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- Print Length: 233 pages
- Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (August 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0757V7JYD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are some characters included here that were met in the first book, but a reader can drop in to Blackhaven in this book without prior experience. One repeat character is Kate, Lady Crowmore, a recent widow with a very scandalous reputation. Married off to a much older and rather horrid baron when she was very young, she did what she could to protect herself, often trying to lead a separate and independent life. Is she wicked and scandalous, as the gossips say? How many lovers has she had?
And our hero, country curate Tristram Grant? He may be a devout man of God and shepherd of men but there's more to him than meets the eye. And put Kate and Tristram together and the sizzle begins. The romance is the best thing here. The H and h have really great chemistry, there's good banter and dialogue, and strong sexual attraction. The first third to half of this story was excellent.
However, as usual, Lancaster thinks adding more and more to the plot makes for a better book. This one isn't quite as crammed with situations as the first but we do have an escaped (maybe) French prisoner of war, who seems to have ties to our handsome curate, the unwelcome arrival in Blackhaven of Kate's supposed ex-lover (who also seems to have ties to our hero) and a few nefarious men hulking around town posing a threat to Kate.
If you read Book One, you'll enjoy seeing Gillie and David, the h and H of that one, Bernard, Gillie's brother, and several other Blackhaven residents who continue to play secondary roles. If not, it will be like meeting them for the first time and that's OK.
In summary, this was much better than Book One. The hero is more to my taste, a bit beta, a bit alpha, but not one of those oversexed entitled rakes we are often forced to accept as the hero of a romance. This one is a good guy, but he's sexy at the same time. Also the heroine is quite likeable. She has had an unhappy, difficult life but it hasn't turned her into a bitter, hardened woman. So this was a good romance, even though in the final quarter Lancaster did her usual "create a romantic conflict out of nothing" just because that's apparently what all HRs are supposed to have. Even the action/adventure part is acceptable and the dialogue and behavior of the characters doesn't jar or annoy.
Our wonderful Hero and Heroine, might possibly be one of the most unlikely couples ever to fall in love! They are so vastly different, but Mary Lancaster makes it it work - and work beautifully, creating a book that is filled with excitement, suspense, a breathtaking romance, and a generous dash of humor thrown in at times for good measure!
The lovely Heroine, Kate, was hurting from a very painful past. Gossip swirled around her, and she carried so much sadness in her heart. I really loved her. She thought herself to be ill-tempered...but as I have heard, sometimes anger is hurt gone underground.
I also loved the Hero, Tristram, who was captivated from the moment he saw our beautiful Heroine! He was determined to pursue the mysterious lady, in spite of the gossip that swirled around her. Tristram saw the best in Kate, and was confident that she possessed a kind and giving heart. He believed the best of Kate, too, and helped her to see that she was worthy of love - He was like a balm to her bruised and wounded soul.
THE WICKED LADY is a captivating story that was very, very difficult to put it down! Mary Lancaster has expertly woven together such an enjoyable read! A breathtaking and tenderly poignant romance, suspense, daring escapes, rescues, and laugh-out-loud moments - it is like a thrilling roller coaster ride!
I highly recommend this fantastic book - Five Stars, Mary Lancaster!
Tristam Grant, the somewhat mysterious new curate, is determined to crack her icy shell and woo the delectable widow against all reason and good sense.
I adored this story. Mary Lancaster has once again paired an unlikely couple to fascinating results. She places them in perilous situations and they triumph. Kate is pursued by a fortune hunting viscount, her former husband's heir's murderous minions, vicious gossip and her own sour attitude. In spite of or because of these factors, Tris is instantly drawn to her and never waivers in his passionate, though honorable, pursuit of marriage.
I simply loved Tris and rooted for him from the beginning. He is what heroes are made of. Kate, by design, is prickly and hard to decipher. Like Tris, the reader has to dig below the surface and see the true diamond. Once you do, you can't help but to love her and cheer for their HEA.
This is the second book in a series, the first was terrific and this was even better. I highly recommend this to romance readers who enjoy intrigue, laughter, and longing- so much longing-with their HEA.