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

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Book 3 of 4 in the Series Series

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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: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 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: #2,640,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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...but the heroine just killed it. I just couldn't understand WHY Vane (the hero) loved Sarah (the heroine) after so many years. The author never really takes us back to put us into Vane's shoes to understand the obsession he has for her, because, for the life of me, I cannot see why he is even interested in her. She is incredibly proud and stupid. She sticks to her vows with a man (her husband) who has cheated on her time and time again and treated her badly for over 7 years, while there is another man (who she is also secretly attracted to) who yearns to be with her, take care of her, and is simply patiently waiting for the day he might have that chance. In the meantime, he stands by the sidelines and makes sure she is ok. And when the "evil" husband dies, what does the heroine do? She doesn't move on with her life and goes "good riddance" but instead causes all these stupid and unnecessary issues with Vane, who is forever patient and loving.

I absolutely LOVED the premise of a hot and sexy hero who could have anyone he wants pining over a heroine after so many years, but then I reached the point where I just couldn't understand WHY she was so deserving of his affection and love..and the book just completely fell apart for me. I wish she had something redeeming about her to be with the hero because I really, really loved the intro but I just couldn't bring myself to keep on reading the torture she brings to the hero.

The 2 stars are for Vane.
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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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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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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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