The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 1 September, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville {Amanda’s Review}The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville
Series: The Wild Quartet #1
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love . . .

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble . . .

Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke…while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.

Curious enough to read more Neville.

Thoughts on The Importance of Being Wicked

A couple of my favorite authors were talking about being excited for the next Miranda Neville book, so I decided, “Hey. I can always use new historomance recommendations” and popped over to the library to pick up the first books in her series. (Because that’s how I roll.)

Though I definitely enjoyed the book, I did have cause to roll my eyes more than once at the heroine, and that’s never a good thing. I just… didn’t like her all that much. You know, like, if I’m supposed to see the importance of being wicked, all I really saw was a heroine who preferred to ignore her problems and a duke who needed to know he could be his own man.

That said. I’m curious enough to read more (and, honestly, it could be the set up of the series—the wild four, and I’m too staid and responsible to appreciate that, unless the author finds a way to capture my sympathy—and perhaps the series isn’t for me, but I have to read a book or two more before I decide).

I did like that Thomas wasn’t well-versed in the sexual arts—it’s a nice change of pace to have a hero without a string of lovers. But he was willing to please, and that was nice. Nice enough to keep reading Miranda Neville.


Filed under: ESR: 7, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda,


8 Responses to “The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I have never read anything by Neville, but I am curious. Although I am not often drawn to the “wild” heroines, either. I really like to see myself in the heroines when I read a romance, and I struggle with that. I’m not sure this book is for me.

    Also – OF COURSE the wild girl has flame red hair!

    But I am curious about this author. I may look into her books and see if any grab my attention.

  2. Nice is good but I want SWOON-worthy, especially in my historicals. I think because I read so damn many back in the day, I don’t have as much patience with historoms as I used to.

  3. As long as your eyes weren’t stuck in a perpetual roll, I’d be willing to give this book a shot, although the heroine sounds like she was kind of dense which I’m not a fan of. I do however like that it was the guy who was sexually inexperienced for a change. Wonderful review, and yay for author recommendations!

    • Yeah. Her denseness was something that frustrated me, though to be fair, dense people (in real life and books) make me roll my eyes.

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