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The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet #1)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love...

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family du...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Avon
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Elis Madison
K, so now we follow Caro, the 17-y-o dimbo from The Second Seduction of a Lady, who eloped with the barely-out-of-puberty lothario wannabe Robert Townsend. Anybody who had any life experience could see it coming, right?

Yuh huh.

Robert died a year ago—but not before gambling away his considerable wealth. Caro has been trying to keep it together by selling off everything that isn't nailed down (except the Titian they bought on their honeymoon, which she tells people she doesn't have). One unusuall...more
Huma Rashid
The Importance of Being Wicked is the debut novel in Miranda Neville's new series about some rather badly behaved women. Caroline Townshend is a notorious widow, whose elopement at the age of 17 with a member of the ton caused quite a scandal. Her husband passed on about six years later, leaving her shackled with his gambling debts and a valuable Titian that she has hidden from her creditors and friends and refuses to sell. Caro is playing chaperone to her lovely cousin, Anne, and receives her s...more
After happily devouring Miranda Neville's Burgundy Club series I was thrilled with the opportunity to read her debut of a spinoff series The Importance of Being Wicked. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried I could not enjoy it :(

I found the heroine, Caroline aka Caro, unlikeable. She idealizes her alcoholic/gambling addict late husband to excess. She acts irresponsibly towards the care of her innocent cousin. She lets her 'friends' treat her like a complete doormat. But the most damning thi...more
Mandi Schreiner
This book gives us two unlikely people to fall in love – a Duke, nicknamed Lord Stuffy, who while is no means desolate, would prefer to marry a rich heiress. And a widowed heroine who parties, doesn’t care for the rules of the ton, and because of her late husband’s debts, owes many people money. My main problem with this book is that by the end, I still wasn’t’ convinced these two had a love match or that they would live happily ever after…forever and ever.

Caroline Townsend, or Caro to her frien...more
... or maybe 3.5 stars, if I'm having a good day!

A more appropriate – although less enticing – title for this book might have been The Importance of Employing some Common Sense, because there were times I really wanted to knock some into the heroine.

We first met Caro in the novella The Second Seduction of a Lady, which I enjoyed very much. During the course of that story she meets and elopes with Robert Townsend when she is just seventeen years old.

This books starts some seven years later; she i...more
Diana N Neal
Rating: B-

I have to admit I am giving this story a higher rating not because I was full on enjoying it (I did, definitely a C+) but I was greatly impressed with the way the author portrayed the characters and their actions in this story.

Caro was a wonderful character to read about because she didn't do the expected. She wasn't one of the cookie cutter misses traditionally found in these romances. I do enjoy this traditional standard of historical romance occasionally. I grew up reading authors...more
Caroline Townsend is dealing with the death of her husband and trying to find a way to pay all the debts left behind and with her generous nature, she finds it hard to turn away her late husbands artistic, struggling friends. A bright spot is the arrival of her dear cousin, Anne who is coming to meet her potential fiance, Thomas, Duke of Castleton. It quickly becomes clear that this proper man, or Lord Stuffy as Caro comes to call him, will not suit for Anne and does not fit in with Caro's more...more
Whenever I hear Miranda Neville has a new release coming out, I want to do the Snoopy Dance. She’s one of my all time favorite historical romance authors. Every single one of her books I’ve read have been extremely enjoyable, and for the most part her books end up on my keeper shelf. Avon has a great thing with Miranda and her latest release, The Important of Being Wicked, the first book in her Wild Quartet series. It’s a big shining star of awesome. The main reason is that Miranda has created a...more
Manda Collins
Jan 18, 2013 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, Tessa Dare
Miranda Neville writes so beautifully that I have to read her books carefully so I don't miss a drop of language or nuance. I loved the period details, from how to open a regency wine bottle to all the artistic and fashion details. But what sold this book for me was the not always placid relationship between the proper Duke of Castleton and the widowed free spirit Caro. I loved how they were both so genuinely interested in one another, despite their differences. And I especially appreciated that...more
I loved it! The first scene between the H/H is wonderful, one of my favorite meet scenes ever. Full review will be posted at Just Janga later this month.
The Importance of Being Wicked reintroduces heroine, Caro. It share with us her story and that of Thomas, Duke of Castleton. Caro is now a widow and in dire straits thanks to her departed husband’s love of the tables. While the first part of the book got off to a slow start, the second half swept me away. This is the first book in a four part series, dealing with badly behaving art collectors.

When the tale begins we met Caro and her posse of artist friends. She is beating the debt collectors fro...more
Brandy Dorsch
This was an ARC that I received for review. I am a fan of Miranda Neville’s books and this one did not disappoint. Caro Townsend is a widow who shocked the ton by running away at the age of seventeen and marrying a bad boy. Now that her husband is dead and left her almost penniless she is struggling to find her place. She brings her cousin, Anna, who is an heiress to love with her. That is how she meets Thomas Fitzcharles, Duke of Castleton. Thomas pays a call on the ladies because he is searchi...more
A couple of my favorite authors were talking about being excited for the next Miranda Neville book, so I decided, “Hey. I can always use new historomance recommendations” and popped over to the library to pick up the first books in her series. (Because that’s how I roll.)

Though I definitely enjoyed the book, I did have cause to roll my eyes more than once at the heroine, and that’s never a good thing. I just… didn’t like her all that much. You know, like, if I’m supposed to see the importance of...more
Paranormal Haven
In 1793, Carolyn Brotherton eloped to Gretna Green with Robert Townsend the heir to his father’s fortune and title. Six years after they eloped, Robert had gambled and squandered away his fortune on booze and women, leaving Caro in desperate straits. The only thing of value Robert had left her was a very valuable painting that he had purchased for her when they were first married. It had hung in their sitting room until he had died from excessive living and gambling and left her in terrible debt...more
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May Mostly Romance
อ่านเล่มนี้ช้าไป เพราะดันไปหยิบเรื่อง The Second Seduction of a Lady ซึ่งเล่าเรื่องราวที่นางเอกในเรื่องนี้มีบทบาทไม่น้อยอยู่ด้วย แล้วเราดันไม่ชอบนางเอก (ซึ่งปรากฎตัวในเล่มนั้น) เอาเสียเลย ไม่ชอบมากขนาดไม่อยากอ่านเรื่องราวของเธอเลยสักนิดเดียว

โชคดีที่เราเป็นคนเปลี่ยนใจง่ายนะคะ เพราะพออ่านเข้าจริง คาโรไม่ได้เลวร้ายอย่างที่เราคิดว่า เธอเป็น (จากการอ่านเจอเธอใน The Second Seduction of a Lady) กระนั้นก็มีข้อเสียหลายอย่างที่ขัดใจแม่ยกพระเอกอย่างเราอยู่ โดยเฉพาะเล่มนี้ พระเอกน่ารักมาก ๆ

Jen (Red Hot Books)
Money has been tight for Caroline since the death of her husband Robert. The two eloped when she was just 17 and their seven years of marriage were a whirlwind of parties, fun, and artistic expression. Really, the only things of value she has left are her memories, her old friends, and the painting of Venus that Robert bought for her before he died. She sold everything else to pay off his debts, but allowed herself to keep the one painting that reminded her of his love.

Caroline is serving as cha...more
The Window Seat
I usually read books from an earlier time, about braw lads in kilts, but I tucked right in to enjoy some handsome men in pantaloons. This book is about a bohemian lifestyle before it really was “the thing” I think, an artist’s lifestyle and the group of “hangers on” that goes with it. It probably happened, but was named something else? I just associate it to the 60’s and 70’s of our generation, but this book takes place in 1800 England.

We first meet Caroline known to all as Caro, at the end of a...more
I usually read books from an earlier time, about braw lads in kilts, but I tucked right in to enjoy some handsome men in pantaloons. This book is about a bohemian lifestyle before it really was “the thing” I think, an artist’s lifestyle and the group of “hangers on” that goes with it. It probably happened, but was named something else? I just associate it to the 60’s and 70’s of our generation, but this book takes place in 1800 England.

We first meet Caroline known to all as Caro, at the end of a...more
CJ Patrick
Ok...I have read a books by Ms. Neville before. I don't remember them at all and only have 1 on my bookshelf. I keep telling myself that I need to reread it, but can't seem to. Anyhow, I bought this book based on the incredibly good reviews it received on several websites. It also had one of my favorite types of plots - Good, Normal Hero who falls for Bad, Notorious Heroine. (This is not to be confused with my all-time favorite plot of Bad, Notorious Hero who falls for Good, Normal Heroine).

We first meet Thomas and Caro when Thomas comes to call on Caro's cousin Anne whom Caro is chaperoning. The spark between Thomas and Caro is immediate but they are so vastly different that neither thinks that the spark will go anywhere. Thomas is all about doing his duty to marry a wealthy heiress and Caro still clings to her deceased husbands friends and their comparatively wild lifestyle.

