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Wicked Intentions

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
doing something bad can feel so good...

Since the mysterious death of his brother Thomas Hyde, Viscount Varcourt has been as cold and distant with his family as he is with the world around him...

In aristocratic society, Esmeralda is well-known as a psychic. Moving amongst the elite, she keeps her true intentions hidden from all.

Esmeralda’s keen interest in his family evok
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Signet (first published December 1st 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Dec 26, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
"Wicked Intentions" is one of those books that kept me a bit confused and I spent most of the book trying to decide if I liked it or not! But I did keep reading so that must say something. Lydia Joyce's novels have a definite gothic feel to them. They are dark and brooding. I've read her earlier books and did enjoy them, yet this one has a very different 'vibe' for me. The hero and heroine (and I use those terms loosely here) were antagonists for most of the story. The sex...was sex, not ...more
Even after her previous novel, I had still defended Joyce, because she was one of the 2,5 living romance novelists who were actually good writers, with intelligence and feeling. But as I might have guessed from a comment on her blog, the new 3-book-deal not only means tie-ins and characters being re-used, her "rough sex" is now focussed on the female, and she writes that sickening rapist fantasy shite that seems to still make up much of the genre.

For me, that is more shocking than for most reade
Very dark romance. This has elements that will NOT appeal to some readers. The sex was a little more graphic and not sensual. I'm giving it 3 stars for the fact it kept my interest enough to read it through to the end.
May 21, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
Thomas Hyde, Viscount Varcourt, is still haunted by the death of his brother Harry after all these years. The ton blamed Thomas for the death, even though he had nothing to do with it. He was only a young boy then, and his older brother Harry was ‘special’; he had an incredible mind but could not function in society. He was shunned and kept in the nursery. The one day he was let out during a house party, he was found dead in a stream. Because Thomas left Harry by that stream to fend for himself, ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it

Madame Esmeralda is widely known as a talented reader, a reader of people, that is. She has always been able to separate truth from lies and uses this to provide for herself. She disguises herself among the ton, for she has secrets that must not be revealed. Esmeralda begins to get closer to a certain elderly woman, Lady Hamilton, mother of Viscount Varcourt. Lady Hamilton is trying to contact her eldest son, Harry, who's suspicious death has left her with
Nov 23, 2010 Joelle rated it really liked it
Enjoyable mystery. Lord Varcourt has lost a brother many years ago. Thought the years there have been whispered tales that he has something to do with his brothers death but there was never any evidence to prove that he did. The young lord Thomas meet Esmeralda ( Merry for short) hired buy his mother so that she may connect with her dead son and finally put him to rest . But Thomas has other ideas . He thinks Merry is a fraud and wants to get her as far away from his mother as possible and prove ...more
Jul 23, 2009 Shelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I really hesitate to call this romance. There really didn't seem to be any romance, I am not even sure it was lust. I did not like either of the main characters. Thomas seemed to be too irredeemable and Esmeralda was... hmm... maybe not decisive enough. I am not really sure what was wrong with her. Maybe it was the author making Esmeralda straddle the fence too much as to whether she enjoyed things with Thomas or not. Nothing seemed to work here. I originally picked it up because it sounded like ...more
Julie Johnson
Jul 30, 2011 Julie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Ohhh, one of the best romances I've read in a while!

I studied the 'gothic' genre in university, it's a genre I love, and this book has all the great gothic elements in it, updated for modern sensibilities (even though it takes place in the past).

I read romances ( & romantic suspense books) but often eye roll at some of the conventions...there was no eye rolling here . I just found it was too good for that, so enjoyable & so immersive I had no time for eye-rolling, & also it tweaked
Sep 04, 2009 Andrea rated it did not like it
I know the genre of historical romance or even gothic romance is not quality literature. I never expect much beyond a quick fun story, a mindless read, and a happily ever after that always makes me smile. This was not that. This book included rape scenes, rough hateful sex, manipulative mind games, and unnecessary violence. Most of the time I was just disgusted by this book (and am not sure why I even bothered finishing it.) This wasn't a romance novel to me at all. The violence wasn't even a to ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Actually, 2 1/2 stars. The 1/2 star is for the writing, which is really pretty good. But just 2 stars for the story and for the characters. Thomas, Lord Varcourt and Emmeline just were never people that I cared about.

As you come to understand why they acted as they do, it's easier to feel sympathy for them, but I never found that I like them all the much. And...I just can't understand why Emm (as Esmeralda) would feel sorry for Varcourt and agree to help him after he assaults her. That's just a
Aug 12, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
Romance Noir, that is what I will call this. This is my 2nd by Lydia Joyce and there is quite bit of mystery in Wicked Intentions as well as sex/romance. It definitely has a dark side and anyone who picks up her books should be aware of this. If you have read Mistress of Mellon by Victoria Holt which is decidedly a noir-ish novel as well, but she makes the mystery and romance more or less on even footing in that novel. I must warn you that Wicked Intentions has much more of an erotic or erotica ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, read2009
No stars yet...still making up my mind about this one. I think there was just so much deceit being practiced by both the hero and the heroine for the sake of the plot that it was difficult for me to feel that they could really fall in love through all the lies. I will read The Veil of Night and see what I think!

OK, I read Veil of Night and decided that I do like the author under other circumstances, which means for the circumstances of Wicked Intentions I'm going to rate her way down.
Jan 06, 2015 Jessica added it
Shelves: dnf
I loved Lydia Joyce's other novels but this book was not for me. The male lead character uses physical force and the sex act borders on rape. As a reader, I don't find this remotely enjoyable and find the physical force aspect unenticing for m. Joyce does show the lead female character desires the male character and thus the sec act is consensual.

I decided after reading that scene that I have too many books on my to read list and don't feel like wasting my time.
As I read this book I realised that I had read it before (before I started using goodreads). I remembered the story line but for some reason I didn't remember how hot the sex scenes were. It's not typical to find forced suduction with anal sex in todays historicals, at least not for me. Along with great sex scenes there were both likalbe characters and a good 'who done it' mystery to solve.
Apr 09, 2014 Giaghazal rated it it was amazing
This was a realistic and gothic kind of novel. It was a relief after so many flowery and moon-eyed kind of romances. H and h did't fall in love at the first sight, they grew to love each other and i really loved it about this novel. And off course the story was good and writing style is different.
Aug 13, 2011 Meghan marked it as dnf
Shelves: romance, gothic
I usually like this author but I just can't get into this one. The anal rape in chapter 4 didn't help.
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Lydia Joyce holds degrees in English and Spanish language from Purdue University, where she started in engineering before realizing there was a difference between being good at something and liking it. She lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband and son.
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