by Patricia Bray

March 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-7123-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Compromised by a rake who won’t come up to scratch and facing the prospect of a ruined reputation, Diana Somerville does the only thing available to her…she agrees to an engagement to the rake’s honorable brother, Stephen Wright, the Viscount of Endicott. Insisting on a stipulation that the engagement will be in name only, what is Diana to do when she finds herself falling in love with the Viscount? Unsure of Stephen’s feelings, what is she to do when his never-do-well brother returns, claiming that he does want to marry her?

The Wrong Mr. Wright is a fast and engaging read with complex characters and a “what will actually happen?” plot. There are times in the story where this reader was unsure of who the heroine would end up with, which was a nice change. The heroine was a little bit too naďve and headstrong for my personal taste, with her acceptance of her fate, especially in that era and in her eagerness to “forgive” the rake. Other than that, Diana was believable and constant in her actions - but I still had trouble accepting her stubborn attitude and that brought the book down in my estimation. Stephen was an exceptional character and the author manages to convey his emotions rather well, especially in his determination on making the engagement real, and then when his brother comes back and how he is worried and torn. However, he still came across as lukewarm…which is really what this whole story made me feel: it wasn’t hot, it wasn’t cold…it was a nice read, but forgettable.

Reviewed in June 2002 by Thea.

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