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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Refreshingly Sexy Historical Romance

Not Wicked Enough is a gratifying treat to the senses as the characters seduced each other’s body and mind. Lily Wellstone and the Duke of Mountjoy are refreshingly well-adjusted, sensual, and quick-witted characters. Their romance was sexy, emotional, and charming. Lil...
Not Wicked Enough is a gratifying treat to the senses as the characters seduced each other’s body and mind. Lily Wellstone and the Duke of Mountjoy are refreshingly well-adjusted, sensual, and quick-witted characters. Their romance was sexy, emotional, and charming. Lily Wellstone travels to Sheffieldshire, England to visit her young widowed friend Eugenia at the Bitterward estate. The Duke of Mountjoy is the first to greet her. They exchange double entendres and appreciate the other’s wit. As Lily rejuvenates Ginny’s spirits, Mountjoy and Lily quietly explore their attraction. There isn’t any confusion regarding their expectations. The duke is practically engaged and Lily knows she will never marry. Neither expects their hearts will become engaged. Lily’s character is a breath of fresh air. She’s fanciful, sensual, kind, and quick-witted. Her confidence in her intellect, sexuality, finances, and social status differentiate her character from other historical romance heroines. Lily is not a woman in need of saving. She is not without vanity and is aware of her charms. At one point in the story, she seems obtuse but the author allows the reader to infer their own interpretation of Lily’s mindset. Mountjoy is given his own unique traits. He’s a former farmer who inherits title of the Duke of Mountjoy when he was nineteen. He accepted his responsibility with maturity, and takes care of his tenants and family. Mountjoy is a rustic man. He’s definitely not a dandy. This is book one of Reforming the Scoundrels series, but this hero is not a scoundrel of any sort. He does get reformed in a delightful way. The sexy times are hot! My heart was pounding and my toes curled. The title of this book is well-chosen. I’ve read this book twice, and the characters were just as captivating the second time as they were the first. This story does not contain any villains, love triangles, big misunderstandings, nor gratuitous sex. It does contain endearing characters, a sexy romance, an enjoyable story with the sweetest gesture of love, and a happily ever after ending. My Grade: B or 4 stars Not Wicked Enough ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is my first ARC!!!

posted by AnnaNanner on February 3, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not your usual historical romance heroine.

3.5 stars. The most interesting aspect of this story is its heroine, who's the type of character more often found as the other woman in historical romance -- not the evil kind, but the elegant, confident, sexually aware, discreet, not-the-marrying-kind kind. Although ...
3.5 stars. The most interesting aspect of this story is its heroine, who's the type of character more often found as the other woman in historical romance -- not the evil kind, but the elegant, confident, sexually aware, discreet, not-the-marrying-kind kind. Although Lily has actually only had one lover, she's always had something of a rebellious, "wicked" soul -- or so her disapproving father thinks -- and she definitely knows what she likes. When she goes to visit her friend Ginny, who's grieving over the loss of her husband, she finds that her friend's brother is very much to her taste; Mountjoy, a farmer unexpectedly turned Duke, is built and utterly gorgeous.

Mountjoy finds Lily very much to his taste as well, though he has excellent reasons for resisting her: it would be a tremendous breach of hospitality to seduce his friend's sister, and then there's Jane, whom everyone expect to be his duchess. But despite their efforts, somehow the two inevitably seem to wind up alone and doing very wicked things to each other. Here's Lily after one steamy encounter:

"When she could think again, she opened her eyes and saw Mountjoy standing over her, one hand on her belly and the other resting on the outside of her thigh, and his green, so green eyes watching he. 'What a shame,' she said, and she actually did mean every word, 'that we cannot be lovers.'"

We see more of this romance from Mountjoy's point of view, because he's far more emotionally open than Lily is. Still committed to the man she loved and lost, Lily is willing to give and accept physical pleasure but nothing more. I would have liked to see a little more emotion on her end, but Mountjoy's confused yearning made the story romantic, as well as sexy.

I enjoyed the interplay of the characters: Lily is always attempting to get Mountjoy to wear better-fitting, more attractive clothes, and even dreams about him hiring her as his valet, which leads to him frequently addressing her by only her last name. (There's a bit of a woo-woo element with shared dreams, apparently caused by a gypsy necklace.) It's a cute bit of intimacy, historical style. But I found the plotting uneven. Things kept happening which I expected to be important, and then they weren't, or then maybe they were. I felt led in different directions and puzzled by feeling that I didn't know what the story was supposed to be about.

So overall, though an enjoyable read in many ways, this wasn't quite the winner it might have been. There was some very effective sequel baiting with a starchy character who's clearly experiencing unrequited love, and I will definitely hope to seem him completely unstarched in the next book.

posted by willaful on March 4, 2012

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