Title: Some Like it Wicked
Author: Teresa Medeiros
Redonk Nutshell: Woman bargains to bail out her childhood hero from debtor’s prison in exchange for helping her get to Scotland to reclaim her highland legacy
Official Synopsis: Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid cares nothing for propriety—or even her own safety—when she storms the grounds of Newgate Prison. Determined to return to Scotland and restore her clan’s honor, she seeks the help of Sir Simon Wescott, a disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue. She is prepared to offer him both wealth and freedom, but she never dreams the wicked rake will be bold enough to demand a far more sensual prize. Some like it seductive . . . Simon is shocked to discover the tomboy he met long ago has blossomed into a headstrong temptress. Although he’s sworn off his dreams of becoming a hero, he can’t resist playing knight errant to Catriona’s damsel in distress. Both adventure and peril await them at her Highland home, where they will risk their lives to vanquish her enemies . . . and risk their hearts to discover a passion beyond their wildest dreams.
This was a library find that I grabbed on a whim. Teresa Medeiros is definitely an author on my “must read” list, so I figured it’d be worth it. The premise is fun. Catriona enlists the help of her childhood crush, dashing Simon Westcott, with an offer he can’t refuse – marry her so she can claim her dowry and go off to Scotland to find her estranged brother, and she’ll pay off his debts. A problem arises, though, when they end up having some serious chemistry. In order to annul their marriage they have to keep it clean and tidy, a process that gets complicated as they get embroiled in one problem after another on their journey into the highlands of Scotland. Simon is no hero, but Catriona believes otherwise. When he’s pressured to decide between standing up for her or taking the easy way out and running with his tail between his legs, he’s forced to confront his feelings for her.
This was a lovely read. I enjoyed watching Simon progress from something of a rogue to a hero. He’s a likable reprobate, and Catriona is good for him. In turn, he’s good for her, too. She’s a dreamer, and Simon keeps her anchored. Reality is a hard pill for her to swallow, but Simon, in great hero form, helps her cope. Some Like it Wicked wasn’t my favorite Mederios read, but it was fun. I liked the premise. It was witty and fast paced.
Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3/5