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When he becomes seventh Earl of Danecroft, rakish John Fitzhugh Wyckerly also inherits a crumbling estate and massive debts. Determined to do right, he reclaims his illegitimate daughter Penelope and heads to London in search of a very rich wife. Abigail Merriweather's farm has been quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings-until a roguish gentleman nameWhen he becomes seventh Earl of Danecroft, rakish John Fitzhugh Wyckerly also inherits a crumbling estate and massive debts. Determined to do right, he reclaims his illegitimate daughter Penelope and heads to London in search of a very rich wife. Abigail Merriweather's farm has been quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings-until a roguish gentleman named Fitz stops for a rest, his rebellious daughter in tow. His etiquette is questionable, his parenting deplorable-so why does Abby delight in his flirtations? And when she seeks a suitor to help her regain the children, why does Fitz keep popping up?...

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the wicked wyckerly Reviews

  • willaful
    2019-02-27 04:28

    This started off witty and bright, but so airy I had trouble sticking with it. It was like having a meal of nothing but cotton candy. Thankfully, not only did it get more substantial as it went on, it also got wonderfully romantic.Abigail needs a husband to get custody of her young siblings; Fitz, the latest in a long line of wastrel Earls of Danecroft, needs a wife to look after his illegitimate daughter. Unfortunately, Fitz also needs a great deal of money to take care of the ravaged estate he’s inherited, so marriage between them is out of the question. If only they didn’t keep having these ill-timed feelings for each other.In most Regencies with impoverished heroes, the lack of money never seems to affect their lifestyle in any noticeable way. Here, Fitz is seriously cash-poor as well as in debt, sometimes lacking funds for basic necessities. As a younger son with nothing to do, he’s used his brilliant mathematical mind to become a professional gambler, and though he trusts in his own abilities, he’s horribly down on himself. An interest in bugs (which he's never been able to explore, having had no real education) often shows in his thoughts: himself he thinks of as a termite or a cockroach, while a potential heiress named Lady Anne, "was an attractive woman who would probably bite the head off her mate after intercourse." I loved Fitz because, despite his low self-esteem and seemingly insolvable problems, he doesn’t sit around brooding over his wrongs or try to escape his troubles, but just keeps plugging. Even before he meets Abby, he’s doing his best, but she inspires him even more:"[Abby] regarded him with eyes so round, he didn’t know whether she looked on him as an insect or hero. He knew which he was, but he rather hoped he could be her hero for just a little while.”And Abby does recognize his heroic qualities, seeing him as an "indomitable man who had fought to survive and succeeded... [she] saw his strength and determination, and wept that she could not have him."I found the story a bit rambling and repetitious, and though the witty tone is mostly excellent at creating a historical atmosphere, a few modern sounding phrases stood out like sore thumbs: "lighten up", "good luck with that." A mystery element ends anticlimactically and a subplot in which Fitz and Abby are manipulated by two other characters for a wager was tedious. (Which is annoying, because I bet those characters and their wager are a running theme in the series, which will likely end with their romance, as is the way of these things.)Still, I love Fitz and Abby together: their passion for each other is delightful and their strengths and weaknesses balance, making for a plausible happy ending. This isn’t one of those romances that makes you worry at the end; I can see them years down the road, happily popping out baby after baby and loving each other as much as always.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-27 22:29

