Wednesday, January 26, 2011

OUR WICKED MISTAKE: Notorious Bachelors by Emma Wildes

Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: October 5, 2010
ISBN 9780451231505
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Penny
Obtained via Publisher

Widowed Lady Madeline Brewer has just killed a man in her own home; a loathsome man who is in possession of her late husband’s journal, he’s been trying to blackmail her because of the intimate things written in it. There is only one person Madeline can turn to, the scandalous Lord Altea.

Luke has been avoiding Lady Brewer for a year now. But when she sends a message to him requesting his assistance, he finds himself answering her call and coming to her aid. When his help is no longer required, will he be able to stay away once more?

OUR WICKED MISTAKE grabbed my attention on the first page. Ms Wildes immediately shows that our charming and dashing Lord Altea is not in the least concerned with what other people think! I rather liked this character. However, I must admit that the same cannot be said of Madeline. I like my heroines to be strong and independent and Lady Brewer comes off as weak and in need of a man’s protection. Actually the lady I enjoyed reading about was Luke’s sister, one of OUR WICKED MISTAKE’s secondary characters. She knows the kind of man she wants and what she doesn’t and is not willing to settle for less.

The theory behind Madeline’s call for help is that the blackguard, Lord Fitch, is willing to make public the details in her dead husband’s journal. Madeline does not wish to succumb to the villain’s terms, yet she wishes to avoid the scandal the journal would bring if it were brought into public. Yet, in order to avert such a happening, she agrees to be the object of a different scandal and to blemish her good name? This just does not make sense to me.

Because of this drawback which revolves around a major storyline in OUR WICKED MISTAKE, I struggled to keep invested enough to turn page after page. I am sure there are many readers out there that will enjoy OUR WICKED MISTAKE much more than I did.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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