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Upon a Wicked Time (An Avon Romantic Treasure)

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Young Tessa Astley fell in love with the rakish Duke of Kittridge after one kiss. Now, her fairy tale seems to come true when she weds the handsome lord. Only Jered Mandeville doesn't want a soulmate, just a duchess to beget heirs. So Tessa starts a campaign to win her husband's heart. She might be able to convince the duke to fell again, once upon this wicked time.
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published December 1st 1998)
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L8blmr
Jul 28, 2008 L8blmr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to L8blmr by: I enjoy this author's work
I love it when a book gives you more than you expected from it! I picked up this one as a "light" read while I work my way slowly through "Lover Enshrined" and "The Fiery Cross" (savoring every word). Well, this book was no lightweight! Yes, the formula is an old one, but not often done as well as Ranney wrote it. We have a jaded, rich, and insufferably arrogant duke who wants a meek, obedient wife to bear him an heir. Instead, he gets the young, outspoken, and eternally curious virgin with star ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
2.5 stars. I know what you're thinking...why didn't you care for this book? It was the hero, Jered. I HATED him. He was cruel, arrogant, unfeeling and insolent. All towards his wife. I mean, what kind of man doesn't get rid of his mistress when he gets married and then kisses said mistress in front his wife? What kind of man brings his wife to a seedy tavern to have her witness...I can't even begin to describe what he made her witness, YUCK! In my opinion, Jered never redeemed himself properly e ...more
Carrie Olguin
Loved it! The Rake and the innocent whose love and persistance strip the hero's hardened shell that covers the suffering, wounded little boy hiding inside and then heals him.

Through an arranged marriage the innocent Heroine marries a duke (a man who always gets his way, pure alpha male), knowing who he is and how he lives his life. Even though she knows he may never learn to love her as she loves him, she is determined to be part of his life as a friend and companion.

The hero is determined to te
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Yuni
One thing for certain, I hate Jered. I don't understand his actions. To make his wife go back to country, he shows his mistress in front of her and what? flirt (I'm trying to be nice here) with a waitress publicly? I don't care you are a duke or what but you are stupid!
Salina
This book made me so very angry. I hated the "hero" (in quotes because he is in no way heroic). He was a jerk bordering on psychopath throughout the entire book. He does terrible things to the heroine and obviously has no respect for her as a person. The heroine was the worst though. She puts up with all of this and just keeps coming back for more and then she decides she is "in looooove" with him for no reason I can see but the crush she had in him as a teenager. The book tries to resolve all o ...more
Lady Darcie
Mar 13, 2010 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: walmart
Tessa Astley is the most amazing heorine I have ever read. Her determination to win the love of Jered Manderville is truely amazing. Traking him down at the race track, visiting his mistress, being outspoken and having everyones attention on the two of them is super fun to read about.
All Jered wanted was for Tessa to stay in the country and leave him alone, but as fate would have it he ends up with a women who would have non of that. Now as he trys to battle his deteminde wife, he has to battle
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Sara Mitchell
Tessa Astley has like Jered Mandeville since she met him when she was sixteen. A couple of years later the two are married. Tessa loves her husband while Jered got married to beget heirs. Jered goes back to high living in London the day after they're married and a humiliated Tessa follows him. Tessa is determined to put herself in Jered's path and make him love her. However, Tessa soon realizes Jered isn't willing to give up his life style but events soon an unsuspecting turn. Jered realizes wha ...more
Cyndi
Rating this book was very hard for me. I waffled between a 1 and a 2. I settled on a 2 because my problems with the book were not with the writing or the author's style but rather with one of her characters. However, it remains a 1 in one aspect - I'll not read the book again. This is going in my donate pile.

Jered Mandeville is one of the worst "heroes" I've ever read. He's arrogant, insufferable, thoughtless, and immature. I would even venture to say he's almost a bigger ass than Clayton from
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Sharon
Upon a Wicked Time, Karen Ranney - I loved nearly all of this book and had just a few minor quibbles with it at the very end, which I'll get to. This book is dark and even Gothic in atmosphere and tone, emotionally intense and absolutely riveting. The basic premise is of a lovely young woman, beautiful inside and out, and her unconditional love for what she believes to be an honorable though jaded man. Tessa is not blind to Jared's notorious reputation upon marrying him at the start of the novel ...more
Ilze
Aside from the beautifully written prologue, the first half (plus a bit) of the book was not very emotionally involving - Jered is a total a$$hole and jerk while Tessa seems terminally dumb for following him around and trying to get under his skin. And most of us know that in real life jerks and a$$holes tend to stay that way, unfortunately ...

But after Tessa is badly injured when she finally decides she's had it with Jered and runs away from him, things turn around and the rest of the book is
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Lisa
Mar 20, 2010 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Upon a Wicked Dawn had lovely potential but there was something lacking and it fell a bit short for me. The characters seemed flat. Both Jered and Tessa were supposed to be exciting and yet they didn't quite reach their full potential.

