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My Wicked Little Lies (Wicked Family Secrets #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,249 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Evelyn Hadley-Attwater has it all --- a genteel Victorian life replete with loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. She was once "Eve," a spy for England's most enigmatic intelligence agency. Summoned for one final assignment, the excitement of her former life and memories of her mysterious, flirtatious boss "Sir" prove too tempting.

Adrian Hadley-Attwater is a resp
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Zebra
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DNF. Unbelievable plot from beginning to middle (where I decided life was too short to read the rest), and infuriatingly stupid hero and heroine, who are supposed to be top spies, but who seem dull, thick and completely pointless. I honestly don't think the heroine could inveigle her way out of a paper bag. I spent the whole time reading this tripe wandering why the author didn't make the current head spy the hero and the heroine's sidekick the heroine. They were far more interesting characters. ...more
*3.5 Stars*

I thought this premise was absolutely marvelous. It’s just so rare to see something like it! The hero and heroine are already married when the story begins—and they’re happy to boot. The heroine, Evelyn, was a spy before her marriage—although she hasn’t admitted that to her husband. She plans to one day, but she’s thinking more along the lines of confessing when he’s on his death bed. She gets contacted by her old organization and is compelled to help them on another case. She doesn’t
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 13, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it

Fun, witty, and full of surprises

I’ve come to expect quite a bit from Ms. Alexander when I read her now. I expect her characters to be likeable, smart, and witty. What I love is that I can count on Ms. Alexander to deliver. This book has all of the above.

I thought it might be like that movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but it wasn’t...which is a good thing.

In this Victorian setting, we first see Eve, an agent of the crown, age 27, retiring from several years as a
SOS Aloha
Jan 27, 2012 SOS Aloha rated it it was amazing
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~Henry Fielding

According to the UK Tea Guild, The Langham offered outstanding quality and consistently high standards in tea service during 2011.

According to the awards on her resume, Victoria Alexander sets the high standards in historical romance. Her latest release, MY WICKED LITTLE LIES, has raised the bar even higher. In fact, The Langham contributes twice to the plot in this Victorian romance, confirming that Love and Scandal are the best sw
Meredith Enos
Apr 30, 2012 Meredith Enos rated it did not like it
I am a little under the weather and wanted something, shall I say, frothy, to see me through my convalescence. I picked the wrong book. It actually made my time lying around on the couch go by slower.

This book is horrible, on several levels. First, it is repetitive in the background info it drops--as in, about five times it's mentioned that one character goes out at night, or that another is newly wedded. Second, the main characters do a lot of soul searching and reviewing their pasts--and consi
Jul 10, 2012 Dorine rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
My Wicked Little Lies (Sinful Family Secrets, #2) by Victoria AlexanderTaking place during the Victorian era, MY WICKED LITTLE LIES gives us a strong, independent heroine who knows her own mind. Will Adrian manage his wife, the spy, before it's too late, or will he finally realize that there's no controlling Evie without some well-deserved groveling? Entertaining repartee is the best part of this engaging historical romance!

Evelyn "Evie" Hadley-Attwater, the Countess of Waterson, has kept her past a secret from her husband. He assured her before they married that
Mar 18, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
I just finished reading ‘My Wicked Little Lies’ and it was pretty good. I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 simply because while it was enjoyable, there were a few slow moments, where I wanted to skip parts. For the most part, the plot was fantastic, there was a lot going on to grab the attention, but a couple times it moved a little slow.

I really liked reading this story though and I wouldn’t mind reading it again, and while I got this book free, I would not regret having paid for it. The characters we
Chrissy Olinger
Feb 16, 2012 Chrissy Olinger rated it it was ok
I had to hover over the two and three star slots for a few minutes before I could decide. Ultimately, I expect more from a writer like Victoria Alexander. I decided on two.

This book had a cute premise-- a former spy, who is now retired and happily married, is re-enlisted to help find a missing file. Contained in the file are the super secret names of the heads of her spy agency. She must lie to her husband of two years, for whom she left the exciting life of espionage behind.

