In Love With a Wicked Man [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle has created a breathtaking new romance about a man without scruples and the lady who brings him to his knees.

What does it matter if Kate, Lady d'Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle has created a breathtaking new romance about a man without scruples and the lady who brings him to his knees.

What does it matter if Kate, Lady d'Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds herself tempted to surrender to her houseguest's wicked kisses.

Disowned by his aristocratic family, Lord Edward Quartermaine has turned his gifted mind to ruthless survival. Feared and vilified as proprietor of London's most notorious gaming salon, he now struggles to regain his memory, certain of only one thing: he wants all Kate is offering—and more.

But when Edward's memory returns, he and Kate realize how much they have wagered on a scandalous passion that could be her ruin, but perhaps his salvation.

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“Carlyle weaves a lovely story of two lost souls who find a surprising chance at love and salvation...appealing characters life the story up to her usual standards...a moving reading experience.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062097583
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 15,612
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    An absolutely lovely historical romance, In Love with a Wicked M

    An absolutely lovely historical romance, In Love with a Wicked Man was a wonderful read. The romance was sweet and steamy, the secrets were unpredictable, and the book was perfect. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book.

    Kate was a strong heroine. She wasn't particularly bold or sassy, but she had a quiet strength that let her stand up to anyone who sought to manipulate her. And, that was a lot of people, considering she was a landowner and baroness on her own right. She was very devoted to taking care of her land and its people, but not willing to compromise herself if she could find another way. My only complaint is that I didn't like how she was so quick to jump to conclusions about Edward when she found out something about him and assumed the worst. She was already in love with him at that point, so I think she should have asked him about it, instead of accusing him. Otherwise, I thought she was great and I really liked her.

    Edward was a little complicated. We first see him as a ruthless proprietor of a gaming salon. He wasn't particularly nice. But, then he lost his memory, which turned him back into the mischievous, charming scoundrel that he was before he was brought into the dark world of gaming. But, he was always cautious, even when his memory was lost, because he knew that he wasn't a "good man." As the book goes on, though, we see that, beneath all that ruthlessness, he was a sweet man who was devoted to those he cared about, from Annie, to Kate. And, when it was most important, he chose what mattered most to him. I adored him. I thought he was a perfectly flawed hero.

    The romance was lovely. Kate and Edward were sweet together. Despite all the reasons why they shouldn't have been together (and there were plenty) they still fell for each other and their feelings were never in doubt. And the chemistry between them was smoldering. There was definitely some steaminess going on there. 

    The secondary characters were brilliant, as well. Kate's mother, Aurelie, was hilarious. She was positively outrageous. She doesn't show it in the most conventional of ways, but she loved her daughters and would do anything to protect them. And, she was a ton of fun. I really liked her. Then, there's Reggie, Kate's ex-fiance who now wants her back for her money. He got progressively more desperate and insane, causing a world of trouble for everyone. He was positively hateful and I loved that about him.

    The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

    In Love with a Wicked Man was a brilliant historical romance. I loved this book! The romance was lovely, the drama was constant, and the humor kept things lighthearted. It was just wonderful. Lovers of romance, you have to read this book.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Ok

    Ok

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    I did not know this was book nine in a series until I went to wr

    I did not know this was book nine in a series until I went to write my review - and I still completely loved it. It worked perfectly as a stand alone, but now I have another series and eight books to catch up with! 




    Lady Kate d'Allenay is a rare woman in England - she was able to inherit her families title and estates without needing to have a husband. She has poured her life into making the estate a well-run prosperous place for her family and her people. Lord Edward Quartermaine is about to shake her simple life up quite a bit by falling on his head and forgetting who he is. 




    Edward is quite a handsome man, and there are a few dialogs about this topic that are quite humerous and very clever. The dialog in this book was one of the things I liked best. It flowed naturally and was a joy to read. Both Edward and Kate know that their attraction shouldn't go anywhere, but they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. In fact, once Edward's memory returns it seems to get even harder for them to stay apart. 




