In Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran, Gwen Maudsley is a loaded heiress lacking a title. She’s pretty much everyone’s BFF and full of social grace and poise. Yet, these characteristics do not prevent her from being jilted at the alter not once, but TWICE.
After the second jilting, Gwen makes the decision to stop being so nice and start being wicked (oh and that makes me think of ‘when people stop being polite and start getting real ha ha). Of course, her idea of wicked is going to Moulin Rouge, singing in a cafe, and not responding politely to slights by the ton. Accompanying her on the journey to ‘naughty’ is Alex Ramsey, who is a bit of a rake and dislikes how proper Gwen is. He decides to oversee her change because of a promise made to Gwen’s dead brother/his BFF, Richard.
Let’s be real. I only mentioned two characters, a female character and a male character. This is a romance novel, so you better damn well believe that in Wicked Becomes You the sparks will totally fly between Gwen and Alex. On a scale of Amish to erotica, I would have to say that the sexytimes in Meredith Duran’s book definitely fall into the heated side of the scale. For real, it’s graphic. I read the sex scenes out loud to my boyfriend who was all, so this is lady porn huh? And I was all, sure dear, that’s what it is.
Some parts are REALLY slow and I could take or leave them. Like the subplot where Alex’s stupidass brother is conned into selling his valuable land for super cheap and Alex and Gwen have to go find proof of the con. Which was definitely boring and I was like good lord, can’t they just have sex or something or go to a ball.
I did enjoy Gwen’s emphasis on love. She sort of decides after her jilting that she doesn’t want to marry for a title, but definitely wants love. And well, I see people around me who date people for their money/what perks they can get, and I think this whole love thing is a good message. Don’t get me twisted though, this isn’t a message book at ALL. But yes, LOVE not perks.
I’m looking forward to trying out more by Duran, especially because Allison at The Allure Of Books just gave her a positive review, and yo that is someone I trust.
Disclosure: Won my copy from What Book Is That.