Wicked Wyckerly

Wicked Wyckerly

by Patricia Rice

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Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice

John Fitzhugh Wyckerly has been the spare heir all his life, supporting himself with gambling and charm. The news that he's inherited the bankrupt title of Earl of Danecroft shatters his indolent world. Even penniless, he's always paid his debts, but now the estate's creditors are closing in. He can fake his death and run for cover...or accept overwhelming responsibility and find a rich wife--one who will also accept his illegitimate terror of a daughter.

On his way to find an heiress, he meets Abigail Merriweather, who is neither rich nor aristocratic, but she can tame The Terror and stomp cockroaches. Unfortunately, she needs a wealthy, powerful man who will fight her father's executor and retrieve her four half-siblings. When an unexpected inheritance falls into Abby's lap, she sets out for London to seek a lawyer.

Can Fitz charm his practical Abby into trusting him to save her siblings when it's doubtful that he can even save himself? And can Abby surrender reason and logic for the folly of love offered by a man who can have any woman he wants but insists he wants only her?

* Nominated for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® award!
* Booklist Top Ten Romance

Rebellious Sons Series
Prequel Novella: Incomparable Lord Meath
Book #1: Wicked Wyckerly
Book #2: Devilish Montague
Book #3: Notorious Atherton
Book #4: Formidable Lord Quentin

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151263832
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Rebellious Sons , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 101,041
File size: 546 KB

About the Author

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged romances have won numerous awards and been honored as RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. She is thrilled to be expanding into mystery and urban fantasy.

