Wicked Promise and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Wicked Promise on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Wicked Promise [Mass Market Paperback]

Kat Martin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition --  
Mass Market Paperback CDN $9.49  
Mass Market Paperback, Oct. 15 1998 --  
Join Amazon Student in Canada

Book Description

Oct. 15 1998 Wicked Promise (Book 1)
A Lady's Desperate Choice
When the loathsome Lord Bascomb tries to force her into marriage, Elizabeth Woolcot, against her will, must applea to her influential guardian. Nicholas Warring, known as the Wicked Early, is a darkly handsom charasmatic figure--with the power to save her but a past that could put her reputation dangerously at risk. A ruthless womanizer, he has also been convicted of murder--and barely escaped hanging.

A rogue's tainted honor
Elizabth can't help her attraction to the man who haunts her dreams--nor he his hunger for her. But she knows it can never be. For Nicholas is a married man. Then a heinous crime shatters their lives--and Nick is the natural suspect. Elizabeth wants to believe in his innocence more than life and love itself--but can she trust a man who has killed before?

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

Product Description


"Kat Martin dishes up sizzling passions and true love."—Los Angeles Daily News
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover


Faced with a forced marriage to a loathsome neighbor, Elizabeth Woolcot can only appeal to her powerful guardian, Nicholas Warring, for aid. Unfortunately, Nicholas, Earl of Ravenworth, is known as the Wicked Earl for good reason. Convicted of murder, he barely escaped hanging. When she meets Nick for the first time, Elizabeth is compelled by his darkly handsome face--and his charismatic manner. But no matter how strong the attraction between them, Elizabeth can never be his, for Nick, although estranged from his wife for years, is married.

As the days progress, Nick's hunger for Elizabeth grows. Then a heinous crime shatters their lives...and Nick is the natural suspect. Elizabeth wants to believe in his innocence more than life and love itself--but can she trust a man who has killed before?

