Some Like It Wicked

Some Like It Wicked

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by Teresa Medeiros
     
 

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Some like it dangerous . . .

Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid cares nothing for propriety—or even her own safety—when she storms the grounds of Newgate Prison. Determined to return to Scotland and restore her clan's honor, she seeks the help of Sir Simon Wescott, a disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue. She is prepared to offer him both wealth and

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Some like it dangerous . . .

Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid cares nothing for propriety—or even her own safety—when she storms the grounds of Newgate Prison. Determined to return to Scotland and restore her clan's honor, she seeks the help of Sir Simon Wescott, a disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue. She is prepared to offer him both wealth and freedom, but she never dreams the wicked rake will be bold enough to demand a far more sensual prize.

Some like it seductive . . .

Simon is shocked to discover the tomboy he met long ago has blossomed into a headstrong temptress. Although he's sworn off his dreams of becoming a hero, he can't resist playing knight errant to Catriona's damsel in distress. Both adventure and peril await them at her Highland home, where they will risk their lives to vanquish her enemies . . . and risk their hearts to discover a passion beyond their wildest dreams.

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Publishers Weekly

In veteran author Medeiros's wickedly clever latest, set in 1805, Catriona Kincaid is a lovely Scotswoman exiled in England after her parents' deaths for "the Scottish Cause." When her uncle tries to marry her off to protect her from further persecution by the British, she talks roguish Sir Simon Wescott into a devil's deal: marry her and take half her copious dowry in exchange for guiding her to Scotland to find her brother, Connor. Simon accepts, under the stipulation that he can take her, too. Love soon strikes them, but his determined avoidance of heroics and her desire to lead her kinsmen against the English lead to serious complications. Wit, charm and bravery abound as the two try to find their way back to one another. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061235351
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/29/2008
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
800,568
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Some Like It Wicked

Chapter 1
England1805

A throaty feminine moan disturbed the cozy peace of the stable loft. As Catriona Kincaid jerked up her head, the drowsy bit of fluff draped over the back of her neck let out a shrill mew.

Fortunately, the kitten's protest was drowned out by another moan from below, this one underscored by a husky, knowing chuckle that sent a warm shiver tingling down Catriona's spine.

Still gripping the book she'd been reading, she used her elbows to wiggle forward on her stomach through the slanting beams of shadow and sunshine. The kitten began to gnaw at her hair with the ferocity of a lion cub. As an insipid giggle drifted to her ears, along with the intriguing rhythms of labored breathing, she leaned down and pressed her eye to a generous crack between two boards.

Even in the faded light, her cousin's hair gleamed like a tousled blond halo around her flushed face. Alice was pinned against a stall door opposite the loft, caught in the fervent embrace of an officer of His Majesty's Royal Navy. As he pressed his open mouth to the pale column of her throat, she tilted her head back, revealing shuttered eyes and moist lips parted with some indefinable hunger.

Catriona's own mouth fell open. She'd never seen her vain cousin so unconcerned about smearing her powder or rumpling the elegant train of her garden gown. This dashing new beau of hers must weave a powerful spell indeed.

Catriona's curious gaze shifted to his back. The young officer's dark blue dress coat had been tossed over a nearby stall door. His dazzling white shirt was stretched taut over his broad shoulderswhile his waistcoat hugged his lean waist. White breeches clung to his narrow hips, tapering down over muscular calves and thighs to disappear into a pair of shiny black Hessians.

It wasn't the sculpted beauty of those hips that drew Catriona's eyes back to them, but the subtle movement that accompanied each of his forays against her cousin's throat. The provocative motion struck such a delicate balance between coaxing and demand that it was as if his lean, clever body had been created for just such wicked pursuits by God Himself. Or by Lucifer.

When he shifted his avid attentions from Alice's throat to her parted lips, Catriona gaped, mesmerized. Not even in her most wicked dreams had she imagined such kissing! It bore no relation to the grudging buss on the cheek her aunt allowed her uncle each night before they retired to their separate chambers. She touched her fingertips to her own tingling lips, wondering how it might feel to have them devoured with such tender ardor. Her parents had been generous with both their hugs and their kisses but since coming to live with her uncle's family, she hadn't received so much as a dry peck on the brow.

