The Importance of Being Wicked by Victoria Alexander


 The Importance of Being Wicked

Published: February 5, 2013

Publisher’s Blurb:

In this dazzling new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander welcomes you to Millworth Manor, a delightful English country estate where love is always perfectly at home…

For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite noble: to hire a company to repair his family’s fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in that—until the firm’s representative turns out to be a very desirable widow.

Lady Miranda Garrett expected a man of Win’s reputation to be flirtatious, even charming. But the awkward truth is that she finds him thoroughly irresistible. While Miranda resides at Millworth to oversee the work, Win occupies her days, her dreams…and soon, her bed. For the first time, the wicked Win has fallen in love. And what began as a scandalous proposition may yet become a very different proposal…

Tags: Romance, Historical, England

Time Frame: England 1887

Heat Level: 1.5

REVIEW RATING : 3.5 stars



Improved indoor plumbing

Better indoor heat

Horseless carriages

Women running a business

My oh my, how the times are changing!

Winfield has had three engagements and zero weddings. Will he ever get engaged and actually make it to the alter? Will he ever end up with a wife?

Miranda has had one engagement, one wedding, and one deceased husband. Will she move past her late husband to find love again? Will any many ever accept her for who she is?

Miranda has become a thoroughly modern woman. She’s done it in order to survive and keep her employees secure. Winfield believes women belong at home, with the children. Miranda shows up at Winfield’s home to represent the architecture firm responsible for rebuilding Winfield’s family home.  They immediately butt heads. They don’t quite see eye to eye.

As they spend time together, they forge a friendship. They come to care for each other and eventually fall in love. The problem? Neither one can see the forest for the trees. Neither one realizes they’re in love. But everyone around them does! Will they ever get together?

This was a wonderful story and I really enjoyed reading it. Once Winfield and Miranda finally realized their attraction to each other and acted on it, the story really picked up. The first half of the story moved a little slow for me. I didn’t feel the tension between them. It really felt like a comfy pair of shoes to me. About halfway through though, things picked up and I got truly invested in the story.

There were several humorous moments in the story and I found myself chuckling. I found Winfield’s mother and Miranda’s mother to be particularly devious. Miranda was refreshing. She started out a wallflower, blending in to the background, but blossomed once she realized how she came across to others. Winfield has quite the reputation in the ton. But, he’s not the typical rake or rogue you expect. In fact all of the characters in this story were refreshing.



I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.


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