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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (26 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380795817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380795819
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An unusual heroine, a difficult situation, a surprising end
Mary Kate Bennett would not leave me alone. She was insistent that I tell her story, and Archer's. And Bernie's, and Alice's, and.....

Bernie is one of those delightful characters everyone wants to emulate - daring and outspoken and iconoclastic. Alice is touching and wistful. Archer is stubborn and heroic. Mary Kate is brave and giving and up to the challenge of both Archer's disbelief and the greater mystery.

I confess to being surprised by who ended up being responsible for everything. In fact, as I wrote that chapter, I kept saying - no......really?

About the Author

Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained the overwhelming love of her life.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Dec 1997
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A decade has passed since Alice, the wife of the Earl of Sanderhurst, Archer St. John, suddenly vanished. Among the Ton, there is no doubt that Archer did away with his spouse. Archer literally disappeared from polite society.
When Archer accidentally runs down Mary Kate Benner, he takes the injured widow into his home so she can recover. However, she starts revealing things about his missing wife that no one but Archer and Alice should know. Archer, who desperately wants to leaner what really happened to Alice, begins to hope that his guest can supply him with needed answers. Meanwhile Mary finds herself attracted to her enigmatic host, but wonders what role he played in Alice's disappearance and why does Alice want her to protect him from pending danger? He also finds himself falling deeper in love than he ever did before. However, learning the truth about Archer's wife may prove very dangerous for the intrepid couple.
Karen Ranney adeptly blends mystery and supernatural elements into a refreshing Regency romance that will thrill fans of all three genres. The lead protagonists are an appealing pair struggling with a puzzling past and an eerie present in hopes of carving out a loving future together. MY WICKED FANTASY is a romantic treasure that will propel Ms. Ranney's name towards the top of the historical romance universe.
Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 1998
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This book was such a pleasant suprise. The plot is original; the characters engaging. It is a book that I could not wait to finish and never wanted to see end. I have read hundreds of Romance novels and this one belongs near the top of the list. I look forward to reading more from Karen Ranney.
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For the last year, I have been steeped in all sorts of books, all completely different from Karen Ranney, because before then I read one after the other of her stories and I was 'mush'!

