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The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne

(Sydney Dovedale #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  937 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Catch me if you can. —E.V.

When a scandalous lady...

By night Ellie Vyne fleeces unsuspecting aristocrats as the dashing Count de Bonneville. By day she avoids her sisters' matchmaking schemes and dreams up torments for her childhood nemesis—the arrogant, far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good James Hartley. Her latest prank: "winning" the Hartley diamonds in a card game from Jam
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was an absolute delight to read! It is cute, fun, sassy and sexy and I loved smiling so much when reading it. I adored the fact that both Ellie and James are older, twenty seven and thirty seven respectively. Now, they both acted like the were younger than that in the beginning but they grew up throughout the story. I loved all the banter that flew between them and with the fact that it had been going on for almost seventeen years, you can see how they have formed a deep bond over know ...more
Kerry Allen
Enjoyed the first 100 or so pages.

Ellie's mad skillz as a gambler and master of disguise? Don't get too excited. They're never employed beyond Chapter 2. Even there, you don't get to see them in action. Token catalyst to generate a McGuffin, which is also only ever mentioned as an afterthought.

"Theirs was a cataclysmic joining." Whew! Glad that was there to straighten me out, as my impression of events up to that point was "detached" and "perfunctory."

If someone insulted you over 10 years ago,
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wickedly funny tale! Taken from my review at

Poor and needing to cover her stepfather, the Admiral’s, expenses, Miss Ellie Vyne masquerades by evening as the Count of Bonneville, a name she made up, and gambles. During one such night, she won the Hartley diamonds from the mistress of James Hartley. Growing up, James had been Ellie’s nemesis. Still Ellie is known for the trouble she seems to find. Her two sisters, now married, thanks to Ellie’s help, are trying their hand at
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James Hartley and Mariella Vyne aka Ellie, have been “enemies” for as long as they can remember. James's mother ran off with Ellie's stepfather's brother and therefore sent the families feuding as it were. There has been no love lost between Jame and Ellie over the years. Now James has followed a scoundrel by the name of the Count de Bonneville to an inn and who does he find instead? Ellie. She of course claims that the count just went out the window but Ellie is really the Count. She's been pos ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I feel terrible to say this, but The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne was a disappointment. I really liked The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine, so I was hoping I would like this book as well. But it didn't turn out that way.

The good part about this book, before I go into the negatives, was the story itself. The plot was good. Not brilliant, but good. The ending was cute and left a smile on my face.

But, everything
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a cute and funny read. Ellie, infamous troublemaker, is in need of money to pay off some family bills, so disguises herself as a French count and gambles. When she whens a set of jewelry from her nemesis, James Hartley, it brings more than money into her path. The two of them together are oil and water but they work together to uncover a mystery, they discover sometimes the most unlikely pairings cause sparks.

I liked Ellie, for the most part, with her quick wit and determination to be
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written for: Beyond Reading

The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne was one of the absolute most amusing books I've read recently and, since we're at the end, I get to say it's one of the absolute most amusing books I've read in 20-twelve. Jayne Fresina has a remarkable gift for words. Every character was well-written and well-rounded which resulted in an exciting, hilarious story.
I loved Ellie and Ellie's wit (which deserves demarcation) but, even more, I loved Ellie and James as a couple. The
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
James Hartley and Ellie Vyne have always bickered with each other. And they continue to bicker with each other throughout this whole book. They act like they can't stand each other. But it's pretty easy to see they use all that arguing to hide their true feelings and, really, themselves. Neither is completely the person they present to society and their family and friends. It's also a way for them to connect. They seem to really enjoy it and they bicker all the way to the end.

I did not like Jam
Cute story. Mostly brangling between hero and heroine, but their coming together was believable, just. I didn't see much motivation for either the hero or heroine, but it was entertaining and I enjoyed it. ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is a very fine line between hate and love. Ellie Vyne and James Hartley walk it for this entire book. It's SO entertaining. ...more
It was ok, nothing stellar. The hero and heroine have known each other forever. The hero used to be in love with the heroine, Ellie, best friend , Sophie. Sophie broke the hero, james, heart and ended up marrying a farmer.
When they were younger, James used to make fun of Ellie and she has hated him ever since. Ellie has been responsible for supporting her step -father and her two ungrateful sisters for years. During this , she had been a nurse to a older Duke, so everyone in society thinks she
A fun, surprisingly sexy romp. After i read my first book by JF I wasn't sure i liked her lighthearted messy style but Ive really enjoyed the last 3. Fresina develops all her characters beautifully so the story feels authentic and real. James and Elle’s arcs were really well done. Elle was a joy but her backstory and motivations were a bit hard to swallow especially given the historical period, but in an odd way it helps explain her unique and brazen persona, even if the author didn’t develop it ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't realize this was a series, but I'm not sure that mattered. I liked this story a lot, up until the fake amnesia thing. It just didn't seem worth the spats and hissing any more, I mean the two clearly liked each other.