    While this book was not quite as wonderful for me as the second book in the series, The Devilish Montague, it did have a lovely charm to it—especially when I reminisce about the hero. Once again the author dabbles in a Marriage-of-Convenience (MOC) plotline (or maybe I should say she dabbles in it for the first time, since I read them out of order?) and manages to turn my expectations on their ear again. In The Devilish Montague the author had the hero and heroine completely satisfied with their MOC. There were no tears or regrets, and I found it wonderfully refreshing. Here, the author has the hero and heroine engage in a MOC that is extremely inconvenient. Neither of them is the best (or most convenient) solution for the other, but they don’t care because at least they’ll be together. Sounds more like a love match, eh? :) I had a few issues with the heroine in the beginning of the book, but I was pleased that they eventually smoothed out. I am not a fan of heroines that come off as the-bestest-mothering-figure-in-the-world-let-me-tell-you-how-you’re-doing-it-wrong, and that was my early impression of Abby. During the scene where she ends up meeting Fitz, she actually directs his daughter (who he is chasing after she bolts) to go into her kitchen and get a treat from the cook because he dad won’t find her in there. All because she thought he was handling the situation wrong and wanted to give him a set down. I mean, who does that?? That’s not your kid and you don’t even know these people! Yet you tell the little girl to continue running from her dad and to go into your house? It did not endear her to me. I loathe people who think it’s their right to butt into any given situation because they assume their way is better. I’m not denying Fitz was floundering, but it wasn’t her business. Luckily, that air about the heroine died down. She was still motherly, but it had a more natural feel to it, and she didn’t have that smug/condescending attitude anymore. The real star of the book was Fitz. I didn’t dislike Abby at all, but she never really resonated with me. I enjoyed whenever she was in a scene, though, because Fitz just lit up. He was such a great character. He was insecure about his lack of formal education and was very aware of his dismal prospects as a spouse, but he never wallowed. He was always willing to push forward into a new situation and gamble that it would turn out right. He wasn’t foolhardy or reckless, but he was not one to sit around waiting for the heavens to align and perfection to fall into his lap. He made his own destiny. The tone of the book is light and fun, but it never felt fluffy. The more we get to know Abby and Fitz, the more we see the hidden depths in them. They are more than just a loving older sister and a wicked gambler. They have hopes and dreams and feel buried under the hopeless situations they find themselves in. Even before they fall in love, they find themselves falling into a strong friendship with each other, which is just what they needed. Their personalities complement each other nicely, and you can really see why they fell in love with each other. She threw her hands around his neck, and he eagerly sought her mouth, and she remembered very distinctly why she had agreed to this insane marriage that would never ever work. It evidently had nothing to do with good sense and everything to do with lust and friendship and her utter adoration of this man who had come to her rescue. And a modicum of convenience.I enjoyed getting to backtrack and see a look at the characters and friendships from Fitz’s point of view. I have to admit that I liked Lady Bell and Lord Quentin better in The Devilish Montague, though. I did enjoy getting to see them first meet, but they seemed warmer there and less driven by their own machinations than they did here. What I really loved about this book was how it avoided conforming to Romance standards. Abby and Fitz were poor and it showed. Their lack of funds was not something easily solved, included only to add temporary tension. They genuinely worried about how they would make ends meet and occasionally had to get creative to make it work. And things weren’t magically solved in the end--gasp! Added to that, Rice once again kept us out of the ton, even though the hero is an earl. It was refreshing and I enjoyed it. Thank you for the lovely gift of this book, Sophia. Reading it made me smile. Favorite Quote:“We are not all of us born heroes, I fear. Women expect us to be wealthy and well-mannered and sophisticated. To be witty and thoughtful and honest. To be tender to children, loving to spouses and parents, and tough to bullies. Veritable saints, but...” He slanted her a look. “Pardon my bluntness, but women also expect us to be exciting, mysterious devils in the bedroom. Perhaps a contradiction?”

  • BJ Rose
    2019-02-28 23:24

    John Fitzhugh Wyckerly inherited a bankrupt estate when his drunken older brother broke his neck tumbling down the stairs. It didn't take Fitz long to calculate that, if he could organize the family's assets well enough to produce 10,000 pounds a year, he'd be out of debt in about 100 years - not good news! So he knew that he didn't have time for women "unless they came accompanied by boundless wealth - and immense stupidity." Then why is he having soft thoughts about Miss Abigail Merriweather, who is equally penniless and has had her 4 younger siblings taken away from her care. Well, she does seem competent enough to handle his very out-of-control 6-year-old daughter, the daughter he just recently met when he decided that becoming a responsible earl should begin with taking responsibility for his illegitimate child. His interest in Miss Merry has nothing to do with her mothering skills, but he soon realizes that her interest in him is based on his possible ability to help her find a good solicitor who can help her get back her siblings. How lowering is that?! - but also very intriguing! And so begins this impossible match that doesn't meet their financial needs - but Ms. Rice does a great job of resolving their problems, and throws in some surprises about the Wicked Wyckerlys.

