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The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne (Sydney Dovedale #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  769 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Catch me if you can. —E.V.

When a scandalous lady...

By night Ellie Vyne fleeces unsuspecting aristocrats as the dashing Count de Bonneville. By day she avoids her sisters' matchmaking schemes and dreams up torments for her childhood nemesis—the arrogant, far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good James Hartley. Her latest prank: "winning" the Hartley diamonds in a card game from Jam
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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May 11, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book was an absolute delight to read! It is cute, fun, sassy and sexy and I loved smiling so much when reading it. I adored the fact that both Ellie and James are older, twenty seven and thirty seven respectively. Now, they both acted like the were younger than that in the beginning but they grew up throughout the story. I loved all the banter that flew between them and with the fact that it had been going on for almost seventeen years, you can see how they have formed a deep bond over know ...more
Kerry Allen
Enjoyed the first 100 or so pages.

Ellie's mad skillz as a gambler and master of disguise? Don't get too excited. They're never employed beyond Chapter 2. Even there, you don't get to see them in action. Token catalyst to generate a McGuffin, which is also only ever mentioned as an afterthought.

"Theirs was a cataclysmic joining." Whew! Glad that was there to straighten me out, as my impression of events up to that point was "detached" and "perfunctory."

If someone insulted you over 10 years ago,
Jan 09, 2013 Dottie rated it it was amazing
A wickedly funny tale! Taken from my review at

Poor and needing to cover her stepfather, the Admiral’s, expenses, Miss Ellie Vyne masquerades by evening as the Count of Bonneville, a name she made up, and gambles. During one such night, she won the Hartley diamonds from the mistress of James Hartley. Growing up, James had been Ellie’s nemesis. Still Ellie is known for the trouble she seems to find. Her two sisters, now married, thanks to Ellie’s help, are trying their hand at
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James Hartley and Mariella Vyne aka Ellie, have been “enemies” for as long as they can remember. James's mother ran off with Ellie's stepfather's brother and therefore sent the families feuding as it were. There has been no love lost between Jame and Ellie over the years. Now James has followed a scoundrel by the name of the Count de Bonneville to an inn and who does he find instead? Ellie. She of course claims that the count just went out the window but Ellie is really the Count. She's been pos ...more
Nov 01, 2016 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regencia, romance
Esse é um outro romance de época bem diferente do que eu tenho lido ultimamente.
James Hartley já não é mais o garanhão das mulheres, agora ele está rapidamente se tornando um libertino decadente, e suas roupas estão ficando inexplicavelmente apertadas na cintura. Ele precisa, com urgência, tomar vergonha na cara e se casar, antes que mulher nenhuma queira mais ter alguma coisa com ele.

Por algum motivo, ultimamente, James deixara de ser o problema em si e se tornara aquele com quem elas comparti
Nov 25, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
This was a cute and funny read. Ellie, infamous troublemaker, is in need of money to pay off some family bills, so disguises herself as a French count and gambles. When she whens a set of jewelry from her nemesis, James Hartley, it brings more than money into her path. The two of them together are oil and water but they work together to uncover a mystery, they discover sometimes the most unlikely pairings cause sparks.

I liked Ellie, for the most part, with her quick wit and determination to be h
Jan 02, 2013 Alisia rated it really liked it
Written for: Beyond Reading

The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne was one of the absolute most amusing books I've read recently and, since we're at the end, I get to say it's one of the absolute most amusing books I've read in 20-twelve. Jayne Fresina has a remarkable gift for words. Every character was well-written and well-rounded which resulted in an exciting, hilarious story.
I loved Ellie and Ellie's wit (which deserves demarcation) but, even more, I loved Ellie and James as a couple. Thei
Jul 18, 2012 Nita rated it really liked it
James Hartley and Ellie Vyne have always bickered with each other. And they continue to bicker with each other throughout this whole book. They act like they can't stand each other. But it's pretty easy to see they use all that arguing to hide their true feelings and, really, themselves. Neither is completely the person they present to society and their family and friends. It's also a way for them to connect. They seem to really enjoy it and they bicker all the way to the end.

I did not like Jam
Cute story. Mostly brangling between hero and heroine, but their coming together was believable, just. I didn't see much motivation for either the hero or heroine, but it was entertaining and I enjoyed it.
Jul 29, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
There is a very fine line between hate and love. Ellie Vyne and James Hartley walk it for this entire book. It's SO entertaining.
Natália Eduardo
Feb 27, 2017 Natália Eduardo rated it it was ok
Do meio para o final a história se tornou extremamente irritante. Achei o final sem graça, feito as pressas. O início foi divertido, mas não compensou todo o enredo. Eu esperava outra coisa da história, mas o casal principal era chato e cheio de confusões ridículas, os personagens secundários eram muito mal apresentados e trabalhados, exceto Grieves.

