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Wicked Fantasy: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Nicole Jordan
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July 26 2005
Enter the sensual world of Nicole Jordan’s breathtaking Regency romances.

He is her most wicked fantasy . . . and no proper suitor for a lady.

Since the night Trey Deverill’s stunning kiss melted her senses, Antonia Maitland has harbored a fascination for the infamous adventurer. But Deverill is nothing Antonia needs in a husband, and when he abducts her–for her own protection–and then shockingly proposes marriage, a battle of wills ensues that proves dangerously irresistible.

Antonia’s charming wit and vibrant beauty make her England’s most sought-after heiress. Yet it’s her fiery spirit and awakening sensuality that stir a need in Deverill so fierce he would challenge the devil himself to possess her.

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the splendor of the Cornish coast, Deverill sweeps Antonia into unforgettable passion. But a treacherous plot threatens their lives and their chance for the grandest adventure of all: true love.

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Romance readers who believe "heavy on sensuality" equals "light on character" would do well to pick up the latest Regency by Jordan (Lord of Seduction), who deftly discloses her hero and heroine's depths even as they de-clothe each other. Again featuring the adventures of the Guardians of the Sword, a secret society pledged to protect the weak and fight tyranny, Jordan spotlights Trey Deverill, a handsome, virile, pirate-battling ship captain who returns to London to safeguard beautiful heiress Antonia Maitland. Antonia's father died mysteriously, and Deverill suspects her well-born fiancé is involved. When Antonia rejects Deverill's warnings and her fiancé sets Deverill up for murder, the captain has no choice but to abduct Antonia to secure her safety. In the process, Deverill discovers an unexpected danger: losing his heart to the spirited girl. Seduction, masked balls, houses of ill-repute and the stirrings of first love swirl into an intoxicating mix. Once more Jordan proves that she well deserves her reputation for delivering both steamy scenes and an emotional punch. Correction: In our June 20 review of Sandra Brown's Chill Factor, the publisher was incorrectly identified. It is Simon & Schuster.
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“Ms. Jordan proves herself a marvelous storyteller.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensually Delicious July 31 2005
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Romantic and sensual romance set in historical surroundings. This is a fantastic novel, filled with intrigue. By the way-It's HOT!
Other hot books: More Than Seduction by Cheryl Holt,Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written historical romance July 26 2005
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
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Antonia Maitland first meets the dashing Trey Deverill at the tender age of seventeen at her father's London home. Trey was well-known for his adventures and explorations, most notably his daring pirate battles on the high seas. Antonia never tired of hearing his adventuresome tales and found herself envious of the escapades of this close friend of her father's. Four years later Antonia's father is dead and his housekeeper suspects that Antonia's intended, Baron Heward, is responsible for his death, further believing that once Heward and Antonia are married and he has full control of her wealth, that she too will be killed. The housekeeper requests that Trey investigate Heward and protect Antonia while doing so. An American cousin of Trey's who does business with Maitland Shipping gives Trey insight to unscrupulous business dealings that Heward is participating in while running the shipping business, but Antonia does not want to believe him. Trey repeatedly sets out to intentionally provoke Heward in Antonia's presence, hopeful that he will lose his temper and show his true nature. Once Trey succeeds in humiliating Heward, he is met with brutal retaliation and finds himself needing to escape London, kidnapping Antonia and taking her with him to a secret location until he can prove Heward's guilt. With the assistance of fellow members of the Guardians of the Sword, Trey sets out to protect Antonia and prove Heward's guilt. When Antonia insists on being a part of Heward's downfall, Trey doesn't want to put her life at risk, although he understands her wanting to help put Heward in prison for her father's murder. Trey's plan begins to fall into place what he doesn't plan on is falling in love with Antonia. He knows that Antonia plans to follow her father's wish for her to marry a man of nobility. Realizing that she is falling in love with Trey, Antonia is torn between what her heart desires and the notion that she should do as her father wished. These characters are so well written that they leap to life on the pages. Nicole Jordan's heroes, Trey being no exception, are always strongly masculine, charming and determined in their passions. Antonia is strengthened by intelligence, wit, grace and beauty. Ms. Jordan never fails to deliver a book that is full of historical detail, heart-pounding danger and breathtaking sensuality. The secondary characters are exceptionally written without overpowering Trey and Antonia. WICKED FANTASY has my very highest recommendation, an absolute must-read for lovers of sensual historical romance. Courtesy Laurie/Romance Junkies
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All One Could want in a Historical Romance Sept. 19 2005
By K. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I've begun reading Nicole Jordan's books, I've not been disappointed. When my romance reading mood is calling for a historical setting, I know I can pick up her latest and prepare to be happily satisfied. Her heros are usually just alpha male enough to be eybrow-raising without being overbearing. Her heroines are never the milksop type. They know how to stand up for themselves.

