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  • Mass Market Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446540293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446540292
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria on 26 Sept. 2010
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I liked that the plot was a bit more unconventional than most of this genre and, although extremely unrealistic within the time period, the ending was unusual. However for the dilemma to work as it needs to, both male leads need to grab your interest and Tristan left me cold from literally the first page, which meant my sympathies were completely one sided. I'm sure this was not the author's intent but it meant I was virtually skimming pages later in the book.

A mixed read, containing both good and bad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Karen L. Mason on 11 Jun. 2009
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I won A Hint of Wicked in a competition and in all honesty I did not hold out much hope. For one, I'm not a great fan of bodice rippers and in my typical Brit way, I was a little cynical at the thought of an American writing about England in the early 19th century.

However, I really enjoyed A Hint of Wicked. Yes, the dialogue is a little `American' in places and it's a tad predictable at times but there is just enough suspense to keep you going until the end and I can guarantee that most women will make the choice for Sophie by the end, although you may not agree with the choice she makes. The sex scenes are no more corny than any sex scene and they don't detract from the story and Sophie isn't some simpering wench, she's a gal with balls.

A great beach read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By crazy on 19 Jan. 2010
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I read a lot of books and I think that I am a bit hard to please. Many many books I have read lately left me empty, didn't feel anything strong, they were so lacking that I forgot them as soon as they were finished. But this book is good! true it is not your typical romance novel, where the H/H are only to each other, this book shows you that a person might have feeling for different people, and it doesn't mean that this person is bad, I don't want to spoil the story but as I said, I applaud Sophie for the choice she had made, although I understand that it must have been a very difficult decision to make!...you have to read this book you won't regret it. I just loved it.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I really wanted to like it 4 Jun. 2009
By Single chick - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like this book -- the plot was unusual, the writing was very well done, and the characterizations were excellent. But the ending ruined it for me. Don't worry, I won't give away the ending here! It's a completely subjective thing, but I strongly felt that Sophie made the wrong choice, and I didn't feel that her internal dialogue or her actions gave me a reason to understand why she made the decision she did. I felt very, very bad for the person who was left out in the cold, and it just felt depressing. Plus, the ending seemed fantastical to me -- there is NO WAY the situation would have been resolved like that in regency English peerage. In the end, I just felt annoyed with Sophie and heartbroken for the one left alone.
28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
It just didn't work for me... 26 Aug. 2009
By Deelze - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I would like this book...but alas I did not. From the beginning I was turned off, I knew who she would pick from the beginning it was soooo obvious! I did not feel Sophie or Tristan (which is my nephew's name by the way) I was expecting something totally different from what I got. The reviews for this book and the fact that it was a different direction for a romance was what hooked me.

As I was reading the book, Jennifer did not take me back to let me see how things ended up the way it did...just a brief prologue at the beginning which was told to me as appose to me being a part of it as it was happening...then we jump ahead 8 years later and she and Tristan are married!!! What the heck, and again the reason's they were married and not me being a part of the whole transaction and how they came together!!! Then the way Garrett came home and all that transpired after was IMO RIDICULOUS!!!

I had a hard time finishing it, I did not like Sophie and the choices she made! I felt for Garrett...I did not like Tristan's stance with him always accusing Garrett of abandoning Sophie when that was far from the truth! The man had amnesia for goodness sake!!! Sophie stayed with Garrett out of guilt not love...she wanted to do the right thing and it turned out to cause more hurt than was necessary!

The secondary situation with Garrett's sister and Fisk took away from the unfolding of the true reason I wanted to read this book...it seemed unnecessary to me there was enough going on with the whole Tristan/Sophie/Garrett situation to add more to an already full plate!

I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK...the second one I will probably read because it's Garrett's story and I want him to have a happy ending, I am glad now in a way he did not pick Sophie...she and Tristan deserved each other!!!
26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Truly a fantastic read! 26 May 2009
By Cinnamon Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. I could leave the review with that but the page might look oddly blank and lonely so I'll continue on. Wow, wow, wow. Jennifer Haymore is one heck of an author and A Hint of Wicked just made its way toward the top of my all time favorites list. This book was so far beyond phenomenal that I can't find a word to describe how awesome it was. Movie over Stephenie Meyer and Jane Austen, in my book, Haymore currently rules the land of Romance and Regency.

A Hint of Wicked is the story of one voracious woman and two very hunky men. As is always the case when we find ourselves in this situation, there is bound to be some great drama. Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, is our heroine and although she's different from the normal rear-kicking tough girls I've been reading lately, she's still strong in her own right. She might not go around wearing tight leather, chasing down the world's evil, but she has a fantastically strong personality that just bleeds off the page. Haymore has done an excellent job with creating a strong woman in this time period and has obviously done her research. For the most part, Sophie conforms to the time period's rules of propriety without coming across as meek, mild and completely bland. Just as the colors of the cover pop out and dance with the eyes, Sophie is a wonderfully colorful character who draws the reader in, becoming a real, flesh and blood person rather than just black words on a grey page.