The shameless scapegrace took advantage of her cousin's distraction by dipping his long, tapered fingers into the lacy décolletage of her gown. Alice murmured a halfhearted protest. Catriona rolled her eyes. Alice had pitched a more convincing fit at breakfast that morning when Catriona had wolfed down the last kipper. Between one breath and the next, Alice's objection melted to a mewling gasp of pleasure. She arched her back to better fill the officer's skilled fingers with her ample breasts.

Catriona wanted to turn away in disgust, but couldn't. She hadn't been quite so captivated since Monsieur Garnerin had crashed his hot-air balloon into a flock of bleating belles at Vauxhall Gardens.

With a grace more deserving of a minuet, the man pivoted, gently backing Alice toward the bed of hay directly beneath Catriona's perch. The sun-dappled shadows flirted with his face, making it impossible to get a clear look at him. Catriona suppressed a groan of frustration as they disappeared from view. If the man could handle a warship with half that finesse, she thought, Britain's victory over Napoleon's navy should be assured.

The intriguing rustle of both hay and clothing being rearranged whetted her curiosity beyond bearing. Scrambling to her hands and knees, Catriona crawled forward until she could hang her head over the edge of the loft.

She had forgotten about the kitten perched on her shoulder until he dug ten tiny claws into her tender nape. Sucking back a yelp of pain, she let go of her nose and made a grab for the kitten. A cloud of dust and pollen flew up her nose. A mighty sneeze gathered in her lungs. Even if the good Lord had blessed her with three hands, she wouldn't have had time to decide which one to use to grab the kitten, muffle the sneeze, and maintain her teetering balance.

As it was, she could only bat wildly at the air as she tumbled headfirst out of the hayloft and crashed into the imposing back of the man preparing to settle himself between her cousin's pale, shapely thighs.

Simon Wescott could feel the hot breath of hell blowing down his neck.

It wasn't the first time he'd experienced that particular whiff of brimstone, nor was it likely to be the last. Hazardous experience had taught him that enraged papas, the self-appointed guardians of their daughters' virtue (either real or illusory), were even more dangerous than irate husbands. Fearful that it was just such a papa who had landed on his back, he waited for a muscled forearm to tighten around his throat.

Some Like It Wicked. Copyright © by Teresa Medeiros. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one and has since gone on to win the hearts of both readers and critics. A two-time recipient of the Waldenbooks Award for bestselling fiction, Teresa makes her home in Kentucky with her husband and two cats.

