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Summary

NYT and USA Today best-selling author! Nominated for the prestigious romance Rita award!

John Fitzhugh Wyckerly has been the spare heir all his life, supporting himself with gambling and charm. The news that he's inherited the bankrupt title of earl of Danecroft shatters his indolent world. Even penniless, he's always paid his debts, but now the estate's creditors are closing in. He can fake his death and run for cover or accept overwhelming responsibility and find a rich wife - one who will also accept his illegitimate terror of a daughter.

On his way to find an heiress, he meets Abigail Merriweather, who is neither rich nor aristocratic, but she can tame The Terror and stomp cockroaches. Unfortunately she needs a wealthy, powerful man who will fight her father's executor and retrieve her four half siblings. When an unexpected inheritance falls into Abby's lap, she sets out for London to seek a lawyer.

Can Fitz charm his practical Abby into trusting him to save her siblings when it's doubtful that he can even save himself? And can Abby surrender reason and logic for the folly of love offered by a man who can have any woman he wants but insists he wants only her?

©2010 Patricia Rice (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Rice is a master storyteller. A wonderful blend of humor, pathos, adventure, and charm, this page-turner is book one in Rice's promising Rebellious Sons series." (Shelley Mosley, Booklist)

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Charming characters

Everyone was v likeable, and the heroes had believable chemistry. Will def check out more from this author. The narrator was pretty good but without doing different voices, though she did diff accents, it lacked a certain something

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No complaints

If you’ve read through most of the reviews, you’ll be contemplating on whether to listen to this tale.

The answer, from my perspective, is ‘Yes’. The story is a good one. Nothing incredulous and nothing offensive about how literary ‘strong females’ are portrayed. This strikes a believable balance. A satisfying journey that I consumed in one sitting.

Most of the detractors are about the narration, that the accents were wrong and many words were pronounced incorrectly. I only heard one incorrect pronunciation: Gig. I was amused by it, but the word was only used twice and it was nowhere near so daunting as to spoil the whole story!

I would advise prospective listeners to try the sample before committing yourself, but to be fair, this is a lovely light journey down ‘The Younger Son’ route of Regency England and life between 2 classes. Don’t tie yourself up in knots with the narration - I can assure you that there is far worse out there (as well as much better), but this isn’t a deal breaker!

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Very good story

Original and unexpected story! This story has so many things going on it that it's sometimes difficult to keep up, but well worth the effort! The only problem was that the narrator kept going into an Irish accent when trying to do an English Oxfordshire rural one, but will read more of this author

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  • 04-08-22

Narrator

I really struggled with the narrator's accent. Not a native Brit. Was it not possible to get an out of work British actor in the US?

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If you can take the narrator and American words

The story is interesting. The narration is awful miss pronunciation and Irish accent for someone living in rural england. There are constant use of American vegetable names such as Rudibager whatever that is. I listened to the end as the story line was ok. I won't recommend this book because of the frustrating issues which should have been picked up by any decent editor.

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I Really Enjoyed this Book

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was a little shaky at times with Miss Abby's accent but other than that it was brilliant.
I would definitely recommend it.

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An enjoyable romp story-wise, but good grief, such atrocious narration! What accent/s was she trying to do!? Taking a world tour of bad accents, strange emphasis, and mispronunciation.

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The Wyked and the Saint

The first few pages turn and sow the seeds of interest and intrigue , 2nd chapter draws the reader further in, the web spun to draw you into the plots twists and turning story, the characters, equally gathered or garnered, a captivating woven tapestry. Thoroughly enjoyed, thoroughly recommended and I hope that you find this to your pleasure as well.

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Could only speak English, constant mis-pronouncements, country girl with Irish accent. The story would have been 5 star with another narrator

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  • erin
  • 31-12-15

Finally

Would you listen to The Wicked Wyckerly again? Why?

I haven't been able to force myself to finish the last 5 or 6 books that I've purchased. I was ready to give up on audible. But The Wicked Wyckerly was well-written, witty, fun, and charming... I only wish there were more books like it on audible...