As in any good romance, there's the beautiful femininity of the heroine and the roguish attraction of the hero. In this case we have two heroes. Holy cow, ladies, you better grab your loveliest fan because these guys are guaranteed to steam up the room. Garrett, Sophie's childhood sweetheart and husband is powerfully built and comes complete with roguish charm. Nothing holds sway over his heart the way that Sophie does. If possible, he would literally turn the world upside down for her. Enter Tristan. Impeccably dressed to the nines, he holds a different charm from Garrett. Completely attractive, his personality is as much as turn-on as Garrett's body is. When Garrett leaves for war and news of his possible death at the battle of Waterloo reaches Sophie and Tristan, it just about breaks them both. Years later, when hope of Garrett's return finally dies away, the two friends realize the flame of desire between them and wed, beginning a happy life as husband and wife. What could be better? They are Duke and Duchess, wanting for nothing, safe in each other's arms. Right up until the moment that Garrett returns that is.

What follows is a harrowing story of love, betrayal, passion, madness and intrigue. What will Sophie's fate be when she's confronted by two husbands? Will she have to choose between them? Is she even capable of doing that? With her two men vying for her heart and fighting against one another, Sophie wants no more than to welcome happiness back into their lives, but it seems that the entire world is set to fight against her.

As you may have noticed, I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. Did I mention that I loved it? I usually tend toward Urban Fantasy when choosing books to read, but this one called out to me and I am so ecstatic that I welcomed it. I have not read a book so full of passion and emotion in a long while. I was literally perched on the very edge of my seat, my eyes ripping through the words, trying very hard to force myself not to skip down just to find out what happens next. As with any Regency novel, this one was full of the intrigue that seemed to flow throughout the time period. Haymore does a fantastic job of creating twists, turns and side stories to keep us guessing throughout the book.

The characters! Oh, man the characters. What a fantastic job Haymore did with her character development. We continued to watch Sophie, Garrett and Tristan develop throughout the book, but from the moment they stepped foot on the page, they had already become real people. Their complexities, beauty and quirks all made them so very realistic. At times, it was difficult to remember that I was reading a book and not sitting, watching a beautifully produced play.

Haymore did a fantastic job of bringing her story to life and I highly recommend everyone go out, buy the book and read it. That being said, here it is: Fair Warning Time. There are adult themes in this book. There are intimate scenes sweetly depicted within these colorful pages. While not overflowing, there are enough scenes that I would be amiss if I didn't let readers know. In no way does it detract from the story and the scenes are written so beautifully that it really does play an integral part in what makes this book so fantastic. I would give it a sensuality rating of 4/5.

I give A Hint of Wicked a giant A and if I could give extra credit points I would. I gave extra kudos to the passion and characters because those are the two aspects that really made this book spectacular. Both the sweet and spicy passion, both in terms of love and in terms of character interactions and the character development were wonderfully executed.

Seriously, I would not be surprised in the slightest if people are talking about this book for a while. It will hold an honored spot on my bookshelf and I imagine I'm going to have to protect the cover so that it doesn't fall off after I've read it over and over again. What are you waiting for? Go read it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Likeable characters, agnst and conflict 19 Sept. 2009
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore
Historical Romance June 1st, 2009
4 stars

I loved 'A Hint of Wicked' by up and coming author Jennifer Haymore.
Haymore's writing is clean and crisp. Her book was easy to read and hard to put
down.

The thing that I enjoyed most about the novel were the likeable characters. The story has all the conflict and angst a reader could want. It is a twist on a classic love triangle story. Sophie first husband disappeared and was presumed dead after years of hopeless waiting years she finally decides to go on living. And discovers a new and different kind of love with her best friend Tristan. But suddenly Garrett returns and he is wants his wife back. Sophie has a tough decision to make. It's such a good story. Because there is so much to like about both men, I am sure that some will be disappointed by Sophie's choice. I, however, loved the ending and felt that she did end up with the right man.

This story was so intense because you will love both the heroes and Sophie's decision is a rough one. I'm looking forward to her next book, which is supposed to be about the man Sophie didn't pick!

Reviewed by Sophia from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wishing for a slightly more satisfying ending 8 Aug. 2009
By Jen C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the more unusual romances I've read in a while, Jennifer Haymore delivers a sensual, complicated plot that leaves the reader begging for more.

Sophie, our heroine, is caught in an unusual love triangle consisting of herself, her long lost but believed to be dead husband Garrett, and her current husband Tristan. To make things more complicated, Tristan is Garrett's cousin and inherited Garrett's title when he was believed to have died at Waterloo. Sophie has loved both men romantically and will be forced to choose between them when Garrett returns from the dead.

Sophie is a sympathetic heroine in every sense of the word. Her childhood sweetheart--Garrett--was everything she could have ever wanted. She married him and gave him a child. She waited eight years for his return before Tristan stepped in and they fell in love. Both of them had deep remaining affections for Garrett. But he is not the same person he used to he. He has been deeply affected by the war and has holes in his memories. Sophie finds herself longing for Tristan and what she used to have with Garrett.

Even with the love triangle and all of its complications, Haymore manages to include a suspense plotline in the story as well. As a debut novel, I was impressed. Up until the end, I was compelled to continue turning the pages. I expect that we'll continue to see stellar work from Haymore. It gets four stars instead of five only because there was a piece of the ending missing. I wish she'd given us an epilogue, but I'm guessing she may be saving that for a future book.
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