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A Wicked Reputation

(Once Wicked #3)

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Betrayed by her fiancé and her best friend, Lady Diana Haversham's reputation is left in ruins, and she is unjustly cast out by her family. Left with little choice, she agrees to pretend to be a courtesan to protect her benefactor's secret. What she didn't count on was meeting temptation in the form of one Lord Lucas Blackthorn.

Lucas is fascinated by the shameless Diana,
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ebook, 331 pages
Published February 25th 2019 by Entangled: Amara
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Julia | TheReadingConspiracy.com
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

After being on a psychological thriller and YA book reading surge, I was in need of a good historical romance to switch it up and refresh my mind. And after quickly getting through the first 20% of this book, I knew I had made the right decision! This really was WICKED and it was so well done. There was a perfect blend of love, lust, heartache, and realism that could tie into anyone’s modern world. I LOVED Diana. She was su
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Tiera McMillian
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb2019
3.5 stars rounded up because even though the plot was pretty straight forward and simple it was a really fast enjoyable read! Sometimes I just need a reminder of why I fell in love with historical romances in the first place and this book sent me straight there. The balls, the gowns, the gossip, the attitudes, the drama, and.... the passion!

This is book 3 in the Once Wicked series and can without a doubt stand alone. I have not read books one and two but after reading this book I would not be o
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Pelusa Rivera
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was unbelievable what woman went thru back then, one lie and there life as they knew could be ruined. Lady Diane was betrayed by her fiance and best friend and found an ally in Harrow, he was so good to her and crazingly enough Harrow's wife was also not only accepting of the relationship that Harrow and Diana had, but had also become a very good or more like family. Lord Blackthorn comes back after being banished by his family for causing a scandal and you would think th ...more
Cathy Geha
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey
A Once Wicked Novel #3

Lady Diana Haversham is in a dire situation when her uncle tells her he is kicking her out of the house. What is she going to do? Well, she is going to find someone willing to take her in, give her the acting job of a century being his fake-courtesan and she is going to become bigger in society than she ever imagined. She has a plan and Harrow, the man “keeping” her, is helping her achieve it. Diana and Harrow develop a strong friendship ov
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Zubee
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Shelleen Toland
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entangled-read
Lady Diana's reputation is tarnished when her fiance ran away with her best friend and got married. He told everyone that Diana had gotten pregnant by some other man. Since this is set in the 1800s then having sex outside of marriage is a sin and no man will want to marry a woman who is soiled. She was living with her uncle and aunt at the time. Her uncle threw her out of the house and would not believe her. Left with little choice, she agrees to pretend to be a courtesan to protect her benefact ...more
Marie
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. When Lady Diana Haversham is jilted by her betrothed and best friend, she is thrown out of her uncle's house. She must now find a way to survive. She meets Lord Harrow who becomes her protector. He has a wife and now Diana is his mistress. All is not as it seems. She goes to balls with Lord Harrow and shopping with his wife. Does she warm both of their beds? Everything is going along fine until Lucas, Lord Blackthorn comes into the picture. He wants her badly. There is a wager ...more
Janet
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Betrayed by her fiancé and her best friend, Lady Diana Haversham's reputation is left in ruins, and she is unjustly cast out by her family. Left with little choice, she agrees to pretend to be a courtesan to protect her benefactor's Harrow's secret. What she didn't count on was meeting temptation in the form of one Lord Lucas Blackthorn.
Lucas is fascinated by the shameless Diana, whom his friends claim is his perfect counterpart.
This is the third in the series but definitely stands on
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Jill
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A most unusual love story but a great read. Diana, a Duke’s daughter, has lost both of her parents and at the mercy of her uncle. As her uncle hates her, her fiancé breaks their engagement and then runs off to marry her best friend. In order to justify why he broke their engagement, Grenville started the rumor that she had given her virtue to other men and she was ruined in the eyes of the ton. Harrow saves her, takes her as his mistress but there is more to this than meets the eye. Lucas become ...more
Candace N
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not wait to read A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey! It was everything I had hoped it would be and more! From the very beginning the story captivated me and the author’s beautiful writing made it all come to life. The plot is very engaging, steamy, and it completely stands out. It is unpredictable and made me tear up a few times too. The characters are fantastic! It was so easy to love them all, they are so charming! Really, I can’t praise this book enough! I don’t want to give any spoil ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey is book Three in the Once Wicked Series. This is the story of Diana Haversham and Lucas Blackthorn. I feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Diana was a daughter of a Duke but became a orphan who was taken in by her Uncle. Then she was set to marry but that man ran off with her best friend but not before ruining her reputations. Diana Uncle kicked her out which left her no where to go until Harrow comes forward. They come up with a barga ...more
Suzette
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story shows the depth people will go for their friends. The author writes a beautiful story of love between friends and lovers. Diana is forced to make a drastic choice in her life but is lucky enough to find comfort and shelter with three people who love and protect her at all costs. Lucas sees her and despite all the roadblocks in his way decides he wants her in his life. The way the writer brings about this event is simply beautiful. It is a witty and funny story that will keep you turni ...more
Tesha Ham
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book that I honestly could not put down! It had the historical England high society betrayals that you may expect but in a very unique way. I loved the writing and would definitely recommend to historical romance fans.

