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Wicked Pleasures

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  974 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
A contemporary saga of two dynasties who find themselves helplessly entwined when a brother and two sisters discover that they all have different fathers: none of them Alexander, Earl of Caterham, who was married to their mother for almost twenty years. The discovery of this lie at the heart of the family sets in motion a chain of events which will change their privileged ...more
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Published March 28th 1995 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson (first published 1992)
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Nov 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2013 Lori Nardone rated it liked it
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
Feb 12, 2013 Kristine rated it liked it
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
Oct 22, 2012 Lorri Steinbacher rated it liked it
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
ugh. I gave 1 star to her last book too. What's going on with her?
Eileen Pucci
Nov 26, 2015 Eileen Pucci rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it
Did not finish this book....boring
Linda Bridges
Jul 21, 2013 Linda Bridges rated it really liked it
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 26, 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
Mar 30, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
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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
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
Jun 08, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
The author writes in great detail about the American bank Praegers and the British family that became entangled in the story. The parts of the plot are strung out like going through a maze -- sharp corners followed by a long, straight stretch of plot development. I found the characters and stories intriguing.
Nina Draganova
May 17, 2014 Nina Draganova rated it really liked it
Ох! Най-после дочетох и тази книга. Историите са интересни, но това са хиляди страници, буквално не можеш да си спомниш началото, когато стигнеш до края на някоя от книгите на Пени Винченци. А колко много герои има във всяка една от тях, понякога се замислям кой кой беше. Заинатила съм се и ще ги прочета и другите и книги, но наистина могат да бъдат по-сбити .
Sara L
Jan 27, 2016 Sara L rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I had high hopes for this book but unfortunately it was such a slow read that I couldn't finish it - I decided to stop about 200 pages into the book when I realized I still had 600 pages to go and was too bored to continue.
Feb 04, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
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
Mar 12, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2012 Gayle rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2016 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: public-library
I enjoyed the book. It is very long. 2 generation family saga full of devious characters. Penny writes like Jackie Collins. I will read more of her works.
Oct 18, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite from this author. It was entertaining but a little too predictable-even for a book that I expect to not have to think that hard about.
Jan 02, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it
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Jul 19, 2016 Christianne rated it it was amazing
As usual, I was completely sucked into the world this author creates for her characters. They are richly drawn and multi-layered. Sure, this is a soap opera but it's so well written it doesn't matter. I was sad when it was over. I just wanted more!
Mar 06, 2015 Dona rated it liked it
This novel had it all, family conflict, deceit, evil relatives, sexual intrigue, sibling rivalry among other things and spans a lengthy period of time. I love these kind of narratives and find them endlessly entertaining.
Apr 20, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book was disappointed with the ending as there were a few too many questions left unanswered.
Feb 06, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Great before bedtime reading
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
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