- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420104837
- ISBN-13: 978-1420104837
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jude Bertrand has always enjoyed house parties with the Yorks, not least because of that glint of wickedness that Marissa somehow manages to conceal. Not that he fools himself she even knows he exists. Marissa likes pale, pampered pretty boys, while Jude is very much a man - big, strong and far from pretty.
Yet with ruination threatening, and Marissa refusing to marry the man responsible, Jude is more than happy to step in to save her from scandal. Still, as long as they hush up the rumours and there are no unfortunate consequences, their engagement need only be an act. Or so Marissa comforts herself. Until Jude begins to show her his wicked side...
Victoria Dahl returns to Victorian England for her fourth historical, and start of a new series. Once again her heroine is a bad girl, not to mention spoiled, haughty and terribly shallow. Actually, there were moments when I found Marissa difficult to like at all. Only her ability to realise when she's gone too far redeemed her for me.
And then there was Jude. Not handsome, but definitely sexy, Jude is a man with a plan, and his ability to give Marissa the run around was wonderful. He's good-natured, friendly and sneaky. His games, combined with his real desire to win, without becoming competitive, made him an intriguing and vastly likeable hero.Read more ›
Really amusing story of Marissa getting into trouble which could ruin her reputation and Jude kindly steps in to help her but he's not exactly what she looks for in a husband. He's not the typical handsome man but as they go on their journey to cover up her indiscretions she realises that he is better than all the other gentlemen but is it too late. Could they have a lift together?
There were parts that made me laugh as Marissa confesses her antics and the reactions of the characters are quite amusing. There was plenty of passion between the pair which leads to Marissa wanting more with amusing outcomes. I really enjoyed this and will have to read more of her books.
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Marissa begins the story at a disadvantage with the reader. She comes off as extremely spoiled, thoughtless, and selfish. I also originally thought she was rather stupid, but I can excuse that because of the liquor involved in the scene. But she comes off as whiny and immature. She wants her way and doesn't understand why everything has to change. Well, she does understand, but she would rather just ignore it.
I was afraid that I would dislike her for a while, but she actually grew on me pretty quickly. She quickly realizes that there are more people impacted by her actions than just herself and decides to suck it up and deal. Unfortunately for her, she has to deal with Jude, who is not at all her type. Marissa is attracted to the pretty boys. She likes the pretty, thin, graceful, rather effeminate men who dress well and look nice on her arm. Jude is large, and muscular, and not pretty at all. She has to learn to see past all her preconceptions and learn where the true value of a person lies and the difference between lust and love.
The author made a bold choice starting the book out where she did. I really appreciated getting to see a character make a genuine mistake and have to deal with the consequences. Marissa was vain and way too caught up in appearances, but she was still a nice person. She slowly learned to value Jude for his true self. Her lust was much more easily engaged than her heart. Speaking of lust; I am so pleased to actually see a female character lusting after men. She didn't let her hormones rule her, but she appreciated a pretty man and a nice show of leg. She knew there was pleasure to be had, and she wanted to embrace it. It was nice to see a female finding many men attractive and not only being blind to it all until the hero came along.
Jude was such an excellent hero. He was self confident, and he knew who he was. He was also an excellent judge of character. He had Marissa pegged shortly after meeting her. He didn't want to change her though; he wanted to revel in her enjoyment of pleasure and please them both. He was extremely hard to insult. Most of the time he just shrugged off irritating comments thrown his way, but when a comment from Marissa found its mark, it had impeccable aim. I loved watching Jude discover more about himself, but I was so sorry for him too. It's hard caring about someone who's quick to lash out because she won't admit, or doesn't recognize, her true feelings.
Their relationship was a lot of fun to watch develop. They actually seemed like they became quite good friends. I value that quite highly in my romances. This book had some pretty hot moments. Jude had quite a way with foreplay, and he could sure draw out the tension between them.
I liked getting to see Marissa's friends and family. I wonder if this will turn into a loosely connected series like her other historicals did. I see potential between her friend and another character after that awkward moment toward the end. I'd also really like to learn more about Aidan and see him overcome his crankiness. I hope we get to see more about them!
Historical Romance -Aug. 3, 2010
4 1/2 stars
Marissa York let curiosity and a little too much wine go to her head, and she disgraced herself with a fashionable young man in her family's sewing room. Now she has to marry! But Marissa has refused the offer of the young man who `helped' her get into this catastrophe. (Unfortunately, his fumbling about was so disappointing she did not want a repeat performance!) So her brother is determined to find her a replacement.
