Book Reviews of Wicked (Victorian Fairy Tale, Bk 1)

Wicked (Victorian Fairy Tale, Bk 1)
Wicked - Victorian Fairy Tale, Bk 1
Author: Shannon Drake
ISBN-13: 9780373770335
ISBN-10: 0373770332
Publication Date: 4/1/2005
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 198 ratings
Publisher: HQN Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
This is an enigmatic romance book that keeps you in suspense throughout its pages. The mystery is as enjoying to follow as the blossoming attraction between the two main characters. And there are many tantalizing peeks into the world of the supernatural. In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Picked this book up as a "quick romance break"...whoa was I surprised! This is a great mystery...has everything you could want...castles, mummies, museums, a man who wears a mask and a "you won't believe it ending".
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Helpful Score: 3
Eh. Kind of boring and not memorable. There was too much text about the sort of mystery being solved and not enough about developing the characters or the love story.

The love scenes were not very titillating or sexy.

Probably won't be ready any others from this author.
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Helpful Score: 3
I ordered this book based on the reviews of other members. I was a little disappointed when I realized the book was a Harlequin, but I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. It was a great story, with enough twists to keep me saying, "just one more chapter." I love the Beauty and the Beast theme.
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Helpful Score: 1
Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But her wayward guardian has falling into his power and Camille will do anything to save him--even to putting herself in the power of the Wicked Earl.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a great Book! A page turner at every angle. Its a constant mystery over the who dun it. With the romance layered on top. A great story also of a woman in Victorian age trying to make her own way. Trying to come up past what society would think of her. What society deems is proper, and what is not. And along the way she wins the "beast". I was worried it might be a little to Beauty and the Beast want to be. But that is not the case at all
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I thought the storyline was interesting.
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I am a big fan of Beauty and The Beast type story lines but this whole book seemed forced to me. Interesting characters but didnt really seem to move well.
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Okay. Good plot, poor writing. A mask wearing man whos parents are killed by asps.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice read that had a bit more depth than a traditional romance paperback. The characters were warm and even with two toddlers around me (we have family reading time) I still was able to get completely engrossed in the book.
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The Earl of Carlyle has lived in the shadows ever since the suspicious death of his parents. But he's never stopped trying to unravel the mystery behind what he supects to have been their murder. And now that the lovely Camille has stumbled into his life, he has the perfect pawn for his deadly game of vengeance and deceit. But in laying his ruthless trap, will he risk losing his own heart?
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This was my first book by this author, and I was not overly impressed. I think that Drake was going for a Gothic tone, but what she ended up with was a collection of very earnest characters who seem to favor long-winded, overly dramatic descriptive (and repetitive) dialogue.

The story concerns two mis-matched characters who fall in love, and loosely follows a Beauty and the Beast theme. They and most of the secondary characters are not-so-subtly fixated on gender and class differences in Victorian England. The story ties in some really interesting stuff about early British excavation of Ancient Egypt, but that was dragged down by everything else in the book. Which is too bad, because the plot itself had a lot of potential. Not sure I'd recommend using a valuable credit on this one.
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a mix of history, romance and suspense.
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A great read!
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kept me guessing until the very end!
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This is a historical,romance,suspense.
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Very good romance!
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Shannon Drake is back-with a story steeped in darkness,danger and desire!
Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation.But as an expert in antiquities,she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England.The problem is her wayward stepfather knows this too-and he is determined to steal them.So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so called Beast of Carlyle,Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is said to hide a face of a loathsome to behold...
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historical romance
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Historical romance with a Beauty and the Beast theme...very good...
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very good
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What a fun romance!
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Excelent Mystery/ Romance
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Historical Romance
Regency London
set around the Eqyptian artifacts in the natural history musuem
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darkness danger and desire
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Excellent mystery romance!
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DRAKE WRITE VERY GOOD VAMPIRE BOOKS, BUT THIS ONE WAS A WINNER ALSO.
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very good story
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Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this too, and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is said to hide a face too loathsome to behold. The Earl of Carlyle has lived in the shadows ever since the suspicious death of of his parent's But he's never stopped trying to unravel the mystery behind what he suspects to have been their murder. And now that the lovely Camille, has stumnbled into his life, he has the perfect pawn for his deadly game of vengeance and deceit. But in laying his ruthless trap, will he risk losing his own heart.
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From back cover: Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too~he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so-called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose dark mask is said to hide a face too loathsome to behold.
The Earl of Carlyle has lived in the shadows ever since the suspicious death of his parents. But he's never stopped trying to unravel the mystery behind what he suspects to have been their murder. And now that the lovely Camille has stumbled into his life, he has the perfect pawn for his deadly game of vengeance and deciet. But in laying his ruthless trap, will he risk losing his own heart?
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From Back Cover: The Earl Was Known as a Beast. Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too-and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so-called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is said to hide a face too loathsome to behold. The Earl of Carlyle has lived in the shadows ever since the suspicious death of his parents. But he's never stopped trying to unravel the mystery behind what he suspects to have been their murder. And now that the lovely Camille has stumbled into his life, he has the perfect pawn for his deadly game of vengeance and deceit. But in laying his ruthless trap, will he risk losing his own heart?
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THE EARL IS KNOWN AS A BEAST...
Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this too - and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so-called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is said to hide a face too loathsome to behold...
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THE EARL WAS KNOWN AS A BEAST...Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputations. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this too--and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is said to hide a face too loathsome to behold.
The Earl of Carlyle has lived in the shadows ever since the suspicious death of his parents. But he's never stopped trying to unravel the mystery behind what he suspects to have been their murder. And now that the lovely Camille has stumbled into his live, he has the perfect pawn for his deadly game of vengeance and deceit. But in laying his ruthless trap, will he risk losing his own heart?
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THE EARL WAS KNOWN AS A BEAST

Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too -- and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so-called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is said to hide a face too loathsome to behold.

The Earl of Carlyle has lived in the shadows ever since the suspicious death of his parents. But he's never stopped trying to unravel the mystery behind what he suspects to have been their murder. And now that the lovely Camile has stumbled into his life, he has the perfect pawn for his deadly game of vengeance and deceit. But in laying his ruthless trap, will he risk losing his own heart?