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Wicked Pleasures

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,039 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
None of them are the children of Alexander, Earl of Caterham, who was married to their mother for almost twenty years.

A family saga that takes the reader right from the 1950s to the end of the twentieth century, and set between the Hamptons summer homes of New York’s elite and the English countryside familiar to any fan of British period drama, it’s a tale of the power and
ebook, 640 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by The Overlook Press (first published 1992)
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Nov 13, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the 1st time a long time ago. So it was all new to me.
What a plot and what a style of writing Penny Vincenzi has.
The title does not do justice to the book, it is fabulous.
It is sexy, glamorous and fun, this story of two sisters and one brother who found out that they all had different fathers.
Alexander, the Earl of Caterham, was married to their mother but is obsessed with this estate, the house, etc.
Some parts are still a mystery to me, for instance did the Earl really try
This book was okay - not quite what I expected. Instead of an intrigue-filled generational novel, I equated the story to a classed up version of a Jackie Collins tale. Not that there is anything wrong with Jackie Collins...! The book is LONG! It has to be in a sense because it covers thirty years and almost ten main characters. However, I think a bit of judicious editing should have been applied. One pet peeve of mine - the author likes to repeat phrases and adjectives. That got old, quick.

I wou
Lori Nardone
This book had so much potential to be an amazing, Syndey Sheldon type family saga. However, it just didn't quite get to that exciting, can't put it down point for me.
I felt there were parts that seemed dull. Story jumps back and forth in time between the numerous characters in the novel. The plot seemed thin and it took forever to get to the point many times. Almost like the story could really have been told in half the pages.
This author came recommended to me and I will likely try another by h
Long-winded. If I had to describe this book in one phrase, that's what I'd say. The story was interesting enough; with family secrets, trust fund kids, Wall Street greed, sex, attempted murder, office politics, revenge, lust, family politics, affairs, English aristocracy, alcoholism, drugs, jealousy, rivalries, and more secrets, and more sex, this book had more drama than any soap opera or Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episode, but good grief, it was a couple hundred pages too long!
Lorri Steinbacher
Classic Vincenzi. Large cast of characters, melodrama galore, women with voracious sexual appetites. You know what you're getting. I always enjoy her novels in a junk food kind of way: I know that it's not particularly good for me, but I figure I'll atone for it later.
Oct 24, 2012 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ugh. I gave 1 star to her last book too. What's going on with her?
Dec 20, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish this book....boring
Rose Moore
I don't often read romances, but this one drew me in with the time period (from the 50s through the 80s), and kept me with the complicated family dynamics.

In a lot of ways, this is a very straightforward romance - lots of intrigue and lust and forbidden affairs, but it manages to tell the story without becoming overly cliche. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing of the sex scenes (of which there are a huge amount) which manage to be sexy without wandering into the realms of tortured metaph
Long! Fairly interesting but not as good as the first book of her's I read.
Linda Bridges
Jul 03, 2013 Linda Bridges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
Penny Vincenzi writes delicious, juicy, family dramas. This one is no different. The Praeger family owns a bank and is among America's "royalty". Run by the indomitable Fred III, his two children, Fred IV better known as "Baby" and daughter Virginia, can never quite measure up. However when Virginia marries English Lord Caterham and moves to his lovely estate of Hartest in England, Fred III is mightily pleased. Baby also marries well; children come along in both marriages. Baby waits impatientl ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel about English nobility,and New York power brokers and the families of both, entwined with wealth, greed, misplaced loyalties and dark family secrets. Virgina Praeger, daughter of Fred Praeger, owner of Praegers, a New York bank falls in love with Alexander, Earl of Catherham marries him and starts her life in England living the ancesteral home of Hartest. She has three children, Charlotte, Georgina and Max. What they don't know is that each of them has a different father. Virgina die ...more
Jul 26, 2009 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Vincenzi novel that I have read and what a huge one. Over 800 pages! But it was a really good saga read and, as big as it was, I really enjoyed it and will read others by her.

