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The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright: (Originally published in the e-book anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER) by [Dare, Tessa]
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The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright: (Originally published in the e-book anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse; Reprint edition (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YJHHR2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Everyone has heard the rumors about Mr. Wright. He's a notorious rake, and not at all appropriate company for Miss Eliza Cade. While she's old enough to be out in society, her family is convinced that she'll bring them all down into scandal; so convinced that her three sisters must marry before she can have her first Season. And so, spending time with the very scandalous Mr. Wright is dangerous, leading her right down the path her family worries about, but somehow Eliza just can't resist.

This novella was simply delightful. I'll admit to being shallow and mainly buying it because the title was so appealing, but I have read and previously enjoyed a few of Tessa Dare's full-length novels so it was worth the very small price tag.

Immediately, I was struck by how very clever the writing in this book was. I read it in Kindle format, and the number of "highlighters" - other people marking a passage in a novel as significant - was higher than any I'd ever seen in another romance novel. The author has a habit of sneaking truths in dialogue that catch you off-guard and immediately build character. Take this example that comes from Harry when Eliza suffers grief:

"You've seen that all the joy and beauty of the world is fragile. Just bright daubs of paint on the surface of an eggshell. Now you'll reach for it more cautiously. No more wild grasps at glory. It's that innocence you're mourning."

And from Eliza, at a flirtatious moment:

"It's a funny thing about suspicions, Mr. Wright. All too often, they're just vain hopes in disguise."

Little statements, caught in dialogue, but snatching at truths about life and growing up and understanding these characters.
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This was a short, charming and above all, emotionally engaging read. Eliza Cade is the youngest of four sisters, and because of a silly mistake she made when she was just fourteen, her father decrees that she cannot make her come-out until her sisters are all married, lest she do something to disgrace them.

At the wedding of her eldest sister, she meets Mr J. Harrison Wright, who immediately recognises in her a kindred spirit. Their verbal exchanges sparkle and are charged with attraction from the get-go, and Harry is just dreamy. Not only is he handsome, he's clever and insightful, amusing and tender; and although Eliza is drawn to him, his reputation is such that association with him could further damage her chances of making her début.

The story follows their meetings across the four years of their acquaintance, and shows their relationship progressing through fun and tragedy into a deep and abiding love. It's warm, sexy and touching - a perfect way to spend a few hours on a cold, grey afternoon.
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This book reminds me of Pride and Prejudice so much in that the main characters refuse to admit they like each other and insult each other for a while then realise they love each other and that he is seriously misunderstood and is an honourable fellow. I found it slightly annoying in the beginning when Harry Wright kept saying Eliza wanted one thing when she actually didn't but I suppose that added to the charm of the shot tale. I wish it could have been full length but it's a good tale and I'm glad I've read it.
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Another entertaining romance — and this one was tricky as novellas are notoriously unsatisfying. Dare has a great way with banter and character development, and creates such believable relationships while also writing steamy sexy bits. This could have used an epilogue though! That would have made this a perfect little gem.
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A 4 star romantic read
I love to read Tessa Dare' s books - am trying to buy them all - nearly there!
Check this out, you won't be disappointed.
Elaine
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I wasn't convinced, so found this rather tedious. Episodic structure and shallow characters. She's got the elements of a romcom, but there's no real feeling.
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I have so enjoyed reading this book the storyline line was I thought well written and funny in parts would definitely recommend this writer
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