Tall, Dark, & Wicked
Wicked Trilogy, Book #2
By Madeline Hunter
Author’s Website: https://www.madelinehunter.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
Ives’s most recent relationship, with yet another mistress, has ended. He’s single once again and on the prowl. When the dowdy, but very, tall and strangely beautiful Miss Padua Belvoir shows up at his door, distraught and seeking his council, his legal counsel. Her father is in jail and she is sure he’s been wrongly accused and is looking for someone trustworthy to represent him. The problem is that the Crown has already asked him to prosecute the case!
Padua ends up losing her job teaching at a girls’ school because of her father’s predicament, which also means losing her lodging as she lived at the school. Ives does the gentlemanly thing by putting her up at one of their family properties, but he just can’t seem to stay away …
I wanted to like this book, I really did. But it suffered from a slow start, like I’m finding a lot in historical romances of late. Once the relationship between Ives and Padua finally started developing, the book did improve. But the book was really just too easy to put down and didn’t maintain my interest as I had hoped it would.
Ives and Padua were decent characters, but nothing really stuck out with either making them any different from other leads in the genre. At the end of the story we really didn’t know much more about this couple than we did at the beginning of the book.
I did enjoy Ives’s brothers though. Gareth, the male lead from the first book in this trilogy, His Wicked Reputation, came back to town with his very pregnant wife! I think they brought a lot to the story as he is very charismatic. And their other brother, Lance, brings a much needed humor to the book.
I just wish this book was more entertaining as a whole for me.