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Wicked in Your Arms

(Forgotten Princesses #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,180 ratings  ·  251 reviews
One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .

For fiercely independent Grier Hadley, being the illegitimate daughter of one of London's most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous, ill-gotten dowry.

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows where his duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady—one with a considerable fortun
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Avon
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Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I got this for free the other day and thought I’d flip through to see if it was something I’d like. Within minutes I was hooked. I read this in one night, on my phone because my husband was asleep next to me.

The crown prince of Maladonia Sevastian Maksimi is being told by his aging grandfather the king, that after a decade of war and bloodshed, his people need something to look forward to. He wants to see Sev settled down and married (preferably t
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Holy Hellfire!! (as the heroine would say, many many times). The first half of this book was great, I thought. I felt this hero was written and described perfectly to portray a serious, stoic prince. I loved how the author would describe his facial expressions as I could totally picture everything that was going on and believe what she was telling us, the reader. Sometimes the heroine would be spouting a reprimand to the hero, and his response would be to just stare at her for a full 20 seconds ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Sophie Jordan is not one of the best writers out there, but she is a great storyteller and I will definitely be reading more by her.

The Forgotten Princess is about Grier, an illegitimate woman who does not fit the mold of a proper lady. She loves the outdoors, can ride like the devil, and prefers to speak her mind. In short, she is earthy and the furthest thing from boring. Sevastian is a crowned prince looking for a suitable and wealthy bride for his kingdom. Grier is not really suitable for th
Mary Gramlich
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WICKED IN YOUR ARMS by Sophie Jordan
Book #1 in the Forgotten Princesses Series
07/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Are we able to overcome the expectations set for us?

When you are born into life with no discernible lineage, trying to find a good match becomes close to impossible. Despite the fact that her father is ridiculously rich Miss Grier Hadley is viewed as his illegitimate daughter and the large dowry he is offering is the only reason she is invited to partie
Lucy Qhuay

I'm extremely disappointed with this book. It had a lot of potential, in terms of plot and character, but it didn't live up to it.

First of all, I got tired of the amount of times Sevastian said or thought Grier was ineligible and that she wasn't good enough to be his wife and, consequently, the future queen.

As such, I thought the romance came up short.

How can you feel some sort of enchantment toward the love story if the hero thinks the heroine is nothing but a lowly peasant and a bastard most
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just don't think Sophie Jordan's for me. I like the premises of her books, but usually find.the execution lacking. ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Eh. Decided to try reading this again after it was a DNF years ago. I don’t want to read an entire book of Sev thinking about how he’s attracted to Grier but she’s not good enough to be his queen and that’s all he’d already thought about.
Wicked in Your Arms
5 Stars

At the end of years of civil war, Prince Sevatian Maksimi’s country is in dire need of stability and he is determined to do his duty and marry a suitably well-bred heiress. Grier Hadley, the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s wealthiest yet most unsavory underworld denizens, has nothing to recommend her except for an enormous dowry. Grier and Sev couldn’t be more wrong for each other, but that fact cannot stop the undeniable passion and desire that spark every tim
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, for-review
Wicked In Your Arms by Sophie Jordan opens with a prologue in which the male love interest, Sevastian Maksimi discovers he is the new heir to the throne of Maldania, a fictional country, after his brother dies in war. It is Sevastian’s duty to his country to find a bride among the English ton, preferably one who will bear many children. Grier Hadley is a bastard, but her father, Jack, is super rich and provides Grier with a generous dowry, as long as she marries a titled man. However, the ton do ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was actually going perfectly fine until well over halfway through. The hero might have been an alphahole, but at least he wasn't randomly popping out of a corner and jumping on the heroine. Then, bam! He GOES INTO HER ROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT and starts taking off her clothes and his as well and says that YES DEAR, WE MUST CONSUMMATE OUR RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE THERE IS NO TIME LEFT. Wow, what a stellar catch, and how UNCREEPY. *eyeroll*

I liked the heroine well enough, but god, th
DNF by chapter 2. Heroine and hero meet and sparks fly because heroine overhears hero saying some not so nice things about her. She pours lemonade over his head. Sounds great, right? But then in chapter 2 heroine comes upon hero boinking a married woman, and then hero and heroine hide in a closet because married woman's husband comes upon her. Hero gets very friendly with heroine in closet even after he's been diddling with another woman. Heroine gets all hot and bothered.

Sorry, not into the tro
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was so good. All I know is that I need to look into some more Sophie Jordan books! Grabbed me from page one and I couldn't put it down. ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
How many times can one author use the phrase holy hellfire! in one book? Too many.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute, fun read. Decent 3 stars although it lacked the soul-touching emotional character development I was searching for in a great romance novel.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it

To say Sophie Jordan is my hero is an understatement. She gets to write a highly successful YA paranormal romance trilogy, sexy historical romance books, and paranormal romance books (wowza!). Now why is she my hero? Because what goes on in that head of hers makes me blush and I like it!!

