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Wicked As Sin: A Novel (A Boscastle Affairs Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jillian Hunter
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Book Description

Award-winning author Jillian Hunter has written a deliciously sexy new novel rife with sly wit, perilous temptation, and breathless passion.

Handsome cavalry officer Sir Gabriel Boscastle returns from Waterloo a hero, only to resume his pursuit of forbidden pleasures in London. There is no bet this cynical gentleman will not take–and no woman he cannot seduce. But when he travels to the country manor he wins during a card game, he discovers there is one gamble he has never risked and that he may have met his match. His opponent and neighbor is none other than Alethea Claridge, the only person who stood by him during his wildest years and the only woman ever to captivate his heart.

The beautiful and solitary Lady Alethea is seemingly still mourning for her fiancé, who died in battle. But beneath her shield of feigned sorrow, she hides an unspeakable secret–one that could destroy her reputation forever. So when this dark horseman thunders back into her life one night, she is understandably wary of him. She had defended Gabriel once when he was a wicked boy. But now, as a beguiling man, he makes his sensual desires well known even as he swears he will reform. Will the irresistible scoundrel redeem himself and restore her trust in love or ruin her completely? She will soon have her answer as Gabriel challenges everything she believes about love, about herself, and about what it takes to be a hero.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 310 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345503937
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (24 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010SEMD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars sensual fun with a serious tint 12 Nov. 2011
By Antonia
Format:Kindle Edition
I have trundled quickly through the Boscastle series and found this book to be one of my favourites. Focusing as it does on cousin Gabriel and his 'beautiful champion', Lady Alethea; the one who got away, the story convincingly weaves the lives of family into a richer tapestry, for those who have followed the series. Yet it stands alone as a story too. Saucy mix of steam, romance, pomp, intrigue and family. There is the delicious fairy-tale unreality that the guy always gets the girl via a few duels, social hiccups, illicit meetings, doubts and dastedly deeds. However, there is enough sense of the difficult history of these characters to draw me beyond the fantasy. There is a humour and humanity that underscores the fantastical and frivolous. The story of Lady Alethea's silent struggle with a previous rape by a 'hero' fiance, which leaves her 'ruined' for marriage according to polite society at the time, lends a tenderness and awareness to the love story, a brave topic to introduce into the genre, played out in a language of hope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 Nov. 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
i love this series very good
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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read, but not a keeper 5 July 2008
By LuvGirl - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We all know Gabriel from the previous books in the Boscastle series. He's the blacksheep cousin of the family. Now he's back from Waterloo and still up to his old tricks of being A reckless gambler and rogue. He wins A country manor right next door to the woman he's been pining for since he was a teenager. The beautiful Lady Alethea has always had A soft spot in her heart for the troubled youth that he was, but now she's finding out that it's even harder to resist the troubled man. The book will take you on A journey of secrets and misunderstandings, and the redemption of A scoundrel by the love of the woman he's always wanted.

This book was an okay read. I was really looking forward to reading about Gabriel's story after seeing what an exciting scoundrel he was in the previous books of the Boscastle series, but like most of the romance series that are out there now, he was not as exciting in his own book. I wanted to see A little of the same man that was so fascinating in the other books, but there were little of his old personality in this book. There were moments when I saw A shadow of the old Gabriel with his biting wit and easy going ways but his character took on A change that did not live up to the Gabriel of the past. Also, the storyline was not interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages and after I got to page 250 I started to lose interest. I still consider Jiillian Hunter A good writer though because she has A way of drawing you into the story with the characters clever wit [especially the hero's] and I always appreciate that in A book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the last offering 3 July 2008
By Tams - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book follows the wicked Bostcastle cousin we have all come to know from the previous series. Gabriel is known for his sinful vices and gambling skill. He wins an estate at a game of chance that happens to be in the village where he grew up. Here he becomes reaquainted with the heroine Lady Alethea, who had also grown up in the village. We begin to learn about Gabriel's difficult childhood that shaped him into the scoundrel he was to become. Alethea had been the one nice memory in a bleak childhood, and the only one to show kindness to a boy acting out in his anger.

There is alot of character interaction and it is easy to see how the childhood acquaintances fall in love.

Alethea is also harboring a heartbreaking secret of her own. This leads to a big misuderstanding. The heroine, not being actually adverse to sharing her secret, but rather always looking for the opportune moment allows the secret to go on to long and the misuderstanding occurs. Gabriel becomes a bit of a hypocrit. However, the misunderstanding is resolved fairly quickly without being drawn out for to long.

There is a nice set up at the end for the next book in the series.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best... 12 July 2008
By Jody Allen - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had so looked forward to reading Gabriel"s story but this one is such a big letdown. The story never seemed to create a momentum that could sustain it to a satisfying end. The "big secret" of the heroine is a cliche that has been used too often in books of this period of late. Ms Hunter let poor Gabriel ( and her loyal readers) down with such a lackluster offering.It kind of felt like this book was a "have to" rather than a " want to" for this author. If you are a Hunter loyal reader get it used, if you aren't familar with this author try her A DEEPER MAGIC, which is a far better offering from this well established author
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak ending 16 Aug. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with the majority of the reviewers of this book that it is not one of Hunter's best and I believe the Boscastle series has probably done its dash now. I really loved the first half - it had an emotional depth that I was really enjoying. Then things went to pot. I didn't like the way Gabriel was obsessed by Alethea's sexual past when it was clear that she loved him in the 'here and now'. But the really annoying thing about the second half that it was setting up for the next book in the series which had no relevance to Gabriel's story - a sort of after thought. So for Hunter's best efforts, go back to her earlier books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What wicked? What sin? 28 Oct. 2009
By Joy - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm still trying to figure out is going on with romance titles. The hero--so not wicked. But maybe "wicked" is a code word for heroes who live hard and have some sexual experience. By THAT measure the hero is wicked. Or maybe the wicked is for the villain, who does sound like a piece of work; but the true villain of the piece dies before the story actually begins, which is disappointing, because I would have liked to see him slain in a duel. And sin? It must be a code word for another 3-letter word that begins with "s" (and ends in "x") because the book does have that. The main characters here and the development of their relationship is fine, but other parts of the story are kind of jarringly awful, like huge infodumps of emotionally charged information at the beginning, flashbacks that are hard to tell from the present-time scenes, a horrible sense of the Regency milieu (especially for aristocrats), plot threads that appear out of nowhere near the end of the book (it is a book in a series which may explain ,if not excuse, some of this; but I've seen tie-ins done much more smoothly), and characters believing and acting on things that just don't make sense. Like at one point, the hero is given a Big Misunderstanding due to eavesdropping that the heroine may have been a prostitute at some time in the past, and because he loves her, talks himself into thinking he can forgive her if she needed to do it to survive. But she's the sister of a rich earl who has wanted for nothing in her life and he already knows this because he's known her since childhood. So, I can't actually recommend this one. Hunter gets the second star because for some reason I liked the hero and heroine despite the clunky storytelling. I gather from other reviews that she has done better, but this book didn't leave me wanting more from the same author.
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