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An Affair Most Wicked
by Julianne Maclean
Order:  USA  Can
Avon, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas

A new arrival on the London social scene, American heiress Clara Wilson unknowingly goes to a scandalous party. There she meets a handsome masked stranger whose smoldering glance sends her pulse speeding, whose kisses inflame her and who, most surprisingly, sends her packing as soon as he realizes that she's an innocent. No matter how many respectable men she's been presented to since then, her heart longs for the unforgettable unknown who oozed sensuality.

Meanwhile, Clara's masked stranger (Seger Wolfe, Marquis of Rawdon) finds himself equally captivated by the 'paradoxical combination of feral sexuality and sweet innocence' and frankness that makes Clara a refreshing change from other young ladies. But given his disgraceful past and torrid Casanova reputation, can Clara expect Seger to ever love her, let alone give up his tomcat ways for her? When overwhelming passion forces their hands, what will happen to this headstrong couple?

Julianne MacLean's historical saga of passion, romance and intrigue is sure to sweep readers off their feet. Suspense and danger add spice to a fiery romance, while historical details are woven effortlessly into the fabric of the story. Clara and Seger are captivating individuals whose flaws make them all too real. Some side characters are familiar, such as Clara's sister Sophia of To Marry the Duke, and readers can look forward to the story of third sister Adele later this year.

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