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When a spymaster proposes marriage as a cover, it might be madness for a lady to indulge in... A HUSBAND'S WICKED WAYSBestselling author Jane Feather beguiles with this sparkling story of the alluring secrets hidden behind the elegance of Regency London, when a lovely young woman discovers the danger...and delight...of risking everything for love.Aurelia Farnham believesWhen a spymaster proposes marriage as a cover, it might be madness for a lady to indulge in...A HUSBAND'S WICKED WAYSBestselling author Jane Feather beguiles with this sparkling story of the alluring secrets hidden behind the elegance of Regency London, when a lovely young woman discovers the danger...and delight...of risking everything for love.Aurelia Farnham believes she is happy living in London's stylish Cavendish Square. But with her friends Livia and Cornelia both married now, Aurelia is the only one still husbandless, and sometimes she longs for more. Then Colonel Sir Greville Falconer storms into her life, delivering a letter from her late husband, a war hero, which reveals he was a spy; the colonel's spy. Now Greville needs Aurelia to continue the patriotic mission and partner him as he exposes a ring of Spanish spies who have infiltrated London society.The attentions of the charismatic Greville excite Aurelia as his mock courtship blurs the line between pretense and reality. When the simmering attraction between them ignites into passion and the danger of Aurelia's double life escalates, Greville insists on marriage as the best way to protect her. Now Aurelia realizes she has more than shadowy antagonists to fear, for she's lost her heart to a dashing spymaster who will one day slip away as suddenly as he appeared.......

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ISBN : 9781416525530
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Number of Pages : 506 Pages
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A Husband's Wicked Ways Reviews

  • Elle
    2019-02-15 18:51

    Aurelia Farnham, whose husband perished in the Battle of Trafalgar, is the third of the ladies of Cavendish Square. Her two friends, Liv and Nell, are happily married, and Aurelia is house-sitting the Cavendish Square manor while Liv is in confinement. She's busy with a very active young daughter, and fretting a bit about what she's going to do with her own future. She has almost no means, and is dependent on tight-fisted relations to keep her and her daughter clothed and housed.Enter Colonel Sir Greville Falconer, bearing a letter for Aurelia--from her husband, who, it turns out, was not really killed in Trafalgar after all, but has been alive and well all this time. Until more recently. Now he really is dead. And as I said, Greville has a letter from her. The letter basically says pretty much what I just said, along with a lot of patriotic and sentimental blah, blah, blah.Turns out Greville recruited Frederick into the spy business, and for reasons that are never made plain, he "had" to fake his own death (oddly, his partner, Greville, for some reason, did NOT have to do so, which makes no sense). Frederick blathers on about meaningful life and etc., and he knows Aurelia's going to be hurt, but he hopes she'll understand. The rest of the story is how Greville, who engineered this thing Frederick did, now needs a new partner to help him zero in on some Spanish spies. And Aurelia, of course, is his choice of recruits. He sweetens the deal by offering her the pension she SHOULD have ALREADY gotten from Frederick's death (which sounded a little blackmaily to me), and a little more into the deal if she helps out. The idea of being financially independent, and the idea of exploring what it was that made Frederick do what he did, brings Aurelia into the fold. After five days (!) of training, she's thrown into the society of the suspected spies, which, Greville quickly realizes, appears to include someone who was Inquisition trained (in other words, a really dangerous SOB). The story unfolds more or less as you'd expect, and in many ways it's very satisfying. However, here's the rub. I never could get over what Frederick did at Greville's behest to his wife and child. By making Aurelia believe she was a widow, he opened the door for her to remarry. Exactly what did he expect would happen if he survived the war? Oh, we're told he didn't expect to, but that didn't really wash with me. The dude was a mapmaker, for Pete's sake. Hardly a dangerous profession, and after all, Greville didn't have to take his own advice and fake his own death, and he hardly seems surprised that he's returned alive. Basically these two men set Aurelia up to be a bigamist. They set up Franny, her daughter, to grow up without ever knowing her father. They set up Nell, Frederick's sister, to mourn his death and never learn the truth. I'm sorry, but I hated them both too much to really root for Aurelia to hook up with Greville. He was too much of a heartless user. And yes, that was supposedly part of his character and he supposedly reforms by the end, but I didn't see anything worth waiting around to redeem. This man could have totally destroyed Aurelia, making her a social outcast, unacceptable to society, and that scorn would have fallen on to Franny also. And we're never given a decent reason why it had to happen, if there could possibly be such a reason. None of this ever occurs to Aurelia, so she never really holds Greville and (by proxy) Frederick to account for it, and I needed her to do that before I could really get into the romance part of it. So I'm not pleased with this one.

