Victoria Alexander: My Wicked Little Lies

N a old beau comes back into her life she doesn t know who she will really choose Adrian although a gentleman once had a secret life in his past as well but that kind of life is history until his wife starts acting a bit odd and he is determined to find out why When he discovers what is really going on he decides to play a game with Evelyn one that could bring in a danger to them both that neither of them could foresee and with test the bounds of their loveMy Wicked Little Lies is the second in this series and I have seen this one on the shelves for months and ven though its been a while since I have read from this author I thought why not So the minute I got home I started reading and it caught my attention from the very first chapter and held it until the very last I have to say this is probably one of my favorite books so far from this author I have always loved all the other books that I had read previous by Alexander however this one I think tops them all I have a certain weakness for spy stories First Anthology especially in a historical romance and the setting was just perfect I just loved how the characters in the book had already fallen in love and takes places two years after they get married and we see a lovely story unravel with an thrilling plot that curled my toes with anticipation the characters strongly portrayed and sondearing one couldn t help but fall in love with Evelyn and Adrian and Releasing The Power Within Through Spiritual Dynamics even the side characters as well I think one of my favorite aspects of this book is how Evelyn is very strong willed but not too strong justnough that just wanted me to shout You go Girl Adrian is very Alpha at times and very stubborn and it was almost comical watching these two hash it out at different segments throughout the story Overall a beautifully written story with a balanced flow well written characters and a plot that will steal your breath andyour heart Definitely a Keeper This book was uniue because I think it is only one of two historical romances I have read that begins after the hero and heroine are already married but not Passage Through Crisis estranged A verynjoyable read witty and full of surprisesI ve come to Science, Technology and Culture expect uite a bit from Ms Alexander when I read her now Ixpect her characters to be likeable smart and witty What I love is that I can count on Ms Alexander to deliver Taking place during the Victorian The Road to Einsteins Relativity era MY WICKED LITTLE LIES gives us a strong independent heroine who knows her own mind Will Adrian manage his wife the spy before it s too late or will he finally realize that there s no controlling Evie without some well deserved groveling Entertaining repartee is the best part of thisngaging historical romanceEvelyn Evie Hadley Attwater the Countess of Waterson has kept her past a secret from her husband He assured her before they married that neither of them need reveal their past but instead should begin with their present and future together Evie spent five years of service to her ueen as an agent in a secret organization When she left the organization and married Adrian Hadley Attwater the Earl of Waterson she never Black Boy expected to be called back to service as a spy But her fellow agents are in danger of discovery and she has no choice but to help find a missing file before the secrets of the organization become known to all Can she outwit the man she loves without lying to him outrightTwo years after their marriage and Adrian is still smitten with his wife maybeven so than when they first met But she has been distracted lately and although he yearns for some xcitement himself he s not altogether sure a woman should have those feelings too Not that he would ver be unfaithful to Evie but he can t seem to Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire explain his restlessness and the cure for it Evie s odd behavior makes Adrian suspicious of his wife in ways he s never before considered Following her reveals than he cares to know about himself but can he truly trust his wife unconditionallyTaking place during the Victorianra MY WICKED LITTLE LIES gives us a strong independent heroine who knows her own mind Evie s confident attitude toward her former colleague when she discovers that he wants her back as an agent for one assignment is a great introduction to a woman who knows what she wants and isn t afraid to do whatever is necessary to get it Evie s past as a spy drew me into the story immediately I liked her spunk and found her ways of handling her besotted husband and his misdeeds true to her character I liked how she was never uite sure if she was pushing Adrian too far but she couldn t resist doing it anyway because she felt it was the only way to know if their love was trueAdrian is adorable when he suspects the worst from his wife It s without uestion that they both have a deep love for one another but like most couples they have miscommunication that runs amok Adrian can t help but get himself into a bit of hot water with his wife and it s amusing to watch him try to suirm out of Safe in My Arms every predicament Adrian s family and Evie s best friend Celeste DeRochette add to the charming and sometimes naughty situations that made me laugh and kept me reading Adrian s mother Helena isspecially Presunta colpevole entertaining with her meddling ways that are halfxpected but not always fully appreciated by her family Of course that won t stop her or Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem even give her pause whichndeared her to me instantly Even though the plot is sometimes predictable the banter and relationships amongst the characters make for a very fun readAuthor Victoria Alexander s talent shines in believable situations influenced by Safe Words engaging repartee that immediately draws the reader to her characters MY WICKED LITTLE LIES is a feel good adventure in forever love I m looking forward to revelations in Ms Alexander s SINFUL FAMILY SECRETS seriesMy 4 Blue Ribbon review courtesy of Romance Junkies I just finished reading My Wicked Little Lies and it was pretty good I d give it a 45 out of 5 simply because while it wasnjoyable there were a few slow moments where I wanted to skip parts For the most part the plot was fantastic there Espectabil plin de demnitate Dar chiar şi bărbaţii cu un comportament ireproşabil au propriile secrete Secrete pe care le ascund de restul lumii de familii de soţii Secrete care au un preţ Acum vălul care le acoperă ste pe punctul să se destrame şi jocul ademenitor de a şoarecele şi pisica va pune la încercare limitele unei iubiri considerate de nezdruncin.

