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The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons #1)

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When he becomes seventh Earl of Danecroft, rakish John Fitzhugh Wyckerly also inherits a crumbling estate and massive debts. Determined to do right, he reclaims his illegitimate daughter Penelope and heads to London in search of a very rich wife.

Abigail Merriweather's farm has been quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings-until a roguish gentleman nam
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Signet (first published 2010)
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This started off witty and bright, but so airy I had trouble sticking with it. It was like having a meal of nothing but cotton candy. Thankfully, not only did it get more substantial as it went on, it also got wonderfully romantic.

Abigail needs a husband to get custody of her young siblings; Fitz, the latest in a long line of wastrel Earls of Danecroft, needs a wife to look after his illegitimate daughter. Unfortunately, Fitz also needs a great deal of money to take care of the ravaged estate he
While this book was not quite as wonderful for me as the second book in the series, The Devilish Montague, it did have a lovely charm to it—especially when I reminisce about the hero. Once again the author dabbles in a Marriage-of-Convenience (MOC) plotline (or maybe I should say she dabbles in it for the first time, since I read them out of order?) and manages to turn my expectations on their ear again. In The Devilish Montague the author had the hero and heroine completely satisfied with their ...more
BJ Rose
John Fitzhugh Wyckerly inherited a bankrupt estate when his drunken older brother broke his neck tumbling down the stairs. It didn't take Fitz long to calculate that, if he could organize the family's assets well enough to produce 10,000 pounds a year, he'd be out of debt in about 100 years - not good news! So he knew that he didn't have time for women "unless they came accompanied by boundless wealth - and immense stupidity." Then why is he having soft thoughts about Miss Abigail Merriweather, ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Fitz needs a wealthy wife to help him with his monumental debt and his crumbling estate. Abby lets Fitz and his wild daughter Penny have a roof over their heads because they were kicked off the coach in front of her house. Abby is an older single woman who takes care of her younger siblings after their parents deaths and it's not really looking for marriage. Unexpectedly, Abby receives an inheritance and has to get the children from their guardian. During this time in London love blooms and a ne ...more
The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice
Historical Romance – July 6, 2010
4 ½ Starts

The Wicked Wyckerly is the first book in Patricia Rice’s new historical Rebellious Sons series. This Regency series starts out with a charming cast of characters and a lively plot.

The Wicked Wykerly tells the story of John Fitzhugh Wyckerly who as the younger son to the Earl of Danecroft he uses his mathematical genius to make his living. As a successful gambler, he is able to win enough money to sustain an appear
Sandy M
I had one heck of a good time with the main characters in this book. This is my first Patricia Rice historical and it’s definitely not going to be the last. I like the way she gives her characters attitude with a sense of fun. That combination just makes reading all that much more entertaining for her fans.

As Abby is fretting over how to regain custody of her four younger brothers and sisters, the answer to her prayers may have dropped into her life by way of a mail coach. She needs help, as doe
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Youngest son Fitz Wyckerly has inherited his family's enormous debts and hopes to marry a wealthy woman. Granted, his future wife's fortune would only make a small dint in his very large debt, but it will buy him time to learn how to run the estate and make a profit. Being largely ignored and abandoned by his father and brother, Fitz uses his skill with numbers to gamble successfully.

Abby is a country squire's daughter who was running the farm and raising her half siblings after her father and s
Amanda Ryan
I can’t help the involuntary cringe whenever I pick up a romance novel with any of these words in the title: rogue, scoundrel, scandal…wicked. The list could go on. I’ve learned not to judge a book by it’s title (or cover), especially after reading this. I actually contemplated picking this up a few weeks ago but put it back. Then a few days ago I saw it on the RITA nominee list and thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did, because it was a delight to read.

I love a romance novel that really show
Michelle Robinson
I enjoyed the first two thirds of this book more so than I did the ending. I liked the romance quite a lot.
John and Abigail were both rather enjoyable characters. I liked them and enjoyed getting to know them.

I found the ending to be a little less enjoyable than the rest of the novel. It was a bit too convoluted, for me.

I have to say, Lady Isabell is one of the most interesting people that I have read about in romance novels, for a long time. I will be looking to see if Patricia Rice wrote a no
The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice is apparently the first in a series called The Rebellious Sons--I rather enjoyed it overall. Both the hero and heroine are reasonably smart, caring people who know the value of hard work and determination. Some of the characterizations and plotting are a little "cute" but it works well together as a whole. There's definitely some setup for following stories but it doesn't generally distract from Wyckerly and Abigail's slightly complicated and unconventional c ...more

sebenernya ceritanya bagus...ttg seorang ce desa yang berusaha cari cara supaya dia bisa dapat hak asuh atas adik2 tirinya after org tua mereka meninggal....
sayangnya karena dia belum menikah, adik2 nya mesti diurus sama keluarga si ce mesti mencari solicitor dan suami yang bisa membantu dia dapat hak asuh....

kalo co nya, dia tadinya rake, penjudi professional...anak bungsu dari lord apa gitu...biasa hidup suka2 ....
nah ternyata kakek dan ayahnya meninggal, meninggalkan dia gelar ea
Mandi Schreiner
Reviewed by Mandi

Abigail Merriweather has found herself very alone, and she doesn’t like it. Her four half brothers and sisters were taken from her after her father and step-mother died. The executor deemed the children needed proper male guidance and shipped them away to a more “suitable” guardian. She is desperate to get them back, even if that means taking a husband. Her solitude is suddenly interrupted by a dashing man with a very unruly six year old in tow.