  • Amanda Westmont
    2019-01-31 21:49

    LIBRARY BOOKS AHOY! Again in an effort to reduce the family reading budget (which belongs SOLELY to me and my book-a-day addiction), I dragged ass to the library last week with the kids. The romance section was far more barren than I expected, so I grabbed things rather randomly.This turned out to be a SpyMaster novel, only it was SPYMASTER LITE. I enjoyed it and it was decently written.The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that it was... A BOOK. I'm so accustomed (and addicted) to reading on my Kindle that reading a paperback was TORTURE. I honestly used to think that no matter what happened with the e-book revolution, I'd never really stop reading ACTUAL BOOKS, but dude, that was a LIE. The difference between reading from a Kindle and picking up a paperback is like ordering room service at the Hilton one night and then plucking dog hair off your bedspread at the Motel Six the next. Call me a snob, but I really dig room service.

  • Keri
    2019-02-15 18:46

    The whole series was ok good, but I really thought that the overall trilogy arc was going to be about Liv's Aunt Sophie and Alex's mother. I thought when the letters that Sophie brought forth was going to be in code to discover how Alex was doing throughout his life. Since Harry was a code breaker I really thought that would have been a nice touch instead of reinforcing to Alex that his mother really left him behind with his dad. So now I don't know what the point of the letters were. Alex already had proof that Sophia was his mother and he didn't need reinforcement of his parental situation. Now of course this book was the 3rd in the trilogy and was a good read and was happy to get an epi.

  • Amy
    2019-01-21 20:43

    I liked this the best of the three Cavendish square novels by Jane Feather. The first two were too light. This one had a nice level of darkness too it, but not too much (Kissed by Shadows, while I love it, is particularly disturbing). In this one, the heroine gets to actively assist the hero in his work, and in doing so, Aurelia shines. The plot is relatively simple and there were no surprises or unexpected plot twists, which made it a lighter read, which was appropriate for the mood I was in.

  • Desi
    2019-01-25 23:59

    Features a mildly intriguing, if simplistic war plot, delightful children, adults behaving like grown ups and acknowledging their emotions. I'm not sure if the letter that kicked it all off needed to reveal quite that much but it did launch the plot so i guess it was required. It was nice the the h got to be proactive in events.This was soothing, rather than spectacular, the writing was competent and it was engaging while not being particularly memorable. I just finished and can already feel the tendrils of it slipping away, but it is worth the read time.

  • Tina
    2019-01-21 23:41

    Married couple spies. Doing spy stuff. He makes her go to his personal version of spy school to teach her how to skulk, detect and shake off tail, and communicate with him wordlessly across a room and give him clues just using her fan and a shawl. Also a killer dog trained to serve and protect them.Pretty damned cool.Listened on audio this and the narrator was great.

  • Verity
    2019-01-25 20:56

    I miss JF's ol' historicals that were full of adventure, passion, cat-and-mouse game, cloak-and-dagger & derring-do. The Cavendish trilogy was lightweight, tho' still entertaining enough. I liked this 1 the best. The 1st one was kinda silly, 2nd was darker, 3rd one was slightly better than the other 2. It's nice to see characters from previous books. I just wish JF would write more sparkling gems like the V line.Greville was introduced as the bearer of bad news. Turns out, Aurelia's dear hubby didn't really die 3 yrs ago as she was informed by the War Ministry. To her utter shock, her hubby was actually a spy, who was recently killed in the line of duty. As if it wasn't enough that Aurelia had mourned for his death 3 yrs ago, leaving her & their daughter behind. Now she had to grieve all over again. To pour salt into her sore open wounds, his superior / friend, Greville, needed Aurelia to facilitate his path back to the upper echeleons of society & be his eyes & ears. He planned for a pretend betrothal as a camouflage for his covert mission to expose a ring of Spanish spies who might be aiding Bonaparte in conquering the world (what else ? LOL...). Dangled w/ payment for services rendered, Aurelia - who longed for financial freedom - agreed to assist Greville in his enterprise w/in the estimated 3-month time-frame. During her 5-day training (to equip her w/ the necessary skills), Aurelia learned a bit 'bout his background - not from him. Greville acknowledged to her that he's breaking 1 of his cardinal rules. Later on, he discovered that the Spanish network might take a keener interest in his fiancee, jeopardizing Aurelia's & his daughter's safety. To provide a more adequate cloak of protection over Aurelia & Franny, Greville suggested a marriage of benefits. Throughout their mock courtship & marriage, Aurelia became aware that Greville was emotionally detached, due to his sad, lonely childhood (ignored by his parents) & his death-defying occupation. He turned into a freezing clam whenever she tried to get closer. 1 nice touch - which can't be said 'bout the previous 2 books - was that Greville was up front w/ his intentions from the outset. Aurelia knew all along that she's risking a broken heart @ the end of their patriotic endeavor. Aurelia saw the luv in Greville's eyes before he even recognized that he's falling for his temporary wife. The final battle had an anti-climax feel to it (I had to blink & re-read to make sure I wasn't missing anything =^P). Writing epilogues has never been JF's forte. Kinda weird conclusion (beggars can't be choosers in this case, @ least she wrote 1 to please readers). Aurelia was a stand-out among the Cavendish square gals. She's not afraid to speak her mind & show her emotions up her sleeve, not to mention, v. resourceful when desperate times call for desperate measures. She understood that Greville's lonely youthful existence shaped the man that he was. Breaking his defensive shell wouldn't be a walk in the park, yet she's willing to take a chance. The book was a bit too long but still enjoyable nonetheless. There's not much action in this book, other than 1 skirmish between Greville & the villain's henchman.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-02 22:01