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LotsAReading More than 1 year ago
Just finished this delightful book. I may be predictable, but it's a very fun read. Even laughed out loud a couple of times. If you enjoy reading romances, I recommend this one...but I've never read a Medeiros I didn't enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catriona Kidcaid is a loyal Scot's women who wants to return to Scotland to find her brother. She was shipped off to England after her parents were killed to live with her Uncle the Earl. She talks Sir Simon Wescott (born on other side blanket to Duke) into helping her with plan to save her Kidcaid Scottish Land.... I like the connection between the main chacaters. Catriona raised in Scotland but sent to England at age 11 when her parents died, has a dream. And in that dream, she returns to Scotland to reunite with her brother and help lead the clan Kincaid in reclaiming their land. Later at 16 she adds Simon to that dream as her white knight, prince charming, etc. after interrupting him as he attempted to have a little fun with her annoying selfish cousin. He of course mistakes her for a "lad" until looking a bit closer and seeing she's just an awkward teenage girl. At 21 she approaches her white knight (aka Simon) while he's in debtors prison. Still starry eyed (and of course now a ravishing beauty) she recruits him to help her travel to Scotland to find her brother before the old mean Englishman who threatened to marry her kills all the remaining Kincaids so they cannot challenge his ownership of their land that he now owns. And by recruit I mean pay him with half her dowry.
aerofan More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down I love Teresa Medeiros and have read several of her novels I reccommend reading them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just so exhilerating! I read it in one day! Just so astounding!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fantasitic book! I absolutely adore Simon and Catriona. They are strong, refreshing, well developed characters who you will instantly fall in love with. If you are looking for something different from the typical 'love at first sight across a ballroom floor' book, then 'some like it wicked' is definitely the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel like I've been looking for this book forever! I was so tired of romances where all of the attraction between hero and heroine seemed to be sexual. With Simon and Catriona, we actually SEE them falling in love and believe every moment of it. This is a classic 'road book' like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. I love it when an author actually pulls you INTO the story and you take every breath and every step with the characters. Medeiros's writing reminds me of those wonderful early Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood books. It's a very welcome addition to my keeper shelf and I can't wait for the sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Teresa Medeiros is back and she¿s better than ever. In SOME LIKE IT WICKED, a historical set in the early 1800's, Medeiros returns to her beloved Scottish Highlands with a sweeping saga of romance, honor, betrayal and love. Catriona Kincaid is the heroine of this story and I adore her. A proud, feisty and fiercely loyal Scot, she has been living with her English uncle¿s family since the age of ten when her parents were killed by redcoats and her fifteen year old brother, Connor, sent her away for her safety. The unlikely hero, Simon Wescott, is a bad, bad boy and utterly delicious. The bastard son of a nobleman, he¿s a rake and a rogue who has been seducing his way through the London ladies since he was a young man. When Catriona first encounters Simon she¿s 15 and he¿s a young Navy officer in the process of seducing her cousin before shipping out with Admiral Nelson. Their meeting is very memorable, in classic Medeiros style, and had me laughing out loud. Now approaching her 21st birthday, Catriona is determined to return to her beloved Highlands to search for her brother and, with him, restore honor to their clan but must find someone to escort her home while at the same time avoiding a forced marriage orchestrated by her uncle. She has only one name on her list - Simon Wescott, the hero of her young dreams, the Navy officer honored for saving his captain¿s life, the dissolute, disreputable, penniless rogue who now sits in a cell at Newgate, jailed for not paying his debts and, even worse, seducing the daughter of the magistrate who sentenced him. Even with all the evidence facing her, Catriona still believes that Simon is, at his core, an honorable man. Simon, of course, knows better. Still, money does talk and a bargain is struck but the stakes are raised when Simon adds a demand of his own. If he¿s going to risk his neck delivering Catriona to Scotland he wants more than just money. Simon wants a wedding night. What follows is a richly written, sweeping story filled with sparkling dialogue, plenty of humor, unexpected surprises and a depth of emotion that had me laughing, crying, cheering and sighing. Both Catriona and Simon have significant personal obstacles to overcome on their journey to a happy ending. Redeeming Simon, in particular, is no easy task but Medeiros molds him gradually and flawlessly into a man worthy of love and respect. Watching these two grow as individuals as they are tested by life and love is pure pleasure and the scenes when each of them reaches that point in their love when they willingly put the other¿s needs before their own had my own emotions spilling over. Teresa Medeiros has created a beautiful love story with characters that captured my heart and still haven¿t let go. Make room on your keeper shelf for SOME LIKE IT WICKED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost sixteen year old Catriona Kincaid meets Sir Simon Wescott when she was reading Sir Walter Scott in a loft while he is seducing her cousin Alice. Whereas her vile cousin calls her a monster, he thinks nothing of her being there beyond coincidence. Although he calls her a lad and then a little girl, even his rakish actions fail to deter her from worshipping the rogue. ------------------------- Five years later in 1810, Lord Eddingham informs Catriona and her Uncle Ross that he purchased land in Scotland once owned by the Kincaids he plans to end the raids led by the outlaw Kincaid. Catriona fears that might be her brother so she decides to go home to the Highlands where her family was once head of a clan until her grandfather chose otherwise. Realistically she knows she needs an escort and is resolute that her ¿hero¿ takes her to Scotland. Simon resides in Newgate so she visits him there with an enticing proposition. She will pay off his debts, which will free him from prison if he marries her and takes her home. He agrees and once he is released he honors his new debt by marrying Catriona. The journey north is dangerous as someone apparently wants to prevent her from coming home while her beloved proves to be a real hero risking his life to keep her safe.--------------- This entertaining Regency romance is fun to follow as Catriona¿s puppy love turns into an adult love while Simon finds himself falling in love with the courageous woman whose terms he agreed to as he no longer thinks of her as a little girl. Whereas her uncle, her cousin and Eddingham display no positive attributes, fans will still enjoy this fine historical as Catriona and her hero fall in love while waiting anxiously for the sequel to see what happens with the hanging thread.------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best romance novels I've read in a long while!!
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I thought this book was shallow i understand its meant to be light but i didnt enjoy it as much aas her others
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Not one of the author's best, but it did hold my interest!!!! Did not really feel the emotion between the main characters. Just an ok read.
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