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A Wicked Gentleman

(Cavendish Square #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,155 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Bestselling author Jane Feather brings to life the glamour, sophistication, and intrigue of Regency-era London in this captivating novel of unexpected passions and dangerous secrets.

Pooling their meager resources, Lady Cornelia Dagenham, her sister-in-law Aurelia, and their friend Liv Lacey arrive in London's Cavendish Square to spend a month at the home Liv has just inh
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Paperback, 474 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Pocket Star
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Susan (the other Susan)
He's not very wicked, and there are no surprises.
herdys
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Another read I found in my grandpa's library and while it wasn't that great, I'll give the author another try since her ladies were great and I love when they work together and love and help each other.
Marian
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've read many books by Jane Feather and have either loved or liked all of them. This book begins the Cavendish Square trilogy. It's a funny love story with spies thrown in. I think the 3 female characters are well written and I'm looking forward to the next books in this series.

I highly recommend Jane Feather and her books.
Eliza
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of regency/spy romances
Shelves: romance
Okay, here's the thing. I normally quite like Jane Feather's work - she's not my favourite by a long shot, but her heroines are usually engaging and her heroes always walk the fine line between alpha male and douchebag without crossing it, which I approve of. This novel was no different. Except, of course, for the fact that I never really got interested in the heroine, who was at times that kiss of death for any good romance heroine, Too Stupid To Live. My other main problem with the book was th ...more
Lynne Tull
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I am still stuck in the Regency Period of England. This is a good story that about covers everything Regency. However, we weren't graced with an appearance of the Prince Regent. This group didn't run with the Royals. The only thing that I didn't like about this story was that it was based on a secret. The secret could have been kept secret and our hero wouldn't have had to go to such extremes to get what he needed. Of course, then there probably wouldn't have been much of a story. This was the q ...more
Ashley
Dec 25, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one!
Setting: Regency England
I couldn't even finish this novel because it was so boring and disgusting. The plot started out promising: a group of three young ladies from the country (two widows and a spinster) and their children arrive in London to check out one of the lady's new inheritance - a ramshackle house in the middle of London's finest property district. The ladies are really just hoping for a fun vacation in the city, and aren't really interested in mixing into society. However shortly upo
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Tori
May 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
This book took very long to read. It had no gripper plot. It was a shame to because it started out so good and could have been excellent if the plot did not fizzle out mid -book. The characters also need a lot of polish, you don't quite get the indepth feeling you get from Dodd's or Robert's books. I would not suggest this as a good read.
vorbore
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
As I said, I would like if there would have been more Regency in this book. Also, the characters were a bit shallow, not very engaging, and although we were constantly warned about the sparks and the tension, I am sorry, but I could not feel any of it. Gotta find a real Regency novel...
Paxnirvana
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stuff-to-avoid
Ugh. Not good.

The Hero was too stupid to be a spymaster and too lame in his wooing to be interesting as a romance hero. Heroine? Was there one? *blinks* She was eminently forgettable.

Not to mention... TOO MANY SUPPORTING CHARACTERS. Very cluttered and unfocused book.
Katherine 黄爱芬
Harry aka Viscount Bonham butuh rumah warisan Livia krn berhubungan dgn tugasnya sbg ahli kode. Sayangnya si pemilik rumah, Livia tidak bersedia krn kearoganan Harry pada teman karibnya yg serumah, Lady Cornelia Dagenham.

Cornelia aka Nell ini seorang janda beranak yg punya masalah sehubungan dgn ayah mertuanya dlm memperebutkan hak asuh si pewaris. Nell tidak boleh menikah jika tidak ingin anaknya, Stevie diambil. Jadi saat Harry hanya menawarkan hubungan skandal, dgn diam-diam mendatangi Nell d
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Yunita Taman
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pada awalnya sih novel ini terkesan datar dan banyak narasi. Mungkin setipe sama novelnya Stephannie Laurens minus cerita yang 'bertele-tele'. Pada pertengahannya, rasa penasaranku bangkit juga dan aku pun asyik mereka-reka seperti apa endingnya. Endingnya cukup manis, aku bahkan tidak memprediksinya. Tapi kembali ke masalah selera, kurasa ini bukan bacaan yang bisa disukai reader umumnya. Kalau terserah padaku sih, karena penceritaannya yang enak dibaca dan detail latar regency-nya yang cukup h ...more
Nancy Brooks
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have read one previous Jane Feather book and loved it....loved this one just as much. Her characters are deep and delightful. Widows Cornelia and Aurelia and their cousin Livia come from the country to Livia's newly inherited house in Cavendish Square in London. What an adventure they have! This one is primarily Cornelia and Bonham's story. I am already reading Cavendish Square #2, Livia's story.
Eduarda
May 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The story was a little too long, everything could have been solved many page before it actually did, and honestly the characters started to annoy me, especially Harry. For a while it was entertaining, then I just wanted to finish it bc I was already halfway through.
Debbie Dodd
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading.
Rosi
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
It was ok.

Widowed Lady Cornelia Dagenham wish to leave her father in law's clutches. As an excuse, she uses the need for Livia Lacey to find a husband. She sets out to London with her two children, Livia, Aurelia and her child. Livia has inherited a home in Cavendish Square, a home that is under Lord Harry Bonham's eye. He works for the crown and is in search for an item inside the home that is important he secure it. He sets out to woo the ladies in residence, only to be turned down and looked
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Elle
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was a little disappointed to find this was a Regency, since Feather does so well with history and since I'm kind of Regency'd to death. However, this was still a breath of fresh air.

The story starts when a man, pursued by enemies, breaks into an old, somewhat derelict residence to hide the message that he needed to protect.

