Wicked Little Secrets

Wicked Little Secrets

by Susanna Ives
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Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives

"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 ½ stars

Vivienne Taylor strives to be the embodiment of her wealthy fiancé's rigid ideal of a virtuous lady. But being good isn't easy when a blackmailer threatens to destroy her reputation—and the only person who can help is the deliciously wicked Lord Dashiell.

Vivacious Vivienne has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.

Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn't ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash's best intentions.

Wicked Little Secrets Series:
Wicked Little Secrets (Book 1)
Wicked, My Love (Book 2)
How to Impress a Marquess (Book 3)

Praise for Rakes and Radishes:

"Once in a while, I read a book that's so emotive that I find myself thinking about it long after I have put it down and Rakes and Radishes, with its theme of love and forgiveness, is such a book."—The Romance Reviews, Best Book of 2010 Nominee

"I thoroughly enjoyed this story."—Night Owl Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Review Top Pick!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402283574
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Wicked Little Secrets Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 579,402
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 Little Secrets 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Drea_Reads More than 1 year ago
Loads of wicked secrets, not many little! I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Vivienne’s family is in trouble. Her father is in danger of being sent to the poor house. Their only hope is for her to make a good match in wealthy prig John. But John is as disappointed in her as her father is. She has her work cut out for her. Vivienne discovers her beloved aunt is being blackmailed. She needs to help her aunt before she starts her new life. Vivienne’s neighbor and childhood friend Viscount Dashiell can help. But this rake can’t do it without getting a bit tangled with Vivienne—the only female he refuses to hurt. Dash could be the solution to all her problems if only he’d take the chance. I enjoyed the heroine and hero in this novel. There was emotional growth on both their parts, albeit sometimes slow growth. They had believable history and affection that had me rooting for them. There were also loads of wicked secrets in this novel, and I wouldn’t call them little. Though I had some inkling what they were, I didn’t guess the majority of them. It’s hard to put one over on me, so that’s great! And in terms of writing, this is well written. Since this is a traditionally published book, and I wasn't absolutely wowed, I give it 4*.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Great lines it's hilarious she's a bit of an innocent but I love it
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This one really didn't do it for me. It went too far with an overly independent woman, crazy aunt, roguish hero, and jerky "right choice" man. Everything needed to be reigned in a bit because all three characters were over the top, and together it was just way too much. Vivienne wants to be an explorer - awesome. I love an adventurous heroine. But she so snubs the way things should be that she would have been ruined and her prim and proper fiance would have jilted her long ago - I'm not sure he would have proposed to begin with. From wandering London along, to being caught coming out of a well-known rake's house unaccompanied - it just would never have been accepted. Even the scenery was working against the story for me. The secret panels and the things that are found inside them were just way too over the top. I was engaged just enough to want to see how this could possibly end well. There's a good twist at one point that was a great aspect, but overall I was disappointed, especially after having enjoyed the second book in the series so much.
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 for this reader folks! Another brand spanking new author to enjoy in the historical romance genre. Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives totally did it for me. What I was pleasantly surprised about however was not the historical romance setting, the rake, the sass … it was THE HUMOUR! I laughed out loud so many times at the banter, thoughts and quips exchanged and the shenanigans that our leading couple manage to get pull off! LOVED THAT! :) We are introduced to our leading lady Vivienne attending a bible study lecture by her wacky potion addicted, light hearted aunt. Vivienne learns that the man she met as a child and absolutely admires (he calls her his little sister with great affection) had once again returned to town. Elated to say hello knowing he has a bad reputation and is currently the top rake in the ton, Vivienne manages to welcome him home. Lord Dashiell, serious rake, carefree spirit that oozes sarcasm at any and all moments is completely taken back when he notices his “lil sister” is no longer lil. She has curves, is beautiful, cheeky and unfortunantely