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Wicked Becomes You

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,126 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews

She’s been burned not once but twice by London’s so-called gentlemen . . .

Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she’s best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar—again—the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her

Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Pocket Books
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May 09, 2010 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I was a bit leery when I started this book. My first Meredith Duran book was The Duke of Shadows and I absolutely loved that book. I couldn't wait to read the next two, Bound by Your Touch and Written on Your Skin. I did enjoy them, but I never had any connection to the story. I felt very removed from the characters and their issues. When this came out I hesitated, but in the end I bought it anyway. I am so glad that I decided to! Once again I felt that connection that immerses me in the story a ...more
Juliana Philippa
Absolutely fantastic - everything one could want in a romance, and more!

Wicked Becomes You is a fabulous read and I cannot recommend it enough. You know those books where you find yourself going back and rereading paragraphs or sentences and grinning stupidly and foolishly despite yourself? That was me with this book! This is my first Meredith Duran, though I own two others by her and just haven't gotten around to reading them yet. April 27 was a blockbuster romance day - both for contemporary a
Laura the Highland Hussy
Sep 26, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars-the writing was really good, but a little wordy for my taste.

I have been looking at this book for a month or two, then apparently all of my GR friends read it at once, because there were updates everywhere. So, after reading a few really good reviews (and one or two crappy reviews) I came to my friend Catherine's review:

Her review made me want to read this book. In face I'm almost tempted to cut and paste hers here for you instead of me writing.
May 19, 2010 Angelc rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
Alex Ramsey, reckless and carefree rogue, feels responsible for his best friend's murder. He tried to honor his friend by promising to look after Richard's perfectly nice sister, Gwen Maudsley. Most importantly, Richard wished for Alex never to corrupt the "nicest girl in London", Gwen, with his roguish ways. So Alex always kept far from her, traveling to distant countries at every chance. When Gwen is jilted at the altar for a second time, Alex realized it's time to take a more active role in ...more
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Feb 04, 2011 ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
First, I let me just say how much I love the cover of this book!tHEN they even got Gwen's red hair right (Im a stickler for things like that). But pretty cover aside, I absolutely loved Wicked Becomes You.

Our heroine is Gwen Maudsley, the nicest debutante and also the richest. After Gwen's second fiance jilts her at the altar , she decided she is done with being nice and wants to experience life let say 'Wickedly'. And who better to guide her than her late brother's best friend Alex.

Both Gwen a
Dec 17, 2010 Quinn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Quinn by: Catherine

I recently picked up a bundle of eight holds from the library, and Wicked Becomes You was among of them. Strangely, this was the one I was least interested in reading, and it kept getting pushed down to the bottom of the pile.

Duran’s The Duke of Shadows was one of my favourite reads of 2010. A wonderfully different historical romance with adventure and an exotic setting (if you haven’t read The Duke of Shadows, by the way, you really should remedy that). I thought Duran was probably one of those
Rachel (BAVR)
3.5 stars

I would have given Wicked Becomes You 4 stars if not for the heroine's unfortunate encounter getting smacked silly by the Stupid Stick and acting like an asshat for about 50 pages. Sure, I'm a grumpy jerk for letting a character get to me, but it would serve romance writers well to understand that they can create conflict without turning otherwise rational and likable heroines into dithering morons out of the blue. I mean, we have reached a point in modern times when women aren't charac
Wicked Incognito Now
May 02, 2010 Wicked Incognito Now rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Entirely wonderful.

Meredith Duran said that this book is "light" compared to her others. It reminds me of Laura Kinsale saying that _Lessons in French_ is light, comparably. Both books featured the tortured heroes and heroines, both books are plenty angsty. Of course, compared to _Shadowheart_ of _The Duke of Shadows_, then yeah, these books are light.

However, that is what I love about Meredith Duran (and LK). Her books are chock full of the emotions. She underlines the details that make her cha
Eve Perry
Apr 30, 2010 Eve Perry rated it it was ok
This is the fourth Meredith Duran book I've read and I'm still so up in the air about her as an author. I can see why others rave about her books, but most of the time I find her prose confusing to read and her characters ever-so-slightly unbelievable. After reading great reviews of Wicked Becomes You, I thought this might be the book that would turn me into a fan-girl.

