“A fresh voice that reminded me of Julia Quinn’s characters.” —Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author
TAKE ONE MARQUESS: Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist’s soul.
ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY: Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family.
STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment.
COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue.
SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike.
Take a sip. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll never want this moving Victorian love story to end.
“With [an] intriguing plot, quirky characters, witty escapades, and heartfelt dialogue, Ives has created a read that’s as thought-provoking as it is romantic.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 _ stars and nominee for Best First Historical Romance, Wicked Little Secrets
"Will touch readers’ hearts. Ives delivers on every level” —RT Book Reviews for Wicked, My Love Top Pick 4 stars
"I have never, ever laughed so hard or swooned so much while reading a historical romance.” —Long and Short Reviews for Wicked Little Secrets
Ives's third Wicked Little Secrets Victorian romance (after Wicked, My Love), in which an oil-and-water couple take a circuitous path to love, is a diverting comedy of errors. Just by being herself, free spirit Lilith Dahlgren rankles the very core of George, Marquess of Marylewick. He's the keeper of her funds, and the tightfisted "fusty frog" spares no effort when it comes to trying to rein her in. Yet at every turn she persists in defying his authority: taking freeloading relations into her London home; entertaining unsavory artists, poets, and other ne'er-do-wells; and being wholly irresponsible with money. The comedy ratchets up when Lilith decides to earn some extra cash by anonymously writing and publishing a serialized romantic story about a handsome sultan (who resembles George) and his lover (who resembles Lilith). Of course George secretly follows the story and privately lusts after the heroine all while insisting that Lilith must abandon her undisciplined lifestyle and become a proper lady. This is a jolly good read with plenty of conflict and banter.