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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Just what I was looking for... 6 Oct. 2012
By A. M. Bookdragon - Published on
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The publisher's description of this book is misleading.

Anna is isolated and pretty much held prisoner by her scandalous, and I think mentally unstable , mother who is a member of the demimonde. Her mother is famous for her lovers and wild parties. she also lies constantly even leaving Anna unsure of her own age and paternity. Her mother would parade her like a pet in front of the demimonde occasionally, but only from a distance. Anna hated these occassions, hated the whispers and stares. Her dream was to live in a country cottage out of the eyes of society, get a dog and just be free.

Max thumbs his noise at the ton by basking in the demimonde, seeing the life as a type of freedom, something he never new in his childhood. A childhood made unhappy by uncaring parents.

They first meet the night that Max's brother dies leaving him the Viscount. He gets drunk at one of her mother's party and wanders into an area of the house Anna is in. Anna and Max connect emotionally that night and he promises to call on her in a weeks time. Thanks to her mother's interference she thinks he never shows and he thinks she has refused to see him.

Fast forward 4 years and Anna discovers not only her paternity but that her father had promised upkeep money for her. A promise her mother states he never kept. Hearing from her nursemaid/companion that she has 2 brothers who would likely honor the monetary debt she sneaks from her mother's house to meet them. She expects to collect the money buy a little cottage and and gain freedom from her mother. She did not expect to find a family who wanted to know her. Nor did she expect her brother's good friend Max to be there as well.

After a dealing with an initial and thankfully short fit of hurt and mistrust over her supposed turning him away 4 years ago, Max's goals are from the first to MARRY Anna. Not seduce her the way the description makes it sound. Anna loves Max but feels being a viscountess is impossible due to the gossip of the ton. She wanted to both live a life of privacy out of the eyes of society and protect Max and his family from being ostracized. The reviewer who thought it was odd that Anna, rejecting her mothers way of life slept with Max before marriage had me wonder what book she read. Anna's issues with her mother were the careless cruelty and the lies not her sexual exploits.

I loved the story. Both characters were unique and likeable. I wish I had seen more interaction with Anna and her newly discovered family, and often wondered how it escaped them that Anna and Max were spending so much time together, but that is my only complaint.
By gayle pace - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Anna Rees had grown up with her mother living a sheltered life until she meets Viscount Maximilian Dane, fascinated her, even though he was drunk. He had a charming aura about him.This wasn't a one sided admiration. Max was in awe of the Innocent Anna. He had never been around anyone who was so charmingly honest and sweetly shy. They had a meeting planned but due to circumstances that meeting didn't take place until 4 years later. They both ran into each other when Anna went to visit her newly found half brother, the Marquess of Engsly. Max was also there visiting a friend.

Once their misunderstanding as settled, they became instantly attracted to one another again.
Most of the book was a lovely romantic read. The author developed Anna's character the most.. She became independent for the first time in her life, being away from her possessive and jealous mother.. During this independence she discovered how to let go of her own life for the love of a lifetime.
To me, Max was a rake and would always e a rake. This was his choice. He is a charming and handsome and does care for Anna but I guess I would have liked a bit more of him giving up some of himself as Anna is willing to do. I would have like for the character of Max to have been a little more descriptive and a little more romantic to Anna. Anna was told much more of than Max. I would have liked to have known more about him.
Even though Anna grew up in less than wonderful conditions, her new found independence made her sort of unlikely to accept help from anyone, Extremely stubborn and at times, just a pain. It became rather monotonous real quick.
I didn't find the book all that engaging. I had a hard time keeping my attention on the book. The characters and the plot were so much like other books. I wanted more

I would suggest that you get a copy of the book and read it, then draw your own conclusion. What clicks for one reader may not for another.

I was given a complimentary copy of PRACTICALLY WICKED from the author Alissa Johnson and ManicReaders for my view for the book. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.
4 1/2 Kisses, TwoLips Reviews 3 Mar. 2013
By Linda D. Crooks - Published on
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Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 1/2 Kisses, ) peppers (M/F sweet romance)

When Viscount Maximilian Dane first meets Miss Anna Rees, he's drunk and just inherited his title. He's not pleased to have inherited the responsibility. Despite his stupor, he manages to see the allure of Anna, which is contrary to her reputation of being a spoiled Ice Queen. For her part, Anna is sure she is simultaneously the most notorious and the most boring spinster in the world. He promises to call on her the following week, but it doesn't happen. She's disappointed, but moves on. They run into each other four years later when she goes to meet her half brother, who happens to be Max's close friend. She thinks he blew her off, but he actually did try to see her and was turned away by her controlling and manipulative mother. He is unaware of her mother's interference and thinks Anna refused to see him.