    23/12 - Not sure this is any better than the previous book in the series (which I was hoping it would be). Aurelia Farnham just seems like a means to an end for Sir Greville Falconer. He has physical passion for her but I don't feel any true understanding of her or her situation. I mean, leading a single mother with a young child into the dangers of espionage shows me he has no understanding of what her life is like and the fact that it's not just his life and hers that are effected by what he's asking her to do. He should be thinking of what will happen to Franny if she is killed or seriously injured, how her life will turn out without either parent from a very young age. Are there no other unattached young ladies in London who could be just as good a spy as Aurelia is turning out to be? So another hero I don't like in this series. The first book featuring Harry and Cornelia is the best by far. To be continued...25/12 - I was kind of disappointed with this series as a whole, I have read a number of Feather's other books and these three didn't compare very favourably. The second and third heroes seemed to lack a lot of true feeling for their heroine and this sucked all the romance out of their books. There was nothing here to get your heart racing or make me want to read them more than once (thank goodness I didn't buy any of them). This was a quick, easy summer read, but it wasn't as enjoyable as I wanted out of my normal summer romances.

  • Rishi Diams
    2019-01-31 18:07

    I have the most interesting love/hate relationship with Ms. Feather. Admittedly, this book literally fell in my lap; otherwise I might never have read it. I have not read the previous two books in this series although Ms. Feather drives home the point that such books exist by repeatedly jumping into the POVs of the characters from those books. The plot was rather thin and bland, something I'd already seen done a few times before. The one thing that stands out for me with Ms. Feather's work is always the vivid world she creates and A Husband's Wicked Ways continued that trend.

  • Stasha
    2019-02-03 00:07

    I remember now why I stopped reading Jane Feather. The spy stories are weak, the characters flat and I really could care less about the romantic leads. I made it over 100 pages and I'm done. Life is too short to waste on poorly written, non-engaging books.

  • Linda McMullin
    2019-02-17 01:53

    Great fun! Not sure why this book has some average reviews. I haven't read a Jane Feather book in a long time and I won't make that mistake again. Interesting characters, fun plot twists, great dialogue, and most importantly some great romance. Highly recommend.

  • Ella Foisy
    2019-01-21 01:04

    Only my opinion I have been reading jane feathers books for many years. Her plots are always interesting and well presented. I love her characters, how believable they are.

  • Yunita Taman
    2019-02-17 22:55

    Cukup mengejutkan aku bisa memberi rating full terhadap novel ini. Menurutku jalan ceritanya menarik, mendebarkan, dan chemistry antar tokohnya digambarkan dengan sangat baik. I love it.

