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A Little Bit Wild

(York Family #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,817 ratings  ·  189 reviews

Jude Bertrand is not an excellent dancer. Nor does he wear the most fashionable coats. But when Marissa York's brother approaches him, desperate to preserve Marissa's tenuous reputation, Jude does prove heroic enough to offer to marry the girl. In fact, the union should more than make up for his lack of social graces --- and his own scandalou
Paperback, 329 pages
Published 2010 by Zebra
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Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: No One
Series: #1 in the York series

Setting: England, 1847, but it really doesn't matter since it's a wallpaper historical

Sensuality: PG-13

If you ever read the novels of Marion Chesney, Loretta Chase, or the like, there is a certain stock character: the ribald dowager who ogle and drool over men's legs. Well, if you ever wondered what such a character would be like as the young heroine in a historical romance, then this is the book for you. The heroine, Marissa, is indeed lusty, make that LUSTY, silly,
I'm so pleased that I ended up loving this book so much. The first two chapters showed a very unattractive side of the heroine, Marissa, and I actually stopped reading to go clean something! I was so nervous that this book would be the one that broke my lucky streak with this author. I have enjoyed every book that I have read by this author, and I believe I've read them all barring the novellas, and I live in fear of breaking that pattern. But I got some reassurance that the book didn't disappoi ...more
Lady Jaye
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lady Jaye by: NO ONE!
I finally gave up after slogging through 50% of this book.

The story is not much to go by, and the characters are not much to write home about, but what makes this book utterly unbearable is the shallow, stupid, brattish imbecile that passes for the heroine. She is one of the worst female leads I've ever had the displeasure of reading about. Selfish, vapid, shallow, stupid beyond imagining....argh!!!!


And why Ms. Dahl thought this person w
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-abandoned
Not gonna lie, I had to flounce this during the first chapter because it did not make any sense. There is this guy who loves this girl and wants to marry her. She likes him but after they have sex she decides she doesn't like him enough to marry.
But her brother/family insist she marries someone. So, instead of marrying the man who ruined her, who wanted her, who was perfectly acceptable financially and socially, except he failed at smexy times - she marries this other random dude. I AM SO CONFUS
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely the best historical romance novel I've read in a long time! I like her work so much that now I'm going to have to go out and get everything she's ever written. The author has creatively drawn the two lead characters like none I've ever seen. The heroine thinks she enjoys 'pretty men" and gets a kick out of flirting with them, but when a hasty action causes her life to change, she's forced to pay attention to Jude, her brother's best friend - and he's the total opposite of ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I've been trying to put my finger on exactly why I LOOOOOOOOVE Victoria Dahl's writing style. I think the answer lies with her characters. It seems that they always react in a way that is logical for the author's orginal characterization. So many authors draw a certain type of character and then have them going off and doing things that make no sense. Victoria Dahl sticks to her characterizations. Also, her heroes please me. They do not roll all over the heroine in their alpha hero-ness. They ar ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Now, I don't normally like non-virgin heroines in my historicals. It's a horrible double-standard, I know, since I really don't care for virgin females in my contemporary novels, but I typically read historical novels because the heroine is inexperienced.

Marissa is Lusty. That's right, with a capital L. :) She comes from a fairly "wild" family, and is considered the "tame" one, but just because she's not as wild as the rest of them, doesn't mean she's some wilting flower. Marissa likes pretty th
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 out of 5.

Finally a historical romance with women who let loose.

The hero was loveable too.

It's too bad that I just realised how much I disliked the second book in this series.. To think Aiden, the hero of the next book, was so disappointed and outraged with her when he found out that his sister had dallied with a man before marriage. The next book shows him to be such a hypocrite..
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Very sweet hero and a very silly, shallow and at times nasty heroine. In the end I wanted better for him.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-a, c, w-az
3.33 stars.

I bought this book because in the opening scene, Marissa has just lost her virginity and it wasn’t the fireworks she’d wanted it to be. She tells the gentleman to get off her and declines his marriage proposal. I wanted to know more about her and why she would do something so reckless within her society. When caught, she says she was bored and as her real reasons were revealed I liked her more.

But I didn’t always like her.

I enjoyed the character growth of Marissa but sometimes it was
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Good story - Jude is a wonderful hero and his pain at being merely a duke's bastard is palpable. Marissa is rather stupid until she grows up and figures out what she really wants, but I guess without her stupidity and need to grow up there wouldn't be much of a story to tell. However, I have my doubts about Marissa's behaviour and its consequences in the context of Victorian society - her behaviour is really beyond outrageous when seen in that context, and the consequences for her would have bee ...more
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
This book didn't have the emotional impact that Dahl usually gives with her historicals. I finally warmed up to Marissa, but she was always a better person around Jude. I liked Jude from the start and thought at times that he was too good for Marissa. She eventually did convince me that she was good enough for Jude, but it was a near thing. In the end it was just a good read. I hope that with the family stories coming up, that we get to capture more of the emotional punch. ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review, arc
I’ll admit, I have nearly everything Victoria Dahl has written, but until I received A LITTLE BIT WILD I hadn’t actually read anything by her, and I didn’t know what to expect. While I liked the concept of A LITTLE BIT WILD, I didn’t enjoy it as much in the execution.

I thought Marissa was vapid and shallow. I realize those are synonyms of each other, but they both equally apply to Marissa and I found her a very frustrating heroine. While I liked certain things about her—she loses her virginity o
Victoria Dahl may be one of my favorite authors, due to her ability to bring me along with her characters as they grow into themselves and their relationships. It doesn't hurt that the chemistry and dialogue are absolutely wonderful.

