Monday, 22 February 2016

The Trouble with Being Wicked by Emma Locke (Online Book Club February)

Title: The Trouble With Being Wicked
Series: The Naughty Girls Series (#1)
Author: Emma Locke
From: Amazon
Genre: Regency Romance
Release Date: 18th December 2012
Challenges: Online Book Club (February), Winter COYER 2015 - 2016
Links: Goodreads Amazon

One of London's most infamous courtesans, Celeste Grey, has retreated to the country with her fellow pregnant  courtesan Elizabeth. The last thing she expected while there was to have a man capture her attention, and Lord Ashlin Lancester has done just that. The last thing that Ashlin wants is to follow the path of his father and take up with a woman that isn't his wife. While trying to keep two unruly sisters in hand at the same time as juggling his feelings about Celeste, Ashlin doesn't know what to do.

I'm not too sure what I want to say about The Trouble with Being Wicked. I enjoyed reading but there were some points that just seemed quite drawn out. It was clear that the two lead characters loved each other quite early on and yet it seemed to take them a really long time to do anything about it.

I loved the inverted trope of the woman being the more promiscous one (basically this was a complete flip of the rake-innocent trope, though Ashlin was less innocent than the traditional Regency woman). It put the two of them on a more even footing to begin with as well as bringing up questions of propriety as well as if they could get past the past.

I liked Celeste, even though she was rich (from her exploits as a Courtesan naturally), she was very much the kind of woman who would do what was needed when it was needed. Saying that she did seem pretty clueless when it came to reading into how Ashlin was feeling (not that he as very good at showing it either!)

The ending was fantastic though, it not only brought together the romantic story but those of family ties too. It left me with a smile on my face which is what this kind of book should provide!


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