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The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love . . .

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble . . .

Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke…while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.

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The Importance of Being Wicked
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Believable characters you can root for
April 11th, 2015
I loved this book. I identified with Caro HARD. There were so many pressures she was under - the unwillingness to admit her mistake with Robert that led her to sanctify his memory far more than he deserved; the sense of duty to keep an open hand with her friends so as not to seem selfish; the pressure to keep a good appearance once she had money that led her to spend on wardrobe and decoration. They all seemed so realistic to me and I was glad Neville wrote a character who was flawed that I could root for. I also adored the sides we saw in Thomas - the desire to be proper as well as a certain amount of curiosity as to what else there was out there. He could have been one-dimensional and he wasn't; he had his own complex past and his secret burdens. I liked the way they were both attracted to each other and the tension of their attraction vs. what they should do. And I appreciated that their first time in bed was NOT perfection, and the way the physical part of their relationship evolved. I also liked that Caro was an experienced woman who knew what she wanted. I loved the secondary characters Neville built up through the novel. They all had their own goals and their own personalities and were unique and believable.
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