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Wicked, My Love
     

Wicked, My Love

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by Susanna Ives
 

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A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius
Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn't get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he's tried-and failed-to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination
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Overview

A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius
Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn't get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he's tried-and failed-to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination
When both Randall's political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella's help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that's catching them completely off guard...

Praise for Wicked Little Secrets:
"With Wicked Little Secrets' intriguing plot, quirky characters, witty escapades, and heartfelt dialogue, Ives has created a read that's as thought-provoking as it is romantic." -RT Book Reviews, 4 1/5 stars and nominee for Best First Historical Romance
"A fresh voice that reminded me of Julia Quinn's characters." -Eloisa JAMES, New York Times bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/12/2015
Victorian England provides a perfect setting for the madcap adventures of an English businesswoman and her lifelong friend. Isabella St. Vincent, a champion of women’s rights, helps run the bank formed by Lord Randall’s family. Her position depends on bank shares she inherited from her father. When a bank partner invests in false stock, she and Lord Randall stand to lose everything. As they search for the vanished bank partner, who was also Isabella’s only suitor, Randall suddenly sees that Isabella is much more than the annoying girl that he played childhood pranks on. Their quest puts Randall and Isabella in shockingly close proximity, and the few rules of their love/hate relationship begin to crumble. But Isabella believes that a romance between them would be doomed and doesn’t want to jeopardize Randall’s future in Parliament. Sensuous foreplay heats up the pages but never overtakes the captivating story or the charming, witty characters. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Sensuous foreplay heats up the pages but never overtakes the captivating story or the charming, witty characters." - Publishers Weekly

"Wicked Little Secrets are Ives' forte, but it's the laugh-out-loud humor and slapstick comedy that will have readers crying with joy. Ives' sprightly repartee adds to the merriment, yet the poignancy that lies beneath will touch readers' hearts. Ives delivers on every level." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!

"This was a fun book with a surprising side helping of women's rights and financial sense. I enjoyed the writing style, and all the characters." - Romance @ Random

"This was a great story by Ives and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!" - Historical Romance Lover

"...heartwarming and lively, filled with surprises, laughter, and joy, and well worth reading and experiencing vicariously." - A Time for Us

"I loved the quirkiness and unique vibe the author brought to the story. Everything adds up to make an historical romance that I won't soon forget." - Bitten by Romance

"[A] clever and enchanting story about self discovery, trust, and friendships" - Books I Love a Latte

"I have never read Susanna Ives before this book, but I will be going out to track down her other releases. From start to finish, this book draws the reader into the story and takes them on an almost epic adventure full of fake accents, distinctive characters, self-revelations, and a little bit of scandal." - Once Upon a Romance

"If you like your historical romance to be very serious stuff, turn away! If you want to laugh out loud while reading about two seemingly mismatched people find their way out of almost-certain financial ruin and into love, grab Wicked, My Love!" - To Each Their Own Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402283604
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/03/2015
Series:
Wicked Little Secrets , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
877,128
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Ives started writing when she left her job as a multimedia training developer to stay home with her family. Now she keeps busy driving her children to various classes, writing books, and maintaining websites. She often follows her husband on business trips around Europe and blogs about the misadventures of touring with children. She lives in Atlanta.

