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The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet Book 1) by [Neville, Miranda]
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Book 1 of 4 in The Wild Quartet (4 Book Series)

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“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!” (Lisa Kleypas)

Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)

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The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love . . .

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble . . .

Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke…while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.

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  • Publisher: Avon (27 Nov. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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By LEP VINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2012
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A charming, warm, story with engaging interaction between "Lord Stuffy" and the irrepresible Caro. To ensure that her younger, heiress cousin Anne is being wooed by a man worthy of her, the widowed, penniless Caro Townsend leads Thomas Fitzcharles, Duke of Castleton, a merry dance. Caro delights in trying to shock the man she nicknames "Lord Stuffy". Thomas comes across as a nice, rather sweet natured man, solid and reliable; unlike Caro's late reprobate of a husband who she was pasionately in love with and won't hear a word against. Even though he left her to pay his numerous debts and penniless.

Lighthearted, amusing fun.
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A fantastic romantic read for cold winter nights just bubbling with humour and warmth! Caro and Thomas are wonderfully drawn characters reminding me very much of the delightful heroines and heroes of Georgette Heyer. Secondary characters are also given depth which makes this altogether a very satisfying read. The historical detail is enough to give credence to the historical setting without taking over and the bedroom scenes are very passionate......I recommend this author whole heartedly and can't wait to read the next in the series!
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Good read. was heart breaking at times. But at least the heroine found a man to take care of her even though she was noth what he was looking for
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... or maybe 3.5 stars, if I'm having a good day!

A more appropriate - although less enticing - title for this book might have been "The Importance of Employing some Common Sense", because there were times I really wanted to knock some into the heroine.

We first met Caro in the novella The Second Seduction of a Ladywhich I enjoyed very much. During the course of that story she meets and elopes with Robert Townsend when she is just seventeen years old.

This books starts some seven years later; she is now a widow and in straightened circumstances, Robert having gambled away all their money. Her debts are mounting up and she has no way to pay them, yet she still keeps "open house" for her friends, who are quite happy to eat her out of house and home with no thought as to how she pays for the food and drink they consume.

Caro is what would probably, at the time, have been termed "fast". She is vivacious and almost proud of the fact that she isn't respectable (which is understandable in some ways, given the rigidity of society at that time), and she flouts convention, even when she is supposed to be acting as chaperone to her cousin.

There were times I felt some empathy for her, as her thoughtlessness and generally carefree attitude was obviously just a front to cover for her anxieties and insecurities, and to stop her thinking about things she didn't want to think about. But at other times, I just wanted to yell at her to grow up, and to be fair, towards the end of the book, she realises she needs to do just that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't miss this one 8 May 2013
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I'm a big fan of this author but not all her books are five stars. The best best thing is that the male characters are NOT bored rakes. All her characters are true to life and not based on troupes of the trade. Thank you Miranda for that!

This latest though is well written with characters that grow to love each other even while they face their own insecurities. Both characters stay true to themselves, honor each other and forgive the other's mistakes.

I don't want to spoil anything, but the hero is fabulous. He is dutiful yet decided to marry the heroine in spite extreme pressure to marry for money based on his need to provide for his illegitimate sisters and make up for the mistakes of his father. The heroine is very reckless and finally makes the right decision committing to this man. She is in denial about her late husband and his friends and lets herself get into precarious financial situations. I thought it was very real to life. Fortunately the hero is the kind of person who she can count on. He doesn't judge her and shows his loyalty again and again. He isn't a beta-male; just willing to risk it all for this woman. The heroine is exactly the kind of person to upset his life and give him a chance for joy in life rather than duty. Their happy ending is well deserved!

This is a keeper! Plus, we now get to learn about a group of people obsessed with art. Fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flips the Typical H/h Dynamic on Its Head 9 Aug. 2015
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Having read - and LOVED - The Duke of Dark Desires (The Wild Quartet Book 4), I was excited to go back to the beginning and better know the fascinating characters who kept popping up.

I really enjoyed this book, particularly because the author flipped the typical hero/heroine dynamic. Caro is a slightly scandalous widow who is loud and charming and not the slightest bit interested in what society thinks of her. I love that. Thomas, a very proper Duke, whom she nicknames Lord Stuffy, is handsome but not dashing, doesn't have a particularly charming way about him, and is way out of his league in the "sexual arts". I love that, too. They were a bit of an odd couple, but so endearing. Given the circumstances of Caro's first marriage, they made perfect sense.

