Review: When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton

When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher:  Forever
Pages: 416
Source:  NetGalley


A dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets-and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:

Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest-until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford.

Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?


Review: This book was a great read. I started reading it and got into it. It’s the book that you can’t put down. I never realized how long the book was until after I read it and went back to see how many pages it had.

If I was in the situation that Annabelle is in I could see myself doing the same thing that she does. She isn’t doing it to be mean, she does it for her family. When it comes to family you will do whatever you have to, to make sure that they have what they need to survive. She never thought about the consequences. Well not until she meets Owen.

Owen is the man that you would want to take things over. He loves his two sisters and has a soft spot for all of his handful of aunts. When he gets a note threatening his sister and her reputation he decides to take matters into his own hands.

Nothing goes as planned between Owen and Annabelle. That is what makes it such a wonderful story. You can tell that they have something going on between them but they can never be together. I love how the author brings out her characters. How she brings out their personalities.

The story line was great and something that you could see happening in real life. You get to see the love that they both have for their families and what they both will do to protect and help them. It shows you that love doesn’t care what social status you are. You can fall in love with anyone and you can’t control it.

I loved reading this book and can’t wait until the next book comes out and see what other adventure I will get to experience. Who will next fall in love and how long it takes for them to realize it and quit fighting it.

If you love historical books then I will tell you that you really need to try this book.