engaged to an pompous jerk (we’ll call him jerkface) who wants to cage the wild beauty he is growing to love. Through many excursions, Vivienne and Dashiell spend much time together, sneeking about town trying to solve one mystery after another. Vivienne learns that her father is in serious debt and can be inprisoned if she does not marry jerkface so she is in constant battle with herself to act like the proper fiance or the adventurous sassy woman she truely is. She is also told (not asked) by jerkface to keep her distance with Lord Dashiell. So much more to this story that involve quite a few amazing secondary characters, but I am not spoiling one word for you. LOL So you already know this book is full of humour, but the relationship between Vivienne and Dashiell is so wonderful. If any couple were meant for one another, it’s them! They both have a knack of getting into trouble and stealing kisses (among other sins). Add a mystery that they are both eager to solve in that mix, and you get Wicked Little Secrets! LOL A great lighthearted read. If you enjoy this genre and are looking for a holiday read, I do recommend this book. HAPPY READING! :)
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Author Susanna Ives brings readers a rollicking Victorian romance, with a dash of mystery in her latest book, Wicked Little Secrets. Ives has a knack for humor and her characters are well drawn and easy to relate too. Blackmail is the order of the day in this novel and Ives sets the scene with attention to the smallest of details. Historical romance fans will find more than just romance in this book, as the mystery is both entertaining and engaging. Ives has a writing voice that was made for the genre and Wicked Little Secrets will likely be an instant hit. What I liked: The humor is exceptional in this book. Ives knows how to use humor without overwhelming the story with it. Her humor is subtle, but hilarious. When those moments of comic relief are needed, Ives steps up. She is able to put her characters into humorous situations without seeming over the top or unrealistic. Lord Dashiell's grandfather is among the most comical in the book and gets himself into quite a few messes. I found myself smiling a lot, giggling on occasion and laughing out loud more than once.  The main characters were very well written as well. Vivienne Taylor was a lot of fun to read about. She was a bit wild and undisciplined. Used to being trodden down by her family, never in the right place at the right time... until now. She has finally gotten a marriage proposal from a businessman that will keep her family from financial ruin. But she isn't in love with him. I thought Ives did a great job of showing Vivienne's insecurities. Her need for her families approval, her disregard for her own safety, and even her feelings of unworthiness. She was a great heroine. Lord Dashiell was a consummate rake. Money, bad reputation, the devil may care attitude. He certainly wasn't the kind of man that Vivienne's parents wanted for their daughter or their situation. What I liked most about him was his total acceptance of Vivienne. She didn't have to change one thing for him to care about her, in fact he didn't want her to change a thing. He thought she was perfect. I also enjoyed his relationship with is grandfather and his no nonsense ways. He didn't care a whit about what anyone else thought. That was refreshing in this type of character.  What I didn't Like: Not too much really. I did have to shake my head at Vivienne's heedlessness. She kind of went at things in a more haphazard way than I would have liked. She had a disregard for how her actions were affecting the other people in her life. Also Lord Dashiell was way to hesitant to suit my tastes. Readers obviously could tell that he and Vivienne were made for each other, but it sure took him a lot of time to figure that out on his own. But neither of these points is a deal breaker. This is still an exceptional historical romance. Bottom Line: I loved this one. The humor was on point. The characters were engaging. The blackmail plot added a mysteriousness to the book and overall it was just a very good read. I liked the fact that it was set in the less popular Victorian era as well. This one has a lot going for it.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
WICKED LITTLE SECRETS by Suzanna Ives is an exciting Victorian Historical Romance. Fast paced. A story of love,family secrets and forgiveness. Follow Viscount, Lord Dashiell and the feisty Vivienne Taylor on a journey of family secrets, forgiveness, a scandalous past, danger,healing, and a one very vengeful woman. A must read for anyone who enjoys danger,mystery, and fast paced action. Oh yeah, who doesn't love a hero who tries so hard to not admit his feelings and a heroine who is determined to save her precious family. The past can come back to haunt you and destroy the things you hold most precious. I absolutely adored Hadian's grandfather, a feisty old man, who has loved from afar for years, and very rambunctious to say the least. In one scene he stands naked, yes, naked for all to see, his neighbors front yard, Vivienne's aunt's, bible study group. How scandalous! Loved this story! What a fun,romantic and thrilling read! Well done!