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The Importance of Being Wicked    by Victoria Alexander order for
Importance of Being Wicked
by Victoria Alexander
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Zebra, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Lady Miranda Garret refuses to take a back seat to any male. When it is suggested she do so this self assured woman responds, 'I am twenty-eight years of age and more than capable of making my own decisions. I have been married and widowed. I have my own finances. And I ... I not only own Garret and Tempest, I run it. I am not only merely the youngest Hadley-Attwater, I am a woman of business.'

Severely damaged by fire, Fairborough Hall, the home of Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, is badly in need of repair. That's where Garret and Tempest comes in. The architectural firm, founded by Lady Miranda's late husband, is hired to repair the building. With her husband's death Miranda has elected to run the firm herself. She has ventured into a situation where women, especially noble women, do not go.

Winning the contract, Garrett and Tempest sets about the task of reconstructing Fairborough Hall, but this means Miranda will have to remain on site to oversee the job. The owner of the country home finds that more than just a satisfactory arrangement. Although he's fallen in and out of love (or should that be lust?) a number of times and broken off three engagements already, Win is thoroughly captivated by this woman he has employed to restore the hall.

With the attraction between the two becoming stronger and stronger, it doesn't take long for this construction project to broaden in scope as the couple lays the foundation for an entirely different edifice.

Historical romance fans will find this business woman more than competent when it comes to not only repairing a damaged manor house but also constructing a new and exciting relationship with its handsome owner.

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