    Things become especially interesting during the house party Kate hosts for her mother (but god forbid you call her that). Her mother is one of the most amazing characters I have ever read and pushes several situations to a head in this story. With a horrid ex-fiance running around, Kate is a little overwhelmed and when things take a turn for an even worse side, well, I just couldn't put the book down. 




    To top it all off there are two side romances that are perfectly woven into the fabric of Kate and Edward's story. It wouldn't have been the same without them, but they never stole the spotlight from the main show, just made it even better. 




    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Simply divine

    Well written. Fast paced. Nice long bedroom scenes. Touching. Reminiscent of early Mary Balogh.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

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    IN LOVE WITH A WICKED MAN by Liz Carlyle is another exciting Reg

    IN LOVE WITH A WICKED MAN by Liz Carlyle is another exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1880-1889 London. A delight from beginning to end. Well written with engaging characters,sensual and romantic with a mixture of mystery and suspense.

    Meet heiress of Bellecombe Castle, Kate, Lady d’Allenay, and Lord Edward Quartermaine, a man with no scruples to say the least. Kate, just may be the only person who can bring Ned to his knees literally. A scandalous passion and a romantic interlude makes for a most intriguing story! A great read and one not to be missed.

    Well done, Ms. Carlyle! Loved it!

    Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above the Treeline.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: HOT

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    OK

    good read though too much of the book content was same theme. She is too good for me and I am a bad man stuff. redundant in that area

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

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    A Bit Formulaic But a Compelling Hero in His Transformation

    As a fan of the historical genre I've read a few books by Ms. Carlyle and was introduced to Edward (Ned Quartermaine) before and found him to be a disreputable, cold, and calculating man concerned only with himself. After being disowned at a very young age he had to rely on his strong will to stay alive which led him to the dark side of London life where he now runs a popular and prosperous gaming salon where he's forced to be brutal at times. He's got a rough reputation but an accident in the country leads to amnesia and a glimpse of a different man, one that's caring and charming and worthy of the love of a good woman. Amnesia humanized him and made me fall for him completely as a man who wanted to be better for the woman he came to love.

    Kate has resigned herself to remaining unmarried. After her father and brother squandered away the family's money Kate made it her mission to make the Barony prosperous once again and through her smart and responsible ways has made men desire the wealth she's accumulated, if not her plain and sensible nature. She wants to be loved for herself so she commits herself to taking care of the manor and her impetuous sister and caring but hard to please mother. That's the plan until the day she literally runs into a mysterious man she's immediately drawn to and out of guilt sets out to take care of him until he recovers from the accident. Kate's an immensely appealing character who's loyal and caring and easily relatable to and who I was rooting for every step of the way to her hard won HEA.

    Kate and Edward's relationship is full of sexual tension from day one and evolves into scorching interactions. Their relationship is given the time to evolve believably and it's an endearingly sweet journey they take together. That's why it's especially heartbreaking when his memory returns and the truth about his past and who he is taints the romantic bond they created. All along Edward felt as though there was something about him to make him unworthy of Kate and with his inappropriate standing coming to light it's obvious why there's no future for them. This new man though wants Kate desperately and proves without a doubt that he is in fact worthy of her in an immensely satisfying conclusion.

    Though this story was a bit draggy and formulaic at times, I was still drawn to the wonderfully flawed Edward and the redeeming power of love. There was also an entertaining cast of secondary characters that added to the angst and drama. I enjoyed the familial interactions between Kate, her sister, and mother that showed completely different personalities but who supported each other wholeheartedly. The villain in this story, Kate's ex, is truly nasty with his despicable nature getting more pronounced as the story progressed in his plan to claim her for her money. I found him to be much more worthy of the title of villain than anything Edward did. From start to finish I found this another reliable read from Ms. Carlyle and loved seeing the compelling transformation of Edward to become a truly heroic and romantic man worthy of drooling over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Loved it.

    Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    LOVED THIS BOOK

    This book is everything a "Regency" novel should be! I almost didn't read it because the title sounded "silly" - liked the cover, though! I am so glad I read Edward and Kate's story. You will not be disappointed.

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