However, some funny lines and likable enough characters and a charming, droll valet. Sophie makes more than an appearance in this one, so I'll read her story as well.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a little fantastic but saved by wit and conversation
ending wrapped up at warp speed which was unsettling, could have used an epilogue at the least rather than falling off the cliff on last page
however, laughed sufficiently to read another in this series
good enough recommendation for anyone
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smart, funny, and tantalizing.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Too much dumb drama. Forgettable characters. Lack of communication is a major plot device.
Linda Klages
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book - interesting twist to the usual historical story. I'll read more from this author. ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pbs copy, 4.5 funny!
Haile Headley
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
There were a lot of “seconds” surrounding The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne. Not only is this book two of Jayne Fresina’s Sydney Dovetale series, but the story is about two characters taking a second look at one another and finding love; about creating a second chance to make your life the way you want it. And for me, reading this book was a second chance for the author to make a positive impression on me as a reader after a disappointing debut story last year. While I believe all of the ele ...more
Lisa Jo
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cleverly written, and fiercely entertaining, THE WICKED WEDDING OF MISS ELLIE VYNE is a delightful read. Jayne Fresina has struck gold with the second installment of the Sydney Dovedale series.

Ellie Vyne lurks around London's various gambling hells dressed as a man...the Count de Bonneville. Under disguise, no one is aware of her true identity and she encounters little strife for her efforts until she gets her hands on the Hartley diamonds. This brings her face to face with her greatest enemy,
Rachel T
As posted at The Reading Cafe 05 Jun 13

The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina
Book 2 in Sydney Dovedale Series

5 out of 5

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was so happy I read through the first one because this series is now GO GO GO for me. GUSH! LOL

We first meet out heroine Miss Ellie Vyne in the first book of this series as she is a close friend of Sophie's and a proclaimed enemy of our hero Mr James Hartley. Well this
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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What a naughty tangled weave this story has! And when the hero loses his memory it’s positively hilarious! The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne is a romp on the adventurous side as the lead characters take turns trying to outwit the other with hysterical results.

Ms. Fresina has created an amazing array of fascinating and lively characters that tickle the funny bone. The hero, James, is a man slow on the uptake as to what Ellie, the h
Jessica Luther
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review at scATX Reads

Ellie and James have known each other for seventeen years and they have disliked each other for nearly as long. In fact, they have been sworn enemies for most of that time, ever “since her disreputable stepuncle ran off with James’s mother, for an adulteress affair that caused the scandal of the century.” But their personal war began “when she found James Hartley, one lazy, summer afternoon, napping under an oak tree, apparently having emptied a jug of cider and eaten t
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the hilarious setup for this novel between James and Ellie with the secret identities and misunderstandings. They have such fun chemistry and banter, and I love the tenderness between them throughout the novel. You just ached for them to figure it out and be together. Great read!
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
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Daisy Sloan
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Oh My! This was a fast-paced funny read. I loved every minute of it!

Ellie Vyne does everything she can to make sure her sisters are taken care of. She makes sure they have wedding trousseaus and dowries. She also makes sure her father has roof over his head his debts are paid. What does she get in return? Scorn, scandal and nothing but problems.

James Hartley has been Ellie’s nemesis since she was a small girl. A fa
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I have two words for this book. Utterly delightful. Seriously, I adored not only our heroine, but our hero too. Let me just tell you Ellie Vyne if a mess. She can't seem to walk across the front yard without dirtying her person or her dress. She might be described as plain, but our girl has a sharp mind. *woot woot* Lets hear it for female protagonists with brain cells! She puts them to good use too. On occasion she masquerades as the das
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Alright for the past few days I have been reading The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina. I have to say that it was pretty entertaining and silly. Trust me that's what was going through my mind as I read this story.

Ellie Vyne is always up to mischief and everyone expects that from her especially James Hartley. It doesn't help that she has been masquerading as the Count de Bonneville (granted it's a guy the Duke of Ardleigh and her made up).
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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First thought that came to my mind as I am writing this review, Laugh Out Loud Funny! It was a delightful book to read. It made my insides happy. It was a gem of a book. The author captured my attention from the beginning and held it until the very last page. I was sorry to see it end..

The heroine, Ellie and James have been each other's bane of existence for years. From Jame splashing mud on her as a young ten year old- to Ellie drawing an
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