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I Belong

Review: His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter

His Wicked ReputationTitle: His Wicked Reputation

Author: Madeline Hunter

Genre: Victorian Romance

Series: Wicked Trilogy (Book #1)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0515155160 (Jove/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0515155167 (Jove/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon’s End to restore a property he inherited—and to investigate a massive art theft—he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.

Eva Russell lives a spinster’s life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family’s old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth’s reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction.

Quick & Dirty: The bastard and the spinster…will they be able to figure out who stole the art before it costs them everything?

Opening Sentence: “It was well past noon when the maid delivered the breakfast tray to Hendrika’s opulent bedroom.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Eva is a spinster who is trying to keep her sister afloat with her painting when she meets Gareth for the first time. Gareth has returned home after his half-brother’s shocking death, only to discover there is a bigger issue going on. Someone has stolen a large number of paintings. Eva knows Gareth is trouble the first time she lays on him, and despite the warnings to lock up her sister; she soon finds that Gareth has no interest in Rebecca. He only has eyes for Eva…and that means trouble!

Eva returns from a trip to find someone in her house going through everything. It soon becomes clear that the thief Gareth is looking for, has something to do with why her paintings and house were destroyed. Together they embark on the journey to find out what is going on, and hopefully Eva can keep from being seduced by Gareth while accomplishing that. Can Eva keep from falling in love with a known rake?

Gareth and Eva were interesting couple, they were almost polar opposites, except that clearly Eva has a bit of a wild side. Initially I thought he would be kind of a rich lord, falling for a genteel but impoverished lady, however while he was better off than her, he was also a bastard. So in a bit of a twist it was actually her lowering her standards by being with him. I really used to enjoy historical romances, and I do still enjoy them from time to time. This one was pretty good, I liked the main characters, their chemistry was good and the story was good. The mystery aspect was kind of like second thought and not as well done as it could have been. I only say that because I have been reading a ton of mystery/thrillers lately, so I really expect a lot from that kind of storyline.

Reading this book was a very pleasant way to pass the afternoon, and I am looking forward to reading the other two books. They will be featuring Gareth’s brother’s, although they are Lords so I will get a taste of the Lord and his lady.

Notable Scene:

“Weeping, she dropped to her knees and began gathering the old silks and shoes that held the scents of her childhood from long ago. Even the destruction of her paintings did not hurt as much as this. A murderous rage took hold of her. She held the dresses to her and cried out her anger and frustration. Gareth knelt beside her. He took the clothes from her hands, folded them carefully, and placed them back in the trunk. “I do not like the idea of your living here alone.” “It is my home.” She wiped her eyes with her hand. “I’ll be dammed if I will be driven out.”

Wicked Trilogy:

1. His Wicked Reputation

2. Tall, Dark and Wicked

3. The Wicked Duke


FTC Advisory: Jove/Penguin provided me with a copy of His Wicked Reputation. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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