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His Wicked Reputation

(Wicked Trilogy #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,971 ratings  ·  262 reviews

She was a sensible woman.
He was a man who could drive a woman senseless with desire.

Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on
Mass Market Paperback, 401 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Jove
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I'm not really in the mood for writing a review so this will be short.

This was different enough to be enjoyable - a hero that was born out of wedlock and has an interesting extended family; a heroine who is enjoys art and is very independent without being obnoxious about it. My only real qualms was that the small 'mystery' was laughably easy for the reader and that the heroine way too easily got involved in an almost purely sexual relationship with the hero.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up.

This is the first in a new series from Ms Hunter featuring three ducal sons, two of whom are legitimate and a third who is not and this is his book. Its an entertaining story; the central characters are likeable and intelligent, and there is an intriguing secondary plot surrounding the possible art theft the hero is asked to investigate. But when I finished the book, I couldnt help feeling there was something missing, and I cant
3.5 stars; would have been higher except for social implausibility

I thoroughly enjoyed this, not least for the unusual and plausible plot, involving art works hidden during the Napoleonic Wars. It didn't hurt that the H&H were engaging too. Their relationship felt convincing (with one caveat) as it progressed from attraction to lust to friendship, via enjoyable banter and several opportunities to indulge in discreet hanky-panky. The HEA felt deserved, and I devoured the book in oner on a
Lover of Romance
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review
Gareth, is well known for his charm and his seductive ways in the bedroom. He has certain connections that make him a target for women everywhere. Gareth knows a woman's body just as much as his own and enjoys the pleasures of it. After his brother Percy is killed, Gareth and his two other brothers are the prime suspects. As Gareth and his brother try to investigate and clear their names, there is also missing artwork, that
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I just can't finish this. I have so many in my TBR pile and I just cannot get into this one. It's not that the writing is bad or the characters are undeveloped. The writing is good, there is some mystery in the plot, and attraction between the characters, but I just don't like it. The writing style is too "and then this happened and then they went here and then they were apart for a while." There are sex scenes galore but they never feel romantic to me. The hero is a bastard son and has been a ...more
Sonya Heaney
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Also posted HERE .

I did myself a huge disservice with this book. As excited I was to read this one and I did drop everything to start it I was so overwhelmed with review books that I put it aside at 9% and didnt get back to it for a few months.

However, it is a great book, and even with the big gap I really loved it.

Just as with contemporary romances, it sometimes seems there are only so many stories you can write set in the Regency era. However, in contemporary romance in amongst the sea of
I've given this an A- for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars.

When I read His Wicked Reputation a few months back, I enjoyed it, but came away from it feeling as though there was something missing I couldnt quite put my finger on. As any regular listener to audiobooks will know, there are times when listening to a book rather than reading it can enhance the experience and enjoyment of the story, and Im pleased to report that his was one of those times. Thanks in no small
Sophie Barnes
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I've ever read by Madaline Hunter - I was actually planning to grab The Wicked Duke when I saw it advertised a while back, but changed my mind once I realized that there were two previous books in this series. Well written and with an art-mystery to be solved, His Wicked Reputation was a fast-paced and satisfying read full of entertaining dialogue and a couple of unexpected twists and turns.

Gareth Fitzallen is the bastard son of a duke. But in spite his illegitimacy,
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Gareth Fitzallen is the illegitimate son of a Duke and. Unlike most noblemen of this period, Gareths father not only maintained an amicable relationship with him but also encouraged a relationship between him and his legitimate sons. When the oldest son (and current Duke) dies under mysterious circumstances, Gareth is summoned home at the bequest of his other brothers. A broker of sorts for the autocracy, Gareths connections
3.5 Stars

This is a historical fiction.

Not sure how to describe this romance. It was not insta-love, but you knew immediately that the hero and heroine liked each other. Gareth is a bastard and his reputation for ruining the reputation of women is known everywhere. Eva Russell is a spinster. She takes care of her almost 19 year old sister. Eva makes money by borrowing paintings and copying them. One day as she is borrowing a painting from what she thinks is an abandoned house when she is almost
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this quite difficult to rate. It's probably a bit under four stars in truth. There's much to like here. Hunter's books feel very period-appropriate; the setting, the language and the dialogue are all well done. I liked Eva, a self-possessed single woman trying to manage everything in difficult circumstances. She was well-drawn and likable. Gareth could've had a bit more flesh on him, I think but his character development improved towards the end of the book. The sex was pretty great and ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter- Wicked Trilogy #1 is a 2015 Jove publication.

My review:

The art theft thread was very cleverly plotted and adds a bit of danger, and intrigue, which is always on the table where an art theft is concerned. There are a few tense moments here and there as Gareth connects the dots and the investigation really heats up.

The art theft, and the hunt for a husband for Eva's sister, takes a backseat to the passionate affair between Eva and Gareth. Gareth is just
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full of Mystery, Adventure and Love

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter was a great book full of adventure, mystery, match matching and love. I highly enjoyed this historical romance. I listened to the audiobook, and I was so impressed with the narrator, Mary Jane Wells, who does so many different British accents with different dialects. The heroine, Eva, is quite the spinster with a creative and adventurous side lurking underneath and Gareth can't get enough of Eva from the moment he meets
I feel like I might be going on a Hunter binge read. There's just something grounded and rich about her characters and plots. Like I said in my last MH review: her stories contain plots with substance. And I love that. I love the feeling of a satisfactory, solid read.

