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June 29, 2014



Berkely Sensation Historical Romance

Haverston Family
Book 3
Alyssa Johnson

For some, virtue is a vice
As the illegitimate daughter of a scandalous woman, Miss Anna Rees is almost as well known for having been raised in the hedonistic demimonde as she is for her quiet nature. Anna longs to leave behind her mother’s world of courtesans…until she unexpectedly meets the handsome, charming and decidedly wicked Lord Dane.  If only she could convince him to join her in search of respectability. . .
For him, vice is a virtue

Viscount Maximilian Dane is perfectly content being a rake. After years of obeying the dictates of proper society--with disastrous results--he stopped following the ton’s ridiculous rules, and he sees no reason to begin courting respectability anew. Except that it may be the only way for him to win the lovely and fascinating Miss Anna Rees—if only he could convince her that the grass is greener on the wicked side of the fence. . .
  • Series: Berkley Sensation Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258033

Alissa Johnson is the RITA Award–nominated author of Tempting Fate and several historical romances. She grew up on Air Force bases in the United States and Europe and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She currently lives in the Ozarks. 
 Alissa Johnson

Anna Rees had grown up with her mother living a sheltered life until she meets Viscount Maximilian Dane, fascinated her, even though he was drunk.  He had a charming aura about him.This wasn't a one sided admiration.  Max was in awe of the Innocent Anna.  He had never been around anyone who was so charmingly honest and sweetly shy.  They had a meeting planned but due to circumstances that meeting didn't take place until 4 years later. They both ran into each other when Anna went to visit her newly found half brother, the Marquess of Engsly.  Max was also there visiting a friend.
Once their misunderstanding as settled, they became instantly attracted to one another again.
Most of the book was a lovely romantic read.  The author developed Anna's character the most..  She became independent for the first time in her life, being away from her possessive and jealous mother..  During this independence she discovered how to let go of her own life for the love of a lifetime.
To me, Max was a rake and would always e a rake.  This was his choice.  He is a charming and handsome and does care for Anna but I guess I would have liked a bit more of him giving up some of himself as Anna is willing to do.  I would have like for the character of Max to have been a little more descriptive and a little more romantic to Anna.  Anna was told much more of than Max.  I would have liked to have known more about him.
Even though Anna grew up in less than wonderful conditions, her new found independence made her sort of unlikely to accept help from  anyone,  Extremely stubborn and at times, just a pain.  It became rather monotonous real quick.
I didn't find the book all that engaging.  I had a hard time keeping my attention on the book.  The characters and the plot were so much like other books. I wanted more
I would suggest that you get a copy of the book and read it, then draw your own conclusion.  What clicks for one reader may not for another.

I was given a complimentary copy of PRACTICALLY WICKED from the author Alissa Johnson  and ManicReaders for my view for the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.


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