Miss Anna Rees desperately wishes to escape her life. Her mother is an infamous courtesan who views her daughter as an object and one to enhance her own reputation as a kind and generous mother. Anna lives a solitary existence with only a former governess and a well-stocked library for friends. Lonely with no social experience and little contact with the male sex, she engages in conversation with a drunken and newly designated viscount in mourning, Lord Dane, who lost his way one night attending one of her mother's riotous parties. That conversation changes both their lives when both sense the uniqueness in the other and that they could be friends and much more. Dane promises to call on her the next day...but unbeknownst to Anna, her mother repeatedly turns him way and refuses to deliver his notes to her. Four years pass...and Anna learns she is the bastard daughter of the late Marquess of Engsly and he had promised money for her upkeep. Anna determines to visit the new Marquess and make their connection known and hopefully he will honor his father's debts. All Anna wants is a country cottage and a dog of her own all away from her mother's type of life and the gossip rampant in the demi-monde...the Marquess and his family welcome Anna with open arms and claim her as one of their own...but the family's good friend, Lord Dane is suspicious about Anna's motives and he vows to get to the bottom of the matter without letting his heart and his past rejection by her get into the way...but as they both intuited four years previously, their encounters show that they belong together. Can Dane convince Anna that he loves her as she is, practically wicked, and that she is the perfect wife for him forever?
PRACTICALLY WICKED is a lovely, delightful and touching Regency historical that evokes laughter and tears throughout. Ms. Johnson's writing and voice make PRACTICALLY WICKED a rich reading experience . Anna and Dane are indeed perfect for each other and the reader will fall in love with Dane as he courts her. This is a book to savor and enjoy!
Reviewed by Debora Hosey
Rating: 4 1/2