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Review: Wicked In His Arms by Stacy Reid

on January 18, 2017

wicked-in-his-armsWicked In His Arms (Wedded By Scandal #2)
Stacy Reid
Entangled: Scandalous
2017, 300p
Copy courtesy the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade, has learned it is best to exercise rigid control over his passions and emotions in all that he does. Uncaring that it makes him seem cool and aloof to most in the ton, he is content with his desire to only woo agreeable and demur females. Then unforeseen circumstances see him trapped in a closet at a house party with the last woman he would ever make his countess.

Lady Olivia Sherwood is everything he should not desire in a female—unconventional, too decisive, and utterly without decorum. But passion ignites between them and they are discovered. Honor demands they wed, and while Tobias finds himself unwillingly drawn to the bewitching beauty, he must do everything not to tempt the passion that burns in him for her, lest it leads to disastrous consequences.

I adored the first book in this series, Accidentally Compromising The Duke and was super excited for this one because I thought it would be about the Marquis of Westfall. However it’s not – looks like he’s going to be book 3. Instead we got a friend of both the Duke of Wolverton (from book 1) and Westfall, Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade. Tobias is a ruthlessly controlled sort, firmly holding all emotions in check and never allowing a breath of scandal to touch him. Enter Lady Olivia Sherwood, with the taint of scandal still firmly upon her thanks to her father’s actions. Her stepfather has sent Lady Olivia to his cousin, the Earl’s mother for some “social polish”.

Lady Olivia rides like a hoyden raised by her now deceased father to do a lot of things young ladies shouldn’t know how to do. She’s not like other ladies in society and she is the very thing Tobias does not want in a wife. She’s the sort who would court a scandal, not do her best to avoid one and Tobias has had enough of scandals in his family. He wants a calm wife, someone who will always do and say the right thing. It’s important that he not have any real feelings toward his wife either. Those lead to yet more scandals.

I didn’t really care much for Tobias in the beginning. I found him insufferably antagonistic toward Lady Olivia. Half the time he seemed to go out of his way to bait her and then they bickered like children – it’s suggested in the book they fought like an old married couple but for me it was more like hideously annoying siblings. Tobias makes it very clear he doesn’t want this or that for a bride, doesn’t want to court scandal…etc etc and then ends up in a closet with Lady Olivia in about three minutes. Okay. Good plan.

At least he does insist on doing the ‘right thing’ but Lady Olivia wants him to love her. And Tobias believes that love is some sort of weakness that will lead to you doing ridiculous things in public. Have a guess where someone who spurns all of this is going…..yes, pride goeth before a very large fall and I have to say, the end of this novel redeemed for me. Tobias, once he does figure out how he feels about Lady Oliva, does become rather awesome. This was something the previous book excelled at too – once the hero pulls his head out of his backside and realises what he has, there are so many feels. Stacy Reid does tortured hero and angst super well…..which is I think why I am sooo looking forward to the book with the Marquis of Westfall because that one is already tortured and angsty and we haven’t even got to the romancey stuff yet!

After a bit of a shaky start, this book definitely redeemed itself for me and I ended up really enjoying it. Tobias ended up really needing someone like Olivia to show him the sort of life he really wanted. Once Tobias let go of that rigid control and fear of weakness leading to scandal, the two of them were perfect together.


Book #5 of 2017

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