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18 April 2010

Book review: Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran

Title: Wicked Becomes You
Author: Meredith Duran
Publisher: Pocket
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN: 978-1416593126
Genre: Historical Romance


From the Publisher:

She’s been burned not once but twice by London’s so-call ed gentlemen . . .

Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she’s best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar—again—the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her, then it’s time to learn to be naughty. Happily, she knows the perfect tutor—Alexander Ramsey, her late brother’s best friend and a notorious rogue.

So why won’t a confirmed scoundrel let her be as bad as she wants to be?

Unbeknownst to Gwen, Alex’s aloof demeanor veils his deepest unspoken desire. He has no wish to see her change, nor to tempt himself with her presence when his own secrets make any future between them impossible. But on a wild romp from Paris to the Riviera, their friendship gives way to something hotter, darker, and altogether more dangerous. With Alex’s past and Gwen’s newly unleashed wildness on a collision course, Gwen must convince Alex that his wickedest intentions are exactly what she needs.

My Review:

Wicked Becomes You
is an intriguing, witty, mysterious, and delightfully fun historical romance novel by Meredith Duran. Set in the late 1890s the reader meets Gwen Maudsley, who is known by London's society as a charming girl with a ready smile and many friends. She also happens to be an heiress who has been twice jilted. Her first engagement was to Lord Trent who at the very least had the decency to end the engagement prior to the wedding whereas Viscount Pennington practically ran from the alter during the ceremony. Alex Ramsey happened to be present at her wedding to witness the most recent jilting and realises he is failing his best friend's dying wish, that Alex take care of his sister's future. Alex spends most of his time traveling while his sisters have been keeping him abreast of what is happening in London. He decides he must take matters into his hands and hopes to marry Gwen off by autumn, but Gwen has other plans. Gwen has decided she shall never marry, as she refuses to go through it all a third time yet Alex is insistent, reminding her of his promise to her brother Richard. Gwen believes, as most, the gossip about Alex and believes him something of a rake, a blackguard and wonders if she can trust him. Gwen decides she is no longer going to be conventional. Alex believes she merely needs rest and will come to her senses and heads to France where he has business and has promised Gwen to track down the Viscount to retrieve her brother's ring. While in France, Alex receives a telegram from his sister Belinda stating that Gwen was heading to France in the company of Mrs. Elma Beecham, who clearly has no knowledge of her young charge's intent, to confront the Viscount personally as well as to learn to be independent and unconventional. In Paris Gwen and Alex work on a scheme to try and discover whom Mr. Barrington is and why he is buying up so much land. Wicked Becomes You is a wonderfully delightful, fast-paced novel with two incredibly intelligent, witty, and stubborn main characters. Each, with their own secrets, brings a hint of mystery to this already delightful, fresh, and at times unconventional look at late 19th century society. Duran creates a story filled with several plot twists, witty repertoire, vivid descriptions, and charming as well as intriguing characters. Wicked Becomes You is a novel which the reader is loathe to see come to an end, but will take the reader for a delightful journey along the way.

About the Author:
MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A doctoral student in anthropology, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. She is the author of The Duke of Shadows, Bound by Your Touch, and Written on Your Skin, all published by Pocket Books. The Duke of Shadows was the winner of the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. Visit her website at

I received a complimentary copy of Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran from Simon & Schuster to review. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Nice review, thank you,

Bill ;-)

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Mary said...

Sounds good, adding it to my list :) I enjoy a good historical!

Lorielle said...

I really love the title of this one!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Awesome review!! I'm so jealous that you have already read this one!!! Her other books are soo good!

Tea said...

Love it! You write such great reviews. I love those scoundrels, rakes, rogues.::))