Afinal só terminei de ler para ver como a confusão iria terminar e por não querer abandonar outro livro.

Não pretendo ler mais nada dessa autora.
Lisa Jo
Jan 07, 2013 Lisa Jo rated it it was amazing
Cleverly written, and fiercely entertaining, THE WICKED WEDDING OF MISS ELLIE VYNE is a delightful read. Jayne Fresina has struck gold with the second installment of the Sydney Dovedale series.

Ellie Vyne lurks around London's various gambling hells dressed as a man...the Count de Bonneville. Under disguise, no one is aware of her true identity and she encounters little strife for her efforts until she gets her hands on the Hartley diamonds. This brings her face to face with her greatest enemy,
Rachel T
As posted at The Reading Cafe 05 Jun 13

The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina
Book 2 in Sydney Dovedale Series

5 out of 5

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was so happy I read through the first one because this series is now GO GO GO for me. GUSH! LOL

We first meet out heroine Miss Ellie Vyne in the first book of this series as she is a close friend of Sophie's and a proclaimed enemy of our hero Mr James Hartley. Well this
Cute historical romance fiction to read. Ellie disguises herself as a man so she may make money to help family that overindulges. But she really has no interest in getting married. That is, until she falls in love with a real gentlemen, that on the outside she despises and has even stolen expensive jewels from him. Well, one of his girlfriends. Their lives intertwine, they both find themselves falling in love and then another twist; Ellie's real father makes an appearance.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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What a naughty tangled weave this story has! And when the hero loses his memory it’s positively hilarious! The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne is a romp on the adventurous side as the lead characters take turns trying to outwit the other with hysterical results.

Ms. Fresina has created an amazing array of fascinating and lively characters that tickle the funny bone. The hero, James, is a man slow on the uptake as to what Ellie, the h
Jessica Luther
Dec 05, 2012 Jessica Luther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review at scATX Reads

Ellie and James have known each other for seventeen years and they have disliked each other for nearly as long. In fact, they have been sworn enemies for most of that time, ever “since her disreputable stepuncle ran off with James’s mother, for an adulteress affair that caused the scandal of the century.” But their personal war began “when she found James Hartley, one lazy, summer afternoon, napping under an oak tree, apparently having emptied a jug of cider and eaten t
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
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Nov 25, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This review was first posted at Reading Between the Wines!

I have two words for this book. Utterly delightful. Seriously, I adored not only our heroine, but our hero too. Let me just tell you Ellie Vyne if a mess. She can't seem to walk across the front yard without dirtying her person or her dress. She might be described as plain, but our girl has a sharp mind. *woot woot* Lets hear it for female protagonists with brain cells! She puts them to good use too. On occasion she masquerades as the das
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Alright for the past few days I have been reading The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina. I have to say that it was pretty entertaining and silly. Trust me that's what was going through my mind as I read this story.

Ellie Vyne is always up to mischief and everyone expects that from her especially James Hartley. It doesn't help that she has been masquerading as the Count de Bonneville (granted it's a guy the Duke of Ardleigh and her made up).
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
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Oh My! This was a fast-paced funny read. I loved every minute of it!

Ellie Vyne does everything she can to make sure her sisters are taken care of. She makes sure they have wedding trousseaus and dowries. She also makes sure her father has roof over his head his debts are paid. What does she get in return? Scorn, scandal and nothing but problems.

James Hartley has been Ellie’s nemesis since she was a small girl. A fa
Oct 09, 2012 Farrah rated it it was ok
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I feel terrible to say this, but The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne was a disappointment. I really liked The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine, so I was hoping I would like this book as well. But it didn't turn out that way.

The good part about this book, before I go into the negatives, was the story itself. The plot was good. Not brilliant, but good. The ending was cute and left a smile on my face.

But, everything
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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First thought that came to my mind as I am writing this review, Laugh Out Loud Funny! It was a delightful book to read. It made my insides happy. It was a gem of a book. The author captured my attention from the beginning and held it until the very last page. I was sorry to see it end..

