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The Wickedest Lord Alive [Kindle Edition]

Christina Brooke

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CAN AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

Eight years ago, a tall handsome stranger entered Lizzie Allbright’s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of Steyne agreed to wed and bed Lord Bute’s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his mother’s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyne’s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the London night…

LEAD TO EVERLASTING LOVE?

Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Lizzie is surprised to see her husband—and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night without falling hopelessly in love?...in Christina Brooke’s stunningly sexy Regency, The Wickedest Lord Alive.

Christina Brooke’s historical romances are:

"Clever, lush, and lovely."—Suzanne Enoch

"Sensual and passionate."—Publishers Weekly

"Delightful." —Night Owl Romance


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250029368
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFUMKSS
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Story 10 July 2014
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this story I have been waiting for Xaiver's story he has always been such a bad boy and for good reasons I really wanted to see his HEA and what a great one it was. After his cruel mother Nerissa sets him up with Lord Bute's daughter many years before it is time that Xavier finds Lizzie again but she is so different now a lot has happened and Lizzie is determined to get Xavier's trust and love this starts a journey that is sensual and filled with danger but Lizzie is strong and brings out the best in Xavier and with the other Westruthers to help this one will have you smiling and turning the pages to get to the end although I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend this one and the series as MS Brooke takes us on a heartwarming sensual and magical journey into the Regency era.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meh... 7 July 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I pre-ordered this one and couldn't wait for it but it was just okay. I like when books give me butterflies, this one didn't do it much for me... The love scenes were great but the feelings/sparks were missing. I also felt like there was a bunch of random ramblings about stuff that could have been taken out. Giving it 4 stars because it kept me interested enough to actually finish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 10 July 2014
By teach4173 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is book 3 in the Westruthers series.

Eight years ago, the Marquis of Steyne had been forced to marry to pay off his mother's gambling debts. Once the marriage had been consummated, his new bride disappeared. Needing an heir, Steyne tracks down his wayward wife who is living a quiet life in a small village under an assumed name.

Lady Alexandra ran on her wedding night after witnessing a shocking scene in her home. She has been living quite happily under a new identity and is taken-aback when she is confronted by her husband asking her to provide him with the needed heir.

Acting as if she has no memory of her life before coming to Little Thurston, Lizzie (Alexandra's new name) acts like she has no idea what Steyne is talking about. When she realizes that he is not going to take her back to her father, she admits that the memory loss was a ruse.

Demanding the Lizzie takes her place as his wife, the couple soon find themselves fighting their mutual attraction to each other. Can what started out as an unwanted marriage turn into a once in a lifetime love?

Steyne has been a part of the previous stories in the series. He has been seen adding his sarcastic comments to his cousin's relationships when his input has been asked for. As his story unfolds, you see how the relationship with his mother has made him the man that we see but we also see the person that he hides from the rest of the world.

Lizzie is the perfect match for Steyne as they are both people who are trying to get out from under the life that their parents made for them. Teh added mystery of who was trying to kill Steyne kept the story moving and added a nice twist to the story.

I can't wait for the next book in the series which I hope is about Lydgate!!

Thanks go to St. Martin's Press via Net Galley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't feel the love 2 July 2014
By akb--bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
At age of 17, Lady Alexandra was wedded and bedded to settle a gambling debt. After the deed was done, she fled and hid herself away under the assumed name of Lizzie Allbright. For eight years, Lizzie has been content and happy to live the life of the local pastor's adopted daughter. But her peaceful life is upturned when her husband shows up to reclaim her. He doesn't try to reclaim her with words of love and devotion, rather with the insistence that it is time she fulfill her wifely duty and give him an heir. Time is of the essence for Xavier, Lord Steyne who fears there is a plot to eliminate him.

THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE was an overall good read. It was a little heartbreaking to read about a 17 year old virgin and the young 21 year old son forced into this awkward situation neither of their making.

Lizzie was an ok heroine. She was resourceful, smart, and a natural caretaker. She enjoyed caring for those around her. She really cares nothing for wealth and title--she lived under the brutal hand of her titled father for 17 years.

Xavier was made of ice. He kept himself detached from everyone and everything around him. He doesn't believe in love and is a cynic.
As enjoyable as the storyline was, I had a hard time with believing the love.

First, Lizzie barely knows him, had only seen him a few times before their forced wedding, once when he bedded her (and he wasn't very nice about it), and when he came to fetch her, yet she knew that she was already half in love with him. It couldn't have been his sparkling personality as he himself said "How the hell had she come to think herself in love with him? Hadn't he been autocratic, cold at times sarcastic to the point of brutality? What could she possibly have found in him to like, much less love?"