Surprisingly, the romance is more, ah, descriptive here. And maybe a little too often. Usually, MH is metaphorical writing her love scenes. I mean, I'm not complaining (mostly), it's just something that stood out to me. Another odd
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the art theft mystery kept me on my toes! All the pieces and parts fell together in a very intricate way, which I appreciated. The characters were great. Ms Hunter writes with a quiet and understated power, her characters are richly portrayed and likeable, especially her secondary characters. Eva was wonderful. A great, strong character. The relationship between Eva and Gareth is sweet and tender. I also liked the camaraderie and affection between Gareth and ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romance w/a bit of mystery (British setting)
Recommended to Livia by: Madeline Hunter
Audible title: HWR was decidedly well-earned!

Minor spoilers alert!!!

★.**★Unabridged Audiobook Info★**.★
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Release Date: 03-03-15
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Writing style: 3rd person POV
Cover design: I love both the e-book and the audiobook covers which differ greatly in their color palatte (rich dark colors versus light blue and neutral tones respectively) and the designs historical setting location (sitting room versus a passageway
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hunter-madeline
I enjoyed this story. Gareth was the bastard son of a duke. He made his way in the world as an art broker and was on the Continent when his half-brother, the duke, died. He hurried back to London to discover if he still had the house and land his father left him. His late brother had been contesting his father's will and, though unsuccessful, had tried to ruin the house left to him near Birmingham.

Eva was a spinster living with her beautiful younger sister. They had lost most of their fortune
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Madeline Hunter's "His Wicked Reputation" (#1 in the Wicked Trilogy)  
4 solid stars for this one. A mostly character-driven story about a duke's bastard son and a woman from the gentry class whose wealth is pretty much wiped out and has to support herself and her sister by making copies of paintings by famous artists. Trouble is, she doesn't realize that the paintings she's copying (they're sitting in an attic) are stolen and the owners and government have been looking for them for years. The
cheryl ann crenshaw
First book in a trilogy.

I have been reading Madeline Hunter for a longtime. She has a way with her characters that make them more than just the words written. They are real. multidimensional people. I am just the sort of reader that gets more involved with characters than the story. The story in His Wicked Reputation is fine but Gareth and Eva and the brothers will have me buying the next two books.

Anna's Herding Cats
Ooo more, please! Loved the kick off to the Wicked Trilogy and so can't wait for the brother's stories.

Full review to come.
Louisa Cornell
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for the consummate rake with the bedroom skills to match his reputation, Gareth Fitzallen is your man. He may well be the sexiest hero Madeline Hunter has ever written, and that, my friends, is saying something. The intriguing thing about Gareth is that is exactly how he sees himself. The bastard son of a duke, acknowledged and supported by his aristocratic father, he strives to prove he is much more, all the while believing himself to be less. He is handsome and successful as ...more
Katinka (Unquietly Me)
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I love Madeline Hunter. WICKED REPUTATION is easily one of my favorites of hers. Gareth is my favorite kind of hero: strong, assertive, sensual, kind, smart, witty--masterful in bed and respectful of women. Eva is my favorite kind of heroine: strong, assertive, sensual, kind, smart, spunky, independent, resourceful, mature, and self-assured. Though they both have had troubles in their past and their futures are uncertain, they do not give in to self-pity and resentment, but do the best with what ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i received the ARC for this book from the Author and having read all her previous books I have to say this one met all my expectations. Romance, mystery and intrigue in one which kept me guessing to the end. Thanks for the opportunity to embark into this new family series Ms Hunter. 3 brothers, 2 legitimate/1 illegitimate. This story is the story of the illegitimate brother who doesn't believe in love having been the product of his father the Duke and his young mistress. The eldest legitimate ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness was this a FANTASTICALLY written book. This first book in her new series is so steamy, I could not put the book down waiting to see what would happen next.

It starts with wonderful characters trying to find their way in the world when they happen upon each other. Eva ( a poor spinster of the old gentry) and Gareth (the dukes "out of wedlock child" are dead set against love and marriage until they meet each other. The sparks start flying and it is non stop action throughout the
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Madeline Hunter immerses her readers in a world rich in details and multidimensional plots. Her sophisticated wit and deep introspective character development are a rare treat and shine with Gareth and Eve, the hero and heroine. The start to a new series, His Wicked Reputation, is a well thought out story full of passion, mystery and historic detail. Ms. Hunters expertise as an art historian is evident in this book but her ability to take characters and give them a unique voice is a what makes ...more
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
New Series from Madeline Hunter, is starting off with a bang! Loved this book, and can't wait for more of these brothers.
I wasn't thrilled with the personalities of Rebecca and Sarah- minor characters. But I did love the main characters: Eva and Gareth.
Eva pushes a fine line with her art, then her reputation. Gareth is trying to be a good friend but wants so much more.
God, I loved his unconventional proposal at the end of the book!

A must read for Madeline Hunter fans, as well as Historical
Lovely story about a bastard son, the spinster sister who lives next door to his near-abandoned estate, and the brothers-- now dead-- who did each of them wrong. (His brother and her brother, separately, in different ways.) She's been borrowing paintings to copy and now he's been given a commission to find a bunch of missing art. And they discover that they like each other. I liked this story a lot.
Sep 08, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
I saw this today and realized I tried this one on audio book years ago and never finished it. My main problems were:

- Sex scenes with OW
- TONS of OW drama
- Predictable plot that had me rolling my eyes.
- This just was not my cup of tea.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**From the *New York Times* bestselling Madeline Hunter comes this first in a stunning new trilogy about three irresistibly attractive brothers.  This is the story of the bastard brother.... For fans of Mary Balogh and Amanda Quick.**
Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

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