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Not Wicked Enough

(Reforming the Scoundrels #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  681 ratings  ·  90 reviews
When Lily Wellston heads to the Bitterward Estate to comfort her widowed friend Eugenia she certainly does not have romance in mind. In fact the playful but level-headed Lily is amused to no end when, en route, a gypsy gifts her with a beautiful medallion, claiming it will ensnare the romantic desires of a stranger.

But Fate has other plans in the form of Eugenia's ruggedly
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Rachel (BAVR)
3.5 stars

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Full disclosure: The main reason I read this book is because the blurb revealed that the hero is named the Duke of Mountjoy. Throughout the book, his given name is never revealed. He's just Mountjoy. Mountjoy. Call me immature, but I couldn't resist some good Mountjoy action.

Lily Wellstone, an independent heiress, travels to Bitterward Estate to visit with her recently widowed friend Ginny. On the way there, she encounters a
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
She looked up at him, and said, "Am I too wicked, your grace?"

"My love, if I may be honest—"


"You’re not wicked enough."

I picked up Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel late one night, just intending to read one chapter before I went to bed. But I became so enthralled with the hero and heroine that I could not put this book down. We have two people with exquisite chemistry and such witty banter that I was charmed throughout the entire book.

Our heroine, Lily Wellstone, is a very wealthy lad
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of pining heroes and confident heroines
3.5 stars. The most interesting aspect of this story is its heroine, who's the type of character more often found as the other woman in historical romance -- not the evil kind, but the elegant, confident, sexually aware, discreet, not-the-marrying-kind kind. Although Lily has actually only had one lover, she's always had something of a rebellious, "wicked" soul -- or so her disapproving father thinks -- and she definitely knows what she likes. When she goes to visit her friend Ginny, who's griev ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Grade: B-

Series: #1 in the Romancing the Rake series (that's what it's referred to in the bk)

Sensuality: R

Altho different from every other CJ HR I have ever read, there were many things to like about NWE. I was reminded of one of those nice, light Mary Balogh romances between friends like A Certain Magic where nothing much happens except a lot of droll conversation. Only amped to Lord Ruin level of HAWTNESS. Yowza! Lily, an over 25 yr old heiress, is unapologetic about her sensuality which I tho
Thoughts like hers were not appropriate for a lady. Her father had once told her she'd been born wicked, and she suspected he was right. What proper lady, never married, took a lover, regretted nothing, and dreamed of taking another?

If you enjoy Historical Romances featuring heroines who are not shy, virginal misses, then this book will be right up your alley. The heroine, Lily, is a delightfully self aware heroine. She looks delicate and innocent, like someone you need to protect, but her mind
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
Not Wicked Enough is a gratifying treat to the senses as the characters seduced each other’s body and mind. Lily Wellstone and the Duke of Mountjoy are refreshingly well-adjusted, sensual, and quick-witted characters. Their romance was sexy, emotional, and charming.

Lily Wellstone travels to Sheffieldshire, England to visit her young widowed friend Eugenia at the Bitterward estate. The Duke of Mountjoy is the first to greet her. They exchange double entendres and appreciate the other’s wit. As L
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
What an absolutely charming romance this book is! Here are some of the high points for me:

~~Lily Wellstone is the type of friend we all love to have--kind, generous and loving. She arrives at her friend Eugenia's home to help her overcome the loss of her husband and is able to draw Eugenia out of her sadness and start to smile and live again. While doing this, Lily attracts the attention of Ginnys brother, Mountjoy, but as Lily believes she lost her one true love in the war, she thinks she will
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2.50 to 3.00 Stars - Regency/Historical Romance

Lily Wellstone, a wealthy heiress reaches Bitterward, the home of her friend Ginny, a widow. She finds herself in the receiving end to her friend’s brother, a stern yet sharply handsome Duke of Mountjoy, at the entrance hall, who appears to be a man with rather unappealing attire for his station.

The Duke of Mountjoy is a somewhat disapproving gentleman with a striking pair of green eyes and owning a mind hinting a concealed yet substantial sense of
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Duke of Mountjoy? Duke of Cornball, more like it.

Seriously though, MOUNTJOY.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this novel for free, I won it through a Goodreads giveaway. I feel terrible rating it two stars since it was given to me in hopes of a good review but I just can't honestly rate it any higher.

I am so not the right audience for this novel. I applied for it in the Goodreads giveaway because the resume given there gave me the impression that humor was at the first plan in the novel and that the main character was a novelty, somewhat original and unusual in the historical novel genre. I do enj
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
More a C/C- type grade?

The characters were very likable and the scenes very hot - and I am DESPERATE for the secondary character's story - Fenris and Ginny - this fall! But Lily and Mountjoy?

There was very little plot - which I'm fine with as long as there's character or relational development. But it didn't seem Mountjoy and Lily had anything beyond the physical. In fact both want a strictly physical fling. And then there's time and all that.

I do plan on re-reading it though to see if there's
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Madu

I don't like either hero or heroine, I don't like the 2ndry characters or all their interactions. The writing seems nice and all I just can't get into this book.
3.5 stars, rounding down

I wanted to like this more than I did. A few things prevented this from being a higher rating:

1) Not at all a fan of the medallion/magic thing. Some nameless Rom (of course, not the term used for him in this book... :| ) gives her a medallion and it's all magic because they're so exotic. Eye roll. It's so othering. I don't care if it's historical romance. Stop doing this!!

2) "Wellstone." Enough said.

3) ...fetch used in a very odd way???