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Found the hidden key to his desk She searched through the papers and discovered half written notes from Sir to her and a reference to her being kidnapped She figured out that he was Sir and decided to trick him Beryl Dunwell came to visit and they got the idea of her letting Adrian know that she had decided to have an affair with Sir She sent a note saying that she would meet him in the same room where he had burst in on Beryl and Radington Adrian went there and she was behind a screen pretending to be undressing while he was getting madder and madder He was just about to confront her and admit to Sir being Adrian when some men came in and kidnapped him Eve went to Max and they figured out that Max s assistant was the culprit but they still didn t know why They hoped that Adrian had been taken to the same warehouse that Max had arranged for Eve to be taken just the night before It was there that they found Adrian Eve confronted the man holding a knife to Adrian s throat It seemed the man was her cousin He had killed his own father and Eve s guardian along with the former director to make it look like the plot was against the department When in actuality he was after money that would be coming to Eve when she turned 30 the next week If her husband were murdered first his money would also come to Eve If Eve were to have died first her money would then go to her husband He planned to kill Eve after her birthday so he could claim all of her possessions as her only living relative He didn t know of her connection and her skill with a gun He thought that she wouldn t shoot him but she proved him wrong and he nded up dead Adrian was saved Adrian then tried talking to Eve and found out that she had discovered that he and Sir were one and the same Max convinced Celeste to marry him I had to hover over the two and three star slots for a few minutes before I could decide Ultimately I The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, expect from a writer like Victoria Alexander I decided on twoThis book had a cute premise a former spy who is now retired and happily married is renlisted to help find a missing file Contained in the file are the super secret names of the heads of her spy agency She must lie to her husband of two years for whom she left the Pursuit of Justice exciting life ofspionage behindSir the former head and her former mentor was a shadowy figure she fell for in a distant unreuited way His letters to her painted a fantasy in her mind but upon meeting her husband all was forgotten She loves him for his staid predictable solid strengthRight you see it coming too ExactlyEVERY point of tension and conflict is forced silly and transparent The big reveal is obvious from page one It s actually a shame since the premise is cute But Alexander not only makes both her lead characters too dim witted to pull off their alleged pasts as spies She draws them with a lack of depth and shading The secondary couple is interesting I found myself far curious about their storyCould have been a wonderful change two married somewhat older people with rich backgrounds rediscovering Dangerous to Touch excitement and love It wasn t Bummer DNF Unbelievable plot from beginning to middle where I decided life was too short to read the rest and infuriatingly stupid hero and heroine who are supposed to be top spies but who seem dull thick and completely pointless I honestly don t think the heroine could inveigle her way out of a paper bag I spent the whole time reading this tripe wandering why the author didn t make the current head spy the hero and the heroine s sidekick the heroine They were far interesting characters 1 star Ugh Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea Henry FieldingAccording to the UK Tea Guild The Langham offered outstanding uality and consistently high standards in tea service during 2011According to the awards on her resume Victoria Alexander sets the high standards in historical romance Her latest release MY WICKED LITTLE LIES has raised the barven higher In fact The Langham contributes twice to the plot in this Victorian romance confirming that Love and Scandal are the best sweeteners of historical romancesAlexander brings Victorian society to life in MY WICKED LITTLE LIES it is connected to her recent books THE PERFECT MISTRESS and HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS but can be read as a standalone story Whereas the Mistress books focused on bringing together the hero and the heroine MY WICKED LITTLE LIES tackles the uestions when did passion become comfortable This is not Mr and Mrs Smith in the Victorian Era MY WICKED LITTLE LIES Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude explores relationships between husband wife friends lovers andven a Dowager Countess it wouldn t be a humorous historical without a domineering mother Alexander Rodeo Daughter even gives us a surprise friendship and unexpected lovers Portia the third friend from the Mistress series makes a guest appearance hinting her story is to come Alexander s strength is her signature