Monday, January 3, 2011

Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes

Our Wicked Mistake (Notorious Bachelors, #2)Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Madeline May, the widowed Lady Brewer, has killed someone. Or at least she’s pretty sure she has. Madeline’s late husband’s private journal, which contains some very explicit details of their married life, has fallen into the wrong hands and now she’s being coerced into having an affair with the blackmailing toad who has it.

Luke Daudet, Viscount Altea, may be a reckless and debauched rake but he's the only person she trusts to help her, despite their tempestuous past. A year before the book begins they had what amounted to a one-night stand. He broke off communications with her because he knew she wasn't the type to be a mistress, and he had no intention of marrying her. But now she needs his help, and there’s no way he can continue to keep his distance from the delectable widow who moves his heart as well as his happy bits.

As an added bonus, there’s a second love story line intertwined with the first: Luke's younger sister and her cousin (though only by marriage), Miles. They grew up together and he's in love with her but thinks it's impossible. Their interactions are sweet and heartfelt, and they add a lot of really great depth to the book.

Emma Wildes creates characters that I love. I really appreciate characters that are intelligent, honest, and straightforward, and Emma Wildes delivers. This second installment in the series features an emotionally tortured hero and for me, the romance is that much sweeter because we get to see him soothed by a loving woman. It’s also interesting to see the juxtaposition of jaded and experienced lovers with the young ingĂ©nue who discovers her first love with a man who has avoided all serious romantic attachments because of his secret love for her.

There’s just the right amount of danger and intrigue to keep the story moving along at the perfect pace. Our Wicked Mistake is very, very satisfying, and Ms. Wildes is an author to watch.

1/3 peppers heat rating for explicit m/f sex

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