4) Lily was kind of frustrating at s
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I thought that the book started out a little slow. But I understood that reason. I believe that because a lot of the character information was given. I also think that the reason was to make sure the readers understood everything there was to know about each character. As I read more and more of the book I began to fall in love with the main two characters. Their chemistry was exciting to read it unfolds.
Miss Lily is a kind and compassionate woman who loves her friends dearl
Pamela / SpazP
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
This is my first Historical Romance novel… and sweet fancy cheeses, I loved it! First things first, screw the plot. There was one, and it was entertaining enough, but mostly I just loved wondering how Lily and Mountjoy are going to eventually find their HEA. From the first moment Lily meets the Duke, it is so freaking hot. She has pretty much given up on ever loving again; and he is a farmer at heart who has found himself in his position of Duke, to be
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wonderful book. Carolyn Jewel's writing was really something. She writes in this reflexive and introspective tone, which if not done well, distances the reader from the story (but she does do it well in this one).

The heroine, Lily, is a wealthy spinster. She was in love with a soldier who had died in a war. The main hero, the Duke of Mountjoy (I don't know his first name... Lily usually calls him Mountjoy, and if his first name was mentioned, I completely missed it), came into his titl
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Not Wicked Enough was a charming read. The heroine, Lily Wellstone is witty, funny and unconventional. She easily catches the hero, Mountjoy's fancy and fascination. They make an interesting pair. The majority of the story takes place at Bitterward Estate, where Lily goes to comfort her widowed best friend. She not only brings her friend out of her gloom but adds a spark to the place and the Duke's heart.

The story is a tad on the slow-paced side and I wished their surroundings expanded beyond th
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, historical, 5s
4.5 Stars

There is a happy nexus of author/genre/reader that I seem to hit with Ms. Jewel's historicals. I highly enjoyed Scandal and Indiscreet and was looking forward to trying her latest. This is a straight historical even thought the blurb mentions something about a magical Gypsy medallion...I thought that would have a bigger role in the novel than it did since it was emphasized in the blurb on the ARC I read.

Lily was a wonderful heroine. She was a good friend, a playful lover, and a fashion
3 Stars

Heat / Romance: 3 1/2
Plot: 2 1/2
Characterization: 3
Setting: 3

"Widowed" young wealthy heroine - friend of Hero's Sister. Experienced wealthy older male (early 30s) looking to marry soon - to someone else.

Loads of sexual encounters between the H&H - with an emphasis on oral encounters. A bit too much, too soon, and too gritty for the historical timeframe for a lady and gentleman and for my personal tastes.

Even consistent plot but just not terribly exciting with no real external con
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, romance
Mixed feelings, some excellent writing, some good characters, just didn't jell in the end.

Male lead: Duke of Mountjoy, the unexpected Duke, gained his position after a series of deaths, has no intention of marrying, rough around the edges.
Female lead: Lily Wellstone, dedicated spinster, independent woman, beautiful and desirable.
Other characters: Eugenis, Mountjoy's sister, probably appearing in the next book in series, bereft after her husband's death.

Lily polishes the duke's appearance and ma
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Likable characters, I especially liked Lily and found no fault with Mountjoy. In fact I liked him more than most dukes I read about, but the story didn't grab me the way book two did. I can't put my finger on why though. I liked it but am unlikely to read it again.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paper-book
3.5 stars, rounded up.

"Am I too wicked, your grace?"

"My love, if I may be honest-"


"You are not wicked enough."

Why I read it: I won an ARC from the author. I promised a review - no hardship really because I review every book I read. The book is out February 7.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) When Lily Wellstone heads to the Bitterward Estate to comfort her widowed friend Eugenia, she certainly does not have romance in mind. In fact, the playful but level-headed Lily is amused to no en
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the characters, dialogue, situations.
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Lily is visiting her friend Ginny when she meets Ginny’s brother, Mountjoy. He is the Duke of Mountjoy and Lily is instantly entranced by the man. Not because he is a duke but because he is a beautiful, vibrant man who can match wits with her any day of the week.

Lily and Mountjoy soon start a sexual relationship with the knowledge that their partnership will end when Lily heads home. Now you may be thinking that it’s unusual for Lily to be so free with her body but she wasn’t a virgin when she s
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

My full review: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.b...

Before I start my review I need to post a disclaimer: the author sent me a free Kindle copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The very fact that Lily and Mountjoy meet in the first scene and that she is immediately pinned to the floor by his presence, made me sigh with disappointment. From then on the plot progresses in a very predictable way as they fight with and then give in to their obsession for one another. The o
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story starts with Lily Wellston a 25 year old independent and intelligent single women who is bloody rich thanks to her aunt who left Lily her fortune and house. Lily goes to give her friend Euginia (Ginny) some company and help her cope with the loss of her husband. As soon as she arrives at Ginny's brother's house the duke of mountjoy they both feel an attraction to each other.

Their attraction starts growing after a while they start becoming intimately involved. But they try to not let it
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 05, 2015 06:10PM  
  • Sweet Enemy (Veiled Seduction, #1)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • At Your Pleasure
  • Master of Sin (Courtesan Court, #4)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • Midnight Scandals
  • Abigail Jones (Chronicles of Abigail Jones, #1)
  • Sunrise with a Notorious Lord (Lords of Vice, #4)
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • My Lady Rival (Belgrave Square Affair, #1)
  • The Devilish Montague (Rebellious Sons, #2)
  • Ripe for Pleasure (The League of Second Sons, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke, #1)
  • Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2)
  • The Devil's Waltz
Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog ...more

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