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Wicked & Wonderful Paperback – July 13, 2012
After he caught her stealing apples from his orchard, the Earl of Kelthorne demanded one kiss from Judith Lovington before he would allow her to return to the troupe of actors with whom she was traveling. But one kiss proved not to be enough, and Lord Kelthorne vows to pursue Judith either until his taste for her is completely satisfied or until his prospective bride-to-be, Miss Abigail Currivard, arrives. Confident of his own charms and certain that any female songstress is fair game for a liaison, Kelthorne begins plotting a campaign of seduction only to discover Judith is not quite the woman he first imagined and that she is determined to resist his every romantic advance. A clever heroine with a secret past proves to be more than a match for a sexy rake in King's latest romance, and her gift for subtle characterization is certain to please readers who prefer Regencies with depth. John Charles
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About the Author
I wrote most of my romances for Kensington Publishing over the course of eighteen years. One of my editors–who still works at Kensington–called us a pair of War Horses once. I guess we were. I adored my Kensington editors. They left me alone to write and I worked hard to keep their workload down. That’s a writer’s job. My children are grown now and my life and time belong to me…except that writing commands me now, almost exclusively. What began as a vocation with promise has become a true passion. I have come to love the English language, to savor the feel of the words in my mouth when I speak my writing aloud. I treasure the stories I create. Don’t doubt for a second, reader, that you are ever far from my mind… Blessings Valerie King
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Judith is caught stealing apples (for a dare) in the orchard of Lord Kelthorne. He's a known rake, and when he seizes her, he won't let her go until she gives him a kiss. She's a member of an acting troupe staying on Kelthorne's property, but she doesn't want him to know who she is so she says visiting a neighboring house. He's intrigued by her and when he finally discovers she's with the troupe, he is determined to seduce her. This proves difficult because she's resistant and because his sisters have brought a lovely woman to visit him as a potential wife. But there's more to Judith than just being an actress. Why is a gently born lady living with an acting troupe? Can she really be as innocent as she seems? Does it matter? What is she hiding from?
There's a large cast of delightful characters who are all fun and likable. The day to day activities and camaraderie of the acting troupe is especially enjoyable to read about. The story takes place on a country estate and the surrounding village with picnics, fairs, evening soirees, and stage performances. I highly recommend this book!
**Clean romance with nothing beyond kissing.
I highlighted a lot of the dialogue, which felt authentically of a previous era. If there had been an audible version I would have purchased it, just to hear the different (British) accents.
I wound up getting annoyed with the main characters. There was plenty of bad behavior from the main characters Judith Lovington and Lord Kelthorne both need to decide what they want and stop hiding from what they desire. Lord Kelthorne needs to not allow others to tell him who he should be choosing as a possible mate. Judith needs to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Is she comfortable with her life with the acting troupe? Does she want more out of life? Will they come to an understanding? Will they be together?
Overall, this book was ok. I just wanted more from the characters.
I hate period pieces.
Words can't describe how much I hate that I loved reading this book.
The writing and well paced and witty, the characters fully developed and involving, and the story is a lovely Austenesque romp.
My only complaint is that the "solution" to the main characters' love problem is not socially workable, which is pointed out earlier in the book. But I guess we are supposed to forget that. And you know what? it is enjoyable enough that I am willing to pretend that I did.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes Regency romances. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys regular romances. I would flippin' recommend it to anyone who just enjoys a good read.
Now I need to rethink what I know about myself. I will get back to you all once I figure out who this Regency-enjoying person is that I have become...