I loved Thomas right away he is the good boy who has a wild side hidden within and he also is willing to do...more
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Blog rating: C

Caroline (Caro) is a widow who’s dealing with her late husband’s debts and surrounds herself with friends to help ward off loneliness. She’s in possession of one painting that would get her a fair amount of money to help pay off some of the debts, but she’s reluctant to sell it as it holds memories for her of her husband and so it remains hidden and she lets everyone believe that she doesn’t know where it is, including her husband’s friends...more
This one just didn't work for me. Nobody is really likable in this story until the very end. Although the beginning had a lot of potential to me, it just lost its charm and everyone became unlikable.
The heroine is a selfish doormat, that lets her leeching friends just take take take.
Always with the excuse that this is how she lived when her husband was still alive. The same loser, that left her with nothing but debts.
Yet even after a Duke offers marriage to her, she still holds up her useless...more
Saying I liked this story is probably a bit misleading given that there was much about it I did not like.

I loved the hero. He was a different kettle of fish to the Dukes we are normally introduced to, and he was this book's saving grace.

The heroine never quite came up to scratch for me. And on this score I should probably mention that it's important to me that the hero and heroine in any story should be people I would be pleased to have as friends. This heroine was someone I would have had no ti...more
I was drawn in by the title….and of course the author. My interest was elevated by the premise, I’m always drawn to high born, stuffy lords attracted to courtesans, widows, or the like.
Caroline Townsend is a widow who has multiple debts thanks to her late husband who liked to gamble. She has in her possession a painting that if sold would most likely end her financial troubles but she won’t part with it since it came into her possession during one of the happier moments of her marriage.
2.5 Stars

I was excited by the premise of this book. I love an "opposites-attract" story especially when it involves a starchy duke and a carefree heroine. This story, however, fell a little flat for me. The hero and heroine are definitely opposites but the attraction aspect isn't well explained or shown. It just magically happens that they suddenly are both having lusty thoughts about each other fairly early in the story. Even when I tried to mentally fill in the blanks on why they might be attr...more
Eileen Dandashi
Caro Townsend, a fiery and vivacious seventeen year old had eloped with a young, flighty man against her family’s wishes. Not many years later, she found herself widowed shortly after a miscarriage. Her husband had a bad gambling addiction and lost most of their money. His creditors were after her to pay for those debts. She was almost penniless yet she felt she had to continue to entertain her husband’s friends as lavishly as they had when he was living.

Her cousin, Lady Ann, whom she loved as...more
The ludicrous combination of the stately court dance and the lively saltation of the common people was quite like the pairing of the Duke of Castleton and Mrs. Caro Townsend. Impossible.

Thomas, the Duke of Castleton, is looking to marry. His ideal mate is someone with lots of money. The men of his family have always married for money and he plans on following this tradition. What he doesn't plan on is falling for the poor cousin of the young woman he has set his sights on. Not only is she poor,...more
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I ended up with two books with the same title and this one got lost in the process. I just realized what had happened and now both have been read and reviewed.

I liked this story. It had two very interesting characters. Thomas and Caro are a good example of opposites who attract. They met when Thomas comes to court Caro’s cousin Anne. There is an immediate attraction between the two. I loved how Caro brought out the fun in Thomas and how Thomas made Caro feel safe. Trusting was hard for both but...more
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Miranda Neville grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other Regency romances. She now lives in Vermont with her daughter and an immensely talented cat who made a book trailer for her novel The Importance of Being Wicked. Her historical romances published by Avon include the popular Burgundy Club series, about Regency book collectors, and currently The Wild Quartet.

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“You love Robert, not me. You don’t love Lord Stuffy, so I tried to be like Robert.”
The sweet idiot! She felt like weeping again. She began to protest, but he cut her off.
“I don’t drink and I don’t gamble and I don’t have a mistress. I’m dull. You told me so, the first time we met. So I tried to change.” He frowned. “Not the mistress. I’ll never do that.”
“Good,” she whispered.
“I’m trying to be like Robert, but I’m no good at it. I drank wine. And brandy, lots of it. I didn’t like it and it made me sick. I played hazard and I lost.” He looked momentarily cheerful and her heart sank. “But I didn’t like that either. If I was a real man like Mr. Fox, or Robert, I’d have lost thousands.”
The sadder he looked, the more her heart ached, a happy ache.
“I failed you, Caro. I’m sorry, but I’m afraid I’ll always be Lord Stuffy,” he said, and closed his tortured, bloodshot eyes.”
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