  • Belle Augusta
    2019-02-11 23:00

    Yup, sesuai dugaan, aku lebih suka seri terakhir ini. Aku suka perang dingin seperti ini--lebih menegangkan.Aurelian Farnham, seorang janda dari suami yang mati di perang Trafalgar. Itu yang awalnya ia yakini. Namun pimpinan alm. suami Aurelia datang kepadanya dan memberikan bukti bahwa Aurelia tidak menjanda dari tiga tahun yang lalu namun dari beberapa bulan yang lalu di tahun yang sama. Sebuah kejutan, tentu saja, menyadari bahwa ia telah dibohongi oleh suaminya sendiri yang memilih jalan seperti itu dan meninggalkan ia dan anak perempuannya tanpa seorang suami. Greville Falconer dari pertama kali bertemu dengan Aurelia sudah merasa bahwa Aurelia memiliki bakat--yang wanita itu tidak ketahui--sebagai seorang mata-mata, bukan peran lapangan tentu saja. Tawaran untuk bekerja pada Greville dipikirkan oleh Aurelia terlebih dengan hadiah 'pensiunan' dari alm. suaminya dan 'gaji' yang akan Greville berikan padanya ketika tiga bulan ia selesai bekerja. Dugaan awal Greville bahwa pekerjaan Aurelia tidak akan mengundang bahaya, mulai menunjukkan kejahatan yang akan datang kepada Aurelia membuat Greville melaksanakan rencananya dengan lebih dalam lagi. Karena sudah bekerja pada Greville, Aurelia tidak dapat menolak. Walau begitu, ternyata pengamanan yang dilakukan oleh Greville ternyata tidak membuat Aurelia terlepas dari kejahatan itu. Greville yang mulai memerhatikan dan memiliki perhatian kasih sayang kepada anak perempuan Aurelia, membuatnya harap-harap-cemas terhadap keselamatan dari ibu dan istri untuk kedua kalinya itu.(view spoiler)[ngerti nggak? ahahaha aku memberikan spoiler di bagian terakhir, sebenarnya. Bila diurutkan dari tiga seri novel ini; ini adalah urutan pertama yang paling aku suka, dilanjut dengan cerita Cornelia dan barulah tentang Liv. Ya, sekarang aku mengerti kenapa Liv duluan yang diceritakan. Code: home sweet home. Well, seperti yang kubilang di bagian paling awal, cerita Aurelia ini adalah cerita dengan konflik yang paling terbuka dibanding dua lainnya, dimana konflik itu baru terbuka setelah terpaksa. Ini yang aku suka, walau konflik sudah terlihat namun penyelesaiannya itu tidak dapat dibayangkan sebelumnya. Lalu aku merasa "cepet amat" suasana 'romantis' antara Greville dan Ellie. Lalu heran juga mereka menikah namun tidak diceritakan perjalanannya atau alasan untuk diberikan kepada Franny, eh ternyata di bagian akhir baru dikasih tau, "tampaknya akan ada pernikahan diam-diam lagi." yang memberitahu bahwa sebelumnya itu adalah rekaan cerita saja. Ada yang tertipu sepertiku? Walau, untuk mempertahankan diri, kubilang aku sudah menyadari hal itu sebelum kalimat itu keluar dari mulut Greville. Cerita yang menarik, walau di bagian-bagian akhir terjemahannya jadi ada yang ngaco. (hide spoiler)]

  • Nicole
    2019-02-19 23:52

    Jane Feather - A Husband's Wicked Ways (Cavendish Square #3)  When a spymaster proposes marriage as a cover, it might be madness for a lady to indulge in... Bestselling author Jane Feather beguiles with this sparkling story of the alluring secrets hidden behind the elegance of Regency London, when a lovely young woman discovers the danger...and delight...of risking everything for love. Aurelia Farnham believes she is happy living in London's stylish Cavendish Square. But with her friends Livia and Cornelia both married now, Aurelia is the only one still husbandless, and sometimes she longs for more. Then Colonel Sir Greville Falconer storms into her life, delivering a letter from her late husband, a war hero, which reveals he was a spy; the colonel's spy. Now Greville needs Aurelia to continue the patriotic mission and partner him as he exposes a ring of Spanish spies who have infiltrated London society. The attentions of the charismatic Greville excite Aurelia as his mock courtship blurs the line between pretense and reality. When the simmering attraction between them ignites into passion and the danger of Aurelia's double life escalates, Greville insists on marriage as the best way to protect her. Now Aurelia realizes she has more than shadowy antagonists to fear, for she's lost her heart to a dashing spymaster who will one day slip away as suddenly as he appeared....

  • Dorothea Müller
    2019-02-01 23:01

    Als Greville Falconer ihr eröffnet das ihr verstorbener Mann ein Spion war. Gerät ihre Welt ins wanken. Als dann Greville Falconer die reizende Aurelia Farnham um Hilfe bittet, weiß sie nicht um sie in die Fußstapfen ihres Mannes treten will. Nicht nur sie könnte in Gefahr geraden. Sie lässt sich auf das gefährliche Spiel ein. Doch die Spannung zwischen ihnen wird immer größer und die sinnliche Begehrte lenkt sie beiden von ihrer Mission ab. Ab und zu brauche ich mal wieder so ein Roman für zwischen durch. Der Letze Teil der Cavendish Square Reihe. Man wird in eine Welt gezogen, bei dem jeder irgendwie etwas mit Spionage zu tun hat. Auf jeden Fall kam mir das so vor. Greville ein Spion durch und durch, der entlang des Buches merkt das er auch nur ein Mensch mit Gefühlen ist. Aurelia ist eine wirklich starke Frau die trotz des Jahrhundertes in dem das Buch spielt, weiß was sie will und sich nicht gerne sagen lassen will was sie zu tun hat. Die Spannung war im ganzen Buch zu spüren nicht nur die sexuelle Spannung zwischen Greville und Aurelia, sondern auch die von der