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The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun regency romance with humor and lots of kids. Some pages were logging as 2 when turning a page so page count might not be accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book and development of the characters throughout the story line.
sheiladancer More than 1 year ago
LOVE THE ROMANCE
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Fitzhugh "Fitz" Wykerly is a charming, devil-may-care second son who makes his way by gambling, but when his brother dies and leaves him the title, a tumbled-down estate, and creditors littering the lawn, he must reevaluate his lifestyle. Gambling won't enable the new Earl of Danvers to pay long-overdue salaries of the servants, let alone the suffocating debts he's inherited. He must find a way to counter his family's financial disaster or lose his heritage. With his illegitimate daughter, Penelope, in tow, he sets out for London to find a rich wife.Abigail Merriweather is seeking help to regain custody of her four young half-brothers and sisters when a handsome rogue and his irrepressible daughter are deposited on her doorstep. Until the mysterious Fitz can find a way to continue his journey, she assigns him duties on her farm. Meanwhile she awaits an answer from her late father's cousin_a marquess would certainly be able to champion her cause in the courts. Assistance pops up in an unexpected legacy, and she is whisked to London in search of a husband.As Fitz and Abby conduct their separate quests in London, they continue to encounter each other, and their initial attraction ripens into something more, despite the suspicious warnings of a pair of intriguing friends. It seems hopeless, however. He may be very handsome and very charming, but he is very broke. She may be quite adorable and quite determined, but her inheritance is quite small. He can't allow his personal desires to override his responsibilities. And she will never gain custody of her siblings if she weds a penniless gambler.Yet fate keeps tossing them in each other's way. And who, after all, can fight fate? Their delightful love story follows their twisting paths to self-discovery and change, through growth and acceptance._of themselves and each other.In the first of her "Rebellious Sons" series, Rice gives readers a sparkling tale brimming with a spirited heroine, an appealing hero, and charming, if perspicacious, youngsters. The supporting characters are vividly drawn, as well, with wit and traces of mystery.Rice's last few books have entertained readers with mystical worlds populated by characters whose magic challenged and charmed. In The Wicked Wykerly, the popular author returns to the glittering Regency period where manners and money rule the "polite" world. Her characters, however, have lost none of their ability to transport readers with their searches for the true meaning of life and the honest relationships that make it worth living.Rice may have left her 'magic' stories for now, but the magic has certainly not left her stories. Her humor and engaging voice echo from every page of Wyckerly and when the end arrives, readers will have only one question: When is the next "Rebellious Son" story due?
MORWAreviews More than 1 year ago
John Fitzhugh "Fitz" Wykerly is a charming, devil-may-care second son who makes his way by gambling, but when his brother dies and leaves him the title, a tumbled-down estate, and creditors littering the lawn, he must reevaluate his lifestyle. Gambling won't enable the new Earl of Danvers to pay long-overdue salaries of the servants, let alone the suffocating debts he's inherited. He must find a way to counter his family's financial disaster or lose his heritage. With his illegitimate daughter, Penelope, in tow, he sets out for London to find a rich wife. Abigail Merriweather is seeking help to regain custody of her four young half-brothers and sisters when a handsome rogue and his irrepressible daughter are deposited on her doorstep. Until the mysterious Fitz can find a way to continue his journey, she assigns him duties on her farm. Meanwhile she awaits an answer from her late father's cousin-a marquess would certainly be able to champion her cause in the courts. Assistance pops up in an unexpected legacy, and she is whisked to London in search of a husband. As Fitz and Abby conduct their separate quests in London, they continue to encounter each other, and their initial attraction ripens into something more, despite the suspicious warnings of a pair of intriguing friends. It seems hopeless, however. He may be very handsome and very charming, but he is very broke. She may be quite adorable and quite determined, but her inheritance is quite small. He can't allow his personal desires to override his responsibilities. And she will never gain custody of her siblings if she weds a penniless gambler. Yet fate keeps tossing them in each other's way. And who, after all, can fight fate? Their delightful love story follows their twisting paths to self-discovery and change, through growth and acceptance.-of themselves and each other. In the first of her "Rebellious Sons" series, Rice gives readers a sparkling tale brimming with a spirited heroine, an appealing hero, and charming, if perspicacious, youngsters. The supporting characters are vividly drawn, as well, with wit and traces of mystery. Rice's last few books have entertained readers with mystical worlds populated by characters whose magic challenged and charmed. In The Wicked Wykerly, the popular author returns to the glittering Regency period where manners and money rule the "polite" world. Her characters, however, have lost none of their ability to transport readers with their searches for the true meaning of life and the honest relationships that make it worth living. Rice may have left her 'magic' stories for now, but the magic has certainly not left her stories. Her humor and engaging voice echo from every page of Wyckerly and when the end arrives, readers will have only one question: When is the next "Rebellious Son" story due?
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1807, following the deaths of his father and brother, John Fitzhugh "Fitz" Wyckerly becomes Earl of Danecroft. Being the spare, Fitz was predominantly ignored. He used his brilliancy in math to make money gambling that enabled him live a hedonistic lifestyle with no previous interest in the family estate or fortune. Fitz finds out the estate is falling apart and he owes a fortune. He does not need to compute to know he cannot gamble his way out of debt as he owes that much. Instead Fitz needs a wealthy wife so he decides to recognize his illegitimate daughter Penelope and take her to London with him as the tool to entice a spouse with money. Affluent widow Isabell Hoyt is a young Dowager Marchioness. When she reads letters sent to her late spouse from Abigail Merriweather, she decides to sponsor young women bestowing dowries so that they have options besides accepting a husband not of their desire. Lord Quentin Hoyt bets her that these females will choose spouses. The first stake is Abby the farmer who just lost custody of her four young half siblings. Fitz and Penelope arrive at Abby's place causing havoc as the female farmer considers marrying a lawyer who will help her regain custody of her family if she can find one. Adding to the chaos is the arrival of Isabell. The first Rebellious Sons Regency romance is a fast-paced entertaining gender war enhanced by the chaos that reminded this reviewer of the cabin scene in Night of the Opera as one more person kept arriving. The wager enhances the fun although betting on Regency relationships has been done before. Fitz and Abby are a wonderful pairing as she enjoys his flirting yet knows he stinks as a father at a time she wants custody of her siblings. Sub-genre fans will enjoy the wild Wicked Wyckerly. