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Something Wicked (Mallorens & Friends #3)

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From The New York Times bestselling author-a gloriously romantic favorite, now an eBook.
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Published January 4th 2005 by Signet Book (first published 1997)
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Sep 15, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans who like unrequited love stories
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) by: AAR Special Title Listing
I started this book with a strong dislike for Fortitude Ware. He was a dissolute, playboy rake with two illegitimate children. He rubbed me the wrong way. Also the Georgian setting is so in your face, bawdy and vulgar. The nobles pretty much do nothing but fight, fornicate, and drink. This is one of the first Georgians I read, so I had to get used to how relaxed things were compared to the more sedate and elegant Regency period, and the very proper Victorian period.

However, my feelings started
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Elis Madison
It’s Elf Malloren’s turn at bat. You know, the sister who has dismal taste in clothes? Well, it turns out her taste in men is just as bad.


With her twin brother married and heading off to Canada, and now Bryght newly wed as well, Elf is feeling a little on the shelf. She’s 24 and leading the apes in hell. And she’s itching for a little living. Her brothers had all sorts of pre-nuptial fun, but they chase off any interesting man who sniffs at her skirts. So she pays her friend Amanda a visit and
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Nadine Jones
I loved (LOVED) Malloren's #1 & #2, but this one is just so-so. Maybe I'm just hard to please right now, because I'm sick and miserable. But I'm sorry, the heroine, Elfled Malloren, is just such an IDIOT and the plot is so completely CONTRIVED (even by romance standards). She does completely ridiculous things: on a lark, she encourages some guy at a masquerade in the park that she is interested in having sex with him - I think she even rubs his crotch - and then she is shocked - SHOCKED! - t ...more
L8blmr
Hmmm - it took me forever to get into this book and care anything about the lead characters. The subplot overwhelmed any sense of romance developing, which itself was completely one-sided until very nearly the final 5 pages.

Beware: this is a tale where the hero doesn't know the true identity of the heroine (and if he had, he wouldn't have had anything to do with her) and this goes on, and quite unbelievably, far too long. This is not one of my favorite plot devices, especially when handled so p
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Laura
In response to a request for romance novel recommendations the other day, I found myself recommending this book as an old favorite, then immediately was seized by panic: I'd last read the book six years or more ago--was it really as entertaining and worthwhile (well, for a romance novel) a read as I remembered? So I gave it a quick re-read this weekend and was pleased to find that not only is it still entertaining, it actually features a delightfully smart, adventurous, proto-feminist heroine wh ...more
Nisha
Aug 09, 2009 Nisha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the heroine reforming/saving the hero
Not really a bad story, but seriously, Elf has nerves of steel. There is no way I can handle anyone like Fort (I like his name though). When I read the first book, I was really looking forward for his story. I think it was the angst and his recurring bad mood and mean actions that convinced me that he was not for my 'dragon slayer'.

I really liked the heroine. She is both gutsy and strong willed, without being obnoxious. At times, she doesn't actually think through her actions, but definitely no
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Sharal Hunter
Very enjoyable story; spunky heroine, tortured hero and a happy ending.
Mancho283
4.5 ตอนนี้สนุกอ่ะ คือต้องบอกก่อนว่าเราอ่านไม่ได้เรียงเล่ม เล่มที่เราอ่านเล่มแรกคือตอนของบริธ ซึ่งเราชอบบริธมากๆ มากกว่าซิน แต่ในขณะที่เราอ่านทั้งเล่มของบริธและซิน เรากลับหลงเสน่ห์ของฟอร์ธ แอบหวังว่าน่าจะมีเล่มที่เป็นของฟอร์ธบ้าง แล้วเมื่อรู้ว่าเอลฟ์คู่กับฟอร์ธ กรี๊ดเลย อยากอ่านมากๆๆๆ แอบคิดในใจตั้งแต่แรกแล้วว่าสองคนนี้น่าจะได้คู่กัน และเมื่อได้อ่านก็ไม่ผิดหวังนะ สนุกตั้งแต่เริ่มแรก พระนางเคมีเข้ากั๊นเข้ากัน ชอบที่ฟอร์ธเย็นชากับเอลฟ์เพราะตั้งป้อมเกลียดตระกูลเธอ การผจญภัยของพระนางในเรื่องก็สนุกด้ว ...more
Patricia
TO READ, OR TO RE-READ, OR READ ONCE AGAIN - YES!

I have 2 copies of this. Both paperbacks. I NEED them, you see, because I fear I will wear one or the other out!
Throughout the stories of the Malloren siblings, their enigmatic older half brother weaves his magic as someone more God-like than a father, feared, admired, looked-up-too. Did I mention, feared? The siblings (and half of England) are more than half-convinced that Rothgar has supernatural powers, because how else could he possibly figur
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An Odd1
"Something Wicked" (Malloren, #7) by Jo Beverley (born in England, resident in Victoria BC, sons grown), taking foolish teenage chances at a Vauxhall Gardens Midsummer Midnight masquerade turns deadly dangerous. Adult bedroom escapism, poor moral model, proves that the female mind is fooled into "love" by hormone floods. Not a swooning save-me, ravish me, oh no, please no. Not "a silk cushion - pretty, comfortable and ready to conform to his every need." but "a fine sword - flexible steel, ready ...more
Christine
More like 3.5 stars. This book had more potential than the first two books in the series, largely because the tension in this book has been building throughout, but it ended up disappointing me a little bit.

