One Wicked Sin

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One Wicked Sin

Book 2 in the Scandalous Women of the Ton Series

Lottie Palliser is divorced, broke and worried about her future. She’s fallen from the enviable position of being one of her society’s darlings and having the freedom to spend money at will to face being put out on the street for failure to oblige her customer’s at a Covent Garden bawdy house. Fate gives her a second opportunity though by bringing Ethan Ryder to her assistance. Ethan offers Lottie the choice of being his exclusively. Lottie always chooses what is in her best interest and since her family has disowned her, Ethan is her only choice.

Ethan Ryder is the bastard son of an Irish Duke and a circus performer. Instead of choosing to fight for the British, he chose to join Napoleon’s army and has risen through the ranks as a dashing and daring cavalry officer. Unfortunately during one of his more daring campaigns he was captured and is now a prisoner of war in England. Placed on parole, Ethan plans his escape and revenge. Part of Ethan’s plan requires a dazzling distraction and the infamous Lottie is just what he’s looking for.

Ethan’s plan ignites a blazing union that may shock even these two wicked sinners ………

Want to indulge in a guilty pleasure? Nicola Cornick has crafted a powerful tale of love and betrayal in One Wicked Sin, the second book in her Scandalous Women of the Ton series. Lottie Palliser is a beautiful and crafty heroine that is equally matched by her hero, Ethan Ryder. Lottie’s childhood and failed marriage taught her that men would always betray her so her decision to approach men and sex in a mercenary manner is understandable. Ethan’s childhood taught him that the rich and powerful always get their way and that the British people had an air of superiority that desperately needed to be curbed.

The scenes with Lottie and Ethan are full of sexual tension and lively conversation; they can’t get enough of each other. Neither Lottie nor Ethan has allowed anyone to get emotionally close, yet it is what they crave from each other. When presented with the opportunity to betray Ethan for financial gain and entry back into her family, at first Lottie agrees but soon realizes that more is at stake and she decides to stand by Ethan. Meanwhile, Ethan begins to realize that he can’t imagine a life without Lottie at his side; her sense of adventure and her willingness to surrender to him have made her his perfect match.

The secondary characters are well written and provide a good deal of support for the story, from Ethan’s hateful father, who made it easy to understand Ethan’s choices, to Lottie’s ex-husband, whose masquerade party provided a good dose of humor. The author also added the subplot of a traitor among Ethan’s fellow prisoners and spies and the resolution of that element provided Lottie with another opportunity to shine and prove that she was more than just a beautiful mistress- her morality would no longer be questioned. The story has a happy ever after type ending, which was just what I felt the story needed and left me looking forward to the next book in this series by Ms. Cornick.


Book Blurb for One Wicked Sin

Once the toast of the ton, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced. Shunned by society, the destitute beauty is lured to become a Covent Garden courtesan. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer.

The illegitimate son of a duke, Ethan Ryder rose to the ranks of Napoleon's most trusted cavalry officer—until his capture landed him in England as a prisoner of war. Now on parole, Ethan is planning his most audacious coup yet. But he needs Lottie's help to create a spectacular diversion. Yet their pact ignites a passionate bond that may scandalize even these two wicked souls….


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2010 4.50