Beautiful heiress Gwen Maudsley is
universally adored by all of London society. Lauded for her
niceness and made all the more marriageable by her fortune,
it is a great shock to everyone when Gwen is jilted at the
alter – for the second time!
Gwen is just as surprised as everyone
else when her latest fiancé abandons her. She’s also had it
with being the good girl. Gwen is determined to live life
as she pleases and ruin herself in the eyes of society.
With the scandal of her aborted wedding on the tip of
everyone’s tongue, Gwen takes off for Paris, where she plans
to see the things no proper lady would have access to.
Gwen’s new quest sets her directly in the path of Alex
Ramsey, her late brother’s best friend. Alex is convinced
Gwen’s new approach to life if only temporary and he’s
determined to keep her from irreparably damaging her
reputation. Gwen is just as determined to prove him wrong.
With the demons of Alex’s past coming to the fore,
complications of his present nipping at their heels, and
desire too powerful to resist throwing them together, is it
possible for the nicest girl in London to find happiness
with society’s most notorious rogue?
It’s always fun to see a very proper
young lady take charge of her life and throw caution to the
wind. That being said, wickedness did not exactly become
Gwen. To be sure, Gwen took a few actions that Victorian
society would censure her for, but her efforts fell flat for
me. Alex, while the more appealing half of the pair, was
somewhat condescending at the beginning of the book which
rankled a bit. What troubled me about Wicked Becomes
You was that I kept waiting to become invested in
the story and the characters…I waited in vain. Obstacles in
Gwen and Alex’s path appeared and vanished at will, the
characters didn’t exactly grow over the course of the story,
and I just could not get excited about the story.
Wicked Becomes You was my introduction to Meredith
Duran’s work and while this particular story didn’t hold my
interest, I would welcome giving another of Ms. Duran’s
books a try.