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The Wicked Game (A Wicked Game Novel Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Olivia Fuller

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As the only daughter of a Baron and the only female born to her family in generations, the birth of Angela Bennett is seen as nothing short of a miracle. She becomes an instant sensation in society and has her choice of any man as a husband. Except that Angela doesn't want a husband, especially if he can't see past her social image to the woman she really is. All she truly wants is for someone to understand her feelings of captivity among the social masses... 

After lifelong servitude, Andrew Wilson is finally free. Free from his debt that is--he is not free from the secrets that surround his inheritance of the debt from his mother. While he is thrilled to finally control his own lot in the world, Andrew is struggling to come to terms with who he is, as he longs to make a connection with a similar soul...

The Wicked Game can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel or as part of The Wicked Game Series. This love story features personal growth, internal struggle, and contains some adult situations. 

The Wicked Game Series suggested reading order:
1: The Wicked Game
2: Something Wicked
3: Love and Other Wicked Games

Biographie de l'auteur

I’m Olivia Fuller. I published my first book when I was 4 years old (using folded paper and a stapler!), and gave a new story to my kindergarten teacher every day. Back then I wrote about baby dinosaurs (Land Before Time, anyone?), but now I prefer to write romances. When I’m not writing I watch too much television, goof around with my husband, and playfully narrate the lives of my dog and cats: Sweetie, Cher, and Rocket Kitty. (I mean, what DOES a cat do all day under the bed? I can only assume something scandalous…) The Wicked Games series is complete! Book 3, LOVE AND OTHER WICKED GAMES, was released November 22, 2013. I’m currently working on a brand new series and I’m really excited about it! STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL, a new adult sci-fi romance series coming 2014!

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 389 pages
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  • Editeur : Olivia Fuller (21 janvier 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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I'm Olivia Fuller. I published my first book when I was 4 years old (using folded paper and a stapler!), and gave a new story to my kindergarten teacher every day. Back then I wrote about baby dinosaurs (Land Before Time, anyone?), but now I prefer to write romances. When I'm not writing I watch too much television, goof around with my husband, and playfully narrate the lives of my dog and cats: Sweetie, Cher, and Rocket Kitty. (I mean, what DOES a cat do all day under the bed? I can only assume something scandalous...)

The Wicked Games series is complete! Book 3, LOVE AND OTHER WICKED GAMES, was released November 22, 2013.

I'm currently working on a brand new series and I'm really excited about it!
STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL, a new adult sci-fi romance series coming soon!

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http://oliviafuller.com
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30 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Historically accurate & compelling 9 novembre 2012
Par Fictional History Buff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I don't write reviews as a general rule. But I am a historian. I also enjoy historical fiction. So I feel I must, as a matter if principal, offer a more mature perspective of this novel in defense of it's accurately depicting the Regency era. With all due respect to the other reviewers who gave scathing commentary such as 'if the family loved her so much how could her parents marry her off to an old Duke', believe it! Those types if comments tell me the readers were looking at this story from modern day eyes when a woman chooses whom she will marry, and when. The Regency period of Great Britain was one of extremes and extreme changes to the economy. But long before this era, it was the norm for the marriage of a daughter to be handled as a business transaction by her father. She was, in essence, his property. And a family with so many male heirs would jump at an opportunity to marry a daughter to an older, extreemly wealthy member of the aristocracy. It was seen as ideal. He would not live long and she would inherit property, assets and title. Arrangements like this were often made without ever consulting the daughter.

As for the comment one reviewer made that a heir to a title could not refuse said title... May I remind that the current Queen Elithabeth IS Queen because her Uncle stepped down from his thrown in order to marry the love of his life, Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee and his brother became King. Yes, it's not only possible, it's been done and not that long ago. I found this book portrayed a very accurate, articulate and at times even a poetic picture of those aspects of society during this time period.

