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Something Reckless (Albright Sisters #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,179 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Prim, headstrong, and beautiful Penelope is determined to expose the licentious affairs of the ton's randiest rakes. Now one of their powerful number—the unrepentant libertine Jeremy Vaughn, Duke of Kilgrath—has been selected to put an end to the prudish lady's interference. Jeremy's plan is devilishly clever: He will join Penelope's war against immorality, fighting passio ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Avon Red
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2 1/2 to 3 stars

Something Reckless I'm sad to say, is not as good as the first book in the series, Everything Forbidden. The heroine in this book is awful and the complete opposite to the first book's heroine, Miranda. Where Miranda was a character to be loved and admired, Penelope, this books heroine, is shrewish, childish, and very self-righteous. She was a hard heroine to like. Also, this story's plot is much more far-fetched and unbelievable than the first books, which was fairly unrealisti
Jun 19, 2009 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who love a good love/hate erotic historical
Ooooo this was goo-oo-oo-d ! Not only does it have my favourite love/hate theme happening but the emotional involvement between the h/h coupled with the steam factor of an 120 in the shade(!) all came together beautifully making for a fantastic read that just whipped right by. Jess Michaels certainly knows how to develop a story without making it too long, bogging it down with filler and diving right into the romance from the first few pages.

This is historical erotica without the ick, with a str
As much as I loved the first, I had trouble even liking this one. At least, it improved toward the end and left me with a better impression that even made me consider rating with 3 stars. However, the overall impression wasn't good. My main problem was Penelope. Immature, childish, prudish and naive, she was the exact opposite of her sister. She leads a campaign against the ton's mens' excesses and pleasures, without knowing what pleasure is and stubbornly believing that only men can feel it, ev ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, pt, 2016
Já é o 4º livro que leio da autora e sempre gostei dos seus livros. Teria sido mais compreensível ter lido tudo pela ordem correcta mas a culpa foi da editora que lançou tudo ao contrário.

Mais uma vez esta leitura foi de extrema rapidez. Muito semelhante aos outros livros da autora em termos de enredo e personagens foi com felicidade que vi que a Penelope era uma personagem diferente das anteriores. Gostei dela pela sua luta em que não acha justo que as mulheres daquela época ficassem em casa, e
Jul 13, 2009 ChloeLeeNH rated it really liked it
I liked this... but I thought there would be more antagonistic exchanges between the h/h. The guilt factor on both sides got a bit old as well... but I like a reformed rake story sometimes and I thought that this one could have been more catagorized as that theme instead. But now I have to go back and read book 1!
Nov 17, 2010 Gemma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, 5-star-reads
Having read the first book in this series, I was unsure how much I would like it. How wrong I was to doubt it. This was a brilliant book and a rather nice chage to the usual.

I loved the heroine who had been thrown into this role as a champion for the women of the ton through an innocent remark. The character was well rounded and I genuinally felt for her. Here was a woman who desperatly wanted someone to love her but due to her past relationship and what happened to her sister, it shaped her int
Apr 06, 2010 Bekah rated it liked it
Shelves: read-own
These books by Jess Michaels are really fast quick reads. So in that fact, they are great. However, you pay a little more for them than other books, and I sort of feel frustrated because I feel like I'm not getting my money's worth. Not in the length/size of the book and not in the plot. This plot particularly seemed weak and farfethced. But, it wasn't a bad book, I just feel like I should be getting something meatier for my money. Plus, the sex doesn't blow me away...she writes well, but its so ...more
Célia Loureiro
Não posso dizer o que realmente penso deste livro... bom, talvez possa porque eu não sou exactamente conhecida por contornar o discurso directo. Ora bem: este livro é uma série daquilo que os indianos, no Kamasutra, se referem como Cunnilingus. Eu já estava enjoada de tanta descrição desta prática - sabores e cheiros e ruídos e novamente. E... quando pensava que a história ia andar em frente, lá estava ele novamente mascarado, ajoelhado entre as pernas dela de novo... Oh God, nem 5 páginas de hi ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Shanon rated it really liked it
I picked this up not knowing it was #2 in a set until just now. I had suspicion, as there were a couple of references to things that were never fully explained in this one... however it didn't seem necessary to have read the first to enjoy the second, which is always a good sign in my opinion. Its too easy for authors to lean heavily on the recap of what happened in the other story, or to make only vague references assuming you've already read it. This had just the right balance.

