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Friday, April 15, 2011

Wickedly Wanton by Kristabel Reed

Wickedly Wanton by Kristabel Reed
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (179 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/F, F/F, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cholla

Sabine Stanton has struggled all her life to be the prim and proper English miss. She knows she must marry a man older than her father, but doesn't want to go to her marriage bed untutored in the ways of sex. When Aiden, Lord Severn, catches her kissing her closest girlfriend, Faith, he offers to show the two of them one afternoon's worth of erotic delights.

Aiden is intrigued with Sabine, her wantonness, her desire to experience life, even the protection and love she shows her friend. One afternoon isn't enough, but she's promised to another. Intent on having her, Aiden sets out to destroy the other man and have Sabine to himself.

Faith has always loved Sabine, and with her impending marriage knows she'll never have the chance to show her closest friend just how much. Jumping at Aiden's offer of an afternoon together, she realizes she can't give up Sabine. Vowing to do whatever it takes to keep her friend happy and sated, Faith doesn't imagine the danger their happy threesome will stir...

What do you get when you take two proper English ladies and add a daring, handsome Marquess into the mix? Trouble, for certain. And quite possibly a very sexy lesson in how to be a proper woman. Wickedly Wanton is an exciting and page-scorching trip back into the past, giving the nickname of Jolly Ol’ England quite another meaning completely.

Sabine Stanton tries desperately to be all that she was reared to be: prim, proper, and demure. However, in the privacy of her own thoughts, she’s anything but. Sabine is full of zest for life, learning and adventure, something that was heavily frowned upon in Regency England. However, Sabine does a great job of finding that perfect balance between keeping up appearances (and thus keeping her family’s reputation pristine) and crossing the line (enabling her complete enjoyment), making her a more complex character than you first suspect. Stories with an historical setting that have such a wild heroine tend to draw my attention simply because you don’t expect the heroine to be anything other than what you expect from history class. Those kind of fun surprises add so much to a novel for me. Sabine was the perfect mix of perfect daughter and wanton woman to make this both fun and believable.

Faith is a more typical female from this era. She’s meek and obedient and yet, she’s also hiding a deep, dark secret. She’s attracted to Sabine, and only Sabine. Faced with her impending marriage, she trusts in both her best friend, Sabine, and Aiden to show her the way. I liked Faith a lot and really would like to know more about what happens with her after the end of the story as her position intrigued me. She made the perfect companion for Sabine, both while acting as her enabler at times and as her voice of reason at others.

Aiden Merryck is the Marquess of Severn and an eternal playboy. Dedicated to enjoying himself in any manner available, he is at once surprised and intrigued by Sabine’s wantonness and beauty. Aiden’s complete and total dedication to the instruction of both Sabine and Faith is crazy and yet, so very right. He is absolutely what each of these girls needs. For wild and uncontrollable Sabine, he’s firm and dominant, molding her to his ways while allowing her to still be herself. For meek and pliable Faith, he’s the force that will bolster her confidence enough to make it through what lies before her. In turn, they each satisfy a half of him that he never really new needed tending.

Throw away your expectations of just what a proper English woman is and enter Ms. Reed’s version of Regency England. You’re sure to be shocked and more than a little intrigued. From the first sultry moment to the last steaming sentence, you’ll be entertained and engaged by the vivid characters and intense storyline. Never has history been so hot!