsuitable Lover for Kate. (The reader also knows that he is hot, wicked, and beautiful and is surely intended for Kate. Lucky girl.)
Briefly, it's a story filled with romance clichés adeptly juggled with ease. Lord Edward Quartermaine is that dark Alpha male we readers of romance expect to encounter. Ned, despite his aristocratic lineage, owns a successful gambling den. He is cynical, hard, polished, and a blond Adonis. Kate, Lady d'Allenay, is, despite her title and property, almost on the shelf. She is open, honest, a competent and careful heir to the family estate, and she is plain. Add to that the 'amnesia' plot device which gives the two the opportunity to meet and fall in love and it could be said that clichés abound.
However, in Carlyle's skillful hands the two characters become real people with histories and feelings, thwarted dreams and ambitions. Carlyle's books work because she takes the time to develop the characters. Each character has a history that explains who they are and why they behave as they do. Ned and Kate are strongly attracted to each other, and it will not be a spoiler to say that the required bedroom scenes are fittingly erotic.Read more ›
Well, I started this one and thought there'd been a turn for the better. I found myself really enjoying the first half of the book. We have a H and h who meet through a riding accident caused by the heroine which leaves the hero so injured he must be taken back to the heroine's estate to recuperate. Appropriately enough for a romance, he's suffering from temporary amnesia, so they get to know each other without any personal baggage getting in the way.
The H (a very handsome, rich gaming hell owner and bastard son of a duke) and h (a somewhat plain but very personable and admirable baroness) are well drawn, likeable characters and their romance develops nicely and romantically, although with the predictable "I am not worthy of you" trope on the part of the hero. I can deal with that, but, alas, the second half of the book devolved into a silly farce with the h's flighty but canny mother coming to visit and bringing an entourage of unlikeable and somewhat scandalous acquaintances.Read more ›
Even the supporting characters - the flighty mother, dour Scotsman, feckless villain, beautiful sister and her inappropriate swain - are all so, so familiar.
The use of amnesia is even more of a cliche.
Despite this, Carlyle is a skilled and well-experienced romance writer who knows what is needed to pull off a success. This is not Dostoevsky, but who cares? If I wanted that, I wouldnt be reading a romance.
This is not Carlyle's best work, but it is competently written and I do not consider it bland. There is passion aplenty and none of it vulgarly expressed or depicted.
The h is the star of the book, for a whole range of reasons, but mostly because she faces the fact that her mother is right in pointing out that she had become dissatisfied with her life just before the story started and that she had been lying to herself about this.
The h is, of course, gorgeous, and has his own lessons about honesty that he must learn.
Very importantly, I liked the H and h sufficiently well to enjoy their HEA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book that changed direction on me, turning from a potential deeply sexy romance, into a light and fluffy HR souffle/comedy of manners when I least expected it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by bluestategirl
Couldn't put it down. Excellent plot and well developed characters.Published 6 months ago by Adrienne Bridgewater
There is a reason why Liz Carlyle is so popular: she writes darn fine stories! In Love With A Wicked Man is another example of a wonderfully light historical romance, with plenty... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ali Sammes
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It held your interest to the end. I would recommend it to my friends to read.Published 14 months ago by JESSICA Knight-Catania
Ms. Carlyle gave us an interesting hero and equally interesting heroine and an entertaining first half of the story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by lark
This guy has a lot of problems! As usual the heroine helps him along the way.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was surprised to see that there were some negative reviews of this book. I loved it. The characters were memorable, the plot was interesting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mandogirl