In fact, the who
Feb 04, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei mais deste livro do que do anterior livro da série. Penso que, aqui, a história se sobrepõe às cenas eróticas, das quais, confesso, não sou a maior apreciadora. No entanto, continuo a ler estes livros pelas personagens, pela história e pelo amor que, no final, sempre tem prevalecido.
Apr 30, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, ebook
The heroine was so annoying in this book, that 3 stars is really all I can summon.
She manages to forgive in the end, but she never really admits she was wrong, and to me that is just annoying. I kinda sorta hated her. Yeah I know, this is make believe but I actually know people like her. Ugggggg makes you want to smack someone!

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Not nearly as good as book 1 but overall not bad. I liked Penelope and I felt bad for her but the story seemed a little outrageous and unbelievable. Still a good read especially the sexual tension. Jess Michaels does a fine job with steaminess!
Sofia Teixeira
3.5 - Opinião Brevemente

Ler Jess Michaels é sempre sinal de que nas próximas horas nos vamos rir, transportar para outros tempos em que a sociedade está cheia de etiquetas, (falsos) moralismos, e em que o escândalo pode acabar com a vida social de uma pessoa. Os bons casamentos, os interesses financeiros e, principalmente, a imagem que os outros têm do indivíduo, tomam graus de significância hoje considerados desmedidos, mas que na altura faziam parte do ar que respiravam. Em Sedução Perigosa re
May 18, 2011 Piratequeen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: secret-identity
Thoroughly fast paced and entertaining read! I loved loooved it!

Stunning novel of high passion with a totally bad ass handsome Duke and a passionate heroine. Loved all of the book, I was reading the Desperate Duchess before this one and noticed the major difference, here every page was interesting and was entirely relevant.

I always love the idea of secret identity in my romance novels and how the revelation happens is always my favourite part. Sometimes i hunt for that kind of storyline and glad
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
When Penelope Albright married Lord Norman, a much older, callous man, she believed she was doing the right thing for her impoverished family - and also ensured that she would never succumb to the sins of the flesh like her older sister Miranda did. Even though it turned out so well for Miranda, Penelope won't speak to her or see her. Now that her husband has died, Penelope is free - but to do what? He poisoned her self-image and only helped fuel her fear and dismay of pleasure.

A few passionate
Isabel  Almeida (Os Livros Nossos)
Leia a crítica completa em

"(...)Num ritmo narrativo bastante acertado para a dimensão do romance, com uma linguagem bastante acessível, que não descura o meio social elevado e a época histórica em que a narrativa decorre, a autora consegue manter um clima de conspiração que apenas se resolve no final da trama, prendendo as leitoras à história.

O romance contém diversas cenas de cariz explícito ao nível sexual, descritas com a sensibilidade, a ousadia e o d
Liliana Pinto
Não consigo. Não consigo mesmo. Não consigo gostar deste género por nada deste mundo.
Este livro não tem substância nenhuma. É só sexo, sexo, sexo. Okay. Isto é um erótico, eu sei. Mas mesmo sendo um erótico não deveria ter substância? Eu acho que sim. Personagens chatas e sem personalidade. História sem sentido.

Com este livro desisti deste género literário. Tentei gostar deste livro. Mas não consegui. Só lhe dou duas estrelas por causa da capa. É linda.
Mey Buentipo
Jun 16, 2011 Mey Buentipo rated it really liked it
I liked it and the same time frustrating. After reading this story, I am moved because I felt the characters of hero and the heroin. Chasing Penelope for her surrender, is a kind of frustrating and exciting and the same time. Although, I am wondering to what happened to her cause for exessive sensuality, did she persue it? Around the ending it's a bit of rushed. I am wanting more of the story. The ending did not statisfy me, because it keep me wondering if they got married? Did something more be ...more
May 19, 2014 Albert rated it liked it
Title - Something Reckless

