Practically Wicked

Practically Wicked For some virtue is a viceAs the illegitimate daughter of a scandalous woman Miss Anna Rees is almost as well known for having been raised in the hedonistic demimonde as she is for her quiet nature A

  • Title: Practically Wicked
  • Author: Alissa Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780425258033
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • For some, virtue is a viceAs the illegitimate daughter of a scandalous woman, Miss Anna Rees is almost as well known for having been raised in the hedonistic demimonde as she is for her quiet nature Anna longs to leave behind her mother s world of courtesans until she unexpectedly meets the handsome, charming and decidedly wicked Lord Dane If only she could convince himFor some, virtue is a viceAs the illegitimate daughter of a scandalous woman, Miss Anna Rees is almost as well known for having been raised in the hedonistic demimonde as she is for her quiet nature Anna longs to leave behind her mother s world of courtesans until she unexpectedly meets the handsome, charming and decidedly wicked Lord Dane If only she could convince him to join her in search of respectability.For him, vice is a virtueViscount Maximilian Dane is perfectly content being a rake After years of obeying the dictates of proper society with disastrous results he stopped following the ton s ridiculous rules, and he sees no reason to begin courting respectability anew Except that it may be the only way for him to win the lovely and fascinating Miss Anna Rees if only he could convince her that the grass is greener on the wicked side of the fence.

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    1. Miss Anna Rees, The Ice Maiden of Anover House is said to be reclusive and spoilt. But Lord Maximilian Dane finds her anything but cold and unsociable. When he stumbles (literally) across Anna at the famous high-classed brothel, slightly drunk and trying to drown his sorrows at inheriting the title of viscount from his late brother, he's immediately attracted to the charming Anna. And he tells her he will call upon her in the coming week.For Anna this is her first real conversation with any gent [...]

    2. In the vast mob of Regency romance authors, Alissa Johnson is one of the few I'll read faithfully. I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe because her characters aren't so dumb that their anachronistic little brains fall out of their stupid heads? Johnson writes characters with at least a modicum of intelligence who mostly act appropriately for the time period. It's telling that I will read most of an HR author's work on the premise that her characters aren't quite as fucking dumb as others in [...]

    3. He leaned in for a closer inspection of her features. "Aren't you supposed to be frigid and uncaring?"She looked at him, her eyes narrowing just a hair. "Aren't you supposed to be charming?"He grinned at her, appreciating the sharp retort.Alissa Johnson is a pretty reliable author, especially in the sense that there isn't usually too much angst in her books—the hero and heroine are into each other, usually willing to admit it, and there's just some little hiccup holding them back. This seemed [...]

    4. Reading this book left me feeling slightly unsatisfied, in part due to my own expectations formed from its intriguing premise, which might have set me up for some disappointments. Anna Rees had grown up with her mother in the demimonde, living a cloistered life until one night when she encounters Viscount Maximilian Dane, who, despite being drunk, fascinated her in his charming demeanor. Max was equally enchanted with the innocent Anna, who had never seen such a mix of refreshing honesty and shy [...]

    5. Guess what did I just do? Well, instead of studying like a normal student would before The Anatomy exam, I started this book this morning as a relaxation. I said to myself, just ten minutes while I drink my coffee. And guess what. I just finished the book. No break needed, no fussing around like when I'm studying. No. I sat there very calmly and read the whole effing book. And it was worth it. I guess. It was a great distraction, one I really needed. And now I'm satisfied with my new calm state. [...]

    6. The third in the Haverston Family Trilogy, and another enjoyable story. This time, the heroine seems to be the one with more problems than the hero. I suppose having a controlling, slightly crazy courtesan as your mother is going to have some fall-out. Anna Rees has lived in her mother's house of ill-repute all her life but has been kept away from the goings-on. She is well-informed and under no illusions, but has never participated in any of the high jinks and learned to protect herself by assu [...]

    7. The third book in the Haverston Family series by Alissa Johnson. Miss Anna Rees is the illegitimate daughter of a demimonde. When Anna learns who her father was she takes steps to leave her mother's house. So she travels to the country to meet her brother and get the money her father owed her. When there she encounters Viscount Maximilian Dane. Years prior, Anna met Max when he was visiting her mother's house and got lost. Max can't help feel concerned that Anna could be trying to scam his frien [...]

    8. I still remember the first time I read Georgette Heyer's Venetia. I loved that story because the intelligent characters made me want, more than anything, for them to fall in love and live happily ever after. I found myself having similar feelings as I read Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson. The characters utterly charmed me, and the dialogue just sparkled as I flew through the pages of a book I didn't want to end.Readers in Romancelandia have grown accustomed to rakes as heroes, but in this n [...]

    9. I am so glad I read this book. It is my first Alissa Johnson and it really met all my expectations. This book has been garnering some really good reviews and it deserves them. Anna Reese is completely believable as her role as a sheltered, hidden child of an aging courtesan who just wants to escape. She is naive, but extremely well-educated thanks to her governess/companion. It was a shock to me when her actual age is revealed at the end of the book. Max is the perfect foil for her. He is initia [...]

    10. 4.0 SterneAm Anfang war ich überrascht, dass die Geschichte 4 Jahre nach dem kennenlernen spielt und es ein Missverständnis zwischen beiden gab, für das beide nichts können. Ich war überrascht, da ich vom Klappentext her etwas anderes erwartet hätte, sodass es wenigstens am Anfang ein paar Überraschungen gab, wenn auch nicht später.Was der Roman ist:- locker-leicht- unterhaltsam- romantisch- witzigWas der Roman beinhaltet:- sympathische Charaktere- eine außergewöhnliche Heldin- einen n [...]