I love when books mention historic works of art; Art History was a favorite subject of mine in university. So for art lovers, it's pretty cool to see vague references to classics, and I like how art ties several of the characters (Caro and Julian from book four) together).

I'll admit that Caro's blind devotion to, or more accurately, denial of her first husband's character, was frustrating, particularly to see how it affected Thomas's self-esteem. I do think the author brought great growth and resolution to that aspect of the story, and by the end, I truly believed in Thomas and Caro.

The Wild Quarter is a really good series. If you're looking for something a bit different, I do recommend The Importance of Being Wicked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed every page! 18 Feb. 2015
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It took a while for Caro to grow up; Thomas had been grown all his life. It was interesting to me how they each reacted to similarly overbearing parents. She rebelled and ended up a widow a little on the wild side. He diligently followed his father's lead and became a serious, yet naive, duke.

I really liked this story. Well written, it had many layers. We were able to follow along as Thomas lightened up and became less "Lord Stuffy." At the same time we saw Caro, 'dancing too fast to stop', wind down and gradually mature. It was a fascinating journey watching Thomas and Caro work through the intricacies of making peace with their pasts.

This was really a sweet, fun story that fascinated me. I thought it particularly sweet when Thomas was, at first, a rather inept lover, and Caro coached him in the kindest, gentlest way. She had, of course, been married to a wild young blood. Thomas, on the other hand, had been raised solely to his duty and had never had the opportunity to sow any wild oats as a youth. He was a quick, enthusiastic study!

And I absolutely loved the epilogue. One of the best I've read.

Enjoy your reading! :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not this author's best. 31 Jan. 2013
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this, but not as much as the others Ms. Neville has written. I loved Thomas's character and how he was so earnest about doing the right thing and making others happy. My biggest issue was the heroine, Caro, who I felt was a little immature and way too slow on the uptake with certain things. The romance was delightfully drama-free at the beginning, but then started going into over-the-top category by the end. Still Ms. Neville is a great writer and I did enjoy myself for the most part. I am intrigued by Caro's friends and am excited to read their stories in the future.
3.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual and Intriguing Regency Romance 7 Oct. 2013
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Caro Townsend, a fiery and vivacious seventeen year old had eloped with a young, flighty man against her family's wishes. Not many years later, she found herself widowed shortly after a miscarriage. Her husband had a bad gambling addiction and lost most of their money. His creditors were after her to pay for those debts. She was almost penniless yet she felt she had to continue to entertain her husband's friends as lavishly as they had when he was living.

Her cousin, Lady Ann, whom she loved as a sister decided, to visit her before her coming-out, so Caro being part of the artist crowd and basically enjoyed the fun of life and people took her to several places that she probably shouldn't have. She wanted her to be happy in her choice of a husband and to give her a chance to enjoy life a little.
The Duke of Castleton was looking for a proper, wealthy wife. Most the Dukes of Castleton married wealthy women to increase the size of their estate and stature in their community. He needed to, especially because his father hadn't married very well and they were short of funds. He thought that Lady Ann would be the perfect wife for him, so at an appointed time he went to visit her at Caro Townsend's home. Anne was slightly delayed to the meeting, so Caro introduced herself as Ann's chaperone.

Thomas Castleton was a kind, respectable man, always wanting to do the right thing, and very, very proper. He immediately disapproved of Caro. It could not be possible that she was Lady Ann's chaperone. Yet, ... he couldn't take his eyes off her luscious red lips and her voluptuous breasts. And on top of that, there was a picture on the wall of a nude that could have been mistaken for her.

There is anguish on both Caro and Thomas' part as they get to know each other. Thomas finds himself absolutely fascinated with Caro, but knows that she can't be for him. He needs a proper wife, not a mistress, and a wife that adds wealth to the Castletons. Caro needs to find a way out of her financial crunch and may have to marry to pay one of her dead husbands debts, but feels she couldn't love Thomas - he's just too stuffy.

The story was enjoyable and well written. In several scenes you just wanted to hug Thomas. For a duke, he was such a sweetheart! Ms. Neville has written several Regency Romances and I for one would enjoy reading more of her work.
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