Not Wicked Enough

Not Wicked Enough

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by Carolyn Jewel
     
 

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When Lily Wellston heads to the Bitterward Estate to comfort her widowed friend Eugenia she certainly does not have romance in mind. In fact the playful but level-headed Lily is amused to no end when, en route, a gypsy gifts her with a beautiful medallion, claiming it will ensnare the romantic desires of a stranger.

But Fate has other plans in the form of

Overview

When Lily Wellston heads to the Bitterward Estate to comfort her widowed friend Eugenia she certainly does not have romance in mind. In fact the playful but level-headed Lily is amused to no end when, en route, a gypsy gifts her with a beautiful medallion, claiming it will ensnare the romantic desires of a stranger.

But Fate has other plans in the form of Eugenia's ruggedly handsome brother, the Duke of Mountjoy. One day at Bitterward and Lily can't deny the sizzling attraction between her and the roguish duke. Nothing can come of it, of course. She's not looking for entanglements and he's practically engaged. But whether it's her outgoing nature and the duke's outlandish ways sparking off one another; or the mysterious gypsy medallion working "magic"—hearts are stirring in the most unexpected and wicked ways...

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Publishers Weekly
Miss Lily Wellstone visits her best friend, hoping to improve Ginny’s lingering postwidowhood depression. Unexpectedly, Lily falls into a passionate love affair with Ginny’s older brother, the fittingly named duke of Mountjoy. While buoyant, independent Lily is outwardly trying to breathe life back into the fusty atmosphere of Bitterward with entertainments like treasure hunts and balls, she secretly indulges her more ignoble appetites with the nobleman. But Lily believes love comes but once in a lifetime, and she has already loved and lost, while Mountjoy is all but engaged to another. Readers will enjoy this diverting Regency romance, set refreshingly far from London high society, as they wait to find out what finally drives the lovers to the altar. Agent: Nelson Literary Agency. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Brilliant, poignant...and just plain fun. I loved it."—Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author

"Intense, sexy, and emotionally satisfying."—Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author

"Readers will enjoy this diverting Regency romance, set refreshingly far from London high society, as they wait to find out what finally drives the lovers to the altar."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425246603
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
Reforming the Scoundrels Series , #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Brilliant, poignant...and just plain fun. I loved it."Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author

"Intense, sexy, and emotionally satisfying."Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author

"Readers will enjoy this diverting Regency romance, set refreshingly far from London high society, as they wait to find out what finally drives the lovers to the altar."—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Carolyn Jewel has been writing stories ever since she could scribble. Now that she’s grown up (mostly), she writes historical and paranormal romance. Carolyn lives in Northern California with her son, three cats, a border collie, several chickens, some sheep, and various strays and other rescued critters.

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Not Wicked Enough 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much real story being told between the sex scenes. Having just read the previous book in the series the repetition was glaring and obvious and frankly boring. The heroines even speak the same dialog when chastising their heroes. Odious man! Incorrigible man! This author is not on my Must Read List. I would advise reader to save the coin. If book is free give it a pass and save the time for more enjoyable activity. I should have cleaned out my closet. Half star
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This book was quite entertaining and engrossing. There was a little bit of gypsy magic thrown in as well. I really liked the protagonists although Lilly was a bit shallow at times with regards to her criticisms of the Duke of Mountjoy's wardrobe. I love the alpha male that is the Duke of Mountjoy. He cares about his family and he thumbs his nose at society's expectations of him. The attraction between the Duke and Lilly sizzles and their encounters are quite hot. They need to keep the affair a secret from Liily's friend, Eugenie, who is the Duke's sister. One other criticism that I have about the book is the cover. It was misleading. I thought it was a Georgian era book but instead it was a Regency. I don't mind reading Regencies but I had my heart set on a Georgian.
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Kim4 More than 1 year ago
Lily Wellstone goes to the Bitterward Estate to visit her grieving friend, Eugenia. Immediately upon Lily's arrival, she is greeted by a man with a distinct lack of tailoring and gruff manner, but soon realizes he is Ginny's brother, the Duke of Mountjoy. Although there is an instant attraction between the two, there are obstacles to any relationship. As Lily and Mountjoy interact, however, their attraction only grows stronger. Eventually, they enter into an affair that is more like a friends-with-benefits arrangement than a love match. While the writing is strong, I had a few problems with this book. I found Lily a bit too worldly for her station in life. Although Lily had one previous lover, she thinks nothing of taking another. Lily is also willing to befriend Mountjoy's potential wife and doesn't feel the slightest bit of guilt. I found the latter troubling about a character that is usually so caring. Although Mountjoy hasn’t proposed yet, Lily knows there is an understanding of sorts. On the positive side, Lily is a free-spirit who elevates the mood of everyone around her. She is also a steadfast friend that is truly concerned for Ginny’s emotional well-being. Mountjoy’s brother is another delightful character, but there is no groundwork for this particular plotline. Finally, there is a very slight paranormal thread that runs throughout the novel. It worked for me, but it’s left to the readers’ imagination whether or not magic played apart in things. So while I had a few problems with the plot, fans of Ms. Jewel will be happy with the strong writing and hints of a future story for two of the secondary characters. I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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