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Wicked, My Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An utterly charming and delightful historical romance, Wicked, My Love was a wonderful read. With sparkling wit, lively humor, and a lovely romance, this book was fantastic and I absolutely loved it. Isabella was a lovely heroine. Scary smart and defiantly independent, she was definitely no shrinking flower. Until she was put amongst people and her social awkwardness revealed itself. She was likable in her flaws and I thought she was a great character. Randall was such a charmer. He could wrap someone around his fingers with a few well-thought out words and charm the whole of society to adore him. Except for Isabella, who was too knowledgeable of his tricks. But, past that, he was smarter than he was given credit for and he truly wanted to help people with his political career, rather than be a pretty puppet. He was also sweet, kind, and just an overall adorable character who I really liked. The romance was well done. Isabella and Randall had known and hated each other since they were children. But, it didn't take much for all that energy to change to lust and for them to realize how much they cared about each other without the habit of animosity. They both understood and accepted each other, flaws and all. Not to mention that the chemistry between them was steamy and definitely turned the heat up. I thought they were great together. I had two small issues with the book. 1) The pace was slow in some places. Not enough to be boring, but enough that it was a noticeable change. And, 2) it was somewhat frustrating how tightly Isabella clung to her old hatred. I understood her reasoning, but I also wanted to shake some sense into her. However, these were both very minor issues and I still loved the book despite them. Other than the aforementioned few places along the plot that slowed down, most of the story moved quickly and kept me fully engaged. The humor in this book was delightful and had me full on smiling more than once. I really liked the story and the ending was simply lovely. Wicked, My Love was a dazzlingly lovely, sweetly romantic book that I really liked. It was a fun, enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is definitely a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
TitaniumBabe-2 More than 1 year ago
Isabella is a super-smart woman who runs her own bank. Awkward when it comes society's expectations, she has created a comfortable business life for herself. Don't ask her to dance the quadrille. Please. Don't do it. As for public speaking...Hades will freeze over before she ever does that.  She's perfectly content with her life of numbers and logic, which includes verbal skirmishes with her banking partner, and childhood nemesis, Lord Randall. The suave, debonair, never-fumbles-in-society, irritatingly perfect man.   When the solvency of the bank is threatened, and Isabella and Lord Randall reluctantly join forces to save it. And discover just how wrong they were in their assumptions about each other. The second book of “Ives Wicked Little Secrets” series, shines equally as bright as the first. She evokes the right amount of cringe – Isabella has a talent for creating socially awkward situations which everyone can identify with – and counteracts with bawdy humor, such as the addition of Mr. Randy and his sister, or is it wife, Izzy May, to the story.  Ives has a talent for writing laugh-out-loud romance and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the time period in which this novel was set, the two main players were on point in every aspect. I will be following this writer. I am a fan of hers from here on out.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first I have read in this series, Susanna Ives has created a lovely fun story with a heroine with zero common sense and a hero who has tried for ages to best her intelligence.  A clever read, that brings the statement “he doth protest too much’ under the bright lights and  proves that dislike frequently appears when there is attraction.   Isabella is a bright woman: having published a book on business and smart investing, and is a proponent of woman’s rights. I liked the  intelligence and determination that she showed in her intellectual efforts: in fact, Randall needs to use her acumen to sort out an issue.   However: Isabella is completely and utterly confused by common social niceties, even conversational nuance is utterly missed.  I understand that flirting may be out of her range, but the lack of humor that was often ‘funnied’ up by the addition of over the top slapstick-esque situations soon lost their charm, and became more of an over the top addition.   Contrasting with Isabella’s rather overly serious nature is Lord Randall. A politician strongly holding beliefs that are not in line with his aristocratic birth, he is a master charmer, with social sense and the ability to converse with anyone on nearly any issue is honed to a fine  point. I loved that his political beliefs were more in line with Isabella’s than one would instantly expect, and those beliefs often led him  into difficulties.  His realization and admiration (if closely held) of the intelligence displayed by Isabella is both a boon and a trial for him. It confuses his ego to see her so quickly absorb and sort details, even as she can’t decipher a joke.    Attraction between the two was cleverly displayed and developed, and the changes in their relationship as the attraction grows is well paced.  These two do complement one another, and fortunately, for Randall’s sake, Isabella is not afraid to speak up and correct him, a  learning experience for sure.  What did drag for me is the secondary plot: Isabella’s inability to let go of old prejudices, the slapstick-feeling additions of ‘baby-waby’ and shrieking, even the somewhat muddled plotting of the book that Isabella authored and the attention from that. Those issues, combined with her stubborn blindness to the illogical clinging on to old issues often tossed up a roadblock into her relationship. While  I thought they were a decent couple, and felt the story developed that aspect well, there wasn’t a way for me to wholly buy into or believe the relationship, mostly due to Isabella’s consistent refusal to let go and move on.   