The first time they met, Jered Mandeville, the Duke of Kittridge, finds sixteen-year old Tessa Astley amusing. Though her younger brother is there, Jered is unable to resist softly kissing the pretty teenager. From that magical moment on, she knows that she has found her life's love. Though he finds her amusing, love is not in his vocabulary.
Three years later, they wed, but its more of a marriage of convenience than anything else. He needs a breeding cow to provide him children and Tessa still amuses him. She wants his love. The night they marry, Jered travels to London to enjoy the night life. However, to his rue and confusion, Tessa follows him because she wants his soul just as she has hand her own over to his heart.
Georgian romance readers will relish Karen Ranney's latest wicked fantasy, UPON A WICKED TIME. The story line is typical of the sub-genre, but the depth of the characters, especially the lead protagonists, turns the novel into a non-stop read. The witticism of Tessa adds to the overall feeling that this is a superior book above most others from the sub-genre. Fans of historical romance will gain much pleasure and enjoyment from a splendid story.