The heroine, Ellie and James have been each other's bane of existence for years. From Jame splashing mud on her as a young ten year old- to Ellie drawing an

Raised by a non-affectionate stepfather, and oldest sister of two half-sisters, Ellie Vyne has always been considered the black sheep of the family. Ellie’s stepfather and her sisters disapprove of just about everything Ellie does or says, but so does most of society. Interestingly enough, her family turns a blind eye to whatever lengths Ellie must go to in order to support them emotionally and financially. And she does go to some amusing as well as disturbing lengths to take care of those she l
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne (Sydney Dovedale, #2) by Jayne Fresina Jayne Fresina

This is the first Jayne Frisian book I have read. She has the most quirky, hilarious and unique characters in her story like Lady Mercy, Grieves, Smallwick, and many others. Ellie does for others and gets herself in trouble in the process. She masquerades as a French Count for money to help her 2 half sisters and also to pay her step father's many bills. James is a rich man who shows the world that he all shine and no depth. He plays fast and loose with woman but also regrets tha
Jan 05, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
The Wicked Wedding Of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina was a fast read. I read it in about a day and a half. I enjoy Historical Romances and this was no exception. I do however like my HR with a little more romance than I got out of this one.
Ellie is the witty elder daughter of a man who has raised her to be independent, since her mother died when she was a young girl. Ellie, not only takes care of herself but her father and two younger sisters, who happen to be married. In need of money Miss
P S Karr
May 02, 2014 P S Karr rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne attracted me by its unusual title and also by the excerpt I had read. And I got much more than my time’s worth.

Ellie Vyne holds all of English Society in dread. She leaves a trail of destruction wherever she goes. Illicit affairs, broken engagements, social fau pax, she has done them all. At twenty seven, she is very firmly on the shelf and all she wants is to retire to the country to a room full of books that looks out on a nice garden. If only she could settle
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE WICKED WEDDING OF MISS ELLIE VYNE by Jayne Fresina is an exciting Historical Romance set in 1822 England. Book 2 of the "Sydney Dovedale", but can be read as a stand alone with some re-appearing characters. See," The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine". Meet Ellie Vyne/Count de Bonneville,who is providing for her family how she can,proposing as the dashing Count de Bonneville. And James Hartley,Ellie's childhood nemesis,who Ellie, as the Count has just won the "Hartley" diamonds from his mi ...more
The Window Seat
May 27, 2012 The Window Seat rated it it was ok
There were a lot of “seconds” surrounding The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne. Not only is this book two of Jayne Fresina’s Sydney Dovetale series, but the story is about two characters taking a second look at one another and finding love; about creating a second chance to make your life the way you want it. And for me, reading this book was a second chance for the author to make a positive impression on me as a reader after a disappointing debut story last year. While I believe all of the ele ...more
Historical romance with an original heroine who is more then a little too smart for the people in her life, she cross-dresses to card shark other nobles as well as doing a myriad of other things that a unmarried miss should not. Second chances for childhood friends.
Miss Ellie Vyne aka Count de Bonneville has been paying for her whole family for almost a lifetime with her gambling but they are still embarrassed by her and try to marry her off but she may just find her own love (who happens to be
Beth Johnson
Nov 14, 2015 Beth Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: hea, 2015-reads
Much better than the first book in the series, where I had a hard time liking anyone other than the main couple. Ellie, however, was an intriguing character in the first book who only put in a brief appearance. James, OTOH, was a featured characters and kind of awful as a person, even one who was supposedly in love. This novel takes place two years later, and James is trying to be a grown up, realizing that his rake days are falling behind him. Ellie is trying to take care of her ungrateful fami ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 11:04AM  
  • If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton, #2)
  • Waking Up with a Rake (The Royal Rakes, #1)
  • Lady Lissa's Liaison (To Woo an Heiress, #1)
  • The Seduction of Lady Phoebe (The Marriage Game, #1)
  • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (MacGregors, #1)
  • A Breath of Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #2)
  • Lady Vivian Defies a Duke (Beau Monde #4)
  • The Seduction of Emily
  • All I Want For Christmas is a Duke
  • Never Too Late
  • Seducing Charlotte (Accidental Peers, #1)
  • Scoundrel for Hire (Velvet Lies, #1)
  • By Design
  • Waltz with a Stranger
  • Married in Haste (Marriage, #1)
  • A Lady's Secret Weapon (Nexus, #3)
  • A Promise of More (The Disgraced Lords, #2)
  • True Highland Spirit (Highlander #3)
Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four daughters. Entertained by her father's colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters - all with far more exciting lives than hers - she's always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines.
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Other Books in the Series

Sydney Dovedale (5 books)
  • The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine (Sydney Dovedale, #1)
  • One Bad Note (Sydney Dovedale, #1.5)
  • Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal (Sydney Dovedale, #3)
  • Miss Molly Robbins Designs a Seduction (Sydney Dovedale, #4)

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