  • Marilyn Rondeau
    2019-02-24 05:49

    Inheriting an earldom, along with a crumbling estate and massive debts that would take him a lifetime to pay back, John Fitzhugh Wyckerly the new seventh Earl of Danecroft considered his options; one of which was running away to America and letting his wealthy cousin inherit both title and the debts! But Fitz was not a quitter, and decided he should do the right thing, so he set out to reclaim his illegitimate daughter Penelope and travel to London in search of a very wealthy wife!Abigail Merriweather has been devastatingly quiet since she lost custody of her four half-siblings. Without warning, a roguish gentleman (Fitz) and his uncontrollable terror of a daughter descended upon her farm when they were unceremoniously booted off of the post chaise taking them to London. Abigail took note of how his parenting skills were quite appalling but his good looks and flirting were so quite heady. Abigail needs a suitor to help her regain her siblings, so why does Fitz keep looking like the best candidate, even though both know it could never work?*** When thinking about Patricia Rice I tend to think of the magic and mystical worlds she has so delightfully charmed her readers with over these past few years. In THE WICKED WYCKERLY she has left the magic behind and relies solely on the magic of true love and an enchanting romance set in the lively Regency world where social standing and money are of prime importance in the beau monde and glittering ballrooms of the ton. Fitz as the new Earl of Danecroft, despite his rakish life style before inheriting the title as a second son, never prepared or trained to become an Earl. He’d lived by his wits and remarkable mathematical abilities surviving solely on his expertise in gambling to modestly support himself in his bachelor rooms. However, after the loss of father and brother so close together, he found he wasn’t able to brush off the responsibilities so lightly. So Fitz decided to try and do better than his forbears and show that not all of his line deserved the “Wicked Wyckerly” title.Rice developed Fitz by giving him a conscience beginning with taking charge of his six year old illegitimate daughter Penelope even while he didn’t have a clue as to what fatherhood entailed. The author showed a correlation between Fitz’s upbringing and Penelope’s when he realized his uncaring attitude was much like what he himself had experienced. Abigail was fleshed out perfectly and was a complete joy. For Fitz, who had never been shown love or caring, meeting up with Abigail whose abundance of love and plain common sense was captivated by her beauty and her character. Rice couldn’t have created a better match up than Fitz and Abigail. Their attraction and what each brought to the table in terms of natural talents to enhance one another was perfection. Fitz needed to marry money and Abigail needed someone with a stellar reputation in order to regain custody of her half-siblings. Rice added a plethora of secondary characters that kept the action going, from a ‘fairy godmother type’ in the guise of the Abigail’s dowager marchioness cousin who decided to play matchmaker; to Fitz’s cousin and heir as well as the few friends who actually were mourning his rumored demise as well as Fitz’s faithful butler. Add to that the lovely humorous and sensual romance; several attempts made to Fitz’s life; and the delight of Fitz learning to deal with his six year old daughter and you have one perfectly enchanting read that I can HIGHLY recommend. This was total fun!

  • Rebecca (everyday reader)
    2019-03-23 21:25

    Fitz needs a wealthy wife to help him with his monumental debt and his crumbling estate. Abby lets Fitz and his wild daughter Penny have a roof over their heads because they were kicked off the coach in front of her house. Abby is an older single woman who takes care of her younger siblings after their parents deaths and it's not really looking for marriage. Unexpectedly, Abby receives an inheritance and has to get the children from their guardian. During this time in London love blooms and a new family of seven is made. Great read!!

  • Jultri
    2019-03-05 21:33

    Bloody hell!!! Lost my review. Too tired to rewrite it. Great writing. Fab hero. Will check her other books out. Witty stuff. Okay - quick summary, now that I've caught up on much needed beauty sleep. Fitz finds himself the supremely reluctant heir of an impoverished earldom after his no good brother followed his father's example and carked it young but not before squandering more of the limited family resources. Quick-witted, he has learnt to survive since childhood the only way he knows how - by being self-reliant and using his agile mind, his ample charms and his uncanny mathematical skills, the latter coming in handy at the gambling tables. He never had much, lived for the moment, but what he had was adequate for himself but not to revive his crumbling estate, pay the grumbling, recalcitrant servants and lines of creditors, nor to take on full-time the care of his natural born little daughter with the mighty temper. Utterly sweet, how he fumbled his way through fatherhood, taking all the tears and tantrums and ripped, muddied clothing in stride and treating his little 6 year old imp with a combination of pride, bemusement and wonder. In fact, he treated the heroine in much the same way, only with a healthy dose of lust thrown in the mix. The heroine is a simple country gentlewoman, orphaned and grieving the recent loss of guardianship of her 4 young siblings. She plots their return perhaps with the aid of a powerful and reliable male peer. He plots money-making schemes (gambling and other numerical but not usually reliable endeavours) and a wealthy bride. They are wrong for one another, but the heart does not often see reason. Lots of mayhem and amusing scenes follow involving enterprising servants, mobs of creditors, possible assassination attempts and the oft butchering of the English language. (Fitz escaping the creditors) Fitz opened the floor-to-ceiling-length mullioned window behind the desk, ducked his head beneath the peeling frame, and stepped over the rotten sill. The tall grass parted as he strode in the direction of the weed-smothered shrubbery where he’d heaved his baggage from the mail coach on his way to George’s funeral. Dignity belonged to butlers, not to Danecrofts. Abigail was even less inclined to be forgiving when he seemed prepared to race right past her as if she did not exist. She was painfully aware that she was small and unprepossessing, and she supposed her gardening bonnet and hoe added to her invisibility in the eyes of an arrogant aristocrat. But she wasn’t of a mind to be treated like a garden gnome. “And this is the rhubarb bed,” Miss Merriweather announced. Bored, and uncomfortable in his uncouth attire, Fitz gazed at rows of thick, wrinkled leaves and tried to link them with his hostess’s tone of admiration. “You grow weeds on purpose?” he asked, just to produce a reaction from the placid female. He’d offered smiles and charm and flattery during this tour of duty, and she’d yet to flap a flirtatious lash in his direction. Must be the clothes. How daunting to think women admired him only for his dashing attire. He was watching her with admiration while buttering toast, proving he was a modern wonder, a man capable of accomplishing two tasks at once.

