Published by Avon on 11 December 2012
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Summary from Goodreads: Miss Eliza Cade is a lady in waiting. And waiting. Because of a foolish mistake in her youth, she's not allowed "out" in Society until her three older sisters are wed. But while she's trying to be good, she keeps bumping elbows—and, more distressingly, lips—with notorious rake Harry Wright. Every moment she spends with him, she risks complete ruin. The sensual passions he stirs in her are so wrong . . . but Eliza just can't resist Mr. Wright.
*I received a free ARC of The Scandalous, Dissolute, No Good Mr. Wright from Avon Books via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*
The Scandalous, Dissolute, No Good Mr. Wright is a fun and romantic book, about the man Eliza really should stay far, far away from. When she meets him for the first time, she finds him quite different from the rake she’d imagined, though…
Because of something that happened when she was very young, Eliza is not allowed to be a débutante until all of her sisters are married off. She finds it very hard to keep waiting, she is more than ready to find herself a husband, and she is hiding in the library one evening when her parents are hosting a ball for one of her sisters. She is vehemently complaining to her youngest sister about how she wants to participate, and is very surprised when she discovers a man sitting there when her sister leaves her. Finding herself alone with Mr. Wright is the worst thing that could happen to Eliza, and she has no idea how to get out of the situation she finds herself in.
Soon, Mr. Wright and Eliza run in to each other by chance in different places, and their interactions are always great fun! Eliza can’t help but feel attracted to him, but he always acts a little aloof. At the same time, she’s sure her parents would never approve of him as he’s rumored to have played away all his money, and he’ll probably never become Duke. The debts of honor gone unpaid, expulsion from a famous gentleman’s club were only the tip of the iceberg as far as the ton was concerned.
The Scandalous, Dissolute, No Good Mr. Wright doesn’t seem to be all that bad to Eliza, even if he is trying to keep his friend, the esteemed Sir Roland away from her sister Pippa. Of course, Eliza first thought it was just so he could keep his friend to himself, but as the story unfolds she finds out there is so much more to Mr. Wright than what meets the eye. Indeed, he comes to her rescue when Pippa has fainted in the countryside, but he stays away from her in any other matter. Their teasing is very enticing, and I had several moments of both big smiles and laughter while reading. Eliza has excellent repartee, and she almost always uses it to her advantage.
The Scandalous, Dissolute, No Good Mr. Wright is a very sweet historical romance, with some very humorous scenes, as well as some very hot kisses and feelings as well. I could not turn the pages quickly enough – I wanted to know more. Both about Eliza and Harry Wright. And when Eliza’s back-story was told, I was laughing along with Harry. It was all very cleverly done. Of course, the common tropes of the genre are present, but they are used with ease, and never became too much.
It was also good fun to read about the supposed rake falling for the wild, young Eliza. She had no idea about the effect she had on him, and that made her even more endearing, both to the reader and to Harry! If you like to read historical romances, you really should pick up this one – I even wish there would be more to read about this seemingly mismatched pair. Tessa Dare knows very well how to spin her tales to make the readers go on a merry trip to the past with her.
“This is the year my bosoms finally arrived, and now he’ll never notice.”
A male voice. A darkly commanding male voice – and Eliza knew, with that brow-smacking certainty of the obvious, it must be connected to a darkly commanding male person. She wasn’t alone.
There was a dangerous beast in this room. And it wasn’t her.
What was England coming to when three ladies tangled with a hedgerow, and only one survived the experience? At least Miss Eliza Cade was the one left standing.
Farther up the path, Brentley and Philippa paired off. They walked alongside one another, smiling and speaking of only poets knew what. Just as they’d been doing all week.