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Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet Book 3) by [Neville, Miranda]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in The Wild Quartet (4 Book Series)
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A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ34ZY0
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I pre-ordered this book and have just finished reading it and wanted to counter-balance some of the negative reviews. I really liked Damien, he's not an alpha male or dark and brooding, in fact, I thought him v self-aware and really quite human. The book didn't really dwell on the growth of their feelings for each other but told a story of 2 people getting to know each other and the people they interacted with along the way, not offensive in any way, although I do wish there had been more depth to it all.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

What a thoroughly enjoyable book, and the first one I've read from Miranda Neville. I'm looking forward to catching up on this series!

Cynthia is a wonderful heroine and I really admired the maturity she shows repeatedly. She's made to feel worthless by her husband's abandonment so soon after their marriage, but she becomes determined to become the wife she thinks he wants. My heart broke for her when reading about some of the painful events she had to endure whilst she was alone, but even then she comes through it all a lot stronger.
Damian was a bit more of a mixed bag for me. I admired his principles in theory, he's very dedicated to his duty and honour. But he lets his prejudices and his own unfortunate actions from his past to cloud his judgement. This in turn leads to him treating Cynthia rather poorly, far too often. I'm happy to say he redeems himself as he gets closer to Cynthia and starts to realise what an amazing wife he has!

I wish that there had been maybe a touch more romance to really give me that swoony feeling. It took a while for things to really gain momentum between Cynthia and Damian, but it also allows for a genuine trust to build between them.

This book is an easy read that I definitely enjoyed. I'm very intrigued by several of the secondary characters and especially Julian. I am VERY excited to read his book, which is next in the series.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest opinion. Thank you!
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I must confess it took me quite awhile to open up to our main guy, Damian, due to his outlook on life and the way he blamed everyone for his problems. When he reached his majority, he inherited his beloved mother's homeplace, "Beaulieu," but gambled it away on a night of excess debauchery while out with bosom buddies, Julian and Robert. When he comes to his senses the next morning, he is chastened and man enough to face his father, the current Earl of Windermere with the hard cold facts of his irresponsibility. In fact, his father was what I would consider gracious - he didn't excuse him but instead, assisted Damian in obtaining a position with the Foreign Office, believing in time that Damian might be able to purchase the property back.

For his part, Damian blamed Julian and Robert for his own foolishness and their longtime friendship ended. For the next six years, Damian worked and traveled on behalf of the Foreign Office and when he eventually had the funds to purchase "Beaulieu" back, it was denied him by the current owner - a wealthy businessman, Joseph Chorley - who wanted to purchase a title for his family. Damian could have Beaulieu but the price would be marriage to Chorley's niece, Cynthia. Thus, Damian married the young woman although he was about as close to disgusted as one might get with the entire situation.

Of course, Cynthia was the one to suffer. She wasn't raised to be a lady - her hair, her clothes, her French were not up to snuff. Damian gave the marriage two weeks before he decided he could not endure it any longer - bless his teeny, tiny heart. During the two week period, he demanded he and Cynthia speak French so that she could improve her efforts for after all, she was now a diplomat's wife.
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Boring. Absolutely no chemistry between any of the characters. I got to 90% and then just thought that I couldn't waste any more if my time reading the ending which was identical to SO many books I've read, but executed so poorly. Don't waste your time or hard earned cash. Buy Julia Quinn or Julieann Long or Sherry Thomas instead.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite from this author 24 Jun. 2014
By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on Amazon.com
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I had some issues with this book. OK, one issue primarily. I didn't like the hero. That's a pretty big obstacle to overcome. In fact, I found myself rooting for "the other guy" to win the heroine. This, even though she was already married and I hate adultery storylines. I didn't dislike the entire book, but I just couldn't get excited about the romance.

Damien, the Earl of Windermere, only married Cynthia because of a bad game of cards. He got drunk on his 21st birthday and lost his mother's ancestral home. He actually lost it to a friend, but that friend was just as loaded and lost it to a third party. He never got over it and he never forgave Julian, the friend who carted his unconscious butt away from the card game before securing the property. Over the years, Damien has tried to buy back the home, but the new owner refused, until now. Damien can get the property back when he marries the owner's niece.

I won't get into the particulars of how it all plays out. The bottom line is I thought Damien's treatment of Cynthia was abominable... He had no faith in her. He accused her of things she didn't do. He took no stock in her intelligence. He insulted her and yet because he wanted to get in her pants, we are supposed to think this is a romance to root for? At least Julian recognized that she was a woman of worth. It took Damien way too long to reach the same very obvious conclusion. For much of the book it felt like the only reason Damien wanted to keep her was because he wanted to sleep with her and simply because he did not want Julian to have her. That is pathetic. On top of that, I felt like his animosity towards Julian was based on a very flimsy premise. Julian wasn't the one responsible for his stupid behavior as a young man. Julian just carted his drunk-butt home. That is not a reason to start their ridiculous vendetta.

