Some Like It Wild

Some Like It Wild

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by Teresa Medeiros
     
 

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It was to be her greatest masquerade . . .

Pamela Darby needs a man—preferably a Highland brute with more brawn than brains. Determined to save her sister from selling her virtue, the resourceful beauty requires a strapping specimen to pose as a duke's long-lost heir. Pamela plans to collect the generous reward, then send him on his way. Lucky for the

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It was to be her greatest masquerade . . .

Pamela Darby needs a man—preferably a Highland brute with more brawn than brains. Determined to save her sister from selling her virtue, the resourceful beauty requires a strapping specimen to pose as a duke's long-lost heir. Pamela plans to collect the generous reward, then send him on his way. Lucky for the brazen beauty, the seductive, silver-eyed highwayman who just held up their carriage could be her man . . .

Connor Kincaid has given up on his dream of restoring his clan's honor. And now this plucky Englishwoman is asking him to take part in a risky charade that could land them both on the gallows. Never a man to resist a challenge or the allure of a beautiful woman, Connor strikes the devil's bargain that could seal both their fates. The highwayman and the hellion journey to London as both enemies and allies—a woman who has everything to gain and a man who has nothing to lose . . . but his heart.

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Left in dire straits when their actress mother dies in a fire, Pamela and Sophie Darby head to Scotland, hoping to find the long-lost son of an elderly English duke and claim the reward for his recovery. Then Connor Kincaid, a brawny, sexy Highlander, waylays their coach, and after a series of unexpected, sometimes hilarious misadventures, the ever-resourceful Pamela convinces him to "become" the lost heir and take subtle revenge upon the hated English. Their ruse succeeds-and then Connor gives things an unexpected twist. Well-matched, beautifully antagonistic protagonists keep things sizzling in a superbly plotted story laced with just enough mystery and danger to keep readers on edge. This is the second in the Kincaid Highland series. The ever-popular Medeiros lives in Kentucky.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061235368
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
429,334
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Some Like It Wild

Chapter One

The Scottish Highlands
1814

I need a man," Pamela Darby proclaimed with the same matter—of—fact conviction she would have used to announce "I need a scrap of lace to mend my hem" or "I need a fresh turnip for tonight's stew."

From the coach seat opposite her, her half—sister Sophie glanced up from studying her worn copy of La Belle Assemblée. The periodical was two seasons out of date, but that didn't stop Sophie from sighing over its colorful fashion plates or poring over its recommendations for the rouge most likely to grace a young lady's cheek with a flattering hue.

"What I need—what we need," Pamela amended, "is not just any man, but some strapping Scots lad with more brawn than brains." She deepened her voice, faking a burr that would have done Bonnie Prince Charlie proud. "A lad easily led by two canny lasses with more wits than he."

"And I'm guessing those lasses would be us?" Sophie ventured, cocking a knowing eyebrow. She winced and wiggled on the battered cushions as the coach shuddered and began to grind its way down another rocky trail that insulted their intelligence by calling itself a road. "Just how do you propose we find this handsome dullard? Should we ask the coachman to stop at the next village and post a broadsheet?"

Trusting that her sister would play along with her silly scheme, if only to pass the long hours on the road, Pamela bit her bottom lip. "Hmmm . . . that's not a bad idea. I hadn't considered a broadsheet. How about one that reads, 'WANTED: Thick—Witted, Thick—Necked Scotsman toMasquerade as Duke's Long Lost Heir.' Perhaps we could nail one up in the market square of each village we pass through."

"Just like that one we saw in the last village, warning us that there's a dangerous highwayman with a price on his head terrorizing these very roads—robbing travelers and ravishing innocent women?"

Sophie's mocking words brought Pamela's flight of fancy crashing down on the jagged rocks of reality. She remembered that broadsheet only too well. A crude sketch had accompanied it, depicting a masked man with a rugged jaw, a pistol in his hand and a ruthless light in his eyes. She had been drawn to it against her will, her fingertips lightly tracing the incongruous dimple set deep in his right cheek. She could not help wondering what would drive a man to defy both the law and God's commandments by stealing what he wanted instead of paying for it. When Sophie had approached, Pamela had quickly turned away from the broadsheet, afraid her sister might find an echo of her own growing desperation in the highwayman's steely gaze.

The memory of that gaze sent a faint shudder down her spine. She was painfully aware that two women traveling alone through these wild and rugged climes could easily become the target of more than just mild suspicion and disapproving glances. But they hadn't the means to employ maidservants to give them an air of respectability or outriders to protect the carriage they'd hired after disembarking from the public coach in Edinburgh. They would simply have to depend upon the elderly coachman and his ancient musket to defend both their lives and their virtue.

She forced an airy smile. "From what I've heard about these Highland savages, they're more inclined to ravish their sheep than their women." She ran a hand over her reticule, deriving her own comfort from what she'd tucked away in the little silk purse.

Twirling one of her curls around her forefinger, Sophie sighed. "I still can't believe we've come all this way for naught. You heard that old crone in Strathspey. According to her, the duke's heir died nearly thirty years ago, when he was still a babe. Neither he nor his mother survived their first Highland winter."

"I can certainly understand why," Pamela muttered, tucking her hands deeper into her fur muff. She had been even more dismayed than Sophie to discover that the trail they'd been faithfully following for the past month had gone cold. Colder even than this godforsaken country where the wind whipped right through you—even when the sun was shining. Colder than the icy drops of rain that began to pelt you the second you decided it was safe to put away your parasol. Colder than the dampness that sank deep into your bones, making you feel as if you'd never truly be warm again.