While I haven’t read many historical romances, I have to say I really enjoyed this one. The beginning seemed to go on a little too long with the differences between Grier and the Prince. However, I liked the sto
Pam Pho
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh Sophie Jordan, you enamored me with Firelight and steamed up my nights with Wicked in Your Arms. It’s been quite a long time since I read a romance and when this one showed up on my doorstep I did a little happy dance. I knew I loved Jordan’s teen writing and I couldn’t wait to see how her prose was used in the romance genre.

Sevastian seems to be a foppish prat, concerned only with finding a well bred girl to marry and bed down with heirs for his kingdom. It is after all his duty. Grier is as
4.5 Star. Really enjoyed the heroine standing up for herself. Could have been better IF the book was longer. Not that it was a short read. This author just likes big font's. ...more
Rachel (BAVR)
Most fantastic villain death I've read in a long time gains this formulaic piece an extra star.

Review to come.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After rediscovering Mrs Sophie Jordan’s writing talent with her latest release, I checked my kindle and found some of her older work in it.
I do loved Sevastian and Grier’s story, it was entertaining and sensual.
I love a strong woman, and Grier is one of them, except when she becomes knees weak around Sevastian. It is something I have problem to accept, loosing completely your wits when around an attractive man.
I was just glad it came from both side, they have an insta-lust attraction, despite ea
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! This book really surprised me. I wasn't expecting to love it this much. It's my first read by this author and I will definitely continue reading her books. What I enjoyed most is the sentiment the main characters had as their relationship changed from loathing each other to admiration and then to love. Similar to Pride And Prejudice.

We have an illegitimate heroine with a large dowry and a prince in need of a wealthy bride. Due to his station, he views the heroine as an un
Lover of Romance
After fighting many battles and wars along side his brother and their fellow country men, many have died more than half of their army, but they have come victors, but then his brother is killed, and Sevastian becomes the heir prince, with more duties and obligations than he ever wanted for himself. He knows his duty, to marry a woman of good bloodlines and with a lot of money; in order to save his country. So he comes to England to find just that, but the pickings are a bit slim, but there is on ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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Favorite Quote: “Do you mean to say you’re considering me as a prospective wife? Heavens! Have the stars truly shined down on me? Could I be so blessed?”

Crown Prince Sevastian Maksimi, one of Europe’s most eligible bachelors, must find a rich wife of impeccable breeding and produce a heir in order to help his country heal from the devastation of war. When Ms. Grier Hadley finds herself eavesdropping on the prince and his cousin, she is
I just really wavered on how to rate this...

On one hand, I thought the plot arc of Wicked in your Arms is a good one. There is a concise story here with all the classical trappings - Hero meets heroine, Hero and Heroine fall in love, Heroine meets Villain, Villain is defeated. No real plot holes, characterization was good and their motivation is sound. When a story doesn't work for me or drags, the pacing or plotting of one of those things mentioned above is usually missing. It's a point in

Grier Hadley is the headstrong illegitimate daughter of Jack, who is very rich from being some kind of king of the underground who is looking to become part of London society by marrying off his illegitimate daughters to titled gentlemen. It seems more can be learned about that situation by reading Wicked Nights With a Lover although this book can be a read alone and is part of a new series, I think somewhere it should state that the books are tied together. I felt as if I was missing somethin
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved Grier. Under other circumstances, I think she would have been considered an Original; yet because of the Ton's rigid opinions on birth, even her father's wealth can't buy her more than a grudging seat at Society's best tables. (Her father made his money from gambling hells and has no refinement to speak of; she does, but she and her half-sister Cleo were born out of wedlock.)

There's a more than a bit of the Elizabeth-Darcy vibe going on with her initial relationship with Sevastian, and t
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is just a quick review of a great book!

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows that following a long, grueling war that leaves his elder brother dead, he must quickly take a wealthy bride and produce an heir to help bolster his counties spirits. He travels to London where a cousin of his lives and sets out to find a nice, docile wealthy bride. Unfortunately for him, he is overheard saying some very rude things about Grier Hadley and in her bold, confident manner, she dumps her lemon water on him! A
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wish Goodreads had a bomb rating in addition to the star ratings. Not because this book deserved a bomb, but because some of my one-star reads are so horrible that one star is too generous, while others (like this one) aren't enjoyable, but also aren't stomp-on-it-rip-it-into-tiny-pieces-then-burn-it bad.

That's my long-winded way of saying that while I didn't like this book, and it greatly annoyed me for much of the time I was reading it, it's not horrible. I just found the plot so boring (how
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh, man. Grier's stoicism in the face of the BRUTAL way the society ladies (and men) treated her for her illegitimacy kind of killed me. She ignores it as best she can, but the words still hurt. She hates the balls and city life after the freedom she'd known on her own, but she feels she has no other choice.

Oh, Grier.

I didn't blame her at all for trying out a few kisses on Sev. Yeah, he was kind of douchey to her when they first met (well, when he was saying unflattering things and she was hidin
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jordan-sophie
A great story. I had a hard time putting it down. Sevastian is a prince from a foreign land in London to find a suitable bride. His country just ended a long 10 year war in which he fought and lost many men including his heir-apparent brother. Not the task of bringing his country back to life is falling on him. His grandfather, the King, is his only remaining relative. And Sev wants only to make him happy.

Grier is the illegitimate daughter of a Welsh nobleman. She just recently has been brought
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Sharie Kohler

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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