Tall, Dark and Wicked

Written by Madeline Hunter
Review by Kate Braithwaite

Georgette Heyer meets Fifty Shades of Grey in this Regency romance where Madeline Hunter’s characters don’t wait for wedlock to take a tumble in the bedroom and passion takes precedence over prudence. Lord Ives Hemmingford, second son of a duke and a successful barrister, is a man who believes he knows what he wants in his mistresses; until he encounters clever schoolteacher Padua Belvoir. Padua’s father has been imprisoned in Newgate as a counterfeiter, a charge his estranged daughter is sure must be false. But in asking Ives for help, Padua does not expect to be drawn into a passionate relationship. And although Ives knows that being involved with Padua might threaten his as a barrister and friend of the Prince Regent, he does not anticipate that she will shake his firmly held ideas of what he needs from his relationships with women. Ives, with the help of his brothers, will need to find the truth about Padua’s father or give her up all together. Witty, seriously steamy and well-plotted, this second book in Hunter’s Wicked trilogy is an entertaining tale of passion and loyalty.