It was, however, a fun and quick read that kept me wondering what next, with an ending that fit the story nicely.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Wicked Little Secrets series. Isabella St. Vincent can't believe that her business partner might have purchased fake stock with the money from their bank. With no one else to turn to, she must go to the third partner Lord Randall. Isabella grew up with Randall and they have never gotten along, but since this problem is also his, they must put their differences aside to solve it. Having known Isabella for years, Randall is shocked that he suddenly can't stop thinking about her. This is the woman who he has bickered with his whole life, how can he be attracted to her? Spending more and more time together, he learns that the attraction is mutual. Can these two stop bickering long enough to solve their financial problems and fall in love? Even though this is book 2 in the series, you won't have any trouble following this one if you haven't read the first. I don't remember any overlapping characters (although I might have missed them...). One of my favorite things in a book is witty banter between the main characters and this story is full of it. I was laughing out loud at all the crazy things that Isabella and Randall said to each other. Adding the mystery of the fake stock to the story, just took it up a notch. I loved that Isabella and Randall had known each other for years, but didn't really "know" each other. They have the familiarity that comes with it, but we were still able to see the growth between them as they became lovers. This was a great story by Ives and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel was definitely well written and edited.  The plot was unique and enjoyable.  Ives brought the entire world to life in a very realistic and vivid manner.  She takes her readers back in time but gives history a bit of a twist. Although the second story in the series, it easily reads as a standalone, being fully develop din and of itself.  I did find the author’s writing style a bit difficult to fully immerse myself in.   The characters in this novel were well developed and enjoyable.   This main couple easily carried the story forward.   I fell in love with them both.  For a romance novel they were surprisingly in-depth, both in character and emotion.  They were easily believable, yet stood out as larger than life without being over the top.  Their contrasting personalities lead to many a comical moment.  The supporting cast definitely rounded out the story nicely, being unique individuals in their own rights. This was definitely an enjoyable novel.  Ives paints a vivid and at times comical story that takes her readers back in time.  I’ll definitely be delving further into the novels written by this author.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
There was a lot to love in this one. Isabella was my kind of woman. She was smart - especially with numbers, they just make sense and she's a financial genius! She's also quite awkward socially - you can't be good at everything. But her social awkwardness is fun. She has accepted it and moved on with her life (mostly). It's just a part of what makes Isabella - Isabella. Watching her discover some hidden parts of herself and find some new confidence was great to watch. Randall started off as your typical historical hero. He was handsome, titled, wealthy, and fairly smart. And he was always bumping heads with Isabella. When they go off on their great adventure together to save the bank, he realizes there was so much more to her than he ever realized. Their constant bickering was fun with a bit of flirtyness under it all. It would have been very easy to take this too far, but the author balanced it very well and it really served to bring out some of their personality. As the pair race to save the reputation of the bank and themselves, they drift from the standard historical book. They find themselves in situations where they both would have been ruined socially if anyone had even a hint of what was going on. I particularly enjoyed the hay pregnancy (it makes me itch, too) and the grand escape from the bad guy's house.  The situations (like the bickering) toed the line of being too far out there, but was just enough and spread out that it worked brilliantly! I loved the quirkiness and unique vibe the author brought to the story. Everything adds up to make an historical romance that I won't soon forget. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives Book Two of the Wicked Little Secrets series Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius... Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn't get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he's tried—and failed—to get the better of her. Make a perfectly wicked combination... When both Randall's political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella's help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that's catching them completely off guard... What I Liked: I liked this one - don't be fooled by the slightly low rating. I felt like this one was more of a 3.5-star novel, rather than 3-star one, but when rounding, it gets 3 stars (and not 4 stars). I liked it a lot! But probably not enough to give it 4 stars. There were some large things that I didn't really like, but overall, I liked the book. I loved Wicked Little Secrets (book one), and I thought this one was good, so I'll definitely be reading more of Ives' books in the future. This book (Wicked, My Love) does not have any crossover from the first book (Wicked Little Secrets), which was actually kind of nice. At least, none that I can remember. If it did, I obviously missed it - and none of the characters from Wicked Little Secrets popped up in this book. In any case, I liked that this book didn't have anything to do with its predecessor in the series, for a change. Randall and Isabella grew up together, bickering and fighting even as grown adults. Randall is a viscount, living a privileged life from birth. Isabella's father was a brilliant merchant, but never seemed to have time for Isabella; Isabella became determined to be something worth impressing her father. Isabella is a brilliant banker, excellent with numbers and problems and solutions