I voluntarily read and received a free ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ann (Fanni Ann)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Betrayed by her uncle, fiance and bestfriend and cast out by the ton Lady Diana pretends to be a courtesan and catches the eye of Lord Lucas Blackthorn, this was a good read and really captivating, couldn't put it down.

I received a copy and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion
SH
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
On finding herself thrown out by her uncle, Lady Diana Haversham does the unexpected and finds herself a protector, Lord Harrow. Their relationship is scandalous as she has also befriended his wife and what appears to be a music instructor. But all is not as it seems.
Lucas Blackthorn, on meeting Diana, finds himself captivated but not recognising the woman, who he briefly met on the night of her fall from grace. When Lucas wins a house in Mayfair and finds Diana his new neighbour, any chance of
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Joanne
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book i have read that is written by Liana LeFey. The plot was interesting. I like how well edited the book is compared to other books I have read. The twist in the story was quite entertaining.

We have our virginal heroine pretending to be a courtesan We have our hero who was determined to uncover the heroine’s secrets. I will not get into detaila about the story. However, I will be honest and say that some parts of the book dragged a bit. I did appreciate the internal dialogue
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Carole Burant
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read by Liana LeFey and the story was quite unusual but I did enjoy it! Lady Diana Haversham, daughter of a Duke, should have been the darling of the ton but instead she finds herself with her reputation in shambles, even though she's innocent. Thrown out by her uncle, she ends up agreeing to pretend to be a courtesan to protect her benefactor's secret. Lord Lucas Blackthorn arrives back in town and after taking one look at her, he decides he wants her as HIS mistress! I ...more
Lori D
I could not wait to read this book because I had read a previous story by this author and loved it. This one contained all the elements of a great regency romance with heartache, a woman betrayed and so many emotions that kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could. The dictates of the time and gossip could have a lady ruined even if she did nothing scandalous and that was the case with Diana. To make things worse her betrothed married her good friend and left her ruined with untruths.
Livin
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Shelby
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review***

Overall rating: 3.5/5 Can a courtesan dare to desire the role of a wife?

Heroine (Lady Diana Haversham): 4/5 orphan daughter of a Duke, Diana was raised by her aunt and tyrannical uncle. Before she was due to be married her fiance took off with her best friend and labeled her a whore. Diana, having been turned out of her house becomes a beard in the shape of a courtesan for a friend.

Hero (Lord Lucas Blackthorn): 3/5 Having spent the last fe
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wonderfullyweird88
Lady Diana Haversham's reputation is left in ruins when her fiancée elopes with her best friend. Her uncle throws her from her home and she decides since society believes her to be a whore she might as well become one.