Enter the hero, Harry Bonham, whose work involves coding and decoding messages between England's agents abroad and the ministry. It was his message that was nearly stolen,
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Nicole
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: klaar-gelees, england
Jane Feather - A Wicked Gentleman (Cavendish Square #1) Very funny & Witty.
Love Jane Feather!
 
Bestselling author Jane Feather brings to life the glamour, sophistication, and intrigue of Regency-era London in this captivating novel of unexpected passions and dangerous secrets.Pooling their meager resources, Lady Cornelia Dagenham, her sister-in-law Aurelia, and their friend Liv Lacey arrive in London's Cavendish Square to spend a month at the home Liv has just inherited. But why anyone would
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Kelly
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
A sassy little historical romance with a touch of intrigue and devious shenanigans thrown in for color. Both Harry and Cornelia were immensely likable and their interactions, from the first case of mistaken identity right on through their late night get-togethers, were fun and fiery.

It was nice to have our main lady love not only be a widow but have two children that she's deeply devoted to. She doesn't much care for the shallowness of the society ladies or the insipidness of the men. She loves
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Sarah
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
21/11 - Really sweet, mostly innocent romance. The romance itself is not particularly steamy, the heroine is a countrified widow with 2 young children who comes to London to chaperone a similarily aged friend while she views a newly inherited house. The hero works for the war office, mostly dealing with spies and codes; he's strong and muscular and supposedly good in a fight, but we've yet to see him have to exert any real energy in that way. Everything is pretty tame, the bad guys (the French a ...more
Nona B. August
Series Cavendish Square ini tentang tiga sahabat yang, salah satu dari mereka merupakan ahli waris dan mendapatkan rumah di London. Ketika mereka mendapat penawaran yang sangat tinggi untuk membeli rumah warisan itu, mereka bertiga akhirnya mendapat alasan yang tepat untuk datang ke London. Lady Cornelia Dagenham, seorang yang lebih dewasa diantara mereka, lah yang pertama kali bertemu dengan sang penawar. Walau awal pertemuan mereka tidak bagus, yang membuat Cornelia memainkan sebuah sandiwara ...more
Lindsey Faye
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: print
With the exception of the more-detail-than-needed descriptions of certain scenes, this was a very good story. I loved the look into the "daily lives" of people in the nineteenth century. The whole mystery surrounding Harry and his codes was so fun to read. I loved the end when the story picked up and the conflict was palpable.

Overall, a good book; the only thing that I disliked was the 'R' rated sex scenes. Honestly, if it was a Nora Robert's type of scene, it would have the story so much better
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Beth Johnson
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, hea
I cannot decide just how I feel about this book. I struggled to finish the novel, but I felt too invested and interested to give up and yet bored at the same time. I rather like the women in the book for the unconventional attitudes toward life and society -- there are lots of little risque things going on. The OTP was sort of odd, though. I like both people, I like them together, and yet I'm just not sure I cared about a) the mystery going on or b) the fact that they were going to end up togeth ...more
Abby
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Cornelia Dagenham, a widow with two small children, moves into a dilapidated old house in fashionable Cavendish Square with two of her friends. The mysterious Viscount Bonham soon shows up at their door, first with an offer to buy the crumbling home, and later to continue verbally sparing with Cornelia. What Viscount Bonham is really after is a thimble, engraved with war secrets, that was hidden in the house. But as tensions between Bonham and Cornelia grow, Bonham's mission is jeopardized by hi ...more
Angelyn Schmid
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
The plot was okay but not exciting. It needed more action and suspense--the biggest problem with this book si the characters. They seemed faceless and without empathy. The heroine was a war house and the hero had a panty waist, plus, they didn't seem to like each other. In fact, the heroine disliked the hero on contact (uh-oh!) Then they hop in bed which was not romantic, especially since the love scenes seemed so clinical. This was the perfect example of a set of characters that seemed better s ...more
Mahareni Sukadi
Aduh, heran deh sama ni author, suka banget bikin karakter janda. Setelah 3 janda di seri Widow, sekarang tambah 2 janda lagi d seri ini. Okelah kalo genrenya kontemporer. Tapi kalo HR sih, penginnya si heroine tu masih kiyis-kiyis and prewi. Lama-lama stop baca buku dari pengarang ini.

Maap, cuma bisa kasih 2 bintang coz buku ini gak mampu membangkitkan minatku untuk baca sampe habis. Belum separo buku aja udah nyerah.
penelopewanders
Dec 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Good read, but the whole thing is a bit at arm's length somehow. Perhaps because the main character is too - not revealing who he really is, neither to the heroine (and this is a theme) nor to the reader (which is more problematic). Nonetheless a good read, some laughs, a few steamy scenes (not wildly probable, actually, but whatever, she is a widow after all...)and enjoyable dialogue. Very entertaining without being the read of the century.
Jasey
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Carmelina
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Had gone off romance books for a while but thoroughly enjoyed this one so much that I have already started the next in the series. All the characters were likeable especially enjoyed the first encounters between Corneiia and Harry. The three women, Cornelia, Livia and Aurelia are strong characters and I especially enjoyed the fact that they were the type to faint away when confronted by some of Aunt Sophia's intersting frescos etc. I delighted in the characters of Morecombe and the twins.
Nia
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
It was alright, I just wish that the author would stop using the term 'penis'. I mean yes, it's the traditional name for it but when one uses the term penis, I always feel like I am reading some clinical medical textbook and not a romance novel and thus I want to giggle. GIVE ME SOME THROBBING SHAFTS dammit.
Christine
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the better trashy romance novels (TNRs) I've read. The sex scenes could have focused a little more on the woman though, instead of what was being done to the man. But I like that the author actually used the word "penis." The female characters were smart and independent. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
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