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Wicked and Wonderful
     

Wicked and Wonderful

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by Valerie King
 

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Her heart may long for more…

Judith Lovington escaped a vile man years ago and found sanctuary in a traveling troupe of actors. Fending off the unwanted attentions of rakish gentlemen has become second nature to her. But when Lord Kelthorne begins his assault, never has temptation been stronger. How will she withstand his heated kisses when he

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Her heart may long for more…

Judith Lovington escaped a vile man years ago and found sanctuary in a traveling troupe of actors. Fending off the unwanted attentions of rakish gentlemen has become second nature to her. But when Lord Kelthorne begins his assault, never has temptation been stronger. How will she withstand his heated kisses when he represents all that she lost so many years ago and all that she desires now?

But his wicked intentions drive her into his arms…

Kelthorne meant only to have a little fun when he first caught and kissed Judith in his apple orchard. Though intent on mending his ways and marrying a proper young miss, he can’t forget the lovely songstress and sets about to break down her every reserve. As he takes his stolen kisses, however, his clever seductions set to work on his own heart. But will he surrender to love at long last?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148347255
Publisher:
Valerie King
Publication date:
07/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
585,595
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

I wrote most of my romances for Kensington Publishing over the course of eighteen years. One of my editors–who still works at Kensington–called us a pair of War Horses once. I guess we were. I adored my Kensington editors. They left me alone to write and I worked hard to keep their workload down. That’s a writer’s job. My children are grown now and my life and time belong to me…except that writing commands me now, almost exclusively. What began as a vocation with promise has become a true passion. I have come to love the English language, to savor the feel of the words in my mouth when I speak my writing aloud. I treasure the stories I create. Don’t doubt for a second, reader, that you are ever far from my mind…

Blessings Valerie King.

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Wicked and Wonderful 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bookcatcc More than 1 year ago
By "traditional" I mean a plot and characters that are truly of the Regency period, a love story, and good historical detail. I find the current designations of "clean" and "dirty" novels both hilarious and sad. I just want the author to advance the plot in every scene, sexual or not. Suffice it to say that there are no explicit sex scenes, and this book is suitable for readers in their teens. Some aspects of the plot are a bit far-fetched, but support the plot very well. Good read.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Lord Aubrey Kelthorne owns a huge property in Somerset, large enough to host a castle, an apple orchard, and a beautiful cottage in which he dwells. Judith Lovington has been hiding her privileged past and working with an acting troupe. The group chanced upon Lord Kelthorne' s property and requested permission to set up camp on it. Dared by her fellow actors, Judith sneaks into the orchard to steal a few apples and prove her bravery. Kelthorne, riding through the orchard, encounters Judith when his dog Rufus, pounced upon her to shower her with kisses. This chance meeting will change both of their lives forever. This was a beautiful love story. It was a great example of what it was like back then with the differences in classes, society and social circles. One of the things I enjoyed about this book was that you felt for Judith and wanted things to go well for her. Kelthorne was a confused soul. I couldn't believe that because Judith wasn't socially proper for him that he went running to Miss Currivard. I would have slapped him myself for him to make her second best. Overall, this was a magnificent historical romance and a great page turning one at that.
blaise_zillah More than 1 year ago
A Clean Regency Era Book,if you want a romance that has temptation, lust, mystery but no sex then you'll enjoy this book, it was a intriguing glimpse into this era. Judith was a very interesting character, she had to leave her home at a tender age to escape a horrible fate and managed to make a life for herself that was suited to what she could do. She was both strong and vulnerable, generous and loyal. Lord Kelthorne i had mixed emotions about him sometimes i want to shake him,slap, hug,kiss but i ended up loving him. He was a frustrating, enjoyable character, he was protective of his sisters but he didn't have the best reputation. This was well written, had a lovely cast of characters some to love and some to hate and was fun to read a romance that didn't have sex scenes but built the romance on other things that made it intimate, also had some heart-pounding scenes in more then one way. I recieved this book in exchange for a honest review
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I screamed, I loved, I had tears in my eyes.  What more can you ask for? This is a phenomenally well put together period piece that really takes you back in time.  It will catch your attention and make your heart race.  It is intense and action packed right from the get-go.  King employs intricate descriptions that lay the world that she has created out for you in brilliant precision.  She draws you in and keeps you wrapped up in a world unlike anything you’ve ever lived.  She makes you want to experience it for yourself.  No.  She makes you feel like you have. Also, her dialogue is spot on, not only for the time period but also for the dialects of the various characters.  It also stays consistent, character by character, throughout the novel, making this a very unique and enjoyable read.   I love the cast of characters that King presents us with in this phenomenal novel.  Each one is individually crafted to become an amazing individual.  The way that King has laid this novel out, the reader can even identify with the characters that they despise.  The naivety of the main character makes her that much more intriguing.  Who she is goes against everything that anyone would assume about her.  Throughout this novel the reader is able to feel for each of the characters individually, main and supporting alike.   Overall, this is such a fun loving cast, especially the male lead that you cannot help but have fun while loving this novel.  It’s one of those novels that leave you with a warm bubbly feeling at the end that you don’t want to shake.  I honestly cannot wait to read more by this phenomenal author! Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "Wicked and Wonderful" by Valerie King was a sweet wonderful love story. From the title I thought it would have been a little more wicked but it wasn't but still good read. The novel was of a women who had left her noble family to become a 'songstress with a group of traveling actors.' What had brought Judith to this way of life? This traveling groups of performers ended up on Lord Kelthorne where he meets up with Judith in the apple orchard and the story take off. Would there be a instant attraction for Judith and Lord Kelthorne? These two main characters will provide entertainment as you met up with the secondary characters that provide even more. I will say that in order to understand this novel you must pick it up and read it to really get a full understanding of just what this "Wicked and Wonderful" is all about. It will all come together for the reader. I found "Wicked and Wonderful" a very nice sweet love romance and yes I would recommend this one to you.