I really love Anna and Max together; they have great chemistry and communication. The early misunderstanding that kept them apart isn't dragged out too much, and that scores big points with me as a reader. I prefer characters who communicate with each other and find their conflict elsewhere.

Anna was an extremely sheltered character, almost to the point that I would consider it abuse. She rarely left her mother's bawdy house, so her scope of experiences is very limited. She's a charming blend of innocence and intelligence, which makes for a very likeable heroine.

Once again I was enchanted by an extremely well-written story and didn't really miss the lack of heat. The story moved at a comfortable pace and kept me interested from the very first page. Alissa Johnson is an author to follow and I can recommend Practically Wicked to readers who enjoy a good, not-racy historical romance.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, though could have been better 7 May 2013
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book left me feeling slightly unsatisfied, in part due to my own expectations formed from its intriguing premise, which might have set me up for some disappointments.

Anna Rees had grown up with her courtesan mother in the demimonde, living a cloistered life until one night when she encounters Viscount Maximilian Dane, who, despite being drunk, fascinated her in his charming demeanor. Max was equally enchanted with the innocent Anna, who had never seen such a mix of refreshing honesty and shyness. Max promised to call on Anna again, but due to a misunderstanding their meeting was postponed for four years, when Anna came to visit her newly discovered half-brother, the Marquess of Engsly, where Max was also present as a visiting friend.

In spite of the initial hostility Max displayed towards Anna, his distrust and anger quickly vanished when their earlier misunderstanding was cleared up. This led the story to be told pleasantly for a great part of the book, as Max and Anna amicably got to know each other and became increasingly fond of each other. Anna had the most character development in this story, as she experienced independence for the first time, away from the possessive influence of her jealous (but not strictly mean) mother, and realized how to sacrifice her own life for the love of a lifetime.

Max, on the other hand, is not very multidimensional. He eludes briefly to having a conflict with his father and brother, but not enough is expanded on either subject to provide a deeper background for the reason of his choosing to be a rake. Certainly, he is charming and kind and does care for Anna, but I would like have for his past to have had more mention, as the bit about his sister's fate seemed perfunctorily added, just for the sake of giving him some additional depth. In conjunction with the fact that Max's point of view is told less than Anna's, it is hard to truly get a grasp on his character.

A problem I had with Anna is that her character, despite experiencing changes throughout the story, is still rather flat. Her archetype is an innocent flower who's grown up in a scandalous and unfit environment, turning her to a wild-eyed adventurer when suddenly confronted with the outside world and her new family. Instead, Anna is stubborn, highly argumentative, and behaves like someone who cannot accept any help from others. Her assertion of independence is somewhat understandable, but ultimately not likable.

The final resolution leading to the HEA also seemed forced, very much a last-minute revelation, of dealing with problems that were largely ignored (but always present) throughout Anna and Max's growing courtship.

To sum it up, I feel ambivalent about this book; the story lacked a concise plot, and the characters, though charming as the author had crafted them so, were dry and mediocre. In the nicest way, this was a pleasant read of acceptable quality. More critically put, this is not very unappealing and there are other stories with better plots and characters.

It is not of my opinion that every story must have a central conflict or struggle, but the presence of some strong antagonistic forces only gives the final HEA a more fulfilling taste. The main antagonist here was Anna's mother, who actually served as only a minor character, a mere plot device to create more action in the story.

I would like to stress that this isn't a bad book at all, but it lacks elements that would have made this a great historical romance. Alissa Johnson is a wonderful author who wrote several interesting stories (my favorite being As Luck Would Have It), so while this one may not be a clear success, I urge readers to try her other books and experience the finer points of her writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed greatly! 12 Dec. 2012
By KBT - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Practically Wicked is another sweet, witty and well written romance from Alissa Johnson. Max and Anna where well matched and it was great getting to revisit with the Haverstons.
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