When I started Vivienne Lorret's Winning Miss Wakefield my first thought, "this reminds me of Cruel Intentions". For of you who don't know that movie, Cruel Intentions was made in the 90s and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Ryan Phillippe. Anyway, the revenge plot and the wager in Winning Miss Wakefield is what reminded me of Cruel Intentions.
Miss Merribeth Wakefield ended up finding out some devastating news. The guy she has been waiting for forever decides he's in love with someone else. I know tragic. So, Lady Eve Sterling decides to take her under her wing and help Merribeth get her man back. All she has to do is flirt with a rake.
Now Eve is diabolical in the story, and you don't see how manipulative she is until the end. Granted you see hints throughout the story. Now Eve will do whatever it takes to takedown who gets in her way, especially her nephew, Marquess of Knightswold (aka Bane).
Bane has no wish to marry or have children. Actually he would love to see the line die with him. However, Eve presents him with a temptation that he can't seem to resist, Merribeth.
These are the key players in the house party that Eve is hosting at her family estate. All Bane has to do is resist bedding anyone while at the house party and he gets the information he desires. If he fails Eve gets his prize possession. Sounds like an easy task. Okay, maybe night not.
I loved Winning Miss Wakefield. It's fueled by revenge and diabolical deeds, and one person is stuck in middle, Merribeth. I love how Vivienne brings all this together to bring I don't know how to describe it. It was amazing. I love the Cruel Intention feel, and I don't think that was the intention of the author. However, it worked. So, if you are looking for a read that has revenge and diabolical plans, you might want to checkout Winning Miss Wakefield.
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