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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: A Little Bit Wicked by Robyn DeHart

Format: epub (provided by publisher)
Release Date: December 2, 2012

Marcus Kincaid has returned to England after a ten-year absence as the Earl of Ashford after his brother’s untimely death. Unfortunately, his younger sister is embroiled in a potential scandal that could ruin her chance at marriage, and his aunt has already called in reinforcements—The Paragon.

Vivian March is known simply as The Paragon. She moves through every circle within Society, smoothing out scandals and stopping gossip in its tracks. Everyone in London knows that if she aligns herself with you, Society will forgive your sins. What they don’t know is that she uses their secrets to cover her own jaded past.

But with every kiss and every touch that Marcus thrusts upon her, Vivian comes to believe life is infinitely more fun when you can be just a little bit wicked…

Robin DeHart's A Little Bit Wicked is just that, a little wicked. It's a romantic story, not too long, not too short, that revolves around mistakes, keeping them a secret and finding someone who will accept you even with your past mistakes and flaws.

Vivian March, otherwise known as The Paragon, is the person families go to when they need help avoiding scandal. For all appearances, Vivian is not the perfect, proper lady every one thinks she is. She's guarding her own secret, a mistake she made when she was young and thought she was in love. Vivian is a character that everyone can identify with. We've all made mistakes, some of them we've tried desperately to cover up. Remember feeling like at any moment someone would discover your secret and tell every one? She's a brave character, most women would have banished themselves to the country but not Vivian, she does the best she can to move on and help others.

Then there's Marcus Kincaid. He's come home after years in Africa to find out two things: His elder brother has died, making him the Earl of Ashford and his sister is only a few steps away from a full blown scandal and his aunt has asked Vivian March to come to their aid. He has traded one jungle for another and finds himself outnumbered by stubborn females who have apparently, gotten along fine without him and aren't too pleased that he now wants to assume control of the family. As if that's not enough, when he meets Vivian he suddenly remembers her.. She mistakenly kissed him at a masked ball 10 years ago. That she pretends not to remember really aggravates him.

So at first it's Marcus' male ego that causes him to pursue Vivian but he quickly finds out that she is something special and begins to pursue her because he is genuinely interested in her. The two of them play a bit of a cat and mouse game for awhile that is filled with passionate kisses and whispered promises.

A Little Bit Wicked is moderately paced, never dwelling on unimportant facts or unnecessary scenes. It was refreshing to read about a heroine who is NOT a young, fresh faced miss but a mature woman of 34. She's somewhat independent, well, as independent as a woman could be in those times, but she's not as tough as she comes across. She lives in fear that her secret will come out and ruin her. Giving Vivian moments of insecurity and fear made her more realistic. She was so consumed with guilt over her youthful mistake that she started imagining that everyone could secretly see her shame. Her fear and guilt made me sympathize with her.

Marcus and Vivian's romance is not as passionate as it could have been, most times it was overshadowed by Vivian's fear that her secret would be discovered and Marcus would reject her. She always held something of herself back. The result is a handful of encounters that build in intensity but never quite explode into fireworks. A Little Bit Wicked is more about forgiving past mistakes and the emotional connection formed between two characters who don't entirely belong in the world.


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