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Vivienne Taylor is engaged to be married. She is sure that by marrying John Vandergrift that she will finally win the approval of her family and save them from ruin. Her father's business will not survive if she doesn't marry John and he will be thrown in debtors prison. Vivienne's long time friend, Viscount Dashiell, has finally come home. Unfortunately, her intended doesn't want her to have anything to do with the Viscount because he is has a horrible reputation. She promises that she will not have anything to do with him. Vivienne tries to keep her promise of keeping her distance from Dashiell, but when she believes that her beloved aunt is being blackmailed she turns to her friend for help. Dashiell, of course, agrees to help Vivienne. He would do anything for her. Vivienne has has a place in his heart since she was a little child.  Now that she has grown up, he can't get her out of his mind. He has to keep reminding himself that she in engaged and that he is no good for her. While investigating the supposed blackmail, they learn that there is much more going on. Between all the secrets that they uncover, can Vivienne and Dashiell discover the truth and find true love? I really LOVED this book.  Vivienne is not the typical Victorian woman, but tries so hard to please the man she is engaged to. Lucky for us, she does not succeed. Vivienne and Dashiell's antics were hilarious!  I loved the chemistry between the two. They had the bond of friendship forged from so many years of knowing each other and that showed up in how they related to each other and how they just "clicked".  One of the best parts of the book was the conversations held between Dashiell and his grandfather. I was actually laughing out loud during those scenes. I will definitely be checking out this author's other book, Rakes and Radishes. I hope that it is as good as this one. I can't wait to see what this author come up with next!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Fun, romantic, and absolutely lovely! Wicked Little Secrets was a brilliant historical romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was just wonderful. Vivienne was a great heroine. She was very lively and feisty and really fun to read about. She was a bit of a wild child, always scolded for one reason or another. So, when she makes a match that finally has her family proud of her, she hangs on to that familial approval as much as she can. Too bad her feelings for Hadrian won't make it that easy. I thought she was lovely and likable. I had only one problem with her. She was so impulsive. She didn't consider the danger that she was walking into when she just barged into a situation. It made me want to shake some sense into her a few times. But, despite that annoyance, I still really liked her. She was a ton of fun. Hadrian was also wonderful. Despite his very scandalous reputation (which is very well earned) he was a sweetheart. There was never any doubt how much he cared about Vivienne, from when they were friends, to when they realized there was more between them. But, like Vivienne, I wanted to shake some sense into him quite a few times. In his case, it was because he was so hesitant about his relationship with Vivienne. He just couldn't admit his feelings to her. It made me frustrated with him. However, even with my irritation about that, I still adored him. He was sweet, charming, and totally amazing. He was a perfectly flawed hero. The romance was lovely. It was definitely sweet, with how completely infatuated Vivienne and Hadrian are with each other. Even with their reticence, it was always obvious. And, they were such a perfect match. Both lively and fun and ready to scandalize everyone. Not to mention the chemistry between these two. There were sparks flying between them constantly. It was HOT. I thought they were a perfect couple. I really like the secondary romance between Hadrian's grandfather and Vivienne's aunt. For one things, Hadrian's grandfather was hilarious. We first meet him while he's airing out his *clears throat* business (yes, I do mean exactly that implication) in front of a ladies' Bible study group. And, it only gets more hilariously scandalous from there. Meanwhile, Vivienne's aunt is the complete opposite. Rigidly moral and easily scandalized. But, their romance was still perfect. It was so much fun to read how these total opposites ended up together. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of who was stealing the art was thrilling. It had ties to scandalous pasts, family secrets, and a vengeful woman. I never suspected the truth of what was really going on. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Wicked Little Secrets was a fantastic historical romance. I loved  this book! It was fun, romantic, thrilling, and just brilliant. Lovers of romance, this is a book you don't want to miss. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy John Vandergrift. Vivienne is determined to uphold Vandergrift's rigid Victorian ideal of womanhood, but when she discovers a vicious blackmail scheme, she turns to her childhood hero, Hadrian, Viscount Dashiell.  