  • Sandy M
    2019-03-20 03:23

    I had one heck of a good time with the main characters in this book. This is my first Patricia Rice historical and it’s definitely not going to be the last. I like the way she gives her characters attitude with a sense of fun. That combination just makes reading all that much more entertaining for her fans.As Abby is fretting over how to regain custody of her four younger brothers and sisters, the answer to her prayers may have dropped into her life by way of a mail coach. She needs help, as does the handsome Fitz and his rambunctious six-year-old daughter. Agreeing to watch the child while he takes care of urgent business, he’ll help Abby out with her predicament when he returns.Since inheriting the earldom after his father’s and brother’s deaths, Fitz now has an estate that is in ruins and he has no way of paying creditors or taking care of the people he’s suddenly responsible for. He could run off to America or fake his death, but instead he decides to do the right thing as best he can. To do that, he needs a very wealthy wife.What he wants, however, is Abby. But he knows he can’t have her, so he does the right thing again by turning her over to a distant dowager marchioness cousin of Abby’s, someone who knows how things are done and has the right connections. Just as he wasn’t prepared to become an earl —he’s a second son who’s survived by his wits and his amazing talent with numbers — Fitz is not prepared for his surprising feelings for Abby. He does face them, though, and begins his quest to wear her down into accepting and trusting him to make life work for them.Getting used to the way the ton lives is not for Abby. She’d rather be back home on her farm with the children, but since that’s not going to magically happen, she tries her best to fit in to find that one man who has enough money to perhaps reverse a legal decision and who doesn’t care she brings four kids into a marriage. But it’s Fitz who she keeps thinking about and who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places. And who has the crazy idea they can work their problems out together if they marry. Crazy it may be, but his idea has merit.These two people are just delightful. Abby is no nonsense in running a home but is full of love and life. Fitz is full of life but has never felt love. I had fun watching him turn from a man who knows nothing about children to a father who would give his life for his daughter, all due to the love — and no nonsense — he finds with Abby. Their banter throughout the book adds an extra level of entertainment for the reader, as do all the secondary characters who abound page after page.Of course, the romance goes without saying, but I like that it’s Fitz who wants love and romance and has to basically talk Abby into giving it a try with him. He’s not a rake but he knows his way around women and Abby doesn’t stand a chance once he puts his mind to making her his.Though there is mystery and danger woven into the story, this is just an all-around fun book. I look forward to the next books in this series, especially after meeting the heroes in this one. More fun is sure to follow.See my complete review at http://www.goodbadandunread.com

  • Bookaholics
    2019-03-09 23:38

    The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice Historical Romance – July 6, 2010 4 ½ Starts The Wicked Wyckerly is the first book in Patricia Rice’s new historical Rebellious Sons series. This Regency series starts out with a charming cast of characters and a lively plot. The Wicked Wykerly tells the story of John Fitzhugh Wyckerly who as the younger son to the Earl of Danecroft he uses his mathematical genius to make his living. As a successful gambler, he is able to win enough money to sustain an appearance of luxury. Contented with his way of life, his life is turned upside-down with the unexpected death of his older brother. Now he has become the fifth Earl of Danecroft. But upon becoming the new Earl, Fitz discovers he has inherited a crumbling estate and massive debts. This in addition to the mounting money problems are added responsibility of caring for his recently reclaimed illegitimate daughter, Penelope. But Fitz feels he must do the proper thing but he needs time alone to decide on the best way to set things right. So he leaves London to claiming a prized stallion he has won and encounters the lovely and enchanting Miss Abigail Merriweather. Abigail is currently dealing with her own set of problems. The new Earl is immediately enchanted by Miss Merriweather but realizes he can’t get involved. For he knows it would be dishonorable to start a relationship when his only way of saving the Earldom is to find a rich wife in London to save his mortgaged estate. So, no matter how delectable Miss Merriweather is, she is a complication he doesn’t need. Miss Abigail Merriweather is a woman on her own. She needs to find a solicitor who will help her to reclaim her younger siblings; children who were unfairly taken out of her custody due to the lack of male influence. When she meets Fitz she is immediately drawn to him but both of them soon recognize any relationship will not end well. Luckily fate takes a hand in the form of the recently widowed Dowager Marchioness of Belden. She is a distant relative of Miss Merriweather’s and whisks Abigail off to London. Where despite their best efforts Abigail and Fitz are constantly thrown together! As a result, both have a hard time keeping their increasing feelings for one another a secret. Patricia Rice is a fabulous storyteller. This book was an engaging and fun read. The 2 main characters are great. Both are somewhat flawed which makes them all the more real. This allowed me to easily relate to them and hope they would end up happily together. The main characters are appealing and as their troubles mount their personalities make them more compelling to read. The many sub characters add extra sparkle and extra excitement to this charming romance. I can’t wait for this series to continue and hope for more stories that continue more characters’ journeys toward love. For readers who are looking for an enjoyable historical romance that is chocked full of entertainment and includes characters that make readers feel invested in their lives then THIS is the book for you! Reviewed by Mary from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  • Cruth
    2019-03-18 21:21