and ledgers. She and Randall and a third partner do banking business together - until that third partner messes up, landing Randall in a huge scandal with another noble, who is plenty guilty in the whole scenario. This is a case of Randall and Isabella putting aside their differences to find out the truth, and save their business and good names. I love the protagonists, Randall and Isabella. Mostly, I like Randall. He is a flirtatious and suave young man, but underneath those layers, he is very serious, devoted, determined, hardworking, loyal. He wants to hold prestige in Parliament, and not because he holds the title of viscount, but because he worked hard to earn the recognition and votes. He's driven, and he cares about things more than he lets on. Isabella, on the other hand, is a very serious and intelligent woman. She is terrible at picking up jokes, wit, sarcasm, etc. She doesn't really understand dirty jokes or innuendos. Randall teases her all the time and she knows he's teasing her, but not necessarily how. I'm not sure if I really liked Isabella - there were some things about her that pissed me off - but ehh. She's okay. This book is all about trying to restore the bank and its business - some sold the third partner fraudulent stocks. Isabella and Randall journey across the country (or so it seems) to hunt down person after person. Meanwhile, the line between hate and love seems to grown thinner and thinner. I love the hate-to-love romance stories - they're usually very passionate and have plenty of banter between them. I liked the chemistry-filled romance, with plenty of sizzle and spark between Randall and Isabella. The novel is a good read, overall. I had issues with the female protagonist, so that's why this one got a lower rating than you would think. Read on. What I Did Not Like: I'm not sure if I like Isabella or not. She's an example of a very academic/book-smart individual, with little common sense. She is so thick-headed and slow at times. I get it, we can't all have common sense... but like... a smidgen? She would vastly benefit from a drop of it.  There's a subplot involving women's rights - Isabella wrote a book on business and smart investing or something like that, and it is a revolutionary novel in women's rights, in this book. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for women's rights and whatnot (duh). But I wasn't a huge fan of this additional plot. It didn't do anything for me - if anything, it agitated me, and it definitely agitated Isabella (she hates attention and crowds). Isabella makes some seriously stupid decisions in this book. She never listens to Randall - and again, I'm all for women's rights, but if someone (anyone, man or woman) has a good/smart idea that will keep everyone safer... you should probably do it. No need to stick up your nose and decide NOW is the time to be throwing women's rights around. I'm thinking of a specific instance in this book, when something like this sort of happened. Honestly, Isabella is both stupid and pig-headed. It's not going to break the world if you listen to a smart idea that happened to be thought up by a man - it won't go against your feminist code.  Anyway. This was kind of a big thing for me. I like Randall, I like Isabella & Randall... but Isabella? Meh. I don't know if I like her or not. Would I Recommend It: Okay despite the fact that I didn't really like Isabella, I really enjoyed the book, so I WOULD recommend it... just not as much as I might recommend other historical romance novels. This one isn't a must-read, unless you've previously enjoyed Susanna Ives' books (I really liked Wicked Little Secrets). Rating: 3.5 stars -> rounded down to 3 stars. I liked this one - though not as much as I had hoped - and I hope there will be more Wicked books (additions to this series).
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Isabella St Vincent and Viscount Randall have known and disliked one another since they were children.  Their fathers formed a bank together many years ago which has been quite successful.  Isabella is a tall, intelligent, clumsy, no-nonsense, and unfashionable 29-year-old woman who wears glasses.  Randall is a handsome, happy-go-lucky guy always looking to carry on his tradition of teasing Isabella.  When their fathers passed away, the two of them inherited the bank.  Isabella figures she will never marry and is happy to be a member of the Mary Wollstonecraft Society Against the Injurious Treatment of Women Whose Rights Have Been Unjustly Usurped by the Tyrannical and Ignorant Regime of the Male Kind.  This only adds to Randall’s amusement and teasing of Isabella. When Isabella and Randall discover that an employee of the bank may have purchased fraudulent stocks, they are afraid that it may mean certain ruin for the bank.  Thus, they take off on a venture to find this scoundrel and hopefully save the bank. Their madcap adventures start out as rather humorous but quickly become somewhat overdone.  Yes, there are a lot of very funny parts, however for me, the excessive vulgar language seems totally out of place for the time period and tends to distract from the reader’s believeability of the characters.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Made for each other! 4.5 stars I really enjoyed Wicked, My Love written by Susanna Ives. This author is new to me, and I'm totally surprised by this delightful historical romance filled with mystery. It's a story of intrigue, fraud, kidnapping and scandal! Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn't get along with his bank partner, the financially smart Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since their childhood, their love/hate relationship evolved. A spinster, Isabella is a smart woman who knows her business along with Randall as her partner. She even wrote a book about for women in business. When both Randall's political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella's help. Together, they will concoct a plan, but their mutual feelings, might compromise their financial endeavors! A fun reading with a dash of humour! I recommend this beautiful historical romance! I could not put it down, it kept me interested until the end. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got an advanced copy and enjoyed this author a great deal.