To Love a Wicked Lord

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Phillipa Carstairs, the granddaughter of a well-respected, retired government official, is engaged and ready to be married. But when her fiancé disappears on a mysterious mission just before the wedding, Phillipa doesn′t know if she should hold onto hope of her intended′s safe return.

With no word from Noel, "Pippa" grows tired of waiting, and she and her grandmother enlist the help of British spy Lord Alain Maxwell. Together they set out on ...

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Overview

Phillipa Carstairs, the granddaughter of a well-respected, retired government official, is engaged and ready to be married. But when her fiancé disappears on a mysterious mission just before the wedding, Phillipa doesn′t know if she should hold onto hope of her intended′s safe return.

With no word from Noel, "Pippa" grows tired of waiting, and she and her grandmother enlist the help of British spy Lord Alain Maxwell. Together they set out on the trail of the elusive fiancé.

As their journey takes them across England and abroad into France, Phillipa, initially unimpressed with Lord Maxwell, learns there is more to the dashing spy than meets the eye. Faced with an undeniable attraction, will Phillipa be able to hold onto her resolve and remain faithful to her missing fiance?

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Left in social limbo when her fiancé, Noel Nicholson, disappeared seven months ago, Pippa Carstairs enlists the aid of arrogant Maxwell Sutton, Lord Montrose, to get some answers. Initially annoyed by Montrose's dismissive attitude, Pippa soon suspects that he is anything but the dandified fribble he appears to be. Mentally brilliant and physically lethal, Max is secretly a reluctant spy for the Crown, and, in this particular instance, he smells a rat. A restless, magnetic hero, a smart, outspoken heroine, and a dotty grandmother join forces to find the elusive Noel—and some totally unexpected surprises. VERDICT With a nod to The Scarlet Pimpernel, Layton quickly lures readers with a mesmerizing mix of appealing, exceptionally well-delineated characters, witty, engaging dialog, sexual electricity, and a nonstop pace that keeps the pages turning until the end. Layton (A Bride for His Convenience), who died in June, was one of the most admired romance writers, particularly noted for her traditional Regencies and Regency-set historicals. Her death is a great loss to the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061757709
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,285,088
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Layton loved to write. She wrote articles and opinion pieces for the New York Times and Newsday, as well as for local papers, and freelanced writing publicity before she began writing novels.

Publisher’s Weekly called her “one of romance’s most gifted authors.” She received many awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romantic Times, and excellent reviews and commendations from Library Journal, Romance Readers Anonymous, and Romance Writers of America. She also wrote historical novels under the name Edith Felber.

Mother of three grown children, she lived on Long Island with her devoted dog, Miss Daisy; her half feral parakeet, Little Richard; and various nameless pond fish in the fishness protection program.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    BORING

    When I read the back it definitely sounded interesting and different then the norm. The plot supposedly was about a young woman named Pippa looking for her Fiance and Maxwell who was helping her. Unfortunately that had almost nothing to do with he actual plot. Yes they did go "looking" for her fiance but halfway through it was more about parties and her crazy grandmother. There was NO chemistry between the two characters and it was almost awkward to read. The ending was anticlimactic and boring just like the rest of the book.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

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    A most disappointing last novel by this well-loved author.

    After reading the prologue, which seemed to promise an interesting story and a potentially intriguing hero, I settled down for a thoroughly good read and a rousing ultimate novel. Alas, the plot and the characters were all flat and uninteresting.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

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    This is a great Regency romantic mystery

    In 1803 seven months ago, Phillipa "Pippa" Carstairs' betrothed Noel vanished immediately after their engagement party. Pippa's grandfather hires Lord Maxwell Sutton to find the missing fiancé as his grandchild is caught in a no lady's land by the Ton since Noel is not reported dead and they had not married as widowhood or desertion is acceptable while nothing else is.

    When Pippa first meets Maxwell, she believes he is a dandy whose cravat will be in the way of a meaningful investigation. However, Pippa quickly revises her opinion of a shallow bored aristocrat as she finds him to be intelligent and witty. As she falls in love with Maxwell, she hopes he never finds her intended though she believes he will. As for Maxwell, he has also fallen in love, but to have any future with his Pippa, he believes he must find her fiancé.

    This is a great Regency romantic mystery starring two likable strong protagonists who come together over the search for her lost fiancé. Few sub-genre writers have been as consistently strong as Edith Layton who passed away in May. TO LOVE A WICKED LORD pays homage to this terrific author who in spite of her fight with cancer for several years kept her readers enthralled with super historicals like this one.

    Harriet Klausner

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