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Preview — Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran
Wicked Becomes You
She’s been burned not once but twice by London’s so-call ed gentlemen . . .
Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she’s best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar—again—the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her, ...more
Duran characters have many layers that peel away as you read, and no greater examples are Alex and Gwen, both running and trying to break out of the mold they’ve been placed in. Gwen has always tried to be the best society butterfly she could be, hiding her true self away, until being jilted a ...more
Wicked Becomes You is a fabulous read and I cannot recommend it enough. You know those books where you find yourself going back and rereading paragraphs or sentences and grinning stupidly and foolishly despite yourself? That was me with this book! This is my first Meredith Duran, though I own two others by her and just haven't gotten around to reading them yet. April 27 was a blockbuster romance day - both for contemporary a ...more
I have been looking at this book for a month or two, then apparently all of my GR friends read it at once, because there were updates everywhere. So, after reading a few really good reviews (and one or two crappy reviews) I came to my friend Catherine's review:
Her review made me want to read this book. In face I'm almost tempted to cut and paste hers here for you instead of me writing. ...more
Our heroine is Gwen Maudsley, the nicest debutante and also the richest. After Gwen's second fiance jilts her at the altar , she decided she is done with being nice and wants to experience life let say 'Wickedly'. And who better to guide her than her late brother's best friend Alex.
Both Gwen a ...more
I recently picked up a bundle of eight holds from the library, and Wicked Becomes You was among of them. Strangely, this was the one I was least interested in reading, and it kept getting pushed down to the bottom of the pile.
Duran’s The Duke of Shadows was one of my favourite reads of 2010. A wonderfully different historical romance with adventure and an exotic setting (if you haven’t read The Duke of Shadows, by the way, you really should remedy that). I thought Duran was probably one of those ...more
I would have given Wicked Becomes You 4 stars if not for the heroine's unfortunate encounter getting smacked silly by the Stupid Stick and acting like an asshat for about 50 pages. Sure, I'm a grumpy jerk for letting a character get to me, but it would serve romance writers well to understand that they can create conflict without turning otherwise rational and likable heroines into dithering morons out of the blue. I mean, we have reached a point in modern times when women aren't charac ...more
The good: The dialog and chemistry between Gwen and Alex is yummy, and pretty much drives the whole story.
The not-so-great: It's a good thing we have that dialog and chemistry, because about 2/3s of the way in, things just started to feel... cluttered. I can't really explain it very well. But especially regarding Alex's feelings for Gwen, there just seemed to be so much backstory that we just ...more
Meredith Duran said that this book is "light" compared to her others. It reminds me of Laura Kinsale saying that _Lessons in French_ is light, comparably. Both books featured the tortured heroes and heroines, both books are plenty angsty. Of course, compared to _Shadowheart_ of _The Duke of Shadows_, then yeah, these books are light.
However, that is what I love about Meredith Duran (and LK). Her books are chock full of the emotions. She underlines the details that make her cha ...more
One of those books that had it ...more
It wasn't. First off, the prologue was written in such convoluted prose that I had to read it through a few times to figure out ...more
Basically, the heroine reminded me of Katy Perry's "Honey" on How I met your mother, because almost every time she opened her mouth, I'd go "Oh, honey...". I know she was supposed to be naive to better show off the hero's wickedness, but someone whose parents m ...more
I really liked this one. It is hard to compare with Duke of Shadows, because the textures of the two books are SO completely different, but I may even like it more than I like that one.
This would be largely due to Gwen. The running tone of voice that we get in Gwen's narrative is... perfect. It manages to be so many things at once: witty, confused, bumbling, naive, earnest, affectionate, bored, yearning, lost, hopeful... and in the end it creates this hilarious and utterly charmi ...more
Not many opening lines can pull me into a book like this one:
"England was a wicked bitch who wished him ill."
This is from the view point of Alexander Ramsey, world tr ...more
Literally on the heels of her disastrous second attempt at marriage, miss twice-a-jilt, Gwen Maudsley is determined to ruin her good reputation. She settles on her late brother’s best friend, Alex Ramsey, as the instrument of her destruction, but guilt-ridden over his late friend's dea ...more
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I so wanted to rate it a 4 star read but I just couldn't. It wasn't perfect. Most of the time I struggled to like the H/h; and yet I bookmarked it 15 times. So to say that I'm a little confused after reading this book is an understatement. It was an unorthodox romance and somewhat flawed in it's delivery (I felt anyway), but I was truly spellbound by some of the exchanges of dialogue and found myself laughing out loud a lot of the time.
Alex was a cad (not ...more
This book was my first venture into Duran's historical world, it doesn't take long to realize this ...more
I was wrong.
The plot I read from the back of the book was so misleading in my opinion. I ...more
Duran paints a truly miserable picture for Gwen. There was no Earthly reason for both of her grooms to cry off; indeed a lot of their appeal for Gwen was the surefire bet they were--they were in ...more
I'm a little bit in love with Alex, I have to admit; he's attractive, of course, with his dark rugged good looks, light blue eyes and a reputation for debauchery much greater than reality would warrant. His appeal to me, however, was in the way he treasured Gwen, in the way he encouraged her to express her desires without s...more