The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne
(Sydney Dovedale #2)
by Jayne Fresina
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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By night Ellie Vyne fleeces unsuspecting aristocrats as the dashing Count de Bonneville. By day she avoids her sisters' matchmaking attempts and dreams up inventive insults to hurl at her childhood nemesis, the arrogant, far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good, James Hartley.Goodreads
James finally has a lead on the villainous, thieving Count, tracking him to a shady inn. He bursts in on none other than "that Vyne woman" . . . in a shocking state of dishabille. Convinced she is the Count's mistress, James decides it's best to keep your enemies close. Very close. In fact, seducing Ellie will be the perfect bait . . .
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Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
I have two words for this book. Utterly delightful. Seriously, I adored not only our heroine, but our hero too. Let me just tell you Ellie Vyne if a mess. She can't seem to walk across the front yard without dirtying her person or her dress. She might be described as plain, but our girl has a sharp mind. *woot woot* Lets hear it for female protagonists with brain cells! She puts them to good use too. On occasion she masquerades as the dashing Count de Bonneville to fleece the good gentlemen of the society out of their money. Is she doing this because she's greedy? No. She's using her wits to make money on the sly to pay for her sister's two seasons of debut in society to meet husbands, then to help take care of her stepfather and the house that he loves which is falling apart around him. So what's Ellie's problem? The rakish James Hartley who has a way of rubbing her the wrong way.
James Hartley is being pressured to settle down with a wife from his grand-mama. He's also being chased by all of the women who want to use him for his bed sports. The thing is, this predicament is all his own fault. However, no one seems to notice that he's trying to change. He wants to settle down, and he wants the mysterious woman dressed as Marie Antoinette he met in a garden at a party where he was thoroughly pickled. Of course, while searching for his mysterious Marie he has to chase down that dastardly Count de Bonneville who has possession of some diamonds that belong to his family, from whom he received from one of James' former bed mates in payment for her gambling debts. Instead of finding the Count when he tracks his movements down to an inn, he finds the disastrous Miss Vyne.
I'm picky about my historicals, but this book was so cute, had an awesome sense of humor, and delightful characters that made it a total pick me up for the past two days. I'd say Jayne Fresina's book is highly recommended and give it a four and half wine glass toast of brandy in salute. Please note, it deserves brandy because Miss Vyne loves it so. ;D
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses