Source of my copy: from Simon & Schuster for review
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
She’s been burned not once but twice by London’s so-called gentlemen...
Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she’s best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar—again—the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her, then it’s time to learn to be naughty. Happily, she knows the perfect tutor—Alexander Ramsey, her late brother’s best friend and a notorious rogue.
So why won’t a confirmed scoundrel let her be as bad as she wants to be?
Unbeknownst to Gwen, Alex’s aloof demeanor veils his deepest unspoken desire. He has no wish to see her change, nor to tempt himself with her presence when his own secrets make any future between them impossible. But on a wild romp from Paris to the Riviera, their friendship gives way to something hotter, darker, and altogether more dangerous. With Alex’s past and Gwen’s newly unleashed wildness on a collision course, Gwen must convince Alex that his wickedest intentions are exactly what she needs.
First, I let me just say how much I love the cover of this book! When I got it, I spent a moment just admiring its cover--the lush purple color of her gown is so pretty and they even got Gwen's red hair right (getting small details like that correct on covers is always a plus). But pretty cover aside, I absolutely loved Wicked Becomes You (WBY)! This is only the second book I've read by Ms. Duran (the first being her debut book Duke of Shadows [DoS] which I also really enjoyed) and now I want to read her other books. She has a talent for penning romances set in exotic places with interesting, multidimensional leads who makes you root for their happy ending.
Our heroine is Gwen Maudsley, the nicest debutante and also the richest with a fortune of three million pounds--both of which almost makes everyone forget that her family is of the merchant class. After Gwen's second fiance jilts her at the altar (the first fiance having done the same), she decided she is done with being nice and wants to experience life without the silly rules and restrictions of the ton. And who better to guide her than her late brother's best friend Alex, a younger brother of an earl and a businessman with a wicked reputation. Both Gwen and Alex were really likable characters and as the story goes on you begin to see that beneath the surface there is more to them than being "the nice girl" and "the rake," which makes this book an engaging read. On the other hand, the secondary characters weren't as strong as the leads but I can forgive the book that because I love Gwen and Alex so much. Their adventures takes them from London to Paris and Nice and even to Monte Carlo. I appreciate the varied settings of the book as it's not often I read a historical romance not set in London.
WBY is one of the best historical romances I've read this year and I highly recommend this book. Whereas DoS is dark and emotional read, WBY is much lighter (there were a couple of laugh out loud moments in this book) yet it doesn't lack the emotion. If you're looking for a well-written, lighter historical romance with a great hero and heroine, this is your book. 5 out 5 stars