    "Mr Wyckerly nodded as if he understood. 'We are not all of us born heroes, I fear. Women expect us to be wealthy and well-mannered and sophisticated. To be witty and thoughtful and honest. To be tender to children, loving to spouses and parents, and tough to bullies. Veritable saints, but...' He slanted her a look. 'Pardon my bluntness, but women also expect us to be exciting, mysterious devils in the bedroom, Perhaps a contradiction?'" p.49, loc.826Author: Patricia RiceFirst published: 2010Length: 360 pages, 5482 locationsSetting: London and surrounds, 1820.Sex: heated kisses, a couple of explicit bedroom scenes towards the end, after they are committed to marriage. Hero: Younger son who is suddenly an Earl after the death of his father and older brother. Has an illegitimate daughter. Is "uneducated" but a "mathematical genius".Heroine: After the death of her father and stepmother, our heroine has taken on the care of her younger siblings; recently the executor of the estate removed them from her care (how can a spinster care for a young male, let alone four children?).Series: Book 1 of 3Includes: Excerpt from The Devilish Montague by Patricia Rice.A solid book that plays with the ton requirements of- marrying for money- inheriting entailed property and debt- lack of interest in the heir's spare- women and children as chattel / powerless- children to be seen and not heard, illegitimacy to be abhoredIt's a nice story, neatly resolved. It isn't brilliant. It needed... something. Maybe more engaging characters. I wasn't convinced to truly care.However, the foretelling of future books is intriguing. Montague has a brilliant mind, Nick has a hidden past. And the simmering romance between Quentin and Isabell is forced yet intriguing - the fulfillment of the romance between these two is IMO worth following up.It's a series worth following but, hopefully, this isn't Rice's best work.The Rebellious Sons:The Wicked Wyckerly - John Fitzhugh Wyckerly and Abigail MerriweatherThe Devilish Montague - Blake Montague and Jocelyn CarringtonNotorious Atherton - Nick Atherton and Nora AdamsReferences:Author's website: http://www.patriciarice.com/(ISBN 9781101188682)-CR-

  • Sharyn
    2019-02-24 03:38

    Such a cute story! I loved the interactions between Fitz, the new, very impoverished Earl, and Abby, the woman he meets in the countryside who basically rescues him and his illegitimate daughter. Fitz clearly knows nothing about being a father, or how to run an estate, or anything really, except for gambling. And Abby, his Rhubarb Girl as he affectionately calls her, knows everything about raising children, and how to manage a (small) estate, but nothing about how the ton works or how to influence society so she can get back guardianship of her four younger half-siblings. They end up working together and make a very good pair, helping out each other. A great read.

  • BigComfyChairBookReviews
    2019-03-13 01:45

    This was just okay. I found the couple’s meeting to be a little farfetched. There were also too many children! They took center stage over the H & h a few too many times for my taste! Sorry I don't like kids, not sorry...kids tend to take the romance out of the story. The book was a little drawn out. I thought it could have done without the siblings run away adventure/drama. The suspense of someone trying to kill Danecroft concluded in a rather boring and implausible explanation. I personally could have used more steam and sex...This isn't a ya novel people...Critiques aside I liked the characters and as per usual enjoyed Rice's writing. Her books are much more intelligent than a lot of the romance drivel out there. It was cliché and cheesy at times but a pleasant and suspenseful read. I have read, probably, 12 books by Patricia Rice and I strongly recommend her as an author. WARNING: there is sex in this book, it is not erotica, but enough to be a steamy & hot adult romance. Please do not read if you are looking for something PG. Romance-3/5 Steaminess-2/5 Explicitness-2/5

  • Kristi
    2019-02-23 00:45

    I enjoyed the Fitz character and how he found a purpose and transformed. He was likable and made the romance sweet.