Antonia Maitland is a charming young heroine who meets Trey Deverill as a young girl at her father's home. At the tender age of sixteen, she had already begun to lose her heart to him after she daringly demanded a kiss from the dashing adventurer. Years later, they encounter one another again as she prepares to marry into the ton (her father was in trade. Oh, the horror!). Trey has grave suspicions about her future husband, Lord Heward, a Baron and has come back to England to make sure she is safe as well as happy. When he sees her again, though, he is, of course, immediately attracted to her. And she herself is not uneffected by his very virile presence. A desperate situation arises that forces Trey's hand and takes he and Antonia on an adventure of their own.

Anotnia turns out to be a very likeable heroine, posessing a strong mind and nature, but is not so overpwering that Trey is overshadowed by her. Trey himself is also a great hero, being completely sure of himself, adorably concerned about Antonia's welfare and completely sexy (Of course! It's a must!). His personality balances out Antonia's. Ms. Jordan always manages to cook up some of the steamiest love scenes, and readers won't be disappointed with them in this book either. Their chemistry is sizzling right from the beginning of the prologue to the end of the epilogue.

It was somewhat refreshing to read a historical where the hero and heroine were more ordinary everyday people (both had noble bloodlines, but were not directly noble themselves) instead of the elite of the ton. Here, the tables were turned and Baron Heward was the bad guy. A nice turnabout, especially with Ms. Jordan's spectacular job of portraying the baron in a bad light. I was amazed at the level he would stoop to to get what he wanted. His evil tendencies only made me love Trey more.

I honestly cannot think of one thing I disliked about this book. It was an uncomplicated, easy and fun read. It's a great one to settle down with over your much needed weekend at home alone. Incidently, if you'r not aware, this was the third in Jordan's Paradise series. Her next one, is Fever Dreams and should be out in June of 2006 (Waiting impatiently here! See the excerpt at the end of Wicked Fantasy). Now, if only Ms. Jordan would reissue some more of her older titles so that I had something to read after this one!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Jordan at her very best! Nov. 23 2005
By J. Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Nicole Jordan but I have to admit the other two books in this series did not quite grab me like the Notorious series. This one however was absolutely perfect. Jordan is known for her sizzling sex scenes but when the couple explodes off the page with lust and passion like Antonia and Deverill do, well it becomes quite an intense read. I love how this story built from the not quite so innocent kiss when she was 17 and he was 26 to them meeting again 4 years later, and Deverill is determined to save Antonia from marrying a nobleman that may in fact killed her father. I loved how he was so determined to protect her, how he actually kidnapped her, took her away - it was all so powerful and so romantic. She had fanticized about Deverill after that kiss when she was 17 and soon she would be more than living out her dreams of seduction with this man. Wow, my kind of story. This book really excudes passion, and honest to good romance. This was like have a knight in shining armour drop down and truly save the princess. It was Jordan at her very best and anyone that loves her books I think will love this third in the series!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME story! Sept. 13 2005
By E. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
By the time I finished reading this one, I was just about giddy with delight. Who knew I had a weakness for the typical love story? Two people who are completely wrong for each other embark on a journey borne of deception, murder, etc and fall madly in love despite everything. Normally, it's not my cup of tea. But Nicole Jordan has somehow woven a fabulous story with all of the above, PLUS a super bonus of wickedly wonderful sex scenes. I have to admit that I'm completely taken aback, but delightfully pleased at the same time.

THANK YOU NICOLE JORDAN!!! :-)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Jordan Always Delivers!!! Oct. 10 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been a long time fan of Ms. Jordan going as far back as her western historicals published by Avon. Her latest series is just as entertaining, sensual, and romantic. Than again I'm bias when it comes to Ms. Jordan.

Antonia Maitland has a fire in her spirit. She wants to do right by her loving papa but at the same time she can't help but wish that she had been born a male so she could experience all that life has to offer that gender. All the excitement that her proper life lacks. Well, one should be care for what one wishes as her life is going to get real exciting sooner rather than later. Starting off with her first glimps of a naked man and later (that same day...trust me you need to read the book) a kiss that ruines her for the rest of mankind delivered by none other than handsome, yummy, sexy, sensual...well, you get the point Trey Deverill.

Fast forward four years and our hero Trey is back in England after a rather long absence in India only to find out that his friend Sam Maitland is dead, his beloved daughter is betrothed to a nasty piece of work, and that the same daughter is now not only a beautiful lady but the hoyden has grown into a woman that Trey can't ignore...and when he's honest with himself doesnt' want to ignore. But now he needs to keep her safe and a very real threat is out there. Will Antonia allow her tender heart and personal safety to be kept by the dashing, yummy...Trey, or will the villian win out at the end of the day?

Well, it goes without say that Ms. Jordan can pen a sensual read like no ones business. But on top of that she creates characters that the reader truly wants to know and care about. Although part of series I still feel that this read is a stand alone in it's own right. Trey and Antonia are fun characters and although the reader my find themselves getting frustrated with Antonia at times (okay, okay I admit) she is still an endearing character that is well matched for our hero Trey. This book will sweep the reader back to a time and place that no longer exists and right into a romance that is truly romantic. Ms. Jordan is an author that I highly recommend with no qualms.

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