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
Nicholas trailed a long dark finger down the small indentations that marked the viscountess's spine. Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old story line! May 31 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I do believe some authors are suffering from writers' block and hence churning out a lot of gibberish now a days. Kat Martins' Wicked Promise is one of those books probably written when she underwent a writers' block.
The story line is so oft repeated that there is nothing much to say about it, but what takes the cake are the lead characters, especially Elizabeth.
Both the h&h are irritating to the core and garner no sympathy. It was not a very long book, but it still took 5 days for me to finish it.
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars bits and pieces Oct. 8 2002
By Amy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i love kat martin books. her steamy writing style, characters that aren't afraid of society or their sexuality (a nice change from simpid writers to caught up in being afraid of wanting another person) and great secondary characters. I felt torn on this book for though there were parts i dearly loved there were also parts of the book where i was just like "What the hell was that?!"
First for the good: Elizabeth is a woman needs protection. After her father dies she is sought after but a man who is determined to have her, even by foul means. She asks Nicholas warring, her guardian, for protection and he grudgingly agrees. One problem, he's wildly attracted to her. Nicholas killed a man nine years ago and was sent off to serve his time. He's gone down hill since his return, earning the name the "wicked earl" for his rakish ways.
Elizabeth is the breath of fresh air that has nicholas' head spinning. i loved the way nicholas is determined to protect elizabeth from him and the life he lives. The passion the two of them have is great. the way they each have power over each other is a nice change from the always experienced hero. i loved nicholas' character in how he is protective and tortured. you have love those kind of heros...a little jaded but still a teddy bear inside. the bedroom scenes were great as always though like anything else they alone can't carry a book.
Now for the bad parts: the problem of nicholas being married is pretty much ignored throughout the book. his wife is in all of three scenes. elizabeth is almost to naive when she proclaims that nicholas is not married in the "eyes of god" since his wife left abandoned him when he was convicted of murder. The ending was to predictable. this story follows the cookie cutter regency era romance.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars More like 3 1/2 stars... Aug. 25 2001
By Abbys
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth and Nicky isn't exactly one of my favorite couples in all of Kat Martin's books. They do have heart warming moments but not enough to form an impression. In fact, I was more enthralled with Maggie's character. I wished there was more of her and Alex. Their story was short yet very lovable and hearty. For a primary characters, I think Elizabeth & Nicky needed a bit more expanding for me to fully appreciate them. I mean, individually they are well described but together, they lack development. There was not enough spark for me to feel that spastic reaction. They need more of internal conflicts for me to see and feel the true color of their relationship. In my opinion, the murder/mystery twist seemed to have overshadowed Nick and Elizabeth's love-romance story. I am not extremely fond of murder plots, perhaps this is the reason why I didn't enjoy this book to the fullest. I admit, there are times where I wouldn't mind and/or in fact, even enjoy such twist but on this circumstances, the murder plot here in WICKED PROMISE was just too common for my liking... So, you can say it's all a matter of taste and preferences. Read it anyway, you might like it more than I have. Also, I find this book somewhat slow... it takes awhile to get to the point. A bit verbose. But as soon as you past that, the story progresses and becomes quite intriguing. Aside from Maggie's character, I was also captivated by Randall character. He is the Duke of Beldon, Nicky's friend. I wasn't sure if Kat Martin wrote a book just for him... but I hoped! Boy, was I happy to learn upon my search here in Amazon that PERFECT SIN is Randall's book. OVERALL, Wicked Promise is a good read. I have no regrets reading this book at all. If you like murder/mystery plots in your historical romance novels, then this one is definitely for you.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another wonderful read from Kat Martin Feb. 10 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Besides being addicted to Kat Martin's books from the moment I picked up "Night Secrets," I picked up "Wicked Promise" because the heroine's last name was practically a dead-ringer for mine. Being decidedly English in culture, I knew this book was sure to please. And, it did.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Kat Martin's books is the setting. She can capture Victorian England in such a way that there is no doubt in my mind that's exactly what Victorian England looked and felt like, even down to the sootiness of the city (which so many authors fail to mention in 19th century England romances) and the hellish cells and the poor souls of Newgate prison.
On to the story. Elizabeth Woolcot is desperate for protection against her pompous neighbor who is hell-bent on marrying her. Nicholas Warring grudgingly agrees to help her, but does everything he can to keep Elizabeth at arms' length away from him, even going so far as to purposely set out to make Elizabeth think he's the rogue everyone says he is. He could care less about propriety and what society says - they deserted him when he killed a man nine years before. And now, that dead man's brother is trying very hard to marry Elizabeth, and he'll do anything (ANYTHING) to get her. When Nicholas realizes his love for Elizabeth, he sets into motion a plan that will see him free to love her. Unfortunately, through a series of events, he finds himself in a Newgate prison cell facing the hangman's noose. What follows is a hilarious scene (even in the shadow of a serious problem) which really had me giggling. Elizabeth is a strong heroine and does her best to defend herself. She's no ninny, either, even if she does put herself into some awkward situations.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
An Excellent story -- moves along quite well -- the seduction scenes rate a 31/2 -- Elizabeth Woolcot rates a 2 in moral fiber -- I mean adultry no less???? Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001 by M. Hartmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I really enjoyed this book. Although, it was preditable and the characters rarely fought in the book,like other romance novels, where they fight and make-up. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 1999 by "mickey8"
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read; didn't want the book to end!
I have read several other Kat Martin books-- Dangerous Passions, Innocence Undone, and Bold Angel--but felt this was the best yet. Read more
Published on May 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
I love every minute of this book.This was my first book of Kat Martin, and i really ejoy her book. I'm planning to get more books of hers, but i'm too hooked up collecting Judith... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read from a perennial favorite!
I can always count on Kat Martin for wonderful romance, intrigue, adventure, and a GREAT ending. There were moments in this book that reminded me of a personal favorite--JANE... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
Like most of the reviews previously written, I am a big fan of Kit Martin, and have enjoyed her older books more; but this book held a soft spot for me. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 1998 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Kat Martin never disappoints!
I'm a big fan of Kat Martin and I always eagerly await her new novels. Once again she enthralls her readers with this touching and beautiful love story set in regency... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB !!!!
Kat Martin did another heartfelt romance story that will take you to another time and place and makes you feel like your one of the main character.Keep up the good work Kat ! Read more
Published on Oct. 8 1998
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
I've read all Kat Martin's books and enjoyed them all, except this one. This was predictable and boring. Hopefully her next will have the same flair as her previous books.
Published on Oct. 8 1998
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category