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His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter
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His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter
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Mar 03, 2015 | ISBN 9780515155167

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Praise for His Wicked Reputation

“Hunter…spins the intrigues of an enterprising bastard son and a resourceful artist to delightful effect…romance and suspense are balanced perfectly.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With her usual aplomb, Hunter seamlessly marries seductive wit with smoldering sensuality in her latest impeccably written Regency romance.”—Booklist

Praise for Madeline Hunter and Her Novels

“Smooth, sexy, and sophisticated.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Hunter…masterfully weaves a sensual web.”—Publishers Weekly

“There are some writers who are born to write…Stellar.”—

“Hunter combines desire with mystery and sensuality with adventure, bringing readers the kind of romance that makes their hearts soar.”—RT Book Reviews

Author Essay

Dear Readers,

Starting a new series is always an exciting time for a writer. When I have that opportunity, it energizes me. I love the freshness of building a new world and exploring new characters. I also get to decide what I want to do differently, to mix things up a bit.

With the Wicked series, I chose to make it “hero-centric” instead of using the heroines as the hub that connects the books. I have been enjoying writing the camaraderie of the gentlemen in my series for some time now, so why not make those relationships the deliberate focus? They get to be buddies when they are alone together, talking as men do, goading each other with their wit and wisecracks—Regency style wisecracks, of course. I also decided to make these men brothers. That is not uncommon in romance series, but it is the first time I have done it. That familial relationship and history allows me to add depth to their interplay in ways I had not expected.

For the launch book, His Wicked Reputation, I also moved a good part of the story out of London. I love that city, both now and as an historical setting, but other cities flourished during this period too. I chose Birmingham, but Eva and Gareth actually live outside it in a small “suburban” town called Langdon’s End. As the series opens, this town has recently seen an influx of wealthy industrialists who moved their families to Langdon End’s peaceful, quiet environment. The men journey to the city for their businesses. That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? One of the joys of historical fiction is discovering the ways in which the past was not so different from today.

I had great fun populating Langdon’s End with the old-time residents and the nouveau riche intruders. Some of them have their own stories and secrets.

The main characters in His Wicked Reputation, Eva and Gareth, are the center of the story, of course. Gareth is reputed to be very skilled at wickedly erotic lovemaking. Eva is at an age when she would not mind discovering what it means to be at least a little naughty. A relationship initially develops that today would be called “friends with benefits.” Then as now, however, intimacy creates emotions that do not always obey the limitations imposed by the couple.

I prefer romances that have a meaty plot, and I provide Eva and Gareth with one that revolves around a large cache of stolen paintings. While the events leading up to the collection’s disappearance are fictional, they are entirely plausible considering the fear of invasion that gripped England during the Napoleonic wars.

A sexy bad boy, a curious spinster, a cast of colorful characters, and a plot with suspense, intrigue, and wit. That is the kind of novel I like to read, and I hope you do too!

– Madeline Hunter

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