"Sir," the former he
Melissa McHugh
Feb 12, 2012 Melissa McHugh rated it it was ok
I don't know what it is lately but there are some authors who just don't seem to measure up to their older work. Victoria Alexander must have switched publishers or something because this is the third book in this new series and I liked it the least. I didn't really see a plot, I didn't see much to the characters and by the time the big secrets were discovered, neither of characters seemed to care. I'm just so dissatisfied with this. The leads kept telling me and other characters how much they l ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Virginia rated it really liked it
Fantastic! It is rare to find romance novels where the protagonists are already married - let alone happily. I did enjoy the characters (both main and ancillary) and the plot was both far-fetched/absurd as well as hilarious. As the antics escalated, even though I knew all that required to solve it was an honest conversation, I still didn't mind. Of course, within the first two pages, I knew the "surprise," but I think that was the point. Terribly funny and enjoyable. :D (Plus, there are spies!)
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 04, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I liked this one - book starts with hero and heroine already married for two years - which is def different! Their past spy lives come into play which causes conflict. Some very cute dialogue in this one. I also loved the supporting character of Max. Review to come
Apr 26, 2012 SW rated it liked it
I was totally caught up in the deception and lies but it was painfully hard to read sometimes i just wanted to scream. Just talk to each other already! and figure it all out!
Aug 26, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
This book should have been a short story or novella. As it was, there was very little plot spread over too many pages.
An Odd1
Jul 25, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery, fun, xrate
"My Wicked Little Lies" by Victoria Alexander continues two years after secret agent "Eve" Evelyn Turner 28 unwittingly marries her boss "Sir" aka Lord Adrian Hadley-Attwater 30 for secure dependable love. Their best friends share a bed, but never all night, her secretary-companion Celeste DeRochette violet eyes behind spectacles hide former actress disguise expert, three years in bed (X-rated titillations before big finale culmination p305) with blonde ex-rake Sir Maxwell, current head of Engla ...more
Christine US
Nov 23, 2016 Christine US rated it liked it
It was an easy read...didn't even know that it was part of a series, nor did I feel the story was hampered because I hadn't read earlier versions. (that is definitely a nice change - many times books are hinging on the fact that you know what's going on).
Feb 01, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
For full review including excerpt and dialogue highlights, please visit Reader's Edyn at:


I’d like to begin this review by explaining why I chose both the excerpt and the dialogue highlight. The excerpt was chosen because it is the catalyst within the story from which there is no return. Once Adrian sets his plans in motion, he has little choice but to see them through. Adrian and Evelyn are madly in love with one another, but both having come from rather exciting backg
My Wicked Little Lies (Sinful Family Secrets #2)
by Victoria Alexander

5 stars


Evelyn Hadley-Attwater has it all -- a genteel Victorian life replete with loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. No one, including the man she married, suspects that she was once "Eve," a spy for England's most enigmatic intelligence agency. Summoned for one final assignment, the excitement of her former life and memories of her mysterious, flirtatious boss "Sir" prove
Sep 11, 2016 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
I can’t think of many romances showing a married couple as the primary story. I’d love to read more books featuring this type of relationship. One of my favorite married couples is Roarke and Eve from JD Robb’s In Death series. Unfortunately I can’t think of one historical romance I've read where the main couple is married. But this changed with Victoria Alexander’s My Wicked Little Lies (Sinful Family Secrets #2). It’s a delightful book with two great love stories and some wonderful moments of ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Angeline rated it liked it
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Grace Fonseca
Feb 01, 2012 Grace Fonseca rated it really liked it
Title: My Wicked Little Lies
Author: Victoria Alexander
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Sinful Family Secrets
Publisher: Zebra, imprint of Kensington
Pages: 374
My Copy: Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher

Book Synopsis:

Evelyn Hadley-Attwater has it all-a genteel Victorian life replete with loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. No one including the man she married suspects that she was once “Eve”, a spy for England’s most enigmatic intelligence agency. Summoned for one final ass
Fangirl Musings
So, this was a weird one. And, by weird, I man entirely different from my usual digest of fiction. My Wicked Little Lies was probably one of the most enjoyable non-romance fiction novels I've read in ages! But, that's sort of this book's one and only downfall; it's a non-romance romance.