Soon the two become pawns in a wicked game of art theft and revenge, forcing them to face their fears and acknowledge their most secret and precious dream—a life together. What I Liked: Ahhh, so many things! I just finished this one, and I'm having a hard time focusing on what I liked, specifically. I mean, I very well can't say, I LOVED EVERYTHING JUST GO READ THIS ONE PLEASE! That wouldn't be very helpful, would it?  But anyway. I needed a good historical romance read. I've definitely been reading more than I had been at the beginning of the semester, but the books I've been reading haven't been AMAZING, or life-changing, or Earth-shattering. I'm not saying this one was, either, but I really needed a book like this, at this time. I didn't realize that until I finished it. Vivienne's family is in dire need of money - and what better way to rectify that than to marry a rich, respected man? So, Vivienne miraculously gets engaged to John. Everything is looking up. Right? Well, yes, until Dashiell waltzes back into her life, moving back into the house next door, with his grandfather. Things get weird after that. Someone is blackmailing Vivienne's aunt, something is wrong with John, and inappropriate paintings seem to have more meaning than they should... One of things I loved about this book was its complexity. It's not just a love story - in the first part of the book, it's barely that! This book doesn't just go into the depth of the attraction between Dashiell and Vivienne, throw a few situations at them, and then they're married. No. There is an actual plot that has nothing to do with the romance of the novel. I'm talking about the blackmail, of course. The blackmail mystery is what really brings Vivienne and Dashiell together, despite them being in love with each other previously. Both of them know their duties - Vivienne's is to John, and Dashiell's is to stay away from the engaged Vivienne. But with the blackmail plot, the romance is intertwined. Brilliant! So, this novel wasn't just romantic - it was very intelligent and complicated! And not in terms of romance. The romance is so sweet and subtle. I mean, we *know* about the chemistry between Dashiell and Vivienne, but that isn't what consumes the pages. I know, you die-hard historical romance fans are probably thinking, so it's not much of a romance novel? Don't think that! It totally is! But it's not solely about the romance. The romance is a subplot, and is significant, but it's not EVERYTHING. The two plots connect at the end, and it's a nice ending. I love love love Dashiell. Like, he is an awesome historical romance hero. He's not overbearing or uber masculine or whatever, but at the same time, you KNOW he's an alpha male. I do love alpha males, but only when they're not extremely controlling or aggressive, etc. Vivienne is very fiery, and very intelligent. I like that she isn't the typical 19th-century female, who only cares about her appearance and whatnot. She has more depth to her. Occasionally, she does act that way, which makes sense, but annoys me a tiny bit. Ish. Anyway. The romance is amazing, the plot is so cool, and the ending is superb. I really liked this novel! I almost wasn't going to read it, but I saw the word "blackmail" in the summary and I was like, heyyy, something different! Glad I took the chance. What I Did Not Like: As much as I like Vivienne, she is sooooo stupid sometimes. Like, she walks into a brothel on more than one occasion, and comes out feeling like a fool. Well, OBVIOUSLY you'll walk out feeling stupid! What were you trying to accomplish in the first place?! Like, she doesn't always think things through. It bothers me. I mean, way to live up to the stereotype that the fairer sex doesn't have as high brain capability/functioning as men. Sometimes, Vivienne is incredibly intelligent. Other times, she is SO DUMB. End rant. Would I Recommend It: Totally! This is easily one of my favorite historical romance novels. I mean, I have a lot of historical romance novels that I really liked, but I have quite a few that were meh or worse. This is definitely one of ones I would recommend over quite a few others! Rating: 4 stars. What a fun book! Exciting, complex, yet hilarious and enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smart, sexy fun -- if you love characters with wit, charm, and a certain predilection for trouble, then hie thee to the bookstore and grab this novel. Dashiell is a rake of the highest order, but he's got a heart of gold in that fantastic chest of his, and while it beats with a hunter's zeal for all things archaeological, his truest and most unrequited passion is for Vivienne. Clever, desperate and most sweetly conniving, Vivienne tries to crush her own passions in order to be a Victorian good girl -- the only way she can see out of her particular predicament being to land a solid husband -- but her spirit proves uncrushable, especially her own feelings for her rakehell neighbor Dashiell. A ripping good plot -- blackmail! murder! brothels! -- and two irresistible leads make this one well deserving of its place on the Best of 2013 lists.