by Eloisa James

April 2004
ISBN: 0-06-056078-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

While the sister book to this story, A Wild Pursuit, was a rather confusing tale, Your Wicked Ways gets right to the point. Helene, Countess Godwin, has decided that ten years of separation is enough. She decides that what is good for her husband, Rees, is good enough for her, and sets out to scandalize society! That will teach him to take her for granted!

Heleneís decision is not lightly undertaken. She is a true lady, and to step outside of the tonís rigid rules is very difficult for her. It has taken her many years to examine her own shortcomings and strengths until she is able to make the choices that are necessary for her own peace of mind.

Rees Holland, Earl Godwin, has never really understood his society bride. Content to shut himself away to create music, he is more comfortable with singers and actresses than his own wife. When his blatant affairs become the talk of the ton, Helene is forced to flee home to her mother, and put on a brave face for family and friends. After ten years of estrangement, is it any wonder that she is finally asking for a divorce? When Rees learns the real reason behind her request, he is shocked. His counter-proposal is even more surprising, and marks the beginning of a new chapter in their relationship.

It is easy to see that this story has been clamoring to be told. Ms. James employs a deft hand with the dialogue and wonderful plot construction. The characters leap off the pages in vivid detail, bringing their individuality to life. It is a fine conclusion to a running line of characters that have appeared in a quartet of books.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Paula.

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