Wicked Fantasy: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jul 26 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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!
THANK YOU NICOLE 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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