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  • Anna
  • 30-05-16

One of My Favorite Books

If you could sum up The Wicked Wyckerly in three words, what would they be?

Funny Delightful Romance! This is the first book I have read by Patricia Rice and I'm looking forward to reading more. Although it is hard to imagine any others can be as good as this one.

What did you like best about this story?

Hmmm, hard to decide. (1) I really enjoyed the quirky characters of the hero and heroine and the way they each dealt with relatable life challenges. Which brings me to (2), the unique and funny situations throughout the book. I hate reviews that give away the story, so I won't go into details but Patricia Rice came up with some very funny scenes. And (3), the rest of the secondary characters, especially the children, servants and villains.

Have you listened to any of Eliza Jane Cornell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't heard any of Eliza's other performances but she does an excellent job narrating this book. I would definitely listen to other books she has narrated. She did a great job conveying the heroine's spunkiness.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not good at coming up with tag lines so I won't even try. But it is a fun romantic comedy and would make a good film.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I paid attention to the other reviewer who recommended this book. It is a delightful book that had me smiling through a lot of it. Filled with quirky, spirited characters facing some realistic situations (i.e., getting small kids to take naps), this has become one of my favorite Audible books. If you are looking for a fun, heart-warming love story, this is the book for you. There are several graphic sex scenes (which were probably on par with most romances) but they occurred well into the story (after the characters had come to know each) and I was able to skip past them without any detriment to the story. I am going to read more in this series, but it is hard to imagine they can be as fun as this book.

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  • PamO
  • 20-07-17

Patricia Rice has another winner!

The Wicked Wyckerly is the first book in the 4 part Rebellious Sons series. I haven't read the other books yet, but I loved this first one! Fitz the hero is arrogant and insecure, brilliant but uneducated, land rich and cash poor. He's a bundle of contradictions and all I can think is it must have been so much fun to write him!
A brand new earl, he inherits his fathers debts, which are crippling. The only way he can see to pay them is to marry an heiress. But on his way to London he stumbles across a practical country miss, Abby, who needs his help to recover her 4 siblings who've been taken from her and put under a male guardians "protection". How can Fitz help? He's enough troubles of his own!
During the process of rescuing the children, the estate, and falling in love, we become acquainted with Fitz' ( the Earl of Danecroft) friends. We will get to know them better in the next 3 books in this series. I can hardly wait!

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  • Olga Saenz Carbonell
  • 05-09-20

Just couldn't bear the narrator!

I simply couldn't and the story is not that good either. the tensión between characters is weak and the story is slow.

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  • SIMARA
  • 14-12-18

Bored me

This story felt to drag too long. It just bored me. The romance is not great either. The narration was monotone and with bad accent. Skip this one.

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  • Menon
  • 28-08-20

The Voice!!! 😣

I couldn't get past chapter 1. The narrator was monotonous, and could not do male voices.

i might try again much later when i don't have anything to read but for now im moving on

after listening to Davina Porter, Kirsten Potter, Ashford macnab, and Moira Quirk, this voice is flat...

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  • Dee Johnson
  • 18-08-21

I almost gave up with one hour left

The overall story was okay , but the narrator was very poor. she did not really do any voice changes. A lot of words she pronounced wrong. The only voice she sort of changed were the children and they were not good...sometimes when a child spoke she shouted so loud made me jump a mile....

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-08-21

Good read

Entertaining story. Great characters. Nice narration. Well done story. Poor H/h trying to support family and make a living.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-21

Narrator warning!

I cannot comment on the content. the narrator's accent was so prominent that is was hard to understand the words....add to that....when the voice moved from narration to individuals...the bouces were not pleasant to hear. I will watch for this name in the future and if I see it......swipe left.

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  • Rita Holmes
  • 12-09-21

Wasn’t able to finish.

I listened to chapter 7 but just couldn’t get into the story. The story lines weren’t captivating enough to keep me listening.

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