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Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Release Date: March 30, 2004
ISBN: 0060560789
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Regency Romance [1816 London]
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
Reviewer Notes:  

Your Wicked Ways
By Eloisa James

      Refreshingly different! Your Wicked Ways is a romantic story of passion ignited within the bonds of matrimony.

     Though they eloped ten years ago, Rees Holland, Earl Godwin, and his wife, Helene, have been estranged longer than they have cohabitated. Despite his reputation as a rakehell, Rees begins the story as the most sexually unsophisticated man in the ton. But Helene's desire to have a child, coupled with her transformation from a country recluse to a social butterfly, spur Rees to discover the advantages of accommodating the woman who's always held his heart.

      Intertwined throughout their story, readers will enjoy the more traditional tale of love born between Rees's vicar brother, Tom, and Rees' in-house mistress, Alina.

      The unique premise is complicated by the usual societal subplots readers expect in Regency romances. Ms. James’ characters are flawed to perfection, and readers may be surprised by the reality beneath the facades. The underlying musical theme and its accompanying metaphors add creative appeal. Sexual encounters are brave for this sub- genre and bound to inspire a blush rather than a pulse-racing response. Too frequent and rapid switches in point of view and the inclusion of minor character's thoughts may disconcert some readers, but would not deter this reviewer from enjoying future works by Ms. James. Your Wicked Ways is an amusing diversion that's sure to please.