Monday, November 4, 2013

Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives

Wicked Little Secrets
Release date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: N/A

Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy John Vandergrift. Vivienne is determined to uphold Vandergrift's rigid Victorian ideal of womanhood, but when she discovers a vicious blackmail scheme, she turns to her childhood hero, Hadrian, Viscount Dashiell.

Soon the two become pawns in a wicked game of art theft and revenge, forcing them to face their fears and acknowledge their most secret and precious dream—a life together.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Fun, romantic, and absolutely lovely! Wicked Little Secrets was a brilliant historical romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was just wonderful.

Vivienne was a great heroine. She was very lively and feisty and really fun to read about. She was a bit of a wild child, always scolded for one reason or another. So, when she makes a match that finally has her family proud of her, she hangs on to that familial approval as much as she can. Too bad her feelings for Hadrian won't make it that easy. I thought she was lovely and likable. I had only one problem with her. She was so impulsive. She didn't consider the danger that she was walking into when she just barged into a situation. It made me want to shake some sense into her a few times. But, despite that annoyance, I still really liked her. She was a ton of fun.

Hadrian was also wonderful. Despite his very scandalous reputation (which is very well earned) he was a sweetheart. There was never any doubt how much he cared about Vivienne, from when they were friends, to when they realized there was more between them. But, like Vivienne, I wanted to shake some sense into him quite a few times. In his case, it was because he was so hesitant about his relationship with Vivienne. He just couldn't admit his feelings to her. It made me frustrated with him. However, even with my irritation about that, I still adored him. He was sweet, charming, and totally amazing. He was a perfectly flawed hero.

The romance was lovely. It was definitely sweet, with how completely infatuated Vivienne and Hadrian are with each other. Even with their reticence, it was always obvious. And, they were such a perfect match. Both lively and fun and ready to scandalize everyone. Not to mention the chemistry between these two. There were sparks flying between them constantly. It was HOT. I thought they were a perfect couple.

I really like the secondary romance between Hadrian's grandfather and Vivienne's aunt. For one things, Hadrian's grandfather was hilarious. We first meet him while he's airing out his *clears throat* business (yes, I do mean exactly that implication) in front of a ladies' Bible study group. And, it only gets more hilariously scandalous from there. Meanwhile, Vivienne's aunt is the complete opposite. Rigidly moral and easily scandalized. But, their romance was still perfect. It was so much fun to read how these total opposites ended up together.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of who was stealing the art was thrilling. It had ties to scandalous pasts, family secrets, and a vengeful woman. I never suspected the truth of what was really going on. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Wicked Little Secrets was a fantastic historical romance. I loved  this book! It was fun, romantic, thrilling, and just brilliant. Lovers of romance, this is a book you don't want to miss.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Vivienne clutched squirming Garth to her bosom and pressed her back against the alley wall. "If John sees us together, he'll be so upset." She could hear the quiver of panic in her whisper. "I'm supposed to be...well...perfect."
"What? You are perfect. You know who isn't perfect? That John arse. But I'm about to change that. Tell me, do you have any reservations about adopting children?"-Hadrian

"What's the matter with your boy?" Sir Milton ribbed the earl. "He can seduce every lady in London, except the one he's in love with?"
"Remember we discussed his problems with commitments," his grandfather reminded his friends. "How he gets scared."
"Oh," the sympathetic old men said in unison, as if Dashiell suffered from some heinous medical condition such that, upon hearing the word "commitment," his penis would shrink to the size of an acorn.
He slid his hands down his face. "Good God."

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