Title: I’m Only Wicked With You (The Palace of Rogues, book 3)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency
Author: Julie Anne Long
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Avon, Aug. 24, 2021
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon:
He’s the battle-hardened son of a bastard, raised in the wilds of New York. She’s the sheltered, blue-blooded darling of the London broadsheets, destined to marry a duke. Their worlds could only collide in a boardinghouse by the London docks…and when they do, the sparks would ignite all of England.
Nothing can stop Hugh Cassidy’s drive to build an American empire…unless it’s his new nemesis, the arrogant, beautiful, too-clever-by-half Lady Lillias Vaughn. The fascination is mutual. The temptation is merciless. And the inevitable indiscretion? Soul-searing—and the ruination of them both. Hugh’s proposal salvages Lillias’s honor but kills their dreams for their futures…until they arrive at a plan that could honorably set them free.
But unraveling their entanglement inadvertently uncovers enthralling truths: about Lillias’s wounded, tender heart and fierce spirit. About Hugh’s stunning gentleness, depth, and courage. Soon Hugh knows that as surely as he’d fight a thousand battles to win her…the best way to love Lillias means breaking his own heart.
Julie Anne Long never disappoints. This book is another testament to her ability to bring originality to a sometimes (often) repetitive genre. This book can standalone but you will definitely enjoy the first two books in this series and you will have a firm foundation in the goings-on at the boarding house known as The Grand Palace On The Themes formerly The Palace of Rogues.
It is truly a delight to get to know all the borders at Angelique and Delilah’s establishment. They are a diverse lot, an American, an Earl and his family, a salesman and others as well as staff and the husbands of the proprietresses. I’m not going to tell you about our hapless lovers. I want you to enjoy the the fun as you read.
Most of the story takes place at the boarding house but toward the end the story moves beyond the premises. There are several twists and surprises some which make us impatient for the next book in the series.
I highly recommend this book as well as the series.