Date: March 30, 2004
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Regency Romance [1816 London]
Lynda E. Lukow
By Eloisa James
different! Your Wicked Ways is a romantic story of passion ignited
within the bonds of matrimony.
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.
throughout their story, readers will enjoy the more traditional
tale of love born between Rees's vicar brother, Tom, and Rees' in-house
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.