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Johnson, Alissa Penguin Group (2012) 

 

 

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An Unexpected Gentleman

 

“Johnson returns to her Scottish Society setting to delight readers once again with gentle wit, graceful writing, and a sensible and spirited heroine.”


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“There’s a merging of humor with poignancy, a delightful cast of characters, and just enough sensuality and emotional intensity to bring the story out of the ordinary, something Johnson does quite well.”


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“Alissa Johnson takes some historical romance tropes and gives them new life, delivering a satisfying romance.”


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“I loved this book…Very touching and romantic.”


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“Great characters, believable and engrossing conflict, a powerful and tender romance, a stunning transformation and redemption of the hero, an easy-to-read pace, and overall just a really good story.”


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“Alissa Johnson brings wit, romance, sexy and charming characters, and laugh-out-loud humor to the reader…I would highly recommend the read.”


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Nearly a Lady

 

“A delightfully witty gem…A courageous, hilarious heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, and a true hero who will steal your heart.”

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“High on believable, witty characters and emotional honesty.”


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“Johnson beautifully tells a rags-to-riches tale.”


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“I plan to revisit this story for years to come.”


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“Alissa Johnson strikes the perfect tone between romantic humor, suspense, drama, and just good old-fashioned hijinks between two charismatic characters.”


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“Spiced with razor-sharp wit with a perfect touch of comic jest, Alissa Johnson has served up a hot and passionate Regency romance like a seasoned pro.”


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“[This book] has everything that I look for in a romance novel! I cannot wait to pick up another of her books.”


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“If you’re a lover of historical romance—even if you aren’t—and you haven’t read Ms. Johnson’s books yet, you should remedy that immediately.”


The Good, The Bad and The Unread

 

“With wit and whimsy, Johnson crafts tales filled with charming original characters, captivating readers seeking the unusual, the imperfect, and the most endearing heroines since Jill Barnett.”


RT Book Reviews

 

“Funny, charming, heart-wrenching, majorly romantic, and sexy as hell…Destined to become a keeper.”


Rakehell

 

 
                     
Berkley Sensation titles by Alissa Johnson

 

NEARLY A LADY

 

AN UNEXPECTED GENTLEMAN

 

PRACTICALLY WICKED

 

 
 Practically
Wicked

 

 

 

 

Alissa Johnson

 

 
 

 

BERKLEY SENSATION, NEW YORK

 

 
                     
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

 

PRACTICALLY WICKED

 

A Berkley Sensation Book / published by arrangement with the author

 

PUBLISHING HISTORY

 

Berkley Sensation mass-market edition / October 2012

 

Copyright © 2012 by Alissa Johnson.

 

Cover art by Judy York.

 

Cover design by George Long.

 

Interior text design by Laura K. Corless.

 

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If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as “unsold and destroyed” to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this “stripped book.”

 

ALWAYS LEARNING

 

PEARSON

 

 

 
                     
For Bryan and Hillery Johnson, with love.

 
 Table of Contents

 

 

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Epilogue

 
 
Chapter 1

 

 

 
 

 

Life was best experienced through a thick layer of fine drink.

Inferior drink might do in a pinch, but Maximilian Dane was certain that nothing accompanied an evening of debauchery with the demimonde quite so well as several goblets of excellent wine at dinner, followed by a glass, or two, of expensive port in the billiards room, followed by a liberal tasting of superb brandy in the card room, followed by any number of flutes of champagne in Mrs. Wrayburn’s ballroom, followed by…whatever it was he had poured in the library. He recalled an amber hue and delicate bite. He also recalled forgoing the actual pour and drinking straight from the bottle.

In hindsight, that may have been a mistake.

Because at some point following that final drink, he left the library in search of…something or other, and rather than finding his way back to the ballroom where this something was most likely to be found, he had landed here—in a quiet, unfamiliar room illuminated by only a spattering of candles, and seated in a plain wooden chair before a plain wooden table, which had both initially appeared to be adequately sized for a man of five-and-twenty, but upon his sitting, had proved to be entirely too near to the floor. His legs were bent at an angle he suspected would be impossible were it not for the limbering quality of all those glasses.

“What in God’s name is the matter with this furniture?”

“Lord Highsup cut the legs off for me when I was six,” a woman’s voice explained. He liked the sound of it, lower than one expected from a woman and warm like the fine drink from the library.

He looked up from the golden wood grain of the table and squinted until the form sitting across from him came into focus. His companion wore a night rail and wrap. They were white, ruffled, and provided a sharply contrasting background to the dark braid of hair that fell over her shoulder and ended just below a well-formed breast.

“You’re not six.”

“Indeed, I am not. How astute of you to ascertain.”

“Plenty tart, though, I see. Who are you?” He threw up a hand, narrowly avoiding a thumb to the eye. “No…No, wait. I know. I never forget a lady.” Leaning closer, he took in the young woman’s pale gray eyes and delicate features, along with her rigid posture and indifferent expression. “You…are Miss Anna Rees, The Ice Maiden of Anover House.”

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