Catriona Kincaid has spent the better part of her life living with her uncle's family in England. Having been sent to them as a young girl, Catriona has never really felt welcome, especially since her uncle refuses to allow her to even think about going home to Scotland.
To her uncle, their clan name and their Scottish kin mean less than nothing. But to Catriona, they mean everything. For years she has strived to not forget anything about her childhood before the Red Coats came and shattered her entire world. Upon her arrival at her uncle's home years ago, Catriona vowed to one day return to Scotland and find her brother - she had no idea that she would have to follow through with her plans so suddenly and without much planning. Evidently her abusive cousin's ex-fiancé is suddenly desirous of a union with Catriona. A union Catriona neither wants nor needs given the way the purported groom feels about the Scots. Escaping her uncle's watchful eyes for an afternoon, she travels to Newgate Prison to make the deal of a lifetime with whom she thinks to be the devil himself.
Simon Wescott is the illegitimate son of a nobleman. Dishonored and disreputable for his romantic exploits alone, he is also held in the public eye as a war hero. Thrown into Newgate Prison for supposedly running up debts, he is actually there because of an angry father. When Catriona Kincaid comes to him with her plans and offers him half of her dowry in exchange for his help, Simon doesn't hesitate to negotiate the terms to his best advantage. Two days and one seduction later, Simon and Catriona are headed to Scotland to be wed.
Simon and Catriona wed at Gretna Green and while Simon wants nothing more than to leave Catriona in Scotland, he IS a rake after all, he can't make himself leave her. More than once he has to play hero to her damsel when enemies show themselves and threaten Catriona. Passionate by nature, Simon does not understand how or why Catriona affects him. And affects him she does.
SOME LIKE IT WICKED gave me several hours of reading pleasure. From the first scene where Simon and Catriona meet when she is young girl to the last scene of the epilogue, I found myself more than once in stitches and laughing out loud at Catriona's and Simon's witty repertoire with each other. Simon fully intended to leave Catriona in Scotland alone and while I knew in my heart he wouldn't do it, I liked reading about his fight with his conscience over his plans. Catriona was a strong heroine and while innocent in body, her heart belonged to Simon. Their passion was heady and sensual and I loved seeing the love between them grow.
Teresa Medeiros has written a highly entertaining and passionate novel with SOME LIKE IT WICKED. I was swept away to the highlands of Scotland and I cherished every word. Now my wait begins for the next installment, Some Like It Wild, set for release spring of 2009. *** Natalie for Wild on Books***