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Practically Wicked (Berkley Sensation Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Haverston Family Series

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Praise for Alissa Johnson and her novels

“High on believable, witty characters and emotional honesty."--Publishers Weekly

"Has just the right combination of humor and earnestness to keep this reader captivated. With likeable characters who are more than they seem at first blush and dialogue that sparkles, I plan to revisit this story for years to come."--All About Romance

"Wonderful characters and witty dialogue....Highly recommended!"--Fresh Fiction

About the Author

 Alissa Johnson is the RITA Award–nominated author of Tempting Fate and several historical romances. She grew up on Air Force bases in the United States and Europe and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She currently lives in the Ozarks. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258033
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The publisher's description of this book is misleading.

Anna is isolated and pretty much held prisoner by her scandalous, and I think mentally unstable , mother who is a member of the demimonde. Her mother is famous for her lovers and wild parties. she also lies constantly even leaving Anna unsure of her own age and paternity. Her mother would parade her like a pet in front of the demimonde occasionally, but only from a distance. Anna hated these occassions, hated the whispers and stares. Her dream was to live in a country cottage out of the eyes of society, get a dog and just be free.

Max thumbs his noise at the ton by basking in the demimonde, seeing the life as a type of freedom, something he never new in his childhood. A childhood made unhappy by uncaring parents.

They first meet the night that Max's brother dies leaving him the Viscount. He gets drunk at one of her mother's party and wanders into an area of the house Anna is in. Anna and Max connect emotionally that night and he promises to call on her in a weeks time. Thanks to her mother's interference she thinks he never shows and he thinks she has refused to see him.

Fast forward 4 years and Anna discovers not only her paternity but that her father had promised upkeep money for her. A promise her mother states he never kept. Hearing from her nursemaid/companion that she has 2 brothers who would likely honor the monetary debt she sneaks from her mother's house to meet them. She expects to collect the money buy a little cottage and and gain freedom from her mother. She did not expect to find a family who wanted to know her. Nor did she expect her brother's good friend Max to be there as well.
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Anna Rees had grown up with her mother living a sheltered life until she meets Viscount Maximilian Dane, fascinated her, even though he was drunk. He had a charming aura about him.This wasn't a one sided admiration. Max was in awe of the Innocent Anna. He had never been around anyone who was so charmingly honest and sweetly shy. They had a meeting planned but due to circumstances that meeting didn't take place until 4 years later. They both ran into each other when Anna went to visit her newly found half brother, the Marquess of Engsly. Max was also there visiting a friend.

Once their misunderstanding as settled, they became instantly attracted to one another again.
Most of the book was a lovely romantic read. The author developed Anna's character the most.. She became independent for the first time in her life, being away from her possessive and jealous mother.. During this independence she discovered how to let go of her own life for the love of a lifetime.
To me, Max was a rake and would always e a rake. This was his choice. He is a charming and handsome and does care for Anna but I guess I would have liked a bit more of him giving up some of himself as Anna is willing to do. I would have like for the character of Max to have been a little more descriptive and a little more romantic to Anna. Anna was told much more of than Max. I would have liked to have known more about him.
Even though Anna grew up in less than wonderful conditions, her new found independence made her sort of unlikely to accept help from anyone, Extremely stubborn and at times, just a pain. It became rather monotonous real quick.
I didn't find the book all that engaging. I had a hard time keeping my attention on the book.
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4 1/2 Kisses, ) peppers (M/F sweet romance)

When Viscount Maximilian Dane first meets Miss Anna Rees, he's drunk and just inherited his title. He's not pleased to have inherited the responsibility. Despite his stupor, he manages to see the allure of Anna, which is contrary to her reputation of being a spoiled Ice Queen. For her part, Anna is sure she is simultaneously the most notorious and the most boring spinster in the world. He promises to call on her the following week, but it doesn't happen. She's disappointed, but moves on. They run into each other four years later when she goes to meet her half brother, who happens to be Max's close friend. She thinks he blew her off, but he actually did try to see her and was turned away by her controlling and manipulative mother. He is unaware of her mother's interference and thinks Anna refused to see him.

I really love Anna and Max together; they have great chemistry and communication. The early misunderstanding that kept them apart isn't dragged out too much, and that scores big points with me as a reader. I prefer characters who communicate with each other and find their conflict elsewhere.

Anna was an extremely sheltered character, almost to the point that I would consider it abuse. She rarely left her mother's bawdy house, so her scope of experiences is very limited. She's a charming blend of innocence and intelligence, which makes for a very likeable heroine.

Once again I was enchanted by an extremely well-written story and didn't really miss the lack of heat. The story moved at a comfortable pace and kept me interested from the very first page. Alissa Johnson is an author to follow and I can recommend Practically Wicked to readers who enjoy a good, not-racy historical romance.
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