Victoria Alexander takes an interesting route for this historical romance plot; the hero and heroine are already married at the book's opening. In truth, such plot point isn't uncommon, for often in other romance
The Docta
First off, a much better title for this book would have been: Lies of Omission. That being said I was a bit disappointed in the book. I thought it was really going to like this book from the glimpses I got from it as my mother listened to it. The story seemed to have all the elements. But by the end the heroin Evelyn just irritated me. Her behavior came close to deplorable and her attitude sucked. She was just annoying and took no blame for her actions yet held everyone else accountable for the ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Bookaholics rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander
Historical Romance – Jan. 31st, 2012
5 stars

Filled with delightfully engaging characters, this outrageously entertaining new Victorian romance will not let you put it down! This book is part of her Attwater series, but can be easily and joyfully read by itself.

Evelyn Hadley-Attwater is the respectable Countess of Waterson, but before her marriage, she was actually a spy for Department of Domestic and International Affairs. Now retired and living the life
Lover of Romance
Evelyn, has The Life, married with a adoring husband, parties and friends, and nothing could bring a dark cloud over her happiness, until her past comes back to haunt her. Evelyn once was a spy who worked for the british government, but gave that all up when she married, and now they need her again, only she despises herself for having to be forced to lie to her husband, the love of her life, but when a old beau comes back into her life, she doesn't know who she will really choose. Adrian, altho ...more
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
I wanted to read this novel because it has a second-chance-at-love/Mr. and Mrs. Smith plot line and I really enjoy that romance trope. My Wicked Little Lies ended up being a fun, light read.

The hero, Adrian and the heroine, Evelyn (or Evie) have been married for two years when the story began. Their marriage was wonderful and they were both very happy--until Evelyn, who was a spy for the crown before her marriage, was summoned for an assignment only she can carry through. When Adrian noticed his
Kathy Jund
Jan 05, 2012 Kathy Jund rated it it was amazing
Victoria Alexander once again visits the Hadley-Attwater family in this her latest work of historical romance centering on the head of the Hadley-Attwater clan, Earl of Waterston, Adrian Hadley-Attwater and his lovely bride of two year Evelyn Hardwell, now Lady Waterston. Evelyn is restless; this restlessness has not gone unnoticed by her husband of two years Adrian Hadley-Attwater! Adrian’s observation leaves him wondering if something is amiss in their relatively new marriage, for his wife at ...more
Feb 15, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
MY WICKED LITTLE LIES by Victoria Alexander is another exciting historical romance set in 1886 London. It is the first in the "Sinful Family Secrets". It will be story of the The Hadley-Attwaters family. "My Wicked Little Lies" is about Adrian Hadley-Attwater, a gentlemen with secrets that could destroy everyone he loves and his lovely,fiesty wife Evelyn Hadley-Attwater ,who also has secets that could destory them both. Together, they play a game,either knows they are playing,but soon learn that ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Hilcia rated it really liked it
My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander is an amusing, witty historical romance with lovely central and secondary characters. The main couple is happily married and very much in love with each other. Yet, their lives are also full of secrets that lead to misunderstandings, lack of trust, impulsive actions and hurt feelings.

I enjoyed this book for the "game of love" that takes place between the two main characters. There's much to be said about the way in which Ms. Alexander made this story w
Feb 01, 2014 Priyanka rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
The book was... interesting to an extent. I was not as hooked as I was when i started reading the Effington series by the same author.

This is the third book in the 'sinful family secrets' series but can be read as a stand alone which I just did.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is the 'Lies of omission'.
Evelyn loved her husband a lot. Adrian returned the ardour too. They both had some secrets. But Evelyn's secret could barely be called one, because her husband knew everythin
Evelyn has been married to Adrian Hadley-Attwater for two years and couldn't be happier. Occassionally, she does miss being a spy and working for the mysterious "Sir," but she is mostly very happy. Which is why she is not completely ecstatic to be drawn back into that world just because a file folder has gone missing.
"Sir," also known as Eveylyn's husband, Adrian, isn't any more happy. He left the spy world when he became a peer of the realm and though he does miss the work, more than Evelyn doe
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,
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