Six years ago today, Wicked Intentions was published, and honestly, why did it take me so long to read it!?! I loved this story and the characters.
The story follows Temperance Dews, a woman who, along with her brother, runs orphanage in the notorious St. Giles neighborhood, as well as Lord Caire who is hunting the killer of his mistress. He follows her home one night and asks her to help him navigate St. Giles alleyways, and in return, he will introduce her to high society to help her find a patron for her foundling home. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop and deepen as the story went on. He helps her accept her desires that she has always felt ashamed of, and she makes him feel again.
I loved the history that was in this book; it felt authentic, from the repressed sexual desires, the distinct differences between the classes, to the underworld that the high society men would visit to satisfy some of their desires.
I only gave this book 4 stars because while I felt it was original in some respects—for one, the heroine is not a virgin, which I found a relief because in all the others, the guy blunders her first time expecting her to have already had experience and then misunderstandings happen; it’s just irritating—it basically follows a similar plot line that books similar to it do. A point in its favor: not everyone gets a happy ending, though it looks like they get their own books. So more reading!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and have found a new favorite author (which is a good thing, since I’ve read all of Amanda Quick’s books! I needed a new author!)
My Rating: 4/5 stars
*I received an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review