Author - Jess Michaels

Story Summary -

Penelope Norman is on a crusade. It is 1819 and the women of her world are used and discarded by men who have the means and the lack of scruples to care for them. The men go from woman to woman, wife or mistress and use them as they seem fit. It is an over indulgence of their basest desires that Penelope finds offensive and she has gathered the women around her to fight back in the only way they can. By withholding from their lover
Jul 22, 2009 Melanie♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
Surprisingly good! I was not a big fan of Taboo and hesitated about buying this one, but it was a bargain book and I needed one more item for the free shipping:-)
Glad I bought it. Quick enjoyable read. It read more like a typical historical romance with some added steam. Found that it did not matter that I had not read the first Albright Sister's book, so it can be read stand alone. Think I will go ahead and read Miranda's story next.
Apr 11, 2014 Greselley rated it really liked it
Until now I was like..."wait. Did it just end that way?" I still can't believe that the author DID JUST END IT like that. It feels like I'm missing a chapter. A lot is missing. If I'm not mistaken, there wasn't even a question of "will you marry me" laid down in the end. This story is a matter of deception and projection. This kind of reminds me of what Socrates said in Plato's Apology, that "the unexamined life is not worth living". I think that the fact that the characters didn't find time to ...more
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Começou a escrever em 1999 incentivada pelo marido mas, ao longo dos anos, tem-se dedicado também a outras actividades como designer de jóias e a criação do Passionate Pen. Jess Michaels é escritora de romances históricos sensuais porque adora as “partes boas” do romance histórico mas também escreve noutros géneros como a fantasia urbana com um dos seus dois pseudónimos. Para além disso, é uma nerd convicta, tia extremosa e
Sep 24, 2008 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like erotica with a strong romantic plot
When you pick a book up and don't put it down until it is finished you know it's a good read.
Jess Michaels writes a very convincing historical erotic romance. Never does the sex overshadow the story, which is very important to me. I pre-order this authors books because I'm never dissapointed in what she writes!
Oct 19, 2009 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I really liked this story, and what's not to like? A rake that is reformed by a lady who does not approve of men who take pleasure in taking mistresses while married. It was a simple HOT read that I'm glad I finally read.
Penelope is determined to expose all of the licentious affairs of he ton's worst rakes. Jeremy Vaugh is selected by his friends to put a stop to it. He decides to use seduction to tame her.
No Rushing to Book Three

Book one, Everything Forbidden, is where Penelope (Albright) Norton encounters a life changing event during her first season . She sees Miranda, her older sister and best friend, in a compromising position with The Earl of Rothschild, Ethan Hamon. Rather than hear her sisters explanation, Penelope, unforgivingly sever their relationship and loses her way. After book one, I expected a different Penelope thus the disappointment that ensues with book two and the drawn out a
May 22, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O mais justo seria atribuir 3.5 mas como adoro romences de época e ainda para mais sensuais dou nota 4. Gostei embora estivesse à espera de algo mais.
Danette Steward
Jul 02, 2011 Danette Steward rated it it was ok
Shelves: michaels-jess
Plot was boring and unbelievable (come on---can't tell the secret admirer is Jeremy??? ).
Alexandra Rolo
Sep 04, 2014 Alexandra Rolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope é uma jovem viúva atormentada pelo casamento infeliz que decidira levar adiante apesar de a sua irmã mais velha ter casado com um homem rico o suficiente para proporcionar uma boa vida à sua família.
Temos mais um pequeno livro de Jess Michaels com uma das irmãs Albright que nos leva a uma época em que as mulheres deveriam ser flores submissas e não mulheres com desejos. Nestas páginas encontramos assim uma história leve, perfeita para terminar um dia longo e cansativo.

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Jess Michaels always likes the "good parts" when she reads romance, so it makes sense that she writes erotic books. She is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of over 50 novels and novellas. When not writing, she enjoys being a geek and trying to keep the cats from scratching the furniture. She lives in Tucson with her husband.

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“Tears welled in Penelope's eyes, making the blue even darker. Then she reeled back and slapped him hard enough that his cheek stung.
"That is for what you did to me. Not in the dark, Jeremy. Not as the faceless lover. Not even for today when you made love to me... or perhaps we should call it 'fucking', since there was nothing loving about it, only manipulation". Her voice shook as hard as her hands as she turned on her heel and headed for the door. "It's for betraying my friendship".”
“Rakes make good husbands. Especially when they fall in love.” 3 likes
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