Title: Wicked and Wonderful
Author: Valerie King
Published: August 2013 (first published September 1st 2005)
Page Count: 220
Genre: Historical Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Judith Lovington escaped a vile man years ago and found sanctuary in a traveling troupe of actors. Fending off the unwanted attentions of rakish gentlemen has become second nature to her. But when Lord Kelthorne begins his assault, never has temptation been stronger. How will she withstand his heated kisses when he represents all that she lost so many years ago and all that she desires now?
But his wicked intentions drive her into his arms…
Kelthorne meant only to have a little fun when he first caught and kissed Judith in his apple orchard. Though intent on mending his ways and marrying a proper young miss, he can’t forget the lovely songstress and sets about to break down her every reserve. As he takes his stolen kisses, however, his clever seductions set to work on his own heart. But will he surrender to love at long last?
This is a phenomenally well put together period piece that really takes you back in time. It will catch your attention and make your heart race. It is intense and action packed right from the get-go. King employs intricate descriptions that lay the world that she has created out for you in brilliant precision. She draws you in and keeps you wrapped up in a world unlike anything you’ve ever lived. She makes you want to experience it for yourself. No. She makes you feel like you have.
Also, her dialogue is spot on, not only for the time period but also for the dialects of the various characters. It also stays consistent, character by character, throughout the novel, making this a very unique and enjoyable read.
I love the cast of characters that King presents us with in this phenomenal novel. Each one is individually crafted to become an amazing individual. The way that King has laid this novel out, the reader can even identify with the characters that they despise. The naivety of the main character makes her that much more intriguing. Who she is goes against everything that anyone would assume about her. Throughout this novel the reader is able to feel for each of the characters individually, main and supporting alike.
Overall, this is such a fun loving cast, especially the male lead that you cannot help but have fun while loving this novel. It’s one of those novels that leave you with a warm bubbly feeling at the end that you don’t want to shake. I honestly cannot wait to read more by this phenomenal author!
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