John Fitzhugh Wyckerly, or Fitz,
Such a different hero from my usual fare. Not as self-sacrificing as some leading men and nowhere near an Alpha, Fitz is more of an Omega or Rogue hero. He makes his living surviving on the fringes of polite society, earning his coin gambling (naturally, since he's a second son with no prospects or formal education and is a natural maths genius). Genuinely wishing to do the right thing while keeping the world at bay, he's charming, self-effacing, quick on his feet and willing to give everything ...more
I loved this story of the penniless new Earl of Danecroft, John Fitzhugh Wyckerly and Abigail Merriweather, the rural farm girl with ties to the aristocracy. Abby has lost custody of her four siblings since the executor of her father's estate doesn't feel a woman can raise four children on her own. Fitz has inherited a bankrupt estate after his father and then his brother die and he has no idea what to do to get make the creditors happy and straighten out the mess the estate is in. All Abby want ...more
Carrie Olguin
DNF. I read about 28% of the book before I stopped. I was bored, for the most part. The H/h are, well bland characters. The plot seemed to become convoluted, contrived, thrown together like pulling ideas pieces from a hat and trying to force it together to make up a recognizable big picture. And those pieces are elements found in other romance novels.

I stopped reading the book several days ago and when I started writing this review, I couldn't remember anything (really a bad sign when not even o
"Mr Wyckerly nodded as if he understood. 'We are not all of us born heroes, I fear. Women expect us to be wealthy and well-mannered and sophisticated. To be witty and thoughtful and honest. To be tender to children, loving to spouses and parents, and tough to bullies. Veritable saints, but...' He slanted her a look. 'Pardon my bluntness, but women also expect us to be exciting, mysterious devils in the bedroom, Perhaps a contradiction?'" p.49, loc.826

Author: Patricia Rice
First published: 2010
A delightful historical romance that involves a bankrupt Earl--a second son that has inherited the title along with more debt than the national treasury could pay--and a young woman who has inherited a small acreage, able to support herself, but who has lost custody of her four half-siblings. There are lots of folks in this novel who are living as aristocracy but who are really on the fringes. Their willingness to be involved in one another's lives, the whole social norm of solving financial dif ...more
Faced with a lonely future Abigail lost her father and consequently her siblings when her father’s executor removed her half brothers and sisters to his own home. Her only hope of getting them back lie with her being able to get a rich husband who loves children. With her living in the country with no relatives to sponsor her for a season her chances look bleak.

John Fitzhugh Wickerly just lost his brother and father within a month of each other. He will now be the seventh earl of Danecroft. Bes
Beautiful love story, devotion to reunite/build family and people of influence manipulating with preconceived notions.
Both of the main characters not aware of their potential but through trails & trust they become the strengths for each other.
Had no spark of interest in this historical romance when it first released, partly due to silly-sounding title, partly due to generic cover art. Took another look when it was nominated for a RITA - and was surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. The writing is above average, the way the conflicts resolved unexpected, the characters appealling, and I really liked it that the hero had serious financial problems (which is, as far as I can tell, very unusual for this subgenre). It will take a lot f ...more
jackie frye
When John Fitzhugh Wyckerly (Fitz) inherits the title Earl of Danecroft he also inherits the estate’s staggering debits. Marriage to a great heiress seems to be the logical answer to his money problems. Because she is a single female Abigail Merriweather has lost custody of her step-brothers and sisters and marriage to a man of substance to would help her regain custody. The two seem to be made for each other, but since Fitz has earned his living by gambling and Abby has only a small inheritance ...more
Top-notch romance, highly recommended.

Faith will be rewarded. Great characters, good plot.
a bit tedious and overdone. the story went on far longer than it needed to
Not very wicked, which was fine with me
I really liked the characters in this book. It was a fun book to read and it made you smile. I really like this author's books, and this is another of her wonderful books. It may not have the action of other books, but it was perfect for a relaxing summer read. Can't wait until the next in the series.
Magnificent historical romance worthy of the many awards garnered.

No comments for reasons explained in my review of The Devilish Montague, the second book in the series.
Sep 19, 2014 Karen added it
dnf- Just could not get into the char. or the storyline.
Diane K. Peterson
4.5 Stars. What a cute book! The charming story of a ne'er-do-well and a tough cookie is sweet and funny. The book is also a great send-off for a good series (Rebellious Sons). I liked it a lot.
Louise Parr
Years ago I gave up on Patricia Rice. Then, while processing new books, I read the back cover before I saw the author's name. She's improved. This was fun, I plan to read the next in the series.
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