Back Cover Blurb:
There was a time when American heiress Virginia Praeger believed that she was destined to be alone. Then she met Alexander, Earl of Caterham, in the Palm Court of the Plaza, and it was love at first sight.
She has a husband who adores her. A palace of a house set in the exquisite English co
Feb 24, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelley Fearn
Nov 14, 2012 Shelley Fearn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-women
Vincenzi is a master at writing family sagas and this is one of her best. Virginia Praeger, heiress to the Praeger banking family of New York, marries Alexander, Earl of Caterham. They have 3 children but there is something not right about the family. Vincenzi tells the story through many characters with flash backs that give the readers insights into why present day things are happening or developing in a certain way. You don't even realize the extent of the family secrets until the very end (w ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad bonkbuster. A bit dated now, but still entertaining. Lots of near-incest with cousins, affairs, illegitimate children, ruthless bankers (even if you're their grandchild) and some mental illness to boot. One small thing that irked me was that some of the characters seemed inconsistent -for example, the grandfather was supposed to adore granddaughter Charlotte, yet was constantly treating her like crap along with everyone else. I suppose some of it was due to characters growing over the ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I've always enjoyed Penny Vincenzi books since stumbling on one a few years ago. This one follows the children of Virginia Caterham, each of which has a different father for reasons explained in this 800+ page book. It is set in England, primarily in the 70s and 80s and has a real sense of time. It goes back and forth from NYC to London with some side trips to Key West and Vegas. As all of her novels do, there are many characters (and a chart at the front). It was good, but it did not hold my at ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kel Sta
It's not every day you see the expression 'a slither of crepe' or mention of a trompe l'oeil, but if you read this book, you'll have got your lifetime's share. Some typos and sloppy sentence structure became more visible as the story went along, so perhaps it was a little too longwinded for its editor. The story followed a family over several generations, with much comment on fashions on the day as well as the odd notable current affair. It was a bit of a guilty pleasure for this reader, if not ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THis 818 page saga tracks the life of an American young woman, Virginia Praeger, born to a life of wealth and in a family of bankers. Virginia, a sexually nieve product of the 50's falls in love with a British Earl and has a fairy tale wedding. On her wedding night Virginia learns of the tragic secret her new husband has kept. The story unfolds through Virginia's perspective and eventually through her three children, Charlotte, Georgiana, and Max and finally, her husband, Alexander. Lots of love ...more
Eileen Pucci
Nov 26, 2015 Eileen Pucci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was a real page-turner. Penny Vincenzi is a British writer of what I suppose are chick lit novels. This one is the story of a wealthy and powerful family and how a secret tears them apart. The one problem I had with it was the appearance of gratuitous and graphic sex scenes. While I have no problem with a well written and well placed sex scene in a novel, these scenes were annoyingly unnessary. It just wasn't that kind of book. It was as though the author's editor told her to turn up the he ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone whose read Penny's trilogy "Spoils of time" this book is very similar. I love her writing style where you truly feel you are connected with the characters. This book takes place in England and in New york. With two international families, a family business and over the course of 30 years. Every chapter is a different character which makes the book an easy read. I was surprised that there was a creepy twist in the book. I was not expecting that. If your looking for a beach read or feel ...more
R.K. Johnson
Aug 09, 2013 R.K. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Draaaaama! Vincenzi sure knows how to keep a story going and that's the key to writing a saga that spans 3 or 4 generations. I liked this book because it was not only entertaining and full of suspense, but a good study of the characters that populate our lives. Literature often helps me turn insecurity into a badge of honor. Pick up any book and try and find yourself or someone you love in those damn rascals of characters on the page. I dare you :) When you do, notice how closer you feel to huma ...more
Wicked Pleasures was decadent, dirty and delightful. It was definitely a trashy saga, but with brains. A few times this novel made me gasp as truly unexpected plot turns took place. I wish some of the financial intrigue had been a little clearer, but it is clear enough to understand the smell of insider trading and hostile takeover. There is plenty of intrigue to keep you entertained for the full 600+ pages.
Mary Lynn
Ok, I'm over and done with Penny Vincenzi. Fun but not worth the commitment of 5-600 pages. Good book to read over the past few weeks with the storm and all of the aftermath. I couldn't concentrate on anything more serious and this was very easy to pick up and put down with the chapters conveniently dated and organized by chapter! :) I'm still looking for an author that can satisfy my Jackie Collins/Judith Krantz cravings...
It was amazing.
It reads like a thriller, first it seems to be a Romance but the thriller only becomes apparent towards the end, it is very hidden. A very very good book.
Alexander, who owns Hartest, is impotent and will go to whatever it takes to conceal this….
It linked in to my life and explained things.
Nov 13, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penny Vincenzi is one author I read EVERYTHING she writes. Trashy, juicy, family sagas of the rich and famous mostly centered in London. This one doesn't compare with her trilogy "Spoils of Time" but was still a great read with a bit of a twist with one of the main characters that you don't see coming.
Ebony Ross
I really wanted to love this book. There were parts where I couldn't get enough and others that were just drawn out and over the top, and I just had to put the book down. I had to know how it ended, but found myself just skimming for the last few chapters because of the ongoing dramatic plot twists. I have read almost all of this author's work and this is by far my least favorite.
Sep 10, 2013 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full of stick figures pretending to be people—gorgeous, rich, ambitious and exceptionally unlikable, even a tad boring. Even the villains come up short, their motivations pretty banal. I cannot believe I read the whole thing—and I only did so to try to figure out how in the world these people got themselves into such a pickle. The answer was unsatisfying.
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