Now, for my favorite part of novels: characters. Again, I can't help feel that some reviews we made by very young adults. Instead of laughable, I found the protagonist, Angela, to be quite compelling. Raised in a society where a woman has no voice, no say, NO, she probably would not scream for help when accosted by the Duke. One, it would be his word against hers and two, in their stratified society even her parents would be subject to the higher aristocratic status of the Duke. I did not see Angela as self-centered but more as starting out insecure and self protective. A person's character is pretty much set by the age of 10. After living her entire life believing she was valuable as a way to improve the family's social standing, I found her disability to open her heart quite believable. There is physical attraction but real love requires one to let all one's walls down, expose one's insecurities & hurts and that takes time and a lot of internal struggle. I believe the author did an admirable job of expressing a realistic struggle. This is NOT a book if one is expecting a Twilight type 'romance' - it is not. It is more mature and realistic for it's time period with actual growth of the character in the end. I also enjoyed seeing the tremendous growth of the supporting character, Andrew. He is very likable.

And now, to be fair, I will offer what I did not like. I do not like reading about rape or even attempted rape in all it's ugly details. I almost stopped reading at that point. But... Knowing that there actually were aristocratic clubs at the time whose sole purpose was drunkenness and debauchery, I just speed read that part and was rewarded with an ending I found satisfying in it's unexpected twist. I mentioned early on that the Regency period was one of extremes. One such extreme was the expenditure of vast fortunes spent on 'entertaining'. Angela's birth party was spot on! I could see how Andrew would turn his back on that considering the other changes that were happening in the country. Aristocracy was loosing ground to the industrial revolution. Commoners were just gaining more ground and opportunities by the time Andrew was an adult. He made a brave choice in my opinion. But I cannot end this review without mentioning another reviewers comment: why was Andrew not acknowledged as a legitimate heir from the beginning. Again it boils down to the era in which they lived. Indiscretions were part of live. Acknowledging them were NOT. Once again, historically the author was spot on.

For someone who likes reading historical fiction with an intent to learn a little while being entertained perhaps this review will encourage you to give it a try. The author is articulate, imaginative and I hope to see her write more.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Unique, amusing, and sweet. 9 avril 2014
Par crochet4luv - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I appreciated the author's study on the confines of society - indentured servitude, subjugation of women, confines of class, and crossing the barriers of class. While a daughter of nobility running off with and marrying a servant would be highly unusual, more so than a widowed male marrying the housekeeper or governess, but, I enjoyed the twist to the story. There were a few confusing moments in the story -which I think have to do with how the author transitions between characters' thoughts and/or reality- which was annoying but did not compromise this beautiful theme of "love conquering all". I'm interested in experiencing more work from this author.
15 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Just ridiculous 21 octobre 2012
Par Kingston - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'll make points because there were a few things I didn't like about this book which started off good.

1) My biggest problem with this book was the heroine Angela, who spent almost 2 years married to her husband before she decided to allow herself to admit she loved him. First, it was the STUPIDEST reason for why she decided she would not love him. It was not because he treated her bad or because of some untold consequence that would precede if she did love him. It was because of some misconception that not loving him would make her free. This stems from the fact that no one loves her for herself but the problem was that the hero Andrew was the only one that loved her for her. She even said as much in her thoughts, she said she found the perfect man that saw her "Angela" and not who she was "The Baron's only daughter". So how did it make sense to commit to not loving him when he was obviously the only person who she could find love with? Almost half the book is centered about this stupid conflict. All I could think to myself was "Really? The author couldn't find another conflict so she used the "not to love" s/l?" Then from that point all I could think about was how stupid it was, almost to the point of annoying.

2) The family situation was ridiculous as well. The author goes to lengths to explain how the family adored Angela because she was the only female born in the family in a few generations. Anyway, they all love her and protect her, especially the male in her family like her brothers and cousin. Yet all of a sudden she is to be married to a Duke who is old and almost rapes her? For a girl whose family thinks she is so precious and has a "purpose" they are going to give her to an old Duke because of his title? Her father and mother was the worst! You would think for such a "miracle" in the family they would love her for her and not disown her after her little scandal with Andrew or even treat her like they love her. It was like she was nothing but a object for them to use. Yes, and that rape....She was afraid of telling her own family even afraid of screaming when he was attacking her. A family who was described as being so protective right?

