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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgian romance fans will enjoy this wicked tale
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.

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Published on 23 Oct 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced romp....pick it up if you can
I loved our heroine, Tessa, and would give her the Congressional Medal of Honor for putting up with our hero, Jered. Now don't get me wrong, I kind of liked Jered in a warped sort of way, who wouldn't want to reform a rake like that? His nonchalant and depraved attitude towards life, leads to some very interesting sexual scenes. I really did want to hate Jered...
Published on 23 Feb 1999


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgian romance fans will enjoy this wicked tale, 23 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Upon a Wicked Time (An Avon Romantic Treasure) (Mass Market Paperback)
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.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced romp....pick it up if you can, 23 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Upon a Wicked Time (An Avon Romantic Treasure) (Mass Market Paperback)
I loved our heroine, Tessa, and would give her the Congressional Medal of Honor for putting up with our hero, Jered. Now don't get me wrong, I kind of liked Jered in a warped sort of way, who wouldn't want to reform a rake like that? His nonchalant and depraved attitude towards life, leads to some very interesting sexual scenes. I really did want to hate Jered after all he did, but I suppose even the worst of us are redeemable. His struggle with himself, and the philisophical discussions he engages in with his uncle are enlightening to read. Truly, the love of a good woman changed this seemingly hopeless specimen. Tessa has a great support system in her family,(whew! 6 brothers!!!) and though Jered could have had similar support, he turned from his family when struck with tragedy.
This is one of the instances where I found the story ran flat. We never have any sort of reconciliation with Jered and his sister or his mother's family. He was reaching out towards that at one point in the story, but it was never resumed. I also thought there was a bit too much attempt at using literary license. The scene changes (between chapters) were very abrupt and sometimes uncomfortable. I don't need everyhting spelled out for me, but there are times when emotions are peaking, then the next thing you know, a week is past. It takes some getting used to where you are supposed to be in the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hero's character was too flawed!, 10 Aug 1999
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I thought kept hoping that Jered would reform but it didn't happen until the very end of the story--but it was too little too late. By the time Jered was penitent and realized his mistakes, it was too late for me to like him. Tessa was excessive in her forgiving nature. I kept wishing she would exhibit some spunk, a spark of independence or teach him a much deserved lesson. She never really does and I was further annoyed/disappointed. I suppose her nature is much preferred to those overly proud characters found in other books-- but I would like to see a little more backbone. I found her character to be a bit annoying, overly child like. She prattled on, asking too many silly questions.
I am not saying that this novel is entirely without merit, it had its momments, but on the whole it was mediocre.
Still, I find Reding has a nice writing style. I will still give her other books a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Wicked!!, 4 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Upon a Wicked Time (An Avon Romantic Treasure) (Mass Market Paperback)
I enjoyed this book imensley. Jered, maybe childish and given to being cruel to Tessa, but it did not detract from the overall story. The novel was well worth the time to read it. Jered is deffanatly not for the reader who wishes her hero to be kind hearted and heroic. In fact Jered goes many times in the opposite direction. But Karen Ranney goes about explaining the reason for his cruelties and his childish behavior. Jered does grow up in the end and Tesse becomes a little less starry eyed. Wonderful book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work by a super talent, 28 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Upon a Wicked Time (An Avon Romantic Treasure) (Mass Market Paperback)
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.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read, 4 Jan 1999
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I have to admit, I stayed up late reading this book. For me the author pushed the envelope of a bad-boy hero, but I found the characterization so fabulously done, that I rooted for the heroine even as I booed the hero.
Terrific Job, Karen. You have my nomination for RWA's favorite book of the year.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good writing but the characters?...., 28 Nov 1998
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Karen Ranney definitely has a flair for writing but I must disagree with everyone who thinks Jered Mandeville is the best thing since Swiss cheese. How depraved can one person be? Tessa certainly didn't deserve a jerk like him. She should've found someone who didn't go from voyeurism one night to depraved parties the next. I think Tessa's parents were a stronger couple than Tessa and her duke. Also, if I didn't see the date in the beginning of the book, I would really have never guessed that this took place during Georgian times. Where were the wigs and the high heels? After reading so many stellar reviews, I was a little disappointed.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgian romance fans will enjoy a wicked tale., 20 Oct 1998
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~<p~ 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. <p~ 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.
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