The setup was good. Our heroine is out having fun at a masquerade when she overhears something she shouldn't and runs into an old family enemy who does not recognize her in disguise. He eventually falls in love with her in disguise and she coaxes him into revealing his true self.

The trouble
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Gail
Very good read. It's a little serendipitous that I'm able to read the Malloren books of Beverley's so close together. I'm having to wait quite a bit to get her Rogues books in order. I'm enjoying both series quite a bit.

This is the one with the Malloren sister as heroine and the plot to assassinate the king.
Hilary
1762 England. Book 3 of the Mallorens. Lady Elfled Malloren wants some adventure, and has the hots for Fortitude (Ford) Ware, the new Earl of Walgrave (and Chastity’s older brother). She meets up, while in disguise, with him, is abducted by him, escapes, and then goes back in disguise in order to have another adventure with him. They end up getting abducted together, have a great night, and she is eventually unmasked. Then she’s sure of love, but he’s outraged (he hates her family, even though h ...more
Susan
Fortitude ("Fort") Ware, Lord Malgrave, and Lady Elfred ("Elf") Malloren
London, 1762


A so-so entry from Jo Beverley. Lady Elfred is 25 and anxious to have some adventure in her life so she convinces her good friend to go to Vauxhall Gardens on the night of a masquerade when her protective brothers are out of town. There Elf runs into trouble when she overhears what she believes to be a treasonous conspiracy between the brother of her sister-in-law, Lord Malgrave, and a rough Scot in which they pl
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Marcie
This is a formulaic, old-English romance novel with some bodice-ripping and captive-heroine going on as well. It's a tried-and-true concept of sorts, with a twist or two that would be spoilers, so I'll refrain from sharing. Elf is a great character. She's daring, risky, and interesting. I like her point of view (no matter how historically inaccurate) and felt character development and writing were great.
Julie
Mar 03, 2012 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers!
Lovely Romance! Thoroughly enjoyed the drama and romance. The heroine is a strong, courageous, break-the-mold type of woman, and the hero is a complicated, Alpha-male at his best. Their story follows a "Romeo and Juliet" type of romance with "wicked" adventure and risk. This one includes erotic and sensual love scenes as well, for those who enjoy such. Definitely, a close five-star rating!
Mary Lauer
This was the first Malloren story I ever read. I love it and hate it at the same time. Love it because the story is so great and hate it because the journey is so hard on Elf and Fort. I love that Fort takes the time to get healthy and Elf lets him go away to do it, they could have clung to each other in an unhealthy way, but I love how the author wote this.
Jody
Something Wicked is about Elf, the only sister to four over-protective powerful brothers. She wants adventure and finds it and also "Something Wicked" with a beloved enemy. Great drama, great characters in authentic historical setting. "Something Wicked" is a must read as part of a five part series. Jo Beverley writes a wicked good story!!!
Lynne Tull
Elf's story was definitely more intriguing than Bryght's. There was a good balance of passion, suspense, action. Of course, the best part...a happy ending. Although I prefer the Regency Period of English history, I am enjoying Jo Beverley's writing again.
Ilze
Perfection!

OK - perfection aside from the mistakes in French, and these aren't just typos - pg .13 "Ah, milady! Vous être prêt?", pg. 31 "Aimee, arrêet!", pg. 362 "Bon chance". Beverley should have used a proof-reader who knows French ...
Yolanda Holguin
I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud and kept me turning the pages :) I also like the fact women's rights were mentioned and brought to light. I'm looking forward book #4!
Sharon Sherman
Elf is definately a Malloren. We see Lady Elfled Malloren, a twenty-five year old finally meets someone who stirs her senses. A Malloren goes after what they want.
Spanglemaker9
Also a much stronger book than the first in the series. I liked Elf very much and I liked that she set her mind to winning a rather unwilling lover.
Kate
I like books with hidden identities, and this one definitely has that. More than the typical romance novel action, too, which is fun!
Anne Gallagher
This is one of my favorite books. It has all the right buttons, handsome hero, flawed heroine, love/hate relationship.
Susinok
Great heroine. Very strong and complex. Loved her. Hero was great too, but then all are, aren't they?
Joycee
Feb 22, 2013 Joycee marked it as romances-read-beverley  ·  review of another edition
... but now that I've read Cyn's story (finally) I shall have to go over the entire series again!
Tishke
I adore Elf and really respected her brothers in this book.
Nancy Laney
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Mallorens & Friends (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • My Lady Notorious (Malloren, #1)
  • Tempting Fortune (Malloren, #2)
  • Secrets Of The Night (Malloren, #4)
  • Devilish (Malloren, #5)
  • Winter Fire (Malloren, #6)
  • A Most Unsuitable Man (Malloren, #7)
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