  • An Abundance of Books
    2019-03-18 23:32

    Youngest son Fitz Wyckerly has inherited his family's enormous debts and hopes to marry a wealthy woman. Granted, his future wife's fortune would only make a small dint in his very large debt, but it will buy him time to learn how to run the estate and make a profit. Being largely ignored and abandoned by his father and brother, Fitz uses his skill with numbers to gamble successfully.Abby is a country squire's daughter who was running the farm and raising her half siblings after her father and step mother's deaths. She is resigned to spinsterhood after the responsibility of four rambunctious children chased of her fiance. Her father's executor believes that a single woman is not capable of raising children. He has them sent to distant but wealthy cousins and Abby is desperate to get them back. She begins to write letters to her father's cousin, a marquess, in hopes he might help her.Unbeknownst to Abby, the marquess has died and the title passed to a different branch of the family. The marquess' widow, Lady Beldon, and the new marqess' youngest son, Lord Quentin, enter into a wager: Lady Beldon will grant women from poorer titled families with an allowance, introduce them to society, and help them choose a good husband. In turn, Lord Quentin will help his titled but penniless friends (all younger sons) marry well.I generally view historic romance as rather silly (unfair, I know), and pick it up when I want some brain candy. The first thing I noticed about this book was its cheesy title and then I thought the hero was pictured naked on the cover! Well, that certainly got my attention. ;) The story seemed a bit different, the cheesy title, and a cover where the heroine has on more clothes than the hero had me hooked. I had a long flight ahead of me and this book looked perfect. The Wicked Wyckerly was actually better than I had anticipated. Yes, Abby was lovely, spunky, and clever but her confidence came from several years of great responsibility. Fitz was handsome and capable, but also had a gift with math that he would have liked to pursue if his father had valued education. Abby and Fitz, were likable, clever, humorous, and not overwhelmingly perfect and beautiful as so many other romance characters. I also appreciated the fact that I couldn't guess the plot turns the story would take. I couldn't figure out how Rice was going to have Fitz end up wealthy when he was so overwhelmingly in debt - because it's a romance novel, we can't have an HEA without an abundance of wealth. There was a bit of light on the horizon, but the hero didn't magically get out of debt, which made me like the story even more. Rice tended to over use certain adjectives and historical slang, but all in all, it was an enjoyable read.

  • Christine (KizzieReads)
    2019-03-24 03:37

    I found this story lacked a little. It was dry, long drawn out. The characters were okay, but for me, they just lacked a certain spark. The major mystery of the book, or the main explosive problem that always gets resolved, was a bit anti-climatic. I did, however, enjoy the fact that Abby's main concern was getting her siblings back at all costs. She didn't care what other people thought of her, or the ton, she just wanted to have her family back. They were in her care when her stepmother and then her father died, and the siblings were taken away because the children needed a male in the house and she was unmarried.

  • Amanda Ryan
    2019-03-13 05:47

    I can’t help the involuntary cringe whenever I pick up a romance novel with any of these words in the title: rogue, scoundrel, scandal…wicked. The list could go on. I’ve learned not to judge a book by it’s title (or cover), especially after reading this. I actually contemplated picking this up a few weeks ago but put it back. Then a few days ago I saw it on the RITA nominee list and thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did, because it was a delight to read.I love a romance novel that really shows the full development of a relationship. Fitz and Abby go from complete strangers, to sort of friends, to definite friends, to lovers, and then, well…I don’t want to spoil it. It’s lovely to watch. Abby is a country girl, born and raised, and is independent and strong. Fitz has always been a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy until he’s bestowed with the title of Earl and forced to confront the demons his father and elder brother left behind. He’s intelligent and witty, and he particularly enjoys being around Abby.The glue that really holds them together, however, is their love of children. Abby is on a quest to get back custody of her half siblings, and Fitz just rescued his illegitimate daughter from a shady governess. That’s what initially brings them together. And their love of children is what keeps them together.Confession time – I’m not that big on kids. I don’t have anything against them. I’m just not at that maternal hemming and hawing moment in my life. These kinds of story lines don’t always appeal to me. In fact, sometimes they down right turn me off. There were a few moments in Wyckerly where I teetered on that edge, but really the engaging romance between the two main characters kept me invested and focused. And really, this is a terribly romantic book. If you’re looking for a heart warming story with a heavy dose of romance, family life, and a splash of wit, I’d definitely recommend giving The Wicked Wyckerly a go.Rating: BRomance: 5/5 Raunch: 3/5

  • Cathy Geha
    2019-02-26 21:29

    I loved this book! I loved the characters, the writing, the plot and the idea that there will be more books in the series. Fitz is a younger son who suddenly finds himself Earl of Danecroft and beset with debt. Abby is an older sister of 4 step-siblings taken from her care to live with married guardians after the death of her father – she wants them back. Fitz arrives on Abby’s doorstep with his young daughter by chance and they become acquainted as he works on her farm and plots for the future. Both Fitz and Abby need to marry for money as neither has any and require it to accomplish all they need to do. This is a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the interaction between Fitz and Abby, the friends of Fitz that showed up and will get their own stories, Lady Isabell and Lord Quentin’s wager and meddling, the scenes that were interesting and well-crafted, the humor, the idea that family is important, and a whole lot more. When I got to the wedding night I wrote: “GREAT wedding night – best ever read!” and that was not due to steamy erotic writing but due to the warmth and thoughtfulness and beauty of it all. I am eager to read more in this series. I have read other books by Patricia Rice and enjoyed them but this one was deeper and more complex. Thank you to the author for the copy of this book to read and review.

