Last night, I had the pleasure of finishing Julie Anne Long’s WAYS TO BE WICKED, out in bookstores October 2006. Ladies, you are in for a treat. The romance between Tom and Sylvie, book 2 in the trilogy of three sisters, is better than the first!!! The story is smart and sassy, fun and sexy. The story is unique and fresh and I couldn’t step away from it once. The heroine is not TSTL; on the contrary, she is anything but. Strong and passionate, Sylvie will win your hearts. The hero, Tom, is…oh, gosh..so hot! But then, whoever read the first book BEAUTY AND THE SPY knows this already. He was the man who momentarily made the heroine of that novel lose her breath. The scene was funny mostly because the hero of that novel was standing right next to her and she almost seemed to be rethinking her choice of hero based on Tom’s looks…too funny!
If you haven’t read BEAUTY AND THE SPY do so. Book 2 can be enjoyed without it, but trust me it will be a better experience because of it. WAYS TO BE WICKED is one of those books you think about after finishing….one of those books you wish were on film…perhaps even a BBC one with British accents and all. The story is a breath of fresh air, after reading so many stories about men who discover they’re dukes at the end of the novel or even stories about women who jump into the sack with the hero within an hour or two of meeting. The love story progresses at such a realistic pace (for a romance novel…can’t forget it is one, after all), that I believed in their love and believed in the success of the two characters together. I cannot say this enough….preorder the book, put in on your calendars. It’s excellent!!!