The story picks up a year later where Diana is the scandal of the ton but not all is as it seems between Diana and her benefactor. Lord Lucas Blackthorn is fascinated by Diana and he believes there is more to her than meets the eye.

This is not our typical historical romance, while
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NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
*4.5 Stars*

“Very few people truly know themselves…we all invent ourselves daily”

Lady Diana Haversham finds herself an outcast in a time when gossip and perception rule all and a person’s reputation mean everything. But never one to back down from a fight, Lady Diana rebrands herself and with the help of a benefactor, finds herself one of the most wanted courtesans in England.

Lord Lucas Blackthorn has recently returned from his exile imposed by his family. His eyes can’t believe that the once m
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Klynn
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Wicked Reputation is the first book by Liana LeFey I've read and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The story line is original and the characters engaging. If you're a fan of historical romance this is a solid read. I'll definitely keep my eye out for additional titles by the author.
Amy Alvis
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Diana and Lucas' story!! Watching these two come together was magical! The whole forbidden fruit, I'm sure is what lured in Lucas, but as he got to know Diana, he fell hard! I loved watching them overcome their hurdles and find their HEA!

I'm hoping that LeFey is continuing with this series as I have throughly enjoyed it!!
Sara
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book that I have read by this author and it defiantly interesting. The story was not what I predicted or imagined from the book blurb but I was not disappointed. This book stands out the genre. Worth checking out.
Mary Hart
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really good premise for the story. I enjoyed this immensley. The Hero and Heroine were interesting as well as Diana's protector. I think it was reasonably realistic of the mores of the time. Good mixture of passion and romance.

I shall look out for other books by this author and heartily recommend this book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Krystal
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
DISCLAIMER 1: This is a stand alone story. You do not need to have read the others in order to enjoy this one.

While I admit that this was an interesting take on the whole idea of a courtesan (even a pretend one), and the friendship between the characters was endearing, I just didn't find this story believable.

To begin with if Lucas could so easily figure out the truth based on what he saw through an open window there is no way they could have kept their secret as long as they did. Their lacklus
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Szoszo08
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4,5*
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange of my honest review.

I have to say, this was a quality historical romance book. I’m getting more and more pickier in this genre, but this book reminded me why I love to read about the lovelife of the noble ones.

If you read the plot, it is interesting enough, however you have the slightest feeling that you’ve already read something similar before. Here’s the twist, you’re right, BUT only in the main storyline. I assure you Lady Diana and Lord
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Candy Briggs
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Diana Haversham lost both her parents ten years ago and has since been at her uncle's house. The man is a worm. Her fiance jilted her and ran off and married her best friend. Then he went about the ton and absolutely ruined her reputation. Her step-uncle believed it, mainly because he wanted to, he wanted her dowry. She has these last few years been taken care of by Lord Harrow. Lord Lucas Blackthorn has been out of the country for the last two years. He went mainly for the state Dept. but ...more
Pamela Flowers  Jolly
Really not sure how to rate this book. The story line is a bit preposterous. Virginal girl is ruined by being jilted and having lies regarding her behavior, so she became a courtesan. What? Then, wait, she hasn’t really been a courtesan all these years, she’s a beard for a Lord who prefers men. Not only is she his beard, they pretend to have threesomes to make sure the rumor mill keeps their reputations scandalous. Our H, a Lord who likes to walk the wild side, meets and lusts after her, and ult ...more
Jennifer
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the series that I've read, and I felt it read well as a stand alone. There were several parts of this book I liked and others I did not. While the author did a good job of making me appreciate the plight of Lady Diana and empathize with her, there seemed to be a bit of a jump from the beginning of the story until the action of the majority of the book that I would have enjoyed reading about and it felt like something was missing. I thought Lucas and Diana made a good pa ...more
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