Written by Jess Michaels
Series: The Wicked Woodleys #1
Published by The Passionate Pen
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Pages: 239 pages
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Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Challenge, 2015 Netgalley Reading Challenge
Jude Samson has worked for the Woodley family for such a long time that he is seen as a brother. But he has very unbrotherly feelings toward the youngest of the clan, Lady Audrey. When they find themselves off at the family’s country estate, long simmering desires will come to the forefront and Jude won’t be able to stop himself from taking that one, oh-so-forbidden taste.
After seeing what it has done to her family, Audrey is afraid of passion. But the moment Jude touches her, fear is washed away by intense and powerful lust. Only Jude has a secret that could destroy everything that is beginning to develop between them. And when it comes out, it will change everything.
Unrequited love is probably one of my favorite romance themes so I was very excited to read the first book in Jess Michaels’ The Wicked Woodley’s series. This did not disappoint. As I’ve said before, this is a story of unrequited love between the classes, which makes the story all the more exciting!
Lady Audrey has been in love with her brother’s best friend, now steward for as long as she can remember but has tried her best not to show it. Jude Samson has also been in love with Lady Audrey for as long as he can remember but feels that he is not good enough for her. Plus, he has become part of the Woodley family and does not want to go behind their backs and ruin Audrey. All his plans go awry, however when Audrey starts making moves toward him and they begin a very steamy affair.
I love what Jess Michaels did to a very common (and well used) theme. The whole book was exciting and very, very steamy! I immediately connected with the heroine, Audrey and thought that she was very relatable. Jude Samson was also the perfect hero. He is the grandson of one of the aristocrats but because his father married beneath him, they were disowned and basically, the Woodley family became his own family.
There is also a little mystery here with regards to Audrey’s sister, Claire (I see her book coming soon!) and what Jude knows about her disappearance. I thought this added more conflict (other than sexual) to the plot and it also sets the second (or maybe third) book in the series.
I thought there were no boring parts, the sexy times were done very well and placed strategically throughout the book and I read it in one sitting!
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