It wasn't. First off, the prologue was written in such convoluted prose that I had to read it through a few times to figure out
My second book by Meredith Duran, and I had the same issues as last time, so it's safe to say it's all me. While I have no issues with the writing or the plot, I couldn't connect with either of the characters, and ended up skimming a lot.
Basically, the heroine reminded me of Katy Perry's "Honey" on How I met your mother, because almost every time she opened her mouth, I'd go "Oh, honey...". I know she was supposed to be naive to better show off the hero's wickedness, but someone whose parents m
Gwen Maudsley is an attractive woman, quite nice, very proper, and extremely wealthy. It makes no sense why she is jilted for the second time. Alex Ramsey promised Gwen's brother, Richard, to watch out for her before he died. Even though he travels a lot, he takes that promise seriously. So when Gwen decides she's tired of be a good girl and wants to try being wicked instead, Alex must show her that being wicked isn't what Gwen really wants. It's not in her nature.

One of those books that had it
May 17, 2010 Sammy rated it it was ok
I have to say I was very dissapointed with this book. With lots of good reviews I thought for sure I would like it. Alas it was not meant to be. By page 100 I was bored, page 200 I was debating whether or not to continue. By 250 it finally picks up a little. Yeah! and then boredom yet again. UGH...I liked the main characters well enough, but I never felt much of a connection between the 2 of them. Alex at least seemed to care for Gwen, but I never felt that there was anything beyond attraction ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Katyana rated it it was amazing
***4.95*** (ha!)

I really liked this one. It is hard to compare with Duke of Shadows, because the textures of the two books are SO completely different, but I may even like it more than I like that one.

This would be largely due to Gwen. The running tone of voice that we get in Gwen's narrative is... perfect. It manages to be so many things at once: witty, confused, bumbling, naive, earnest, affectionate, bored, yearning, lost, hopeful... and in the end it creates this hilarious and utterly charmi
Apr 26, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
One such author who gives in my addictive need for Victorian historical romances is Meredith Duran. Every single book Meredith has published in the past two years have been winners in my eyes. With Wicked Becomes You, Meredith cements my belief that she is one of the most skillful authors of historical romance being published today.

Not many opening lines can pull me into a book like this one:

"England was a wicked bitch who wished him ill."

This is from the view point of Alexander Ramsey, world tr
May 13, 2010 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Alex hides a painful secret and he's determine to protect it even if it costs him the heart of the woman he loves. Gwen, her wealth making her wildly popular, wants nothing more than to be loved. Unfortunately this is difficult even for this sweet and always respectable girl. Left standing alone at the altar not once, but twice, Gwen comes to the decision that she must make some changes if she's ever going to make herself happy. Unbeknownst to her, Alex loves her exactly like she is and refuses ...more
Kim H
Jun 07, 2010 Kim H rated it really liked it
Considerably lighter fare than I've come to expect from Duran, but I suspect it was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time; an enjoyable Loretta Chase style romp, with all of Duran's crisp, incisive prose.
Literally on the heels of her disastrous second attempt at marriage, miss twice-a-jilt, Gwen Maudsley is determined to ruin her good reputation. She settles on her late brother’s best friend, Alex Ramsey, as the instrument of her destruction, but guilt-ridden over his late friend's dea
Jul 01, 2015 Noura rated it liked it
After reading three books by Meredith Duran before this, i find this particular one rather underwhelming. If you want to know why i say so, read on. If not, let's just say that this story was not as engaging as the previous ones. Although i enjoyed the writing (M Duran's writing style and language is still excellent!) i did not enjoy the character development because i find them shifting from one type to another so fast. And because the characters, IMO, are not very convincing or like-able to ...more
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
First, I let me just say how much I love the cover of this book! When I got it, I spent a moment just admiring its cover--the lush purple color of her gown is so pretty and they even got Gwen's red hair right (getting small details like that correct on covers is always a plus). But pretty cover aside, I absolutely loved Wicked Becomes You (WBY)! This is only the second book I've read by Ms. Duran (the first being her debut book Duke of Shadows which I also really enjoyed) and now I want to read ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Ania rated it really liked it
Another wonderful, well-written book, filled with engaging characters and interesting story. Meredith Duran never misses the mark, she's quickly becoming one of my favorite HRs writers.
Apr 28, 2010 Verity rated it really liked it
Shelves: duran-meredith
Not as fab as WOYS & TDOS, but still liked it.
Jul 30, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, own-ebook
3.75 stars.