    11. This is almost ALL character development. Not much in the way of action but that's what I liked about it. I love when characters are mature and slowly develop their relationships.There wasn't a lot of drama though and Lord Dane wasn't particularly wicked. Which is fine.I loved him but with little to no conflict and not enough steamy sex scenes it felt a little slow.Practically Wicked would be a good book when you want a slow simmering romance with two intelligent characters that you can't help b [...]

    12. So sweet and satisfying. THIS is how heroes should be done. And heroines. I could see them as real people, not overdone stereotypes. If you are as tired as I am with alpha assholes and TSTL( too stupid to live) heroines, well have I got a book for you.

    13. The exchanges between the heroine and hero are excellent. Several very funny passages,sometimes you can't keep from laughing out loud. Indeed, a keeper.

    14. Practically Wicked is the third book in the Haverston Family Trilogy and the better story of this historical romance series. I enjoyed this story the most because the chemistry and attraction between the Hero and Heroine made for some flirty and fun dialogue. It’s a simple, straightforward romance that is very sweet and endearing. Nearly a Lady: 3 stars An Unexpected Gentleman: 2 stars Practically Wicked: 4- starsMiss Anna Rees is the illegitimate daughter of a scandalous woman and was raised [...]

    15. I loved this book. Honestly, just loved it. I cried at multiple points, which honestly has become unusual for me with HR. I think they generally seem too formulaic to move me like that.Anna was just so tremendously alone. (view spoiler)[I sobbed, quite literally, when she said goodbye to her only friend, Mrs. Culpepper. (hide spoiler)] And if I were to quibble, I wish this book had spent more time growing her relationship with the Haverstons. I understand why we didn't get much time there - the [...]

    16. I finally may have put my finger on it. Alissa Johnson’s heroes are self-aware and actually partake in considerable self-reflection. They are consistently honorable, romantic and uniquely charming with palatable flaws - not bad boys that the heroine goes through all kinds of grief to reform. They have an innate integrity that is rare to find in the current crop of romantic heroes. There is never a point during her books where I think to myself “she should never put up with being treated this [...]

    17. Great characters, horrendous editingOnly for a 3rd book in an enjoyable series was I able to ensure the massive amount of typos in this volume. Sure, you expect a few to slip through, but I can only imagine that Anna would be horrified to know that her story has been told with blatant errors in word choice (you build rapport with someone, not report), and the random l appended to too many words to count. But Anna and Max were delightful. And the first 2 books in the series were not nearly as bad [...]

    18. Anna and Max meet at a party at her mother’s house. He is drunk and she gives him a place to sit before he falls down. He has gotten lost in the house and ended up in the nursery. They talk for a while before he falls asleep. Four years later they meet again. It turns out she is the illegitimate daughter of his best friends father. He wants to marry her but she doesn’t want the life he does. Will they get together?

    19. EnchantingHer books are full of well developed characters, interesting plots and beautiful descriptions of the English country side. Fluid reading which keeps interest moving ahead.

    20. Another HitThis is another great hit by Alissa Johnson. I started the book this book this morning and counted put it down until I finished it tonight, in spite of needing to pack for an early morning flight. Another wonderful story and characters I could see in my imagination.

    21. Practically Wicked is sweet and quite romantic. The focus of the book was on Viscount Max Dane and Miss Anna Rees. The conflict was how Miss Anna Rees’ reputation, thanks to her mother, might affect the future of this reluctantly blooming romance. Anna, despite or rather due to the fact that her mother is one of the most infamous ladies in the demimonde, suffers from the immense need to separate herself from the ton and the demimonde. She is well too aware of how she is viewed by society and w [...]

    22. OkI felt that she developed the characters well, but the whole story is basically the two getting to know each other, there isn't a complex plot or depth to it. The foundation is there but she didn't build on it.

    23. After three solid books in a row, I think we can officially be certain that Alissa Johnson is one of my favorite historical romance authors. Practically Wicked was charming, sweet, and enjoyable from start to finish. I loved how Max and Anna’s story had familiar elements but at the same time wasn’t exactly what I expected. Really, the entire book just made me exceedingly happy.Johnson’s type of romance consists of lighthearted but real stories about mature adults. But as cute as her books [...]

    24. REVIEWAnna Rees had grown up with her mother living a sheltered life until she meets Viscount Maximilian Dane, fascinated her, even though he was drunk. He had a charming aura about him.This wasn't a one sided admiration. Max was in awe of the Innocent Anna. He had never been around anyone who was so charmingly honest and sweetly shy. They had a meeting planned but due to circumstances that meeting didn't take place until 4 years later. They both ran into each other when Anna went to visit her n [...]

    25. Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC4 1/2 Kisses, ) peppers (M/F sweet romance) When Viscount Maximilian Dane first meets Miss Anna Rees, he's drunk and just inherited his title. He's not pleased to have inherited the responsibility. Despite his stupor, he manages to see the allure of Anna, which is contrary to her reputation of being a spoiled Ice Queen. For her part, Anna is sure she is simultaneously the most notorious and the most boring spinster in the world. He promises to call on her the fol [...]

    26. I do so like Alissa Johnson. Her stories flow well, the writing is good, there is a a sprinkling of wit, but most of all, she is very good at characters.Our heroine, Anna Rees, is a illegitimate daughter of a courtesan and a peer. She has been a recluse at her mother's house, but finally breaks free and gets to know her family. She is both strong and self-assured, yet bears the marks of her unconventional and isolated upbringing. The way she was sometimes a bit socially awkward rang very true fo [...]

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