The story, itself, was not new or fresh and the listless characters made it all the more worse. Tessa had great potential and you saw it shine through occasionally and those were the enjoyable parts but her disillusioned marriage didn't seem to really bother her. T
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K
Upon a Wicked Time introduces you to Tessa and Jered, the Duke of Kitteridge. Tessa is thrilled to find herself married to Jered, a man she has loved since she was sixteen. Jered, however, views the marriage as an obligation; and leaves Tessa at his country estate while he resumes his life in London. What Jered does not know is shy, timid Tessa is determined to make this a marriage of love and follows Jered to London where she will show him she all he needs.

Of all Ranney's books, this is one of
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Joelle
I thought this was a cute story. Tessa is what made this book. She kept me laughing through the whole book. She marries her husband believe there will be a happily after after. But the morning after her wedding and the bedding her husband is back in town and back to his merry ways leaving his bride alone in the Country to ponder about why her husband has left. She will have none of this and sets of to town to seduce her husband and shake up his life up and but good. And boy does she LOL. Her out ...more
Vanessa
The heroine, Tessa, is the best character in the book and knows how to stand up to Jared, who is indeed one of the worst rakes I have come across in historical romances. He does some really cruel things to Tessa, mostly due to the guilt from his childhood and the death of his mother. Of course, he redeems himself, but it takes a very long time. Still I liked it, and it was a fast read. I was on my toes, wondering what could possibly come next. The writing was excellent, dialog wise, but with the ...more
Michelle Robinson
I'm sorry but I do not understand what is supposed to be so enjoyable about this book?
Jered was awful to Tessa throughout the novel he was horrible to her in ways that I just was not familiar with in any romance novel.

I cannot imagine what would make Tessa continue to love someone who treated her so badly. Such treatment made me feel as though she had self esteem issues that would not allow her to value herself.

I don't know why I read this through to the end I certainly did not care whether or
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Jessica
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this book. I generally like Karen Ranney, which provoked me to pick up this title but for a multitude of reasons, was not particularly pleased with this one. Her plot line is insufferable- I could not become excited at anything. Her characters were stubborn to a fault; I doubted happiness to ever speckle their existence. I read romance to be happy and this one made me decidedly unhappy. I have a few quotes that at least intrigued me and will take those away ...more
LJ
Once Upon a Wicked Time - G+
Karen Ranney
Young Tessa Astley fell in love with the rakish Duke of Kittridge after one kiss. Now, her fairy tale seems to come true when she weds the handsome lord. Only Jered Mandeville doesn't want a soulmate, just a duchess to beget heirs. So Tessa starts a campaign to win her husband's heart. She might be able to convince the duke to fell again, once upon this wicked time.

Strong young woman marries jaded Duck who resists love and happiness. Plot G+, Sensuality G+
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Karen Larson
I really wanted to give this story a four but I just couldn't do it. Somewhere past the middle of the book I wanted him to do something to redeem himself and start showing that he cared for her but it didn't happen and her love for him despite how awful he was started getting on my nerves. This has been on my TBR pile for a while and I am glad I read it but I wouldn't read it again .
Leah
Tessa and Jered's story had my emotions rolling. He is so dead set against feeling anything for her that I sometimes wanted to crawl into the book and knock him upside the head. Tessa keeps him on his toes with her straight forwardness when it comes to his behavior, which I loved. Wonderful characters and a moving story sure to earn a place in your heart.
Cheryl
This was a good story and it would have been great without so much inner dialogue. I really loved Tessa, she never truly lost her sweet and optimistic spirit even though Derek was such an ass. Tessa's family was a hoot.
Laura
I thought that this book was smoking hot, and I enjoyed it more because the characters were married. It added something more. I couldn't help but wonder though, how the lead character escaped a wicked case of pox or whatnot.
Sherry
It is a bit improbable that a young girl would fall in love after one kiis, then later marry the duke. What makes this good is that Tessa loves him and is determined to "make the marriage work" which ends well.
Robert Oram
Some delightfully humorous scenes throughout. The strength and vivacious wonder of Tessa is marvelous. A wise and introspective author could capture the completeness of Jared. A most vivid and delectable read!
Bob
The book is well written, but Jared is just such an absolute jerk, you keep wondering why doesn't she just move on? The plot is resolved fairly well, so I moved it from 2 to 3 stars.
*Kyhm*
Wow, this was the most painful book I've ever read. Well written, but the worse characters ever.
Susan
Well wrttn, belvbl ppl but couldnt warm to stry; 1st KR, may rd again
Jennifer
No plot to speak of, insufferable "hero", emotionally flat.
Kathy
Tessa deserves 5 stars.
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