Barbara Metzger’s regencies are full of fun and humor. Her heroines need a bit of rescuing, but so do her heros–just in a different way. “The Wicked Ways of a True Hero” is the third connected novel about a family whose sons have the ‘special’ inherited trait of being able to, in different ways, sense lies and deceit.
Daniel has become something of a dissipated scoundrel since his release from the military. He spends his time gambling, drinking, and consorting with loose women. But he knows his freedom to carouse is about to be cut short because his mother and sister are coming to London for the season. If that weren’t bad enough, they’re bringing his sister’s friend and mother’s god-daughter…the same girl he had to retrieve from an inn while trying to elope with a no-good cad! What can his mother be thinking?
Corie has despised Daniel ever since he foiled her youthful escape from her abusive father. And the things she’s heard about his life since the military certainly don’t change her mind. But living in the same house in London and seeing how he cares for his mother and sister and protects them…and even her despite his opinion of her, may just change her mind.
I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I have all the rest by Barbara Metzger. I didn’t particularly like Corine OR Daniel. Corine came across as more witless than winning and Daniel seemed rather slow. I also missed the normally sparkling banter I’m used to from this author. The relationship between the main characters suffered from a constant lack of communication and that bugged me. They didn’t blow hot and cold…they just blew cold and then all of a sudden realized they cared for each other. That just doesn’t work for me.
“The Wicked Ways of a True Hero” is a G-rated romance whose sex scenes are more along the lines of make-out sessions. I would have no problem letting a young teen read this as well as most other of Metzger’s works. But to be blunt, I’d recommend they start with her House of Cards trilogy which I found fabulous from start to finish.