Sexy Sophisticated Historical Romance
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED
Book One of The Wild Quartet
The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love....?
Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble...
Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke...while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.
They’d reached the rump of the evening. Caro Townsend surveyed the remains of another dinner party. No one had much to say, but no one wanted to brave the cold streets of London in the small hours. How small the hour was she had no idea; the mantel clock was unreliable at the best of times and had no chance of being right when she forgot to wind it. Half a dozen guests remained in the drawing room of Caro’s Conduit Street house. In one corner, an argument between two painters and a writer on the superiority of their respective arts had degenerated into desultory insults. Adam and Lydia Longley, exhausted by their roles in a reenactment of Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, had collapsed on the sofa like a pair of puppies. And Oliver Bream was drunk.
“May I tell you a secret, Caro?” he asked, sprawling on the floor at her feet.
“Of course.” Caro tried not to laugh. She knew what was coming, and it was no secret to anyone.
“I’m in love,” the young artist said earnestly.
She rolled her eyes and fortified herself with another gulp of wine in preparation for an oft-told tale.
Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the top ten romances of the fall 2012
"Miranda Neville really hits the big time with her latest, which launches a new series. Her talent hits brilliant new heights in this insightful tale of a wayward lady and her straitlaced man."
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