Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton


Title:  When She Was Wicked
Author:  Anne Barton
Genre:  Historical Romance
Pages:  416
Published:  January 29, 2012
Publisher:  Forever
Source:  Publisher
Buy Link:  Amazon


Some rules simply beg to be broken...

A dressmaker in London's busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton's steamiest secrets—and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn't something she's proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:

• Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
• Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
• Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest—until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle's extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen, Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined . . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family's ruin. Owen's searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle's most devastating secret is finally revealed?

Anabelle will do what she must to make sure her sister and mother have food and medicine.  Even if it involves something against he morals, and might hurt someone else.  She sees blackmail as the only way to save her family from starvation or death.

Unfortunately for Anabelle, she attempts to blackmail the wrong person.  When she meets Owen, the Duke of Huntford her entire plan has to change.  Anabelle is packed up and moved into Owen’s home and is given the task of creating beautiful dresses for his two sisters and all the while keeping the reason under wraps.

I really liked Anabelle; she’s of a ‘lower’ class, she’s spunky, speaks her mind, works hard and is willing to do anything for her family.  When life threw Owen in her path, she tried to make the best of it, but ended up in quite the mess.  Both of these characters have some issues to work through, and definitely keep each other on their toes.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes, it was a light hearted, easy to get into historical.  Anne is a new author to me, and has a great way with words and characters.  I felt for Anabelle, and worried right along side her about her mother and sister.  I loved Owen, and his willingness to take Anabelle in despite what she did, and trusted her with his adorable sisters.  Would I read more by this author? Yes!  Most definitely.

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