  • Michelle Robinson
    2019-03-09 04:22

    I enjoyed the first two thirds of this book more so than I did the ending. I liked the romance quite a lot. John and Abigail were both rather enjoyable characters. I liked them and enjoyed getting to know them.I found the ending to be a little less enjoyable than the rest of the novel. It was a bit too convoluted, for me.I have to say, Lady Isabell is one of the most interesting people that I have read about in romance novels, for a long time. I will be looking to see if Patricia Rice wrote a novel with she and Lord Quentin.

  • Thewalkingdreamer
    2019-03-11 01:51

    4 1/2 stars ! A truly enjoyable read !!!A witty-clever-brave- family loving heroine + unusual- clever- big hearted - fool in love - kind hero + an original trope + no instalust/instalove = a wondeful HR !If you want steam and sensual that's not your book. Lust is born out of love in this book and the two of them are also taken by other loves : their children.It was through and through an heartwarming story, the kind one would love to read around christmas.

  • Linda Walters
    2019-02-22 01:21

    Both of the main characters had a lot to deal with. Both Fitzhugh (Fitz) and Abigail (Abby) have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, without very much money or power to deal with them. It was easy to become involved with each of their stories. Fitz might come from the Wicked Wyckerly line of people, but he finds he does want to do something different than his predecessors. But the debt is stacked so high, he's not sure what he can do. He has spent much of his life winning at cards but there is no way he can see to use that skill to overcome those kind of bills. And the creditors are chasing him, literally. Not only that but he is now responsible for his wild-cat illegitimate daughter. Oh course he was the one who "rescued" her but he is so over his head even on this one. His daughter, Penelope (Penny) was a hoot wherever she appeared in the story. She was only six years old but no one had really loved her or cared about her before. No wonder she ran wild and had a mouth like a sailor. Fitz soon found that she also had the Wyckerly personality of doing the opposite of whatever she was ordered to do. But he only caught onto that after seeing Abby work her magic with Penny. It also made me smile when Fitz thought about how proud he was that he hadn't begot any squeamish, insipid miss but a warrior child. Abby had learned a lot from her years of helping with children especially her beloved half brothers and sisters. Abby is fighting mad trying to recover her half-brothers and sisters. The only reason she "lost" them was because she was a woman and the executor of her parent's estate saw that as the reason to remove them. She hasn't lost hope but things aren't looking good either. I liked how Fitz saw Abby as he got to know her more. Yes, he was attracted to her but he also admired so many of her qualities. He saw her as having the appearance of an angel with the fierceness of a lioness. And once she made up her mind, she was like a little general who raced full speed ahead. And she was fierce when it came to those she cared about. It looked like both needed to marry but not to each other. Fitz needed a heiress with a lot of money and Abby needed someone with the power to help her get her family back. Fitz is a charming man who is used to women falling easily at his feet but not Abby, she is way too practical for that. A comedy of errors and chaos follows. There are plenty of surprises, twists and turns in store as well as a well deserved but unusual H.E.A.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-02 01:25

    Delightful and Charming.Ms Rice's books are always a 'satisfying' read and this story is no exception. Although from the very beginning our hero is an Earl, he was never expected to be and this is about the plight of second/younger sons (the spares) and the difficulties of making a living. Whilst the eldest son would inherit the estate and enter politics, professions open to younger sons were limited; the second son would often join the army, the third son go into law, and the fourth son join the church. Anything considered to be "trade" was heavily frowned upon and would see you ostracised from society. Our hero, having had little education (owing to his grandfather, father and older brother suffering from dyslexia and, a lack of funds) earns his living by gambling. This, is not quite so precarious as one might think, as he is a mathematical genius and counting the cards puts the odds of winning in his favour. However when he inherits an estate heavily in debt, which cannot be sold due to being entailed, gambling is not going to solve his problems. Add in a 6 year old illegitimate daughter who has been brought up in "low" company; is strong willed and obstinate, and you will see that the last thing he needs is to fall for a young woman trying to obtain custody of her four young, rambunctious half-siblings. There are rumours of his death, attacks that narrowly miss killing him, meddling friends and acquaintances, love, lust and a light touch of humour. A highly recommended book.Note: it is his ancestors who are wicked not our hero, so some may find the title of this book a misnomer.

