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My Lord Wicked (Historical Regency Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Bolen
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Winner Best Historical Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards
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What woman would dare make her home at eerie Marshbanks Abbey, perched on a stony hill in remote Northumbria? It is said its owner, the brilliant botanist, Lord Stacks, killed his beautiful bride there ten years earlier.

Unaware of the tales of Lord Stacks' wickedness, Freddie Lambeth comes to live with her guardian, and through his caring blossoms from a plain, shabbily dressed girl to a lovely young woman. Freddie and Lord Stacks come to need each other as his flowers need sunshine, but Stacks cannot allow himself to love her. His own wickedness has destroyed any chance for happiness.

Praise for Cheryl Bolen's novels:

"Cheryl Bolen's books are going to be keepers." – Christina Dodd, NY Times Bestseller

"Once again the author has proven herself to be one of the best authors in the Regency romance field today." – Huntress Reviews

". . .a rising star in the historical/regency romance genre." – A Romance Review

"Bolen. . .does a wonderful job of building simmering sexual tension." – Booklist


Was he in a hurry to be rid of her? At least he wanted a sensational mate for her. There was only one mate for her, she thought morosely. And he would be sensational. She closed her eyes and thought of being enfolded in Lord Stack's strong embrace, of resting her face against his chest, of lifting her lips to his. She grew hot as she imagined what it would feel like to have his mouth on hers, his tongue parting her lips. A wet heat centered between her legs. Her thoughts drifted even further away. She thought of lying with him, wet flesh against wet flesh. She could almost feel his mouth close around one breast.

"You do not look happy," he said.

She drew a deep breath and faced him. "It seems my company grows tedious for you. You are in so great a haste to marry me off, to be rid of me."

He reached out and touched a finger to her cheek. "I attempt to be selfless, Miss Lambeth. I want what is best for you. For myself, I would have you at Marshbanks Abbey until the end of my days."

Until the end of his days. If only. . . He studied her face for a moment. "I believe the prospect does not offend you."

"You must believe me when I tell you I've never been happier than in these past few months at the abbey." She had wanted to say these past few months with you.

"Then your life must have been singularly uneventful before."

She smiled. "That, too."

He took a sip of wine, peering at her over the rim of his glass. "Do you miss your father?"

She gathered a handful of soft fabric from her skirt into her hand. "To be honest, no."

His brows lowered. "How can that be? You seem to worry over every creature. You are so very caring."

"The exact word I would use to describe you, my lord. However, caring is not a word I would use to describe my father, although he did care very much for my mother. Unfortunately, he held me responsible for taking her from him."

"But that's ridiculous! You didn't ask to be born!"

"He did not see it that way."

Stacks watched the leaves of the tree shimmer in the breeze and did not speak for a moment. "So that explains why your education in the feminine arts was so neglected."

She nodded. "You have shown me more love in these past few months than I received in an entire lifetime." She felt her cheeks growing hot. Why had she used the word love? She had not meant to burden him with details of her unhappy life, but she felt incredibly open whenever she was with him. "That is why I've been so happy here, why I am in no hurry to leave the walls of Marshbanks Abbey."

He reached out and took her hand. "You have a home here for as long as you want."

She looked up at him, her eyes swimming in pools of unshed tears.

Lord Stacks was moving to her. She felt his arms close around her. She felt his warm breath on her cheek, and she lif

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Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. In 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards for eBooks published the prior year, and one of her 2011 novellas won Best Historical Novella. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.

A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website,, and more recent ones on her blog, Readers are welcomed at both places.

Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master's degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very wicked..... 8 Nov. 2012
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I think the title of this novel is incredibly misleading and in fact has had a detrimental effect on my enjoyment of the novel. I expected Lord Stacks (Lord Wicked) to be in the run of Regency heros, a rake, in need of reform. In fact he is a rather dull botanist who has become reclusive following the death of his first wife whom he is suspected of murdering. That suspicion is the total sum of his "wickedness". Freddie (the heroine) is escaping an unhappy family background and he is her guardian to whom she flees. She becomes infatuated with him and foils all attempts to marry her off to other suitors. The plot is decent enough and the characters are well drawn but I felt there wasn't a lot of excitement about this novel, mainly because Stacks is quite dull. He fights off her attentions with overwhelming honour until he finally gives up but it all seems a bit contrived. I paid .77p for this novel and it was a good afternoon's read for that. I wouldnt seek out further work by the author though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 11 May 2012
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My Lord Wicked is a Regency romance by Cheryl Bolen. This is a more serious romance story, and I will admit not the type of thing I normally read. I did find it to be enjoyable though. It is a very character driven story, and I think that Bolen did a good job of fleshing the characters out and making them seem true to the time period, as opposed to the way a more modern couple would have behaved. The story begins with one of the main characters, Freddie, looking to escape her current situation as a poor relative living with her aunt who doesn't seem to like her. From here, she is able to appeal to her guardian whom she has never met to take her into his household. The plot then goes on in a somewhat predictable way; since this is a romance we know that they will fall in love even though he is twenty years her senior. However there were a few twists and turns that made this more interesting, such as the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of his first wife. My only problem with the book is that these plot twists were tied up a bit too quickly at the end.

Overall I would say this is a good read for any lover of Regency romance, and it is likely I will be reading more of Bolen's work in the future.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LORD AND HIS WARD 4 Sept. 2011
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Miss Freddie Lambeth has written to her guardian Thomas Lord Stacks, she requests if she can visit him. Her Aunt and Uncle are trying to marry her to a gout ridden man of 70 years old, she is desperate to escape away from them and their odious but beautiful daughter Roxanne. Lord Stacks is quite looking forward to his ward visiting he is more of a recluse since the death of his wife Elizabeth, rumours are rife about her death and his involvement. He is pleased that he will have the company of his departed old friends son Freddie. Only when he goes to meet the coach he is amazed to find that Freddie is a she and not a he.
I really enjoyed this story I have not read this author before and was pleasantly surprised. The characters are well developed and the story flows very well. lord Stacks is a good man even though he is the object of gossip locally and in London regarding his marriage. He makes every effort to give Freddie a warm welcome. Freddie is only eighteen but very mature for her age, her father had always blamed her for his wife's death, straight after Freddie was born. Although Lord Stacks is much older than her in his late thirties, it does not prevent Freddie falling in love with him. But Thomas has sworn never to marry again. A very satisfying read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked? 4 Oct. 2011
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I agree with most of the previous review. I read it all in a single afternoon and really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Freddie and Thomas, Lord Stacks. Freddie has been brought up by her father, with little female influence and is therefore quite mature for her age. Lord Stacks is a bit more enigmatic and harder to know, as he is guarding both himself and Freddie, from being hurt by the scandal of the death of his first wife.

I did wonder where the "wicked" part came in, until we got to Lord Stacks actions around his first wife's death, which were actually quite wicked. I felt Freddie should have been more shocked, rather than latching onto the one thing, that allowed the mystery to be wrapped up rather too neatly.

A good read, but not faultless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so wicked, but a pleasant enough read. 20 Aug. 2014
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The problem with choosing a title for a book, is - for good or ill - it then sums up the book itself. In the case of "My Lord Wicked" the big problem here is, the man in question, simply... isn't. Tortured, definitely. Guilt stricken, certainly. Reclusive, and plagued with doubts about his own morality, after the unfortunate death of his first wife? Unquestionably. But wicked? No. Not even a little. Unless you count a love of botany, and an inability to spell (yes, really) as wicked. The Marques De Sade, he isn't. More Prince Charles. Only better looking, obviously.

So, what of the story? Nothing too shocking or unpredictable, and if you're looking for hot quivering passion, and a real bodice ripper, look elsewhere. There's a little mention of light bondage, the occasional mention of arousal, and the obligatory sex scene at the end, where she - of course - goes into orgasm from his penetrating her with little foreplay, as all women naturally do. (Especially virgins.)

As some have mentioned, the various problems the brooding hero of this story faced, seemed to be wrapped up rather too quickly and neatly, in a somewhat Scooby-Dooish ending. And really, his first wife was breathing when he left the room, and seemed to be fine, but was dead when he returned, and he didn't feel there was ANYthing odd about this? And he was clearly aware, she kept putting herself in real peril, yet had no qualms about a bit of autoerotic asphyxiation, with clearly no idea what he was doing? Did no alarm bells ring at that point for him? "Hmm, she has no problem with tossing herself out of a carriage and breaking bones, and now she wants me to choke her during sex, after prolonged abstinence by myself. What could possibly go wrong here...?
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