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Review: His Wicked Wish by Olivia Drake

on May 26, 2016

His Wicked WishHis Wicked Wish (Cinderella Sisterhood #5)
Olivia Drake
St Martin’s Paperbacks
2016, 336p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

MARRIAGE TO A NOBLEMAN? NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS. . .

The daughter of a disgraced woman and a common actor, Madelyn Swann has been shunned by the nobility. No proper lady would traipse about on a Covent Garden stage, let alone sell herself at auction to the highest bidder. So why in heaven’s name would Nathan Atwood, Viscount Rowley, make a generous offer for her hand?

Turns out Maddy is exactly the type of woman Nathan wants as his wife. Finally, he can embarrass his snobbish and cruel father, the Earl of Gilmore—and scandalize London society—with his beautiful, unsuitable bride. Then he’ll depart England forever and leave his wife behind. Having secret plans of her own, Maddy is happy to play the role … only to find that enjoying her husband’s seduction requires no acting whatsoever. But as she falls madly in love with Nathan, can she persuade him to stay with her for always?

Normally I really like a good marriage of convenience story. Especially one where the hero is at first, a bit of a womaniser (or let’s face it, a twat) and ends up being brought to his knees by the weight of his misconceptions and arrogance. This probably should’ve ticked all my boxes but…..I found it a bit of a struggle to be honest.

In trying to pinpoint the reason why, I think it’s Nathan. He’s kind of a tool. I understand that he had quite the miserable upbringing at the ends of a bitter cuckholded father who already had the heir and made it clear he had precious little need for the spare. Nathan disappears to China to make his fortune in trade, returning only when he believes his father to be dead. Instead he arrives back in London to find that his father is very well and it’s actually his older brother and heir to the title that has passed away leaving Nathan the new Viscount Rowley. Nathan decides that he’s going to wreak some havoc by parading the worst sort of wife he can find as the future countess. That wife turns out to be actress Madelynn Swann who has decided to forego treading the boards to auction her innocence off to the highest bidder/protector/whatever you want to call it. Only Nathan offers her marriage and despite the fact that marrying a Viscount/future Earl doesn’t exactly gel with Madelynn’s ambitions, she does see an opportunity. And despite the fact that Nathan is, as mentioned previously, a bit of a tosser when she meets him, she decides to accept his offer over all others.

Okay.

**Mild SPOILERS ahead on Maddy’s identity, which is revealed early in the book but anyway, be forewarned**

Nathan wants Maddy to act as crassly as possible – talking about inappropriate things at the dinner table, wearing dresses that ladies wouldn’t be seen in, etc. It’s quite tedious but it has the intended effect, sending his father the Earl, Nathan’s grandmother the Dowager Countess and his brother’s widow into various fits of snobbery, rudeness and apoplexy. Despite the fact that they’re supposed to be gentlemen and ladies they’re incredibly rude and don’t shy away from doing it to her face. I get the whole “class” thing and that they deem Maddy so far beneath them as not to even deserve their courtesy but….they basically act incredibly horrible and then because Maddy actually turns out to *gasp* be not at all as lowly born as people imagine, they immediately begin treating her differently.

When Nathan finds out Maddy isn’t at all some nobody (she’s the granddaughter of a pretty haughty and super rich Duke, how bout that?) he’s all put out and angry because he no longer married a cheap, tarty nobody to anger his family, he married the granddaughter of a Duke! And he carries on about it for a bit because his little plan is ruined and now not only did she turn out to be a virgin after he believed her free with her favours but now her blood is, as he says “even bluer than mine”. It makes him look yet again, like an immature jerk, something that he excels at throughout most of the book. Perhaps the worst of these was when Maddy attempted to tell him that the auction was actually for her virginity and he was all like *wink* oh yes, of course it was, you’re right into this role, aren’t you? *smirk* and Maddy is like wait, this is serious and Nathan is *nudge nudge* of course you’re a virgin LOLOLOLOL. Sigh.

End ***SPOILERS***

Also running through the book is a kind of danger plotline about someone that wanted to win Maddy’s favour (her virginity) and then doesn’t take losing and the subsequent reveals about Maddy too well. I didn’t really feel it added anything to the plot except to make the book longer and it felt a bit unbelievable.

To be honest, Maddy was really the only thing I liked about this book and then she lost a lot of herself after she married Nathan.

4/10

Book #117 of 2016

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