3) The truth about Andrew? Really? Come on? In the beginning were are told he has to sneak to get school lessons. How the story pans out I don't understand why he couldn't just go into the room and get lessons, without having to be in the room for some odd reason. What is even worse is the explanation for the secret. Him being a bond servant was another stupid part of this story. Come on!! None of it made sense to me. They were married!! Even if of low birth why would you subject your child to a life of not having some comfort. They could have even said he was orphan or something and they took him in and sort of raised him.

4) The hero at the end adding more conflict with his spat of not wanting to show love to the heroine? That was kind of unnecessary!

Oh and this is just an opinion. I highly doubt anyone in their right mind would name their child after a parent who didn't care for them and treated them the way Angela parents treated her.

Maybe the best thing about this book was that it was short. Imagine if I had to read through a 100 more pages of Angela convincing herself she didn't love Andrew. Or Andrew taking revenge on Angela because she took so long to love him.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Ending 14 mai 2014
Par Rural Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Ms. Fuller did a very good job of portraying English society in the early 1800's. She is especially graphic about the treatment of women during that time. Even women from "good" families.

This is not a light read (although it contains some light moments), it is a thought provoking story. I was especially pleased with the surprise ending.
13 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Started out great, turned idiotic 21 octobre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I liked the idea behind this story and thought the beginning was great.. until the night of the heroine's birthday party.. it all went downhill from there. The story became really stupid. First of all, she fainted at her party (presumably given somewhere in London, not at her country home), returned home in the carriage alone (where were all those crazy protective male relatives?), and went straight to almost having sex with the hero in her room, when they, of course, got caught by her family and party guests, who followed her after she left the party, thinking she was playing a party game? (What???) The whole turn of events were just completely nonsensical. Another thing: what kind of family who loved and cherished such an only female born in 4 generations would force her to marry such an old and perverted, disgusting rapist of a duke just so they can be elevated socially? I find that hard to swallow. (She wouldn't scream when he was attempting to rape her in the hallway of her own home because she just knew she would have to marry him if he got caught. Wow.. weren't her "men" just great?)

*SPOILERS ALERT*

Skipping ahead 2 years later after she ran away with and married the hero, after that whole stupid "he loves her and she doesn't love him" fiasco (another thing that's hard to believe, especially given how she couldn't ever keep her hands off of him, and especially after always whining about how society never sees the real her and she knows he's the only one who loves the real her, blah, blah, blah.. Wow.. self-centered much?).. anyway, my biggest problem with this story is when it came out that when he's actually the true heir of the Earl, and not even a bastard since his father the Earl married his mother, the maid in his house (What??), and when she died in childbirth, they (his father and his grandmother, Lady Dillard (who was a witness to the wedding.. rightttt.. Which regency era nobility mother would willingly and happily let her son, the next Earl, marry a housemaid, even serving as a witness? it boggles the mind.), in their infinite wisdom and out of love for the hero, decided to make him a bond servant instead of raising him as an heir.. WTF??? Because being a servant is sooooo much better than being an heir, or even being a bastard? That was the most asinine thing in this story, and trust me, there were many of them. I was rolling my eyes half the time saying yeah, right!

In the end, after more of "she loves him now but his heart is now hardened against her" stupidity, he gave up his earldom to a cousin (can they even do that? I have read many regency stories and there were plenty of heroes who thought of having a title as a curse, but none were able to give it up, short of being dead) so their baby girl wouldn't be raised under the pressure of society like the heroine was. Whatever.. I have long past caring what happened to them at this point..

By the way, many of the 5 stars reviews for this book felt like plants.. they were very vague in what they liked about this story with one reviewer even saying something about Rambo? Huh?

IMHO, this book was a giant waste of time..
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