Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander

I enjoy mysteries and all its sub-genres, but I also like to try other genres such as historical romance. I have discovered a new historical romance series that not only delights your imagination, but is intriguing.

MY WICKED LITTLE LIES by Victoria Alexander

124044819I do so enjoy a series where you learn more about individual members of the family and their friends with each new installment.

The Sinful Family Secrets Series by author Victoria Alexander is just such a series. Her latest installment is MY WICKED LITTLE LIES. It focuses on Adrian Hadley-Attwater and especially his bride of 2 years, Evelyn Hadley-Attwater.

While most married couples keep a few minor secrets from each other, the Hadley-Attwater secrets involve matters of national security. The genteel Victorian Lady Hadley-Attwater was once ‘Eve,’ a spy for England’s most enigmatic intelligence agency. Her husband, meanwhile, was a bit more than a carefree ladies’ man before marrying Evelyn. He has a few secrets of his own.

When a document is stolen from the agency, Eve is called back into service for one last assignment. She is relieved that her former boss, ‘Sir,’ is not in charge. She had developed feelings for the mysterious and unseen leader before she quit.

Noting his wife’s sudden pre-occupation, Adrian fears he may be losing his bride to another man. The events that ensue are hilarious, heart-warming, and a touch dangerous. While bits of the story will be easy to guess, there is more than enough surprises to keep readers on their toes.

Author Victoria Alexander has a way of creating such an intriguing world, you feel a part of it. Her descriptions of the Victorian era are vivid and captivating. As you enjoy a charming storyline, you are transported back in time to women wearing breath-taking beautiful ball gowns, gentlemen are proper and dignified, and elegant parties are the norm. The setting and era also become a character, giving more depth to the story making it rich in history.

Alexander makes her characters realistic with doubts and flaws. She makes her supporting secondary characters warm and appealing. She mixes in bits of humor, tantalizing nuggets of romance, and a few steamy scenes of love. She adds unexpected twists and turns for a read that will hold you spellbound.

I was extremely fortunate in that I had the opportunity - thanks to the author - to read an ARC of the book. Half way through it, I had the opportunity - thanks to the publisher - to listen to the audio version. It was a joy to read along and listen to the beautiful narration by Justin Eyre.

Eyre’s English accent brings all the characters to life. Her style and mannerisms gives each their own unique voice. The flow and ebb of her voice is a delight to listen to. Her tone is sensuous and alluring for the romance portion of the story, but yet able to project the seriousness of the plot when needed.

MY WICKED LITTLE LIES is a charming tale of romance, mystery, suspense, friendship and loyalty in the era of genteel ladies and gentlemen. It will delight readers of romance and historical eras, as well as mystery lovers. MY WICKED LITTLE LIES will have your heart pounding and your pulse racing from both the romance and the intrigue. Looking forward to the next installment to see which family member is featured and what adventure they will be on.

The book and audio go on sale Jan. 31 and can be pre-ordered now. The first installment in the series is HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS, which is also a charming book. I reviewed it earlier

Author Victoria Alexander’s website is

My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander
Print version: Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing, @2012, ISBN: 9781420117066, Paperback, 352 Pages
Audio version: Performed by Justin Eyre, Brilliance Audio, @2011, ISBN: 978-1455800063, Unabridged, 10 Discs, Listening Time 11 Hours, 16 Minutes 

FTC Full Disclosure - The print book was sent to me by the author and the audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review them. However, receiving these complimentary copies did not influence my review.
Do you enjoy books where history and romance are combined? Do you enjoy following a series that deals with family members? As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. 


  1. Mason - Oh, I know what you mean about trying a new genre at times, or a new look at a familiar genre. I admit, I'm not much for reading romances, but I do sometimes, and I really like the historical context of this one. Thanks.

  2. I do enjoy reading a book in a different genre once in a while to sort of give myself either a treat or a refresher of sorts. This looks like a fantastic series! I love historical romance and will be adding this to my list.

  3. I enjoy the same type of series books you do. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the review.

  4. I haven't read this one yet, but I will be.

    Victoria is a sweetheart and so knowledgeable about many things. She was a lot of fun to chat with at RT in Columbus a couple years ago.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Mason!


  5. Historical romance was my first love and remains in my favorites with mysteries.
    And I like to discover the story of family's members in series.
    I take note of this one.

  6. I love new genres. This book sounds wonderful! I love anything with a little secrets gone wild!

  7. I love historical series. Each book is a stand alone, but you have familiar "family" along.

  8. I do try new genres, especially when I'm supporting fellow writers. Sounds like a great listen.


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