Thursday, July 25, 2013

Slightly Wicked Review

Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality…Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Rannulf Bedwyn, the rebellious third son, enters into a liaison that is rather risqué, somewhat naughty, and…Slightly Wicked.

With his laughing eyes and wild, rakish good looks, Lord Rannulf Bedwyn is a hard man to resist. To Judith Law, a woman in need of rescue when her stagecoach overturns, Rannulf is simply her savior, a heroic stranger she will reward with one night of reckless passion before she must become a companion to her wealthy aunt. Imagine Judith's shock when the same stranger turns out to be among England's most eligible bachelors…and when he arrives at Harewood Grange to woo her cousin. Certainly, they had made no vows, no promises, but Rannulf never did forget his uninhibited lover…nor did she forget that one delicious night. And as scandal sets the household abuzz, Rannulf proposes a solution…but when Judith refuses to have him—in love or wedlock—Rannulf has only one choice: to wage a campaign of pure pleasure to capture the heart of the woman who has already won his.

Rannulf is one of my favorites in the Bedwyn family.  Him and Wulfric (who's book I will review later) are the most interesting of the Bedwyn's to me.  Rannulf comes from a family of very wealthy and polished aristocrats in London who are very respected.  He is very duty bound, as are all the Bedwyn's, to do the appropriate things in society.

On one stormy afternoon he comes across a turned over stagecoach and a bunch of unharmed passengers standing on the side of the road.  Here he meets the beautiful Judith Law.  Judith is a feisty redhead who is on her way to her aunts house to essentially become free labor.  Her brother has put her family in a serious predicament with his gambling and partying ways and Judith is going to pay the price for it.  But she decides on this stormy afternoon that she is going to have one really awesome adventure first.  She is going to enjoy Rannulf.  
Posing as an actress Judith gives Rannulf a fake name and Rannulf, not wanting her to know he is a Bedwyn, lies about his name as well.  A heated night of passion followed by a few more days of passion leads to the start of a really great novel that has some fun surprises, not just the one where Rannulf and Judith run into each other and their aunts know each other.  But surprises about how the families react to the chemistry between them.

I love this series and although it is an older series I still go back to it all the time!  I give it 4 lipsticks!


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