Second, Lizzie thinks that she can save him. Her foster father even says to her "You might well be his salvation." It was just so clichéd that to have this rude, cynical libertine who just needs the love of a good woman to save him.

Apparently, this is part of a series. Maybe I would have been more invested in the story had I read the books before it. As it stands, I don't feel like I ever really new Xavier's wicked reputation as it wasn't ever really seen. Too much was just told instead of shown and experienced.

Westruthers Series
London's Last True Scoundrel
The Greatest Lover Ever
The Wickedest Lord Alive
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Considering the superlative used in reference to Xavier in the title, I didn't really read much wickedness in this story. 5 July 2014
By Tin @ Love Saves the World - Published on Amazon.com
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The Marquess of Steyne has figured in all of his cousins' stories, always there, but always a distant figure: standing in the background, passively and quietly observing the events of his cousins' lives unfolding. When it was revealed that Steyne was already married and that his wife has been "missing" for eight years, I was instantly intrigued by their story and about the woman who had married the most impenetrable of the Westruthers.

Finally, finally, finally, it is time for Xavier's story.

Lizzie Albright's life in Little Thurston began eight years ago, before that, she lived in fear for seventeen years as Lady Alexandra Simmons, only daughter of the very abusive and villainous Earl of Bute. The culmination of her former life is her secret marriage to the Marquess of Steyne, who wedded and bedded her and then left her. She had thought to continue living her life as Lizzie, but, when the Marquess of Steyne arrives at Little Thurston, Lizzie knew that her life would change forever.

Choice is the central theme of this story and the seeming lack of it. "I have no choice." is something Lizzie says quite a bit in this story, and it leads us to believe that Xavier is holding all the cards, and calling all the shots, but Xavier doesn't have a lot of choices left to him either: given the chance, he was happy to let his wife live quietly in Little Thurston. Unfortunately, Xavier lost both his heirs and now has to impose on a woman who was forced to marry him (and whom he was forced to marry as well).

He'd taken a blameless girl's virginity and left her. What a prince. What a prize. What a damnable villain.
- Prologue

* * *

Humiliation throbbed inside her. She sank into a curtsy with lowered eyes. "I will be there, my lord. But only because I have no choice."
- Chapter 10

His cousin, Jonathon's book is about reforming the rake, and Beckenham's book was about reuniting with a lost love -- Steyne's book is a little harder to peg down.

At 316 pages, this is full-length novel, but I really think this could've been a longer story, and I wouldn't mind reading more: Xavier's backstory is so complex that it really needs a lot of sorting through. Instead, many aspects of his "wild" life are glossed over, and it felt a bit odd because this is the gentleman who hosted an orgy in Beckenham's book and who was planning an orgy in the early part of his own story.

I think even Lizzie's expectations we're let down: Xavier promised her a courtship and a seduction at the Duke of Montford's party ... Lizzie didn't really get the courtship and the seduction wasn't as enticing as Xavier promised it to be. Considering the superlative used in reference to Xavier in the title, I didn't really read much wickedness in this story. There were some exchanges between him and Lizzie that were meant to scandalise her, but that's about it. Granted, there is a reason for this urgency: Xavier's evil mother has returned to England and he becomes a target of several assassination attempts, so he must do what he must in order to secure the succession.

There is chemistry between our hero and heroine -- it sparks now and then, but fails to completely catch fire. I felt there was a big gap between the start of the house party and Lizzie's realisation that she loves Xavier. I guess when you have a force as evil as Xavier's mother, all else just flies out the window. I thought this part was especially well done, and neatly ties together Rosamund's story with her brother's. In this way, the author was able to show the very indelible reason why Xavier is so cold and so unfeeling: he never saw himself as worthy of anyone's love. His mother sees him as nothing more than a means to further her own end, and has never shown him or his sister any love.

"...Damn it, Rosie, what woman could be happy with someone like me? Lizzie was condemned to wed me, and that was her tragedy. The only thing we can do now is try to make the best of it, ensure the sacrifice wasn't in vain."
- Chapter 15

From Alexandra to Lizzie. From Steyne to Xavier. Both our hero and heroine believed they could not escape their family history and their blood, but, when Lizzie took matters into her own hands, she was able to change the shape of her future -- and help Xavier along the way. While Lizzie seemed focused on her lack of choices, Xavier seemed too (dis)interested in the idea of love and made bold proclamations about how fanciful and impractical it was. In the end, I'm glad to see the two of them come to an understanding about all these things that bothered them so.

It was nice to see the rest of the Westruthers again, and a lot of focus was given to Andrew, Viscount Lydgate -- perhaps to set up his character and story?
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