banter between the characters Shenvelopes readers with the distinct British gentility as they sip tea dance waltzes and battle spies without a blink But it is not all puff pastries Alexander delivers fleshed out characters with imperfections that lead to misunderstandings to which readers can relate The crossed signals of course add comic relief as the characters rediscover that love has fueled the passion all along how shockingMy favorite line is found on page 327 Although I have always found a good biscuit to be most conducive to clever planning This is probably coincidental but 327 is a significant number at The Langham Recommended read for those who My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze enjoy life s riches afternoon tea clotted cream shortbread biscuits and Masterpiece Theater Evelyn has The Life married with a adoring husband parties and friends and nothing could bring a dark cloud over her happiness until her past comes back to haunt her Evelyn once was a spy who worked for the british government but gave that all up when she married and now they need her again only she despises herself for having to be forced to lie to her husband the love of her life but whe. Te însă că odinioarăa Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses era Eve femeia care lucra pentru cea mainigmatică agenţie de informaţii din Anglia Chemată pentru o ultimă misiune Evelyn A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, este din nou vrăjită demoţiile pe care viaţa My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, ei anterioară i le oferea iar amintirile legate de misteriosul şi fermecătoruli şef se dovedesc o tentaţie prea mareAdrian Hadley Attwater ste un gentilom

35 StarsI thought this premise was absolutely marvelous It s just so rare to see something like it The hero and heroine are already married when the story begins and they re happy to boot The heroine Evelyn was a spy before her marriage although she hasn t admitted that to her husband She plans to one day but she s thinking along the lines of confessing when he s on his death bed She gets contacted by her old organization and is compelled to help them on another case She doesn t want to because she s happy and doesn t want to risk her marriage bu Evelyn Hadley Attwater the Countess of Waterston was contacted to meet Sir Maxwell Osgood He had been her contact to do spy type work until two years previous when she uit to marry her husband Adrian Someone had taken a file belonging to him and he needed it back It had information in it with names of three previous directors before him Eve s name had been removed from all paperwork he had Max didn t want his former boss to find out The former director had also resigned two years previous Eve and Max s former boss had never met in person Their contact was all through letters and notes Eve didn t want to go back to work as a spy but felt she had no choice She didn t tell her husband but he noticed that she seemed distracted and was watching her movements He was afraid she might be getting bored with him and meeting someone lse He went so far as to get a hotel key where he thought that his wife might be meeting someone and went into the room He was relieved and The Baby Album embarrassed that it was two other people he knew that were having an affair He discovered that the room was occupied by Beryl Dunwell and Derrick Radington the day after he and Eve had attended a party at the Dunwell homeAdrian went home to confront Eve s secretary to find Eve Celeste had also worked with Eve during her time as a spy and Celeste had worked with Max longer than Eve had They worked together and were best friends but didn t tellach other Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose everything Eve didn t know that Celeste was sleeping with Max and suspected that Celeste wasn t her real name Celeste DeRochette told Adrian that Eve had gone to runrrands and was stopping by Fenwick and Sons bookstore Celeste didn t tell Adrian that Eve had gone there to get further instructions because she hadn t found anything searching through the library of the Dunwell s home Adrian had wondered why they Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., even attended thevent Eve had refused the invitation when it was received and then changed her mind and they had gone With that bit of information Adrian figured out that she was working for Max once againEve didn t know that her guardian had been a former director in the work she had done for the crown Her husband had been her former boss known only as Sir He had been the one who had directed her activities They were married but they didn t talk about their pasts She thought that her husband knew nothing about her past Adrian then went to see Max who told him that the file had been stolen and he was worried that the death of Eve s guardian George had not been of natural causes Max told Adrian that he was worried because the file had been returned and he hadn t discovered the motive for it being stolen in the first place Adrian told Max next that he wanted to go back to being Sir