"A Little Bit Wild" is a standout historical romance, and certainly one of my favorites. Jude is a spectacular hero, and conducts one of the most believable "anachronistic" courtships of any historical romance. I love how Marissa has a period-appropriate view of masc
A Little Bit Wild
3 Stars

When Marissa York is found In flagrant delicti and refuses to wed the man responsible, her brother approaches Jude Bertrand, a man with a scandalous past, to rescue his sister from social ruin. Jude lacks all of the qualities Marissa has always been attracted to: He is far too large, dislikes dancing and isn’t interested in fashion. Nevertheless, there is something about him that Marissa finds completely irresistible and Jude plans on taking full advantage and convincing
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I liked the story, a lot, but there were a few things that bothered me. First, the first couple chapters were devoted to how ugly Jude is, in the heroine's opinion. Saying it once, maybe even twice would have been sufficient for me. So that threw me right at the beginning of the book.

Second, and perhaps more important, the heroine is selfish and spoiled. And yes, I understand that's the point and that Dahl goes out of her way to show it, but Marissa came to her realizations too late
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's not your usual historical. The heroine is perhaps more reckless than most in her era, but she's got a bit of an excuse, having been raised by her wild brothers. She's bold, and she's curious, and now she's in trouble. So one of the brothers' friends steps up and offers to marry her, since she won't marry the guy who "ruined" her. She's met him, but because he's not her "type"--a handsome young man who dances--she's never paid him any attention. Now she has to.

Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
So, so only
The heroine was young, but not so young, as to justify her childish and totally immature behavior. She's described as shallow and she sure is, but that doesn't make her more likable. I do not understand that her family never was stricter with her and never saw anything.
The hero, on the other hand, is a bit bland; he's both illegitimate though acknowledged and rough-looking. For those reasons he's always been convinced that he had to work to make himself liked and that he had to do mor
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you are a regular reader here at the book girl then you know all about my love of anything and everything Victoria Dahl writes. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of A LITTLE BIT WILD and read it during Romcon. I know that some people will have a problem with Marissa, because she is more like a contemporary heroine than a historical one. However, I loved her and probably for that same reason. She is curious about intimacies between men and women and doesn’t seem to feel any remorse fo ...more
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance, own
OK, if you one who needs historical romance to conform to every belief of how we think people acted in past eras (because I believe we can never truly know) then this is not the book for you. The heroine is unconventional to say the least. And the reaction of her family probably does not conform either. But to quote Sarah from I don't care if the hero drives up to Almacks in his Porsche as long as I'm emotionally invested in the characters the book will work for me. T ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
This was most definitely not a typical Regency romance. Marissa was a lusty woman ;) she liked to dance and ogle men and their legs :) so when she was found compromised it wasn't a complete and total shock. Marissa didn't enjoy the encounter all that much so she declined to marry the compromiser. Thankfully, one of Marissa's brothers friends stepped in and offered to marry her. Jude Bertrand was amazing. He may not have been the most elegant of gentlemen, but he recognized a wildness in her and ...more
Jenny Rebecca
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
The first 30 pages or so of this book had me confused. I really didn't like Marissa. I thought the book should be called "A Little Bit Sutpid" instead of 'Wild', but things got much, much better after a bit. While I still wanted to occasionally pull Marissa's hair, I got to like her and Jude a lot better as time went on. I was actually sad to see the book end.
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Well, well, well, done Victoria Dahl for keeping the sexual tension so high and steady without even letting the main charac
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

I've read Dahl before and I enjoyed her. This was no different. Lively, steamy and with excellent dialogue this is the beginning of a wonderful series.

I liked how the book was pretty much honest with itself and because of of that, the characters were as well. Marissa knew and understood she was a bit spoiled and shallow and Jude realized that he does have a deep desire to want to be loved. I liked the lack of pretense even though this type of heroine usually bugs me.

It's a good quick read and
What a delicious read. Jude is exactly the type of hero I love in my romance novels. Big and strong & sexy as hell. He is the bastard son of a duke but is acknowledged by the duke. His mother was the dukes mistress.
Marissa is a bit flighty, immature and a bit of a snob. I know what happened to her and the way she was, would have never happened in her society in the times of the setting of this story, but heck, its romantic fiction so who cares? It was fun :)
I didn't know what to expect with this book as I'd read some of the authors contemporary romances with mixed results. I was happily surprised that it was a really lovely book. The heroine got on my nerves for being and idiot sometimes, but otherwise I had to devour it in one sitting and totally loved it. ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 cute story stars! Easy, fun read.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I wasn't sure what I thought of the heroine for a lot of the book. But the setup was good and the mystery was actually a pretty solid part of the story (rather than just window-dressing to wrap a romance around). I'll definitely try another by this author. ...more
Sandi aka Maudley
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hist-rom
An intriguing and twisting version of the beauty and beast story with characters who come to life on the pages. A treat!
Wendy LaCapra
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The clever, cheeky opening of Victoria Dahl's A Little Bit Wild lulled me into believing I was in for a light-hearted Regency romp with a scandalous but redeemable heroine. Which, would have been fine with me. Wonderful, in fact. I love a good romp. But, A Little Bit Wild is so much more. Page by wonderful page I was drawn deeper into the hearts and minds of two of the most complicated characters I've ever had the pleasure to read.

The heroine reminded me, in part, of Austen's Emma. Like Emma, Ma
I'm not checking the spoiler button to hide this whole thing because although I do have one point that might be considered spoiler by some I don't think it really gives much away but it does play a major role in setting up the Heroine's character. As with all of Victoria Dahl's books I found this one to be a real page turner but unless I'm mixing it up with another book the fact that the Heroine (Marissa) thinks she is pregnant when she obviously isn't and its just her naivety that makes her thi ...more
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