"Why don't we just forget all about the reward and go home?" Sophie suggested.

"A sound plan indeed . . . if we still had a home."

As a mist of sadness dimmed the sparkle in Sophie's light blue eyes, Pamela immediately regretted her sharp tone. Until six months ago, the Crown Theatre off of Drury Lane had been the only real home either one of them had ever known. They'd both been born backstage and pronounced 'very fine productions indeed' by their actress mother. But now the theater was gone, reduced to rubble and ash by the same tragic fire that had killed their mother and would have killed them as well had they not been sleeping in their nearby lodgings at the time. Pamela's throat tightened around a bitter and familiar ache. Her only comfort lay in knowing that their mother had never wanted to outlive her legendary beauty—or its devastating effect on her admirers.

A beauty that survived in the pale shimmer of her half—sister's curls. Curls trimmed in a fashionable bob that perfectly framed Sophie's heart—shaped face with its Cupid's bow of a mouth and enchantingly retroussé nose. It was whispered among the opera dancers that Sophie's father had been a wealthy French comte who had found their mother both charmant and ravissant. That he had lost his heart, only to return to France and lose his head before he could offer for their mother's hand.

Some Like It Wild. Copyright (c) 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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Life_Long_Reader More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start out that my reviews to not include an encapsulation of the plot. You have the book blurb for that. What I like to review is the actual writing style, characterization, and the success of the book. Some Like It Wild is a wonderfully romantic story. Medeiros is definitely a pro at pulling the most out of her characters and taking the reader a long for a emotionally engaging ride. I love romances that include a Scottish hero and Connor is certainly a sexy hero with a great conflict and plot line. Pamela is a feisty and intelligent heroine who acts to rectify circumstances that aren't in her control. I really like the sexual tension between these characters as well as the strength of their resolve in regards to their internal and external conflicts. It is the resolution of these conflicts that keeps readers engaged and I feel Medeiros does well to make it less predictable. I really recommend this book and other romances by Medeiros. She usually surprises me and keeps her stories fresh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love Teresa Medeiros. I read my first Teresa Medeiros book when I was 15 and have read everyone since. I loved this book. I didn't expect not to, but you never know. It was wonderful. The plot moved along quickly, I loved the characters and over all enjoyed it. I finished it in one day. My only complaints would be that I wish Sophie had been more fully developed and her relationship with Crispin more explored. I also wish there had been more interaction between Connor and Catroina throughout the book as this was a sort of sequel to Some Like it Wicked. Overall, it was excellent and I can't wait for the next Teresa Medeiros!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1814 the impoverished half-sisters, actresses Pamela and Sophie Darby, seek a Highlander dolt who is all brawn and no brain so they can outwit him while using him to masquerade as a long lost British heir. When highwayman Connor Kincaid stops their coach, he is stunned by the audacious Pamela who instead of handing him her valuables; alas there are none except her and her sister's respective virtue, which is why they are in this mess; she offers the brute a deal. Sill feeling like a moron, Connor accepts and soon he and the half sisters are in London where he will pose as the long lost heir. Nothing goes right from the moment they arrive at the city. Almost immediately Pamela finds herself living in the home of Connor's father somehow engaged to the dimwit. As they fall in love, both Pamela and Connor want their masquerade to be real. The sequel to SOME LIKE IT WICKED is a bawdy entertaining Regency romance starring a wild Highlander who feels overwhelmed by hurricane Pamela, but cannot help wanting more of her insane decadence. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Connor wonders what happened to a simple coach robbery and never slows down as he turns to seduction and pleasuring to somewhat level the playing field with his feisty masquerading partner. Teresa Medeiros is at her best with this humorous battle of wits and passion that sub-genre readers will find wickedly wild and wantonly wonderful. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is by far the best novel Teresa Medeiros has written and I have read quite a few.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I liked the twist with his mother. This is the second book by Teresa Medieros and she is quickly becoming my favorite author. I did like how Some like it Wicked & Some like it wild tie into each other at the end. Im glad i read Some like it Wicked first.
YarnWinder More than 1 year ago
Another great historical from Teresa Mederios. 'Until Dawn" will always be my favorite tho.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok it was light and i skimmed through alot of it because it was drawn out
Niff More than 1 year ago
Rather short and easy. The characters aren't very deep and the plot is a bit predictable, but if you're looking for something easy to read to pass the time then this is definitely the choice for you. I enjoyed it, although I don't think I would read it again.
Jaynez More than 1 year ago
I always look at the worst reviews before buying a book. But I didn't have to do that with this book. I love Teresa Medeiros and have read several of her books. This is yet another great read and I will continue to buy her books and this is one you should read also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I basically buy romances based on whether or not the combination of the description and picture on the cover make me laugh or not. Obviously this did, an I found it your average romance novel. The story is one that is all too familiar and is simply set in a different place. But that is what I enjoy about romance novels is that you don't have to think about it too much and you get a smile on our face at the end.
Dorak11 More than 1 year ago
Teresa Medeiros has and always will be one of my favorite authors. Once again she out did herself. This story kept me very intrigued.I highly recommend this read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have read every book by Teresa Medeiros and love her writing style. This book is great. It is funny and sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all the books written by this author. She does not disappiont. I am eager for her next book to come out.
Maggie7 More than 1 year ago
Laughed my buns off with this one. Connor is a sexy bold Scotsman who knows what he wants and that's Pamela. Kudos to Teresa for writing a funny and romantic tale I did not want to end. I recommend reading the prequel of this book "Some Like It Wicked".
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