I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Trouble with being Wicked by Emma Locke
Series: The Naughty Girls #1
Published by Intrepid Reads on December 18th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Romance
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HE PUT HER ON A PEDESTAL. When Celeste Gray arrives in the sleepy village of Brixcombe-on-the-Bay, she thinks she's one step closer to leaving her notorious past behind. She even suspects the deliciously handsome--if somewhat stuffy--viscount next door is developing a tendre for her. That is, until the day Ashlin Lancester learns she's not the unassuming spinster she's pretending to be.
NOW SHE HAS FARTHER TO FALL. After a decade of proving he is nothing like his profligate father, Ash is horrified to have given his heart to a Cyprian. He launches a campaign to prove his attraction is nothing more than a sordid reaction he can't control. But he soon learns that unlike his father, he can't find comfort in the arms of just any woman. He needs Celeste. When he takes her as his mistress, he's still not satisfied, and the many late nights in her arms only make him want more...
My favorite book genre is historical fiction. Add romance and Old English and I melt like butter. I giggled and sighed during The Trouble with Being Wicked by Emma Locke. It has been such a long time since I have read such a fun book. The characters are charming and you can’t help but fall in love with each one. The book centers on Celeste, London’s most notorious courtesan and Ashlin, a prudish recluse that lives in the country.
It’s 1814 England, where vice is still strong among the rich and royal. Men marry for money or power and women are slaves to society or their husbands. Ashlin Lancester is Lord Trestin of Worston Heights Estates in Devon. His parents died when Ashlin was in his early twenties and he has spent several years being lord of the manor and raising his two younger sisters. Celeste moves to the country to retire from her life in London. Accompanying her is her very pregnant best friend, Elizabeth Spencer. Celeste has purchased a small country cottage outside of Devon called Brixcombe-on-the-bay. No one in the town knows anything about who Celeste and Elizabeth really are, as they try to pass themselves off as gentry folk.
Ashlin and Celeste play an intricate game of cat and mouse, in which the cat and the mouse changed from Ashlin to Celeste all through the book.
I thought this book was really well written. The author has a very good way of bringing back the Old English without losing the reader in the language. It definitely added to the story and in my opinion made the book amazing. I also liked how in-depth the character development was on the main characters and each supporting characters. I really felt like I knew them personally and could easily relate to them. The way London and Devon were described had me smelling the sea air, feeling the beautiful dresses rustling my legs and the rooms come alive in my mind. While reading this book, it felt more like watching a movie then reading words on a page. That is my kind of book and the ones I enjoy reading. With writing like this, will have me reading every book this author writes.
All in all, the book reminded me of an adult Disney romance. Were the girl with the dark past still gets her Prince Charming. The process of getting her Prince Charming is rich with colorful humor that brings two unlikely people together. I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow romance readers. You have no clue how happy I am that this is part of a series and not a stand-alone book. I can’t wait to read the other two books in the Naughty Girls Series.