(**could be spoilers)
I so wanted to rate it a 4 star read but I just couldn't. It wasn't perfect. Most of the time I struggled to like the H/h; and yet I bookmarked it 15 times. So to say that I'm a little confused after reading this book is an understatement. It was an unorthodox romance and somewhat flawed in it's delivery (I felt anyway), but I was truly spellbound by some of the exchanges of dialogue and found myself laughing out loud a lot of the time.

The Hero
Alex was a cad (not
Jan 17, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Nice is a word that is used to describe Gwen Maudsley, while lucky isn't a word associated with her at all. First her brother comes to bad ends. Then she is left by not just one, but two fiances. There is only so much a girl can take and frankly Gwen has had enough of "nice". Being wicked sounds good right about now and so she sets her sights on and the most wicked of them all, the rake Alex Ramsey.

This book was my first venture into Duran's historical world, it doesn't take long to realize this
Summer Ann
While I loved the first book I read by Meredith Duran I did not have such luck here. Partially it was the idea that the lovely heroine was wealthy and loved by all and purposefully nice and polite all the time to everyone. Boooooring. It was interesting in that the premise is she finally decides to not be so nice and accommodating all the time but for me it was still hard to get into. The hero sounded interesting and I liked that you actually saw a good amount of his POV here. However whether ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Ilze rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meredith-duran
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
God knows I was ready to read some historical romance. For too long I haven't had a chance to read many books and the ones I occasionally been able to read had been paranormals. So when I took a good look at my bookcase and see what I can read, this book caught my eye. I've been meaning to read this for a while, besides I like the cover, so I thought starting my historical phase with this one was a good idea.
I was wrong.

The plot I read from the back of the book was so misleading in my opinion. I
Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
I was a little wary of Gwen at first. Nice girl turning wicked can go so bad so quickly after all. However I shouldn't have worried quite honestly, Gwen's idea of becoming wicked was only rough-hewn at best. Without Alex there to challenge her, I suspect she wouldn't have followed through at all honestly.

Duran paints a truly miserable picture for Gwen. There was no Earthly reason for both of her grooms to cry off; indeed a lot of their appeal for Gwen was the surefire bet they were--they were in
This is the kind of story I wish could go on forever, the kind of book that ends with me sporting a dumb satisfied smile on my face but a distant longing for more in my chest.

I'm a little bit in love with Alex, I have to admit; he's attractive, of course, with his dark rugged good looks, light blue eyes and a reputation for debauchery much greater than reality would warrant. His appeal to me, however, was in the way he treasured Gwen, in the way he encouraged her to express her desires without s

Jun 09, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she’s best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar—again—the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her, then it’s time to learn to be naughty. Happily, she knows the perfect tutor—Alexander Ramsey, her late brother’s best friend and a notorious rogue."

My Thoughts:

This is one of
Sara ♥
Aug 10, 2011 Sara ♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical, 2011
All right. I DID take notes on this one. Here they are, except in complete sentences:

* Gwen Maudsley was left at alter two times, and decides to go crazy... errr... "naughty".
* Alexander Ramsey, her (dead) brother's best friend is a "notorious rogue", who blames himself for the brother's death.
* Both go to Paris—her to be wild, him on a family matter (some stupid thing about his brother (the titled one) selling a piece of the family property to a not-good guy... it was dumb) AND to watch out for
Nov 30, 2011 skein rated it liked it
This is not a very good book. (The author, now. She is a fine writer. One wishes she would slip the romance noose and edge out a bit unto unstable ground.) (One wonders if she is afraid to venture, lest she come unmoored. Oh, Ms. Duran! DO come out and play.)


Rented this from the library and read half that afternoon and then half in the night, staying up until I finished & sobbing like a loon throughout, because she has a way of writing characters that are disconcertingly like people I
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 02, 2015 06:52PM  
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  • Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
  • Lessons in French
  • McAlistair's Fortune  (Providence, #3)
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  • The Proposition
  • Seven Secrets of Seduction (Secrets, #1)
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
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MEREDITH DURAN grew up enamored of British history. At thirteen years old, she made a list of life goals that included writing romance novels, trying sushi, and going to London to see Holbein’s portrait of Anne Boleyn. Now she is happy to report that all three goals have become her favorite things to do. When not studying, doing fieldwork in India, or working on her next novel, Meredith can be ...more
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