Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: A Little Bit Wild
Author: Victoria Dahl
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1847 England
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Victoria's Website/Blog: www.victoriadahl.com
When Marissa York is compromised but doesn't wish to marry the man who compromised her, a family friend, Jude Bertrand, volunteers to pretend an engagement until the threat of scandal blows over. Jude, who is the bastard son of a duke and a courtesan, isn't Marissa's usual type of suitor. Marissa likes slim gentlemen with handsome faces, and besides his bastard status Jude is tall and hulking with a craggy face. Even so, there is something about Jude that Marissa finds very appealing, but will she realize it in time?
Let me state upfront, that this was a difficult read for me. At first, I thought Marissa was going to be just like Lydia from Pride and Prejudice, and I was really hoping for her redemption. Unfortunately, while she does seem to grow in character, somewhat. Marissa is, in the end, still very self-centered and shallow. Fortunately, Marissa falls short of Lydia status, because she does, finally, realize that her actions affect others. However, her basic character is still the same, and, in my opinion, Jude is too good for her. Jude is a great hero, who is non-judgmental, kind, patient, and loving. Ms. Dahl does hold up a mirror to Victorian society to show many of the inequities of the time and the hypocrisies of the supposed gentlemen and ladies. There is, also, a nice mystery within the pages of the book, which kept me guessing until the very end.
All in all, A Little Bit Wild is a Victorian romance, which made me think. I only wish that I could have warmed to the heroine.
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