STORY: What does it matter if Kate, Lady d’Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds herself tempted to surrender to her houseguest’s wicked kisses.
Disowned by his aristocratic family, Lord Edward Quartermaine has turned his gifted mind to ruthless survival. Feared and vilified as proprietor of London’s most notorious gaming salon, he now struggles to regain his memory, certain of only one thing: he wants all Kate is offering—and more.
But when Edward’s memory returns, he and Kate realize how much they have wagered on a scandalous passion that could be her ruin, but perhaps his salvation
REVIEW: For all those that thought Ned, one of the secondary characters from Ms. Carlyle’s Fraternatis series should have his own story, get ready! Here it comes!
Ned Quartermaine is very handsome and sophisticated, but not a likable fellow. He’s been through a lot as a child and that has taught him to always look out for number one. himself. He’s a calculating and ruthless owner of a very notorious high-end gambling establishment. His patrons are crème de la crème of aristocracy, and they know better than to cross him. Wicked is something this man is closely acquainted with. As we meet Ned after the accident as ‘Edward’ we can’t help but like him. The combination of wicked ‘Ned’ and charismatic ‘Edward’ makes him simply irresistible.
Kate, Lady d’Allenay is practical, plain and reliable. She’s not a beauty like her younger sister, but she has a radiance, wit and charm that shine through her. She cares deeply for her title, lands and especially for her family. Honesty is something she values above all else.
Now, as trope’s go, this one has been done to death, yet Ms. Carlyle manages to infuse her story with two interesting, entertaining and very likable characters that you’ll ever meet.
Kate and Edward made this story shine! Kate may not captivate the ton, but she enchanted Edward, yet once Ned came out of his coma, he doubted she would give him a chance. I thought they were adorable together. The characters were well-developed and Ms. Carlyle has just proven to me once again, why I love her story telling. She takes her time in introducing these characters not just to each other, but to me, the reader. She doesn’t rush the plot or the romance. The tension is built slowly and carefully so that I can feel it in my bones. I’m made to savor their attraction and then…*sigh* …as they come together, I turn into a puddle! Once more the author impresses with a wit and originality in dialog as she pens another enchanting tale that is joining my keeper shelf.
Oh how happy I was after I was done with this book! To read a story you love from an author you love, is a very special thing. It makes you feel fuzzy, proud and giddy-all at once! Please don’t miss this well written, steady paced story that offers a solid plot that will immerse you into Kate and Edward’s world so deeply that you’ll be sorry to leave them after you’re done reading their story.
‘In Love with a Wicked Man’ is one book you cannot afford to miss this year.
Melanie for b2b
*Book provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.