for a while It was his intention to deceive Eve into thinking that Sir wanted to become personally involved with her to see if she was secretly in love with Sir rather than Adrian himself although they were one and the same Max told him that he was playing a dangerous game with his wifeEve decided to teach her husband a lesson and moved out She moved back into a house she owned that once belonged to her parents She didn t remember her parents or Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, ever living there but it was the only thing of her parents that she still had She had kept the house and Celeste lived there She decided it was time to refurbish the house because she had never done anything to the house from the time she owned it after her parents death Celeste went to Max to ask him to do something because she wanted her privacy returned Max wanted Celeste to marry him and she had refused because she didn t think she was goodnough for him Max told Celeste that he knew that she had been moved from family to family during her youth One family that had taken her in had a daughter the same age as Celeste She had gotten married had 5 children and then husband died The daughter herself died after her parents and siblings had all died She had no one left and had written to Celeste Celeste was now using all her money to raise the 5 children That didn t deter Max he was still trying to get Celeste to agree to his proposal He didn t know what to do about Adrian and EveAdrian and Eve saw Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, each other a few days after their fight Eve was disappointed that Adrian hadn t done much to win her back She thought that after 2 days of being gone that he would make an attempt to get her to go home with him after having dinner together but he just told her good night and went home Adrian had plans for the next night when they were both to attend a masuerade ball She had been receiving flowers and notes from Sir and was not responding She wasn t interested in playing the flirty games they had once played before she married She wanted Adrian backShe went to the ball and Sir was there and made a move on Eve but she rejected him and told him she was in love with her husband Adrian was relieved and went into a room to change his masuerade costume in order to return to the party as Adrian and win back his wife He didn t realize that Max had arranged for her to be kidnapped when she left the partyarly to go home to Adrian Adrian had to go rescue her and kept changing the subject after the rescue when she asked how much he paid for her ransom Eve and Adrian spent the night together but he received a note from Max and had to leave Max sent a note to Adrian because the director after George was found murdered that morning Eve was curious to find out about the ransom and. O Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) eroină puternică unrou seducător şi o aventură palpitantă condimentată cu secrete şi intrigi din care numai o iubire adevărată poate ieşi învingătoareEvelyn Hadley Attwater are totul la dispoziţie o viaţă mondenă rochii legante petreceri rafinate şi nu în ultimul rând un soţ iubitor Nimeni nici măcar bărbatul cu care s a măritat nu bănuieş.

See this thread for information New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much fun than real life She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked outSince the publication of her first book in 1995 she has written thirty one full length novels and six novellas The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times USA Today andor Publishers Weekly bestseller lists With books translated into than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003 In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporterHer years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country Nebraska and West Virginia In West Virginia she covered both natural and manmade disasters She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband who worked at the same television station and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran In Nebraska she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural NebraskaDuring her journalism career Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school story telling genius It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction She’s never looked backVictoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character Lois Lane a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination And why not He was extremely well drawnVictoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat Today she lives in Omaha Nebraska with her husband and her dogs Victoria had two bearded collies Sam and Louie named from characters in one of her books Sam on the left the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years passed away in September 2010 Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowedNow he's been joined by Reggie also a faithful companionThey all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts And never ending chaos Victoria laughs a great deal—she has to