  • Kebby Shropshire
    2019-02-22 05:25

    Entertaining storyI liked this one. Usually stories with children in them bore me to tears. The children are usually sickly sweet or beyond annoying. Ms Rice came up with an amusing balance in Penny.The hero inherited a financial disaster and tried to come up with a plan to set things right. He also has a young daughter who he found in need of him. He needs to marry and marry well, but what society lady will not only accept him and his illegitimate daughter?The heroine is looking after her family's small bit of land. Her parents have died and her younger siblings have been taken from her. As she is an unmarried woman she is deemed unfit to be in charge of them.What the h/ H meet there is obvious attraction and irritation. He neglected to tell her he has recently become an earl, who has been making his way in the world by gambling. She offered to help him and his daughter by hiring him to work in her fields. But he knows people in London and can help her get in touch with a distant relative who might be able to help get her siblings returned to her.The widow of the relative has no use for the hero - or men in general. Her marriage wasn't a happy one. She is determined to marry me off the heroine to a man of substance, and had even waged a bet that she would.In the meantime someone appears to be trying to kill the hero.It is a good story and I recommend it.

  • Jean
    2019-03-20 22:37

    This steamy Regency caught my fancy. The main characters weren't your average titled leads. Fitz is broke and needs a wealthy wife. His future bride is far from wealthy and wants to be reunited with her siblings that have been taken from her as the solicitor believes they need a male presence in their lives.What I appreciated most about the book is there were no easy answers or solutions, although we left the people happy with their situation. What I missed was the clever dialogue found in more traditional Regencies. I enjoyed this book enough that I got the second book in the series.If you like Regencies and don't mind tastefully romantic, steamy scenes, then you should like this book.

  • Cecily
    2019-03-22 00:40

    So .... it starts off a bit harebrained and fluffy, but there is real charm and good heart to this book. Lack of money is a real thing. Intelligent men and women work things out for themselves and there is a refreshing lack of the Big Misunderstanding. There is male friendship, a plethora of people willing to help, and some unruly domestic staff. There are even cockroaches and the need for pest control. In other words, real life and a pragmatic, messy, "oh-we'd-better-get-on-with-things" realism and a large dose of love and happiness. Really, really lovely book.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-15 05:50

    Part of a Series: bk 1Setting: 1807 EnglandHero: Fitz/John/Dane -gambler-turned earl to a crumbling estate deep in debt.Heroine: Abigail/Abby- Farm girl who is trying to get custody of her 4 siblings.Characterization: 4.5* strong and developed through the story.plot/storyline: 4.5* good- believable.Writing: 4.5* A bit slow moving in the beginning.Ending- A good HEA: 5* Had a good ending. I like it was not they suddenly became rich or had all the money they needed.How much I enjoyed it: 4.5*Overall rating: 4.5*(out of 5*)

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-03-07 23:42

    A second son unexpectedly comes into into the title of Earl and finds out just how much in debt the estate is mired in. This coupled with the fact he supports himself by gambling creates a huge problem as he has just taken on his by blow daughter to raise. During the initial phase he meets a young orphaned lady seeking the return of her four siblings. A budding romance begins and true love blossoms. A delightful read if you enjoy a historical romance with a twist in the story.I have rated this book four stars.I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.Thank you Frank

  • Virginia Tican
    2019-03-11 21:39

    One deliciously wicked and Fun read. It is about a family whose measure of intelligence belong to both ends of the spectrum ~ either the up end of mathematical genius or the down end of abysmal dyslexia. Sadly the direct heirs to the Earldom of Danecroft were at the receiving end of the lesser ability while the indirect inheritors seem to be the ones Gifted. Therein lies a problem and a tale besetting the 7th Earl.

  • Jeri
    2019-02-28 00:33

    A very welcome surpriseI hadn't read anything by this author before, but this book was free on Amazon last month so I thought "Why not?". What a hidden gem! It's entirely predictable - but in a good way. Strong H & h, both of whom are sure of who they are, and both come to realize how much better they are together. Good foreshadowing of another book in the series (Formidable Lord Quentin). I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

  • Dee Doyle
    2019-03-08 01:32

    Bankrupt EarlFitz became Earl after his older brother died shortly after his father's death. As a second son, he was left to his own devices in order to live. You see, Fitz may have become an Earl, but he is a rather bankrupt Earl with property that is in desperate need of a King's ransom in order to repair. Can he find a very wealthy heiress? What about Penny, his illegitimate daughter? Ah, what to do? I found this tale to be lite, pleasant and very intriguing.

  • Mary Baker
    2019-03-05 23:24

    A fun, but implausible read. Patricia Rice has been entertaining her readers for many years, and she continues to do this with this novel. Abigail, the heroine, is feisty and truthful. Finn, the hero, has lived the life of a carefree wastrel, but now his life has taken a drastic turn. These two characters bring out the best in each other and provide much amusement for the reader. (And the book was a freebie!)

  • Edie
    2019-02-20 23:25

    Love is where you find itAll characters within this tale of attraction between opposites have reckless, stubborn foibles combined with honorable pursuits, truth in dealing and humorous living, breathing wisdom. Plot twists enough for any readers, the denoument is endearing and sets the possibility of further adventures. The "Ah" factor is alive and well in Patricia Rice's environs!