My review is cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Apr10/wickedbecomesyou.md.html
Beautiful heiress Gwen Maudsley is universally adored by all of London society. Lauded for her niceness and made all the more marriageable by her fortune, it is a great shock to everyone when Gwen is jilted at the alter – for the second time!
Gwen is just as surprised as everyone else when her latest fiancé abandons her. She’s also had it with being the good girl. Gwen is determined to live life as she pleases and ruin herself in the eyes of society. With the scandal of her aborted wedding on the tip of everyone’s tongue, Gwen takes off for Paris, where she plans to see the things no proper lady would have access to. Gwen’s new quest sets her directly in the path of Alex Ramsey, her late brother’s best friend. Alex is convinced Gwen’s new approach to life if only temporary and he’s determined to keep her from irreparably damaging her reputation. Gwen is just as determined to prove him wrong. With the demons of Alex’s past coming to the fore, complications of his present nipping at their heels, and desire too powerful to resist throwing them together, is it possible for the nicest girl in London to find happiness with society’s most notorious rogue?
It’s always fun to see a very proper young lady take charge of her life and throw caution to the wind. That being said, wickedness did not exactly become Gwen. To be sure, Gwen took a few actions that Victorian society would censure her for, but her efforts fell flat for me. Alex, while the more appealing half of the pair, was somewhat condescending at the beginning of the book which rankled a bit. What troubled me about Wicked Becomes You was that I kept waiting to become invested in the story and the characters…I waited in vain. Obstacles in Gwen and Alex’s path appeared and vanished at will, the characters didn’t exactly grow over the course of the story, and I just could not get excited about the story. Wicked Becomes You was my introduction to Meredith Duran’s work and while this particular story didn’t hold my interest, I would welcome giving another of Ms. Duran’s books a try.