My Wicked Fantasy, I thought, was excellent; back to the wordy repartee between the two main characters that I love so much. I did have the villain and the mystery element pegged very early on but it didn't matter one jot, because I just loved it and I wont leave it so long in future.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 1999
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This is the first book I have read by karen Ranney. I was quite surprised. The only drawback to the book I felt was Author Ranney did get a little too wordy trying to lure you into the sights and sounds. I found myself reading the first line of each paragraph and moving on. Although, it didn't take long to find myself wondering what happened to Alice and subsequently, found myself totally absorbed into the story. The plot was very believable. I work in a field where I hear about and see these types of crimes every day. Good suspense story. I look foward to reading her other books. I hope they are as satisfying.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This earl holds the heroine prisoner at his country estate 22 Sep 2003
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My Wicked Fantasy is the fourth Ranney book I have read. The first novel was only average and made me shy away from future Ranney purchases. Fortunately when I begin reading a new author, I usually buy at least two of her books to truly test the author's writing capability and style, AND to discover if her style fits my taste in romance reading. I am so glad I purchased that second book. I loved it and the last three Ranney books I have read have all been five star reviews. My Wicked Fantasy is just that - somewhat wicked and certainly a fantasy of the heroine's prior to her meeting the hero.
To truly enjoy this book, you have to suspend reality and just go with believing that the dead can speak to the living. Supernatural novels are usually not my style (although I have loved Dara Joy's books) but this book is only slightly supernatural and well worth ignoring that aspect if it bothers you. This is a historical English novel that involves a penniless widow, Mary Kate Bennett, and a hermit earl, Archer St. John. Mary Kate is searching for remnants of her long lost family and Archer is searching for his wife who disappeared a year ago. These two meet by accident, literally, when the earl's speeding carriage collides with the public coach carrying Mary Kate on the road to London. Mary Kate is badly injured but the earl is not hurt and he stays at a local inn supervising and paying for Mary Kate's medicinal care. During Mary Kate's recovery, she begins to have visions that she knows concerns the Earl of Sanderhurst. Eventually the earl begins to believe that Mary Kate is some sort of con artist in partnership with his missing wife. After all, no one has heard from his wife this past year and their marriage was not a great one. Mary Kate is the first to have any knowledge of her although she tells him it is all through visions. She even has a concern for his safety because of her disturbing dreams. Archer is tired of everyone believing he must have killed his wife and decides to keep Mary Kate until she will tell him the truth behind her sham. He takes her to his country estate and imprisons her in one of the bedchambers determined to find out where his wife is.
Mary Kate is, of course, a beautiful woman from the working class who has had much misfortune is her life. She has been married to an old man who has recently died leaving her without any money. She only wants to find her family who she was separated from at the age of ten. She doesn't mind hard work - in fact, she wants it. But once she has recovered from the carriage accident, she has few funds left and doesn't object too strenuously at being held captive in a beautiful home with good food. Although she appears meek at first - it is only an illusion. Mary Kate can and does speak her mind clearly and is not shy. She is rather taken with the vengeful earl although she is even more conscious of their class difference than he. Actually she is a little too hardheaded to be in the favorite heroine category but she is enjoyable.
The Earl of Sanderhurst is truly a man with a hermit capacity. He has desperately searched for his wife and wants to get on with his life and must find his wife to do so. He is determined, autocratic, and - at times- harsh with Mary Kate. Of course, he is very rich and successful and has a great wit as well as a tendency towards sarcasm. He is very content with his own company but does desire a family with at least one heir. He has some awful childhood issues that just don't make much sense. The cruel abusive father doesn't fit since his mother is a big part of this book. She is a very lovable and eccentric lady who refused to let a nanny or servant raise her son. She loved him and nourished him and still does although she is certainly an odd character. At first I did not want her intrusion into the story but I came to really enjoy her contribution. Her relationship with Archer is unusual for romance writing and truly entertaining.
Overall My Wicked Fantasy was a luscious read. Although Mary Kate and Archer stand at opposing ends concerning her supposed visions from Archer's wife, they still are very attracted to one another. Their relationship is allowed plenty of delicious time to grow and there are many great scenes to relish. The sensual rating is a solid 4.0 out of 5.0 (see More About Me for rating guidelines). I did tire of the earl's continued disbelief of Mary Kate and their mutual beliefs that there could never be a future for them. Those two facts almost caused this rating to be slightly lower.
As far as I can determine My Wicked Fantasy is a stand alone book and not a part of a series. I highly recommend it and greatly anticipate reading through Ranney's rather large backlist.
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Spellbound! 4 Sep 2005
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An amazingly well written novel with mystery, suspense, romance, sex and comic relief. Very intense story and the author eloquently leads us into the lives of the characters as if we are sitting in the same room with them. She describes the surroundings /environment/geography in such detail that it is a moving picture. I read a lot of romance novels and this one is by far and away the best I've ever read. Not just your typical and predictable story line. My only complaint is with the title -- I think that "Wicked Fantasy" has extremely sexual innuendo. The sex was NOT at all predominant -- actually quite restrained. Please don't miss this book!
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing.... 16 Nov 1999
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If this was the first Romance novel I had ever read, I'd be hesitant to read another one soon. Now that makes this book sound terrible, which it wasn't. It just had such slow spots that I just wanted to jump into the story and shake them all. Mary Kate was good hearted but basically a weak-willed wimp. Archer, as the tortured hero, wasn't believable when he finally was smiling and happy. Bernie was my favourite character but she wasn't strong enough to hold the story up. Too long, too drawn out, TOO WORDY. I'm going to try Ranney's earlier books - maybe they were better. Read this if you like slow, tortured Regency.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
good but not great.... 16 May 2007
By retroredux - Published on
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This was my first Karen Ranney book.

This book could have been a 5 star book if not for 2 flaws. One-the horrible title-My Wicked Fantasy-ugh. Besides the obvious insipidity and predictability of the title-it had nothing to do with the story- the characters were not each other's "fantasy" nor were they all that wicked.

Second-the author is obviously talented but WAY too prosy, too over the top wordy. Meaning-everything that was description was flowery/metaphor filled, BUT the characters conversations were that way as well. They never just talked like normal people do. Everything was a "war of words". Which, can be fun, but like candy, too much is sickening.

That being said-the book was still enjoyable enough to recommend-while I wouldn't pay full price for it, and enough of an inducement to try this author again.

4 stars.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HAUNTING 6 July 2003
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"...but she would walk into the fire gladly, for the sheer joy of being able to remember the flames." Page after page, it's not just Karen Ranney's writing style that haunts the reader, but also haunting character information comes together like puzzle pieces. Pain, romance, sensuality, tenderness, love that transcends time and place...and a mother-in-law who tickles your fantasies. Long after the last word is read, the characters tug at the reader's memory. Haunting...
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