Fortunately, her brother's good friend, Jude Bertrand, (the bastard son of a Duke), steps into the breech and offers to `save' her. For years, Jude has recognized Marissa's adventurous nature but he felt her youth forbade his pursuit. But now that she's older and in a fix Jude feels this is just the time to play the hero.
I really enjoyed this book, because it explored the question of a young woman's burgeoning sensuality in a historical context when sensuality was hardly acknowledged. She has these feelings that she can't discuss with anyone, but they won't go away. Though the story is largely about sensuality, it isn't erotica, and descriptions of sex are not the point of the story. The book does a nice job of capturing that confused time in young adulthood when many conflicting ideas scramble for a toehold in a person's consciousness: looks versus character, words versus action, family versus society. Both characters are interesting and have real depth. I immediately liked them and became invested in their growing realtionship.
This was a charming and absorbing read that I highly recommend!
Reviewed by Adrienne from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
A LITTLE BIT WILD starts off on an interesting and unexpected note. Marissa York, a vivacious but flighty girl, gets carried away one night and loses her virginity to a man she has no intention of marrying. The man turns out to be a terrible suitor--and a even worse lover--sending Marissa's family searching for a way to cover up the scandal. The only way is an impromptu fake engagement to a bastard son of a duke, Jude Bertrand. Marissa is horrified since she prefers fine-formed gentlemen who are thin of leg. Jude is all man, and not much of a dancer.
What Marissa doesn't know is that Jude sees past her flighty exterior and sees a passionate woman whose desires have no outlet in the repressive Regency English society. He decides to turn this fake engagement into a way for him to ruly court Marissa's fiery spirit and prove himself her match. Of course, things aren't that easy. Oh, and there's a bit of a mystery as well!
I don't know about you, but I'm sick like hell of swooning virgins and women who don't know where their vaginas are. I like my heroines a bit more frisky.
You see, I'm a fan of untraditional heroines, and this fit the bill fo me. Marissa is a sexy, passionate woman, encumbered by the restraints that society places on female sexuality. Marissa's growth from an impulsive, silly girl to a woman who understands and embraces the power and dangers of her sexuality is a great one. This, admittedly, wallpaper historical romance is very modern in its message about sexuality and the dangers therein.
Marissa is a fun heroine, but Jude is what really makes the book. He's confident without being a jerk. His past as a duke's bastard gives him some issues, but he doesn't get overwrought about it. His own transformation as well as the way that he helps Marissa mature, are really fun to read.
Dont' let the cover put you off. Ms. Dahl wrote a great historical full of female empowerment and is fun to read to boot. What more could you want?
Here are few more great book by this author; Talk Me Down, To Tempt A Scotsman (Zebra Debut),The Wicked West and Crazy for Love (Hqn).
Looking forward to Midnight Kiss: Midnight Confessions\Midnight Surrender\Midnight Assignment Due out-Oct 26, 2010 This author's 1stcontemporary novella in a special Harlequin New Years' anthology called Midnight Kiss. Her story is "Midnight Assignment."
I love that the women in Dahl's books don't back down, and if they do there's usually a benefit for them (fine by me!) A LITTLE BIT WILD holds true to that. Marissa outwardly comes across as a very refined, proper lady. But inside, she's different. She has a desire to know about being wild. She wants to have fun, so she does. Even though it goes against society. I loved that she did what she wanted to and she owned up to the mistakes she made. Not once did she lay blame on someone else for her indiscretion.
Jude. Well, let's see where do I start with Jude. He's the opposite of Marissa. On the outside he comes across burly and insignificant. His reputation is that of a lesser male, one that society doesn't necessarily frown upon, but they don't regard him highly either. Unlike Marissa, his outwardly appearance is wild and free spirited. Inside though, he's a gentleman. He cares about women and how they are treated. Jude knows how to love. My favorite thing about Jude is that he understands Marissa and respects her wants/needs to explore the scandalous nature of sex.
When Marissa needs someone to help her and save her family's reputation Jude steps in to help. Then he doesn't back down even though Marissa pushes. More than once while reading about these two I forgot this was a historical novel. The writing isn't stuffy and neither are the characters. Even Marissa's brother, Baron York, isn't as stuffy as he could be. The care and love he has for his sister comes through very well.
A couple of times the book slows down and drags while the family goes back and forth trying to keep Marissa's reputation from being ruined. But all in all this is a great read. As usual, Dahl's writing jumps off the page and makes you fall in love with characters.
So even if you aren't a fan of Historical Romance I still recommend this book. You'll love it anyway (I hope)!