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The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice


Cover art: The Wicked Wyckerly Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Wicked Wyckerly - 1st in the Rebellious Sons series
Author: Patricia Rice
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-23071-3
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1807 England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Patricia's Website: www.patriciarice.com

John Fitzhugh Wyckerly, Fitz for short, is disappointed to learn, that his brother's death makes him the seventh Earl of Danecroft. Because the estate is in poor condition and his predecessors left a mountain of debts, Fitz would really rather not be the Earl. Used to living by his wits, Fitz, who is a genius with numbers, gambles for his money. Now, he decides to take his responsibilities more seriously, but to get time to consider his options and hide from his creditors, he sets off to pick up his gambling winnings, a racehorse. On the way there, Fitz checks on his illegitimate daughter, Penny, and finds her in a horrible situation. Fitz decides, that he must become a better father and takes her with him. Unfortunately, Penny causes a ruckus and they are kicked off the stage in front of Abigail Merriweather's farm. Luckily for Fitz, whose pockets are to let, Abigail decides that he can work off Penny's and his board. Meanwhile, Abigail is worried about her four half siblings, who were taken from her because of a lack of male influence. When Abigail comes into an inheritance, the widowed Marchioness of Beldon, who controls the inheritance, offers to sponsor her. In order to get the children back, Abigail needs a husband. At the same time, Fitz must find a very wealthy wife, much wealthier than Abigail, to get out from under his staggering debt.

The Wicked Wyckerly is one of my top reads of 2010. Let me state upfront, that I adore most of the characters in this book, especially, Fitz. Fitz is something of a lovable scoundrel, who has lived by his wits with no support from his family. Even so, he is trying to turn over a new leaf and become a better man and father. Sure, Fitz makes mistakes but he keeps on trying and makes him all the more lovable. The interactions between Fitz and his incorrigible daughter, Penny, are priceless, and I defy anybody not to fall a little in love with Fitz. I found myself chuckling during many of these scenes and several others, as well. Abigail is a bright, determined woman, who thinks before she leaps, sometimes maybe a little bit too much. When the impulsive Fitz enters the picture, he really shakes things up. These two make a perfect couple and really complement each other. It is obvious, that they are meant for each other.

The Wicked Wyckerly gets a place of honor on my keeper shelf, and the next book can't come out soon enough.


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