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Deceptions of the HeartA devilishly handsome, wickedly insatiable lover, Lord Martin Kestrel can have any woman he desires. Yet "Abigail Perry," his longtime confidante, is the only woman he would ever deign to marry. But the lady's life is a lie. The prim enchantress who would tempt him with respectability is no "Abigail" at all, but Harriet MacLeod -- brazen deceiver...a Deceptions of the HeartA devilishly handsome, wickedly insatiable lover, Lord Martin Kestrel can have any woman he desires. Yet "Abigail Perry," his longtime confidante, is the only woman he would ever deign to marry. But the lady's life is a lie. The prim enchantress who would tempt him with respectability is no "Abigail" at all, but Harriet MacLeod -- brazen deceiver...and a spy. So now, as punishment for toying with Kestrel's heart, she must pay with her innocence. Harriet's sole intention was to serve her Queen, not to fall in love. And new she must use the man once again to succeed in her covert endeavors. Martin's eagerness to allow her to pose as his mistress at an important gathering, however, gives Harriet pause -- even as it heats her passion to boiling. Butwhen the masquerade turns all too deliciously real, will she and Martin be strong enough to handle the consequences?


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Deceptions of the HeartA devilishly handsome, wickedly insatiable lover, Lord Martin Kestrel can have any woman he desires. Yet "Abigail Perry," his longtime confidante, is the only woman he would ever deign to marry. But the lady's life is a lie. The prim enchantress who would tempt him with respectability is no "Abigail" at all, but Harriet MacLeod -- brazen deceiver...a Deceptions of the HeartA devilishly handsome, wickedly insatiable lover, Lord Martin Kestrel can have any woman he desires. Yet "Abigail Perry," his longtime confidante, is the only woman he would ever deign to marry. But the lady's life is a lie. The prim enchantress who would tempt him with respectability is no "Abigail" at all, but Harriet MacLeod -- brazen deceiver...and a spy. So now, as punishment for toying with Kestrel's heart, she must pay with her innocence. Harriet's sole intention was to serve her Queen, not to fall in love. And new she must use the man once again to succeed in her covert endeavors. Martin's eagerness to allow her to pose as his mistress at an important gathering, however, gives Harriet pause -- even as it heats her passion to boiling. Butwhen the masquerade turns all too deliciously real, will she and Martin be strong enough to handle the consequences?

30 review for Too Wicked to Marry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lord Martin Kestrel has the sudden realization that he's in love with and wants to marry his daughter's governess, Miss Abigail Perry. He's a little put off at how vehemently she denies him and escapes, but he chases after her. He finds her among the seemingly crazy MacLeod clan on Skye Island in Scotland, where he learns something that nearly breaks his heart. Abigail Perry is in fact, Harriet MacLeod and has been living in his house as a spy, trying to protect him and using him for her cover f Lord Martin Kestrel has the sudden realization that he's in love with and wants to marry his daughter's governess, Miss Abigail Perry. He's a little put off at how vehemently she denies him and escapes, but he chases after her. He finds her among the seemingly crazy MacLeod clan on Skye Island in Scotland, where he learns something that nearly breaks his heart. Abigail Perry is in fact, Harriet MacLeod and has been living in his house as a spy, trying to protect him and using him for her cover for the past four years. Martin feels beyond betrayed. Harriet loves Martin, but knows he may never forgive her for her deception. But she needs him for one last mission, and she'll pay any price to get him to agree to help her. Martin demands her virtue and that she become his mistress in truth or the duration of the mistress. In one respect, I liked the angst that was created by Harriet's initial "betrayal" and how Martin walked that asshole line (I suspect he crossed it once or twice) in seeking his vengeance. I mean, Harriet is feeling guilty and needs his help and he demands a fairly high price. And he doesn't really feel total guilt until he truly understands how much he doesn't understand and his apology falls rather short. I kind of wish that Harriet had been better at holding on to her anger...not necessarily over the whole card game fiasco (which she rather misunderstood) but over the lengths that he'd go - blackmailing her into his bed. On the other hand though, I didn't see Harriet's actions as actual betrayal, and I was kind of confused how Martin could see it that way. If she'd been posing as his fiancee or had in anyway tried to manipulate his feelings, then I could see it. But she was his employee, even his friend, and her position was to protect him. I could see an initial snit, but his anger seemed a bit OTT considering. Still, I enjoyed their banter and the intrigues. I even kinda like the crazy MacLeod family. I do kind of wish we'd gotten to actually see Patricia, the supposed daughter. If Harriet hadn't been her governess, I might wonder if she truly existed. And other than giving Harriet a role in the household, she held absolutely no value to the story. This was a quick, enjoyable read that kept me interested throughout, so I'd definitely continue this series. Plenty of well written suspense and interesting interactions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I really wanted to like this book... from the description, it seemed to contain Regency romance and spies - a combination I like. But the execution of the book just didn't work for me. It seemed as if I'd missed a book prior to this one - the one that established the MacLeods of Skye Court as spies... the one that told more about Harriet's parents and her great-aunt. As far as I can tell, no, I didn't miss a prequel here. *sigh* The book focuses too much on the attraction between the Hero and Her I really wanted to like this book... from the description, it seemed to contain Regency romance and spies - a combination I like. But the execution of the book just didn't work for me. It seemed as if I'd missed a book prior to this one - the one that established the MacLeods of Skye Court as spies... the one that told more about Harriet's parents and her great-aunt. As far as I can tell, no, I didn't miss a prequel here. *sigh* The book focuses too much on the attraction between the Hero and Heroine - neither of whom tries too hard to be a hero or heroine until almost the very end of the book. He's too wrapped up in making her pay for not telling him the truth about being a spy who was to watch over him during his diplomatic missions, and now in the guise she's asked him to play, he's too busy trying to make her pay with her body. She's been so attracted to him (in love, we're to believe) for so long, that she practically loses sight of her mission (to save her brother) by swooning in his arms and giving way to passion. OK, so the "disguise" is that she's his mistress at a naughty country home party. But the author spends too much time discussing how our Heroine is being introduced to the ways of love (even losing her virginity as part of the bargain). I lost interest, and yet, alas, I kept reading. Any professional spy, especially one as professional as Harriet, wouldn't lose sight of her mission, despite her feelings. Yes, I realize that's part of the charm of the book. And I could go with it if the book spent less time in the bedroom and more time on the mission. Sorry, just didn't do it for me. And while Kit Fox (her brother) might be an interesting subject, I'm not sure I can trust the author. She's out to titillate rather than tell a story. And there are too many other good books - good story and better titillation - than this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen Desmond

    4

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quanica Baptiste

    This book was the WORST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so boring that I had to force myself to read it. One of the WORST books I ever read so far!!!!! What a dissapointment.........

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Ihssen

    I love it - I collect all of Susan's work! I love it - I collect all of Susan's work!

  6. 5 out of 5

    colleen

    read 06.10.07

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}

    Liked it. Very entertaining and humorous. Great for a quick weekend read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erika Palumbo

  11. 4 out of 5

    CLM

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Armstrong

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gidgit Graham

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Grady

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  17. 5 out of 5

    Delia

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lakshmi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynette Carson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frances

  21. 5 out of 5

    Phylis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pet

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kat Desi

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Plauth

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vânia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Luz

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

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