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June 29, 2019

Wicked With The Scoundrel by Elizabeth Bright ~ a Review

by MK French


Lady Claire is a woman with average looks and an impeccable photographic memory. She's instantly fascinated by Colin Smith, the bastard son of a viscount that had returned to England to sell artifacts from Egypt. Her father hires Colin to help her track down a false treasure safely, putting them together despite their difference in class.

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February 2019; 978-1795686334
ebook, print (260 pages); Regency romance
Claire is a fun heroine, and not because she isn't the elevated beauty that most Regency romance novels have. Her unusual quirk is her memory, which leads her to make lists of every instance she has ever encountered something, and her family doesn't despair of her socially because of that. Her maid and friends will jab her to remind her to stop, but no one ever treats her badly for it. It's obvious she has a loving family, and because of that, she is generous toward others that aren't as financially well off. While Colin at first thinks she's mocking him, she doesn't see the cruelty that others can couch as kindness. For her, she wants to help and provide others with comfort and goods that they need which she doesn't.

Colin has a very obvious chip on his shoulder at first and becomes very close to Claire. There isn't any serious danger in this novel, so there isn't any life or death action or mystery to really bind them together. The two are fascinated with the same things, and enjoy the lure of the chase after treasure, and discovering new places. It's adorable how they dance around each others' feelings, doing what they think will make the other safe and happy. And what's better, they talk to each other. There's no miscommunication to draw out the tension between them, and that ability to discuss their emotions and concerns brings everything together to its inevitable happy conclusion.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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