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    Book Review: Some Like it Wicked by Teresa Medeiros
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  • Published: Jul 25th, 2008

Reviewed by PJ Ausdenmore
5 Stars, A recommended read

medeiros_wickedreview.jpgShe’s back and she’s better than ever. It has been 22 months since the publication of The Vampire Who Loved Me and fans of Teresa Medeiros have been wondering just how long we would have to wait for another book from this NYT Bestselling author. Take heart, faithful readers. Some Like it Wicked, a historical set in England and the Scottish Highlands during the early 1800’s, is being released July 29th and is well worth the wait.

Catriona Kincaid is the heroine of this story and I adore her. A proud, feisty and fiercely loyal Scot, she has been living with her English uncle’s family since the age of ten when her parents were killed by redcoats and her fifteen year old brother, Connor, sent her away for her safety. The unlikely hero, Simon Wescott, is a bad, bad boy and utterly delicious. The bastard son of a nobleman, he’s a rake and a rogue who has been seducing his way through the London ladies since he was a young man. When Catriona first encounters Simon she’s 15 and he’s a young Navy officer in the process of seducing her cousin before shipping out with Admiral Nelson. Their meeting is very memorable, in classic Medeiros style, and had me laughing by the fifth page of the book with lines like “but the thing on his back just lay there, wheezing down his neck like a consumptive walrus.”

Now approaching her 21st birthday, Catriona is determined to return to her beloved Highlands to search for her brother and, with him, restore honor to their clan. Her uncle, who renounced his Scots heritage long ago, is equally determined to keep her in England by marrying her off to the first man who asks but he has seriously underestimated his niece’s determination. If she’s going to be forced to marry it will be to someone of her own choosing so Catriona sets off to find herself a husband, one who will escort her to the Kincaid clan in the Highlands then quietly disappear with half of her dowry as payment. She has only one name on her list – Simon Wescott, the hero of her young dreams, the Navy officer honored for saving his captain’s life, the dissolute, disreputable, penniless rogue who now sits in a cell at Newgate, jailed for not paying his debts and, even worse, seducing the daughter of the magistrate who sentenced him. Even with all the evidence facing her, Catriona still believes that Simon is, at his core, an honorable man. Simon, of course, knows better. Still, money does talk and a bargain is struck but the stakes are raised when Simon adds a demand of his own. If he’s going to risk his neck delivering Catriona to Scotland he wants more than just money. Simon wants a wedding night.

What follows is a wonderful story filled with sparkling dialogue, plenty of humor, unexpected surprises and a depth of emotion that had me laughing, crying, cheering and sighing. Both Catriona and Simon have significant personal obstacles to overcome on their journey to a happy ending. Redeeming Simon, in particular, is no easy task but Medeiros molds him gradually and flawlessly into a man worthy of love and respect. Watching these two grow as individuals as they are tested by life and love is pure pleasure and the scenes when each of them reaches that point in their love when they willingly put the other’s needs before their own had my own emotions spilling over.

Teresa Medeiros has created a beautiful love story with characters that captured my heart and still haven’t let go. Make room on your keeper shelf for Some Like it Wicked!

11 Responses to “Book Review: Some Like it Wicked by Teresa Medeiros”

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  1. Gannon
    on Jul 26th, 2008
    @ 6:43 am

    Another stellar review, PJ! You practically had me cheering, crying and sighing for Catriona and Simon, and I haven’t even read it yet. 🙂 I’ll have to get it when I’m on vacation next week and read it right away!

  2. Maria
    on Jul 26th, 2008
    @ 9:57 am

    Hey PJ – This is a great review. And I’m sooo glad that she’s back! I love her historicals – so I’ll definitely be putting this on the top of my list.

  3. keoweegirl
    on Jul 26th, 2008
    @ 10:08 am

    I hope you both enjoy it! It really is an awesome story. I’ve already read it three times. (grin) These characters just don’t want to let go.

    Gannon, are you going away on vacation?

  4. AndreaW
    on Jul 26th, 2008
    @ 11:02 am

    I am thrilled that Teresa Medeiros is back!! w00t! And I simply cannot wait to read this story! Fantastic review, PJ!!

  5. Buffie
    on Jul 26th, 2008
    @ 2:24 pm

    Wonderful review PJ! I can’t wait to read this one. 2 years is just too long to go without a book from Teresa.

    Do you know if Teresa will be writing a book about Connor? I love any hero named Connor, and especially when it is spelled like my son’s name 🙂

  6. keoweegirl
    on Jul 26th, 2008
    @ 3:44 pm

    Buffie, Connor’s book is next. It’s titled SOME LIKE IT WILD and scheduled to be released in the spring of 2009. Can’t wait! 🙂

  7. CrazyClavie
    on Jul 28th, 2008
    @ 1:24 am

    Oh, I’m so excited!! 😉 the review is fantastic and it just picked my curiosity even more.

    It has been added to my to-buy list.

  8. keoweegirl
    on Jul 28th, 2008
    @ 5:11 am

    Hope you enjoy it, CrazyClavie. Come back and let us know what you think after you’ve read it. 🙂

  9. sandra aka vfun
    on Jul 28th, 2008
    @ 12:47 pm

    I love this book…..I am planning on rereading…. I found it last week at the book store..
    On a side note…. who’s going to RWA’s Booking signing???

  10. PJ
    on Jul 28th, 2008
    @ 2:05 pm

    I won’t be there this year, Sandra. It was just too costly to make the trip from the East coast. I have been to RWA booksignings before though (in Atlanta) and they’re so much fun. If you haven’t been to one before, take a big, sturdy bag for all those books you’ll be buying and a camera for pictures. Most of the authors -if not too busy- will happily pose for pics. Enjoy yourself!

  11. sandra aka vfun
    on Jul 28th, 2008
    @ 5:43 pm

    My bf is going with me so he can stand in line for me… (o how I love him)…… I hope to take lots of pictures. Thanks for the tip on the bag.

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