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow really loved it. Wonderful writing and loved the characters. I need to read more by her!!!! Great read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It starts out kind of slow but have a little patience as it rapidly picks up speed and interest. There's a few things going on at the same time but the basic story is how Fitz has become an Earl though he never thought he would and sadly all he inherited was a huge mountain of debt. In the meantime he has been supporting himself with gambling. He's quite good at gambling and only loses to avoid suspicion. After he inherits he decides it is time to take care of his responsibilities so he takes his illegitimate daughter from her nanny who has apparently not been taking very good care of her all these years and keeps her with him. They are on their way to pick up a horse he won when they are thrown off the mail stage due to his daughter's behavior. They land outside Abby's home so she takes them in. He doesn't inform her that he's an Earl. This is the slow part, but it doesn't take long before it's off and running. It's an interesting and entertaining romance story which had parts that even made me laugh out loud.
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Enjoyed the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Koved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not exactly a page turner. Apart from a little too much mind chatter it does not have too much filler material. It's just nice. I don't think I'm going to buy the rest of the books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it twice. Enjoyable and humorous.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Delightful and Charming. Ms Rice's books are always a 'satisfying' read and this story is no exception. Although from the very beginning our hero is an Earl, he was never expected to be and this is about the plight of second/younger sons (the spares) and the difficulties of making a living. Whilst the eldest son would inherit the estate and enter politics, professions open to younger sons were limited; the second son would often join the army, the third son go into law, and the fourth son join the church. Anything considered to be "trade" was heavily frowned upon and would see you ostracised from society. Our hero, having had little education (owing to his grandfather, father and older brother suffering from dyslexia and, a lack of funds) earns his living by gambling. This, is not quite so precarious as one might think, as he is a mathematical genius and counting the cards puts the odds of winning in his favour. However when he inherits an estate heavily in debt, which cannot be sold due to being entailed, gambling is not going to solve his problems. Add in a 6 year old illegitimate daughter who has been brought up in "low" company; is strong willed and obstinate, and you will see that the last thing he needs is to fall for a young woman trying to obtain custody of her four young, rambunctious half-siblings. There are rumors of his death, attacks that narrowly miss killing him, meddling friends and acquaintances, love, lust and a light touch of humor. A highly recommended book. Note: it is his ancestors who are wicked not our hero, so some may find the title of this book a misnomer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful book with a historical setting , but problems that occur even in today's world.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I loved the characters, the writing, the plot and the idea that there will be more books in the series. Fitz is a younger son who suddenly finds himself Earl of Danecroft and beset with debt. Abby is an older sister of 4 step-siblings taken from her care to live with married guardians after the death of her father – she wants them back. Fitz arrives on Abby’s doorstep with his young daughter by chance and they become acquainted as he works on her farm and plots for the future. Both Fitz and Abby need to marry for money as neither has any and require it to accomplish all they need to do. This is a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the interaction between Fitz and Abby, the friends of Fitz that showed up and will get their own stories, Lady Isabell and Lord Quentin’s wager and meddling, the scenes that were interesting and well-crafted, the humor, the idea that family is important, and a whole lot more. When I got to the wedding night I wrote: “GREAT wedding night – best ever read!” and that was not due to steamy erotic writing but due to the warmth and thoughtfulness and beauty of it all. I am eager to read more in this series. I have read other books by Patricia Rice and enjoyed them but this one was deeper and more complex. Thank you to the author for the copy of this book to read and review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once more author ( Patricia Rice) sweeps her readers into intrigue,humor and romance. This premier writer never fails to deliver a great book. L.M.A.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
I first read this book three or four years ago, and loved it so much I immediately combed the bookstores to find other Patricia Rice books. This is a sweetly romantic story about two extraordinarily likeable people. I really didn’t see how Fitz and Abigail could possibly reach their happily-ever-after, but a few forks in the road led them where they need to be. There are five – yes, five – children in the story, and they are treated as children – not cute little story props. Penelope has some realistic behavior problems, and it is truly heartwarming to see how Fitz learns how to cope with her, and love her. Fitz and Abby are two very kind people. Both are working to overcome odds and take on responsibilities that others, particularly in their time period, would simply throw up their hands and walk away from. There is a little mystery involved with someone trying to injure Fitz, but I was very glad that the story did not take a dark turn, and that the “bad” guys were really not that bad. Fitz’s friends and Abby’s benefactor each have their own stories, and their loyalty to their friends and the hints at their secrets and backgrounds are the reasons I am going to re-read those stories as well. If you have never read Patricia Rice, this is a wonderful book to start with; if you are already a Patricia Rice fan, and not read the Wicked Wyckerly, why not??
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