I did like Cynthia. She managed to transform herself by picking herself up by the bootstraps. And she managed to make a difference in the lives of others who were worse off than she was. I also have to give her kudos for staying faithful given what she had to deal with.

I thought the love scenes were good. And the resolution played out fairly well. But overall, this wasn't one of Miranda Neville's more satisfying reads.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific start, fun middle, too-pat ending 24 Jun. 2014
By Dangerous when Cooking - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love fluent, elegant writing, effortlessly accurate history and emotionally complicated premises, try this book. I just bought it on a whim and holy moley, I dropped everything to read it. Yes, it's good. And I'm happy to have procrastinated with it. (And even happier to discover this author. She's written quite a few. Yay.)

A textile manufacturer's heiress is married to a nobleman-diplomat who has accepted a devil's bargain to regain his mother's estate, a property he lost to an erstwhile friend in a youthful game of chance. The Earl of Windermere holds his nose to marry the Birmingham bumpkin but takes off soon after consummating the marriage and she is left to fend for herself. This she does by wintering in London and making a few friends, one of whom is her husband's frenemy, now Duke of Denford. Old emnities and class divisions are just some of the obstacles the two face, not to mention a year's worth of preconceived notions, disappointments and mistrust.

You might enjoy this if you've enjoyed Mary Balogh or Grace Burrowes. The perspectives of H/h are beautifully delineated, and their initial gulf heartbreakingly wide. Midway through I couldn't wait to know what happened next and how in God's name he'd redeem himself with her. (As others point out, he's not the take responsibility and suck it up fantasy hero populating most romances, but an imperfect man whose colossal mistake in youth sets his course for life and leaves him with a few idee fixe about who shared the blame for it.)

Having finished it, I will say it was enjoyable as the two negotiated common ground and their evolving passion. The last act of the story involved a half-hearted, half-baked crime, which came out of nowhere and resolved without much to-do; but all in all, I had a good time here. No wish to re-read this, so ultimately not 5 stars for me.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's gone wrong? 26 Jun. 2014
By Danker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I pre-ordered this title and settled down to read it with high levels of anticipation, only to find it disappointing.
In doing so, I was in no way influenced by other reviews, because I read this story the day it was released, before any reviews had been posted.
I found the writing, for the most part, flat. The H is a pathetic whinger who will most likely spend his whole life blaming others for mistakes for which he should take sole responsibility. The only thing in his favour is his recognition that his actions have driven her into the arms of another man and that he can't condemn her for her "unfaithfulness".
Moreover, the alienated friend is unbelievable and the plot is downright irritating.
I tried to like the h, but she is implausible (her reminiscences of the wedding scene made me cringe - seriously, given what had happened previously, what did she expect?).
Finally, if we are to believe her almost lover's suggestion that she was frightened into marriage, her bullying uncle is a most unconvincingly invisible villain.
I am in no way tempted to continue with this series. And that surprises me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This one didn't work for me 27 Jun. 2014
By Claire - Published on Amazon.com
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Miranda Neville is a good writer and I've greatly enjoyed some of her earlier books so this book gets 3 stars vs 2. The fact is, it just wasn't that good. The story was interesting (marriage of convenience trope) and the dynamics between H and his former friend Julian were really good. What didn't work was the "romance" between H/h. I wasn't convinced by H's love for h -- when he first started thinking that he loved her I kept thinking "why? what exactly changed your mind?" -- and I also think the heroine gave in a bit too easily. The first half of the book was excellent and tightly written and I was looking forward to seeing how this whiny, self-righteous prig of a hero was going to redeem himself, but he never really did. At the half way point, the story lost steam and became sort of blah. And at the end there was a strange chapter with action that didn't seem to fit with the story and was resolved in a few pages (trying not to include spoilers here.) I wanted to love this book but I can't even really recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had all the right ingredients... 25 Jun. 2014
By Sandy Milan - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the sound of this book and pre-ordered it immediately. What a disappointment. I won't go into detail as all of the other 3 star reviewers have said what I would've said. The H is so lacklustre and incapable of creating that spark needed in a great romance. I don't think the others mentioned it but I have to say that this H really needed to grovel for his treatment towards his wife and he never really does. In fact at one point the h apologises to him, I wanted to throw my Kindle truly. I didn't even get why he fell in love with his wife, she's lovely and amazing but the author didn't do a good job of showing us how it happened. I truly wanted her to choose the Duke, loved him.

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Positive point that saved this book from being a 2 star, there was no infidelity.
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