The Wicked Wyckerly (2010)
The Wicked Wyckerly (2010)
3.76 of 5 Votes: 3
045123071X (ISBN13: 9780451230713)
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When John Fitzhugh Wyckerly (Fitz) inherits the title Earl of Danecroft he also inherits the estate’s staggering debits. Marriage to a great heiress seems to be the logical answer to his money problems. Because she is a single female Abigail Merriweather has lost custody of her step-brothers and sisters and marriage to a man of substance to would help her regain custody. The two seem to be made for each other, but since Fitz has earned his living by gambling and Abby has only a small inheritance their attraction seems doomed. How the manage of find their “happy-ever-after” was fun to read. This book if the first in a new series and I am looking forward to the next one. I can’t help the involuntary cringe whenever I pick up a romance novel with any of these words in the title: rogue, scoundrel, scandal…wicked. The list could go on. I’ve learned not to judge a book by it’s title (or cover), especially after reading this. I actually contemplated picking this up a few weeks ago but put it back. Then a few days ago I saw it on the RITA nominee list and thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did, because it was a delight to read.I love a romance novel that really shows the full development of a relationship. Fitz and Abby go from complete strangers, to sort of friends, to definite friends, to lovers, and then, well…I don’t want to spoil it. It’s lovely to watch. Abby is a country girl, born and raised, and is independent and strong. Fitz has always been a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy until he’s bestowed with the title of Earl and forced to confront the demons his father and elder brother left behind. He’s intelligent and witty, and he particularly enjoys being around Abby.The glue that really holds them together, however, is their love of children. Abby is on a quest to get back custody of her half siblings, and Fitz just rescued his illegitimate daughter from a shady governess. That’s what initially brings them together. And their love of children is what keeps them together.Confession time – I’m not that big on kids. I don’t have anything against them. I’m just not at that maternal hemming and hawing moment in my life. These kinds of story lines don’t always appeal to me. In fact, sometimes they down right turn me off. There were a few moments in Wyckerly where I teetered on that edge, but really the engaging romance between the two main characters kept me invested and focused. And really, this is a terribly romantic book. If you’re looking for a heart warming story with a heavy dose of romance, family life, and a splash of wit, I’d definitely recommend giving The Wicked Wyckerly a go.Rating: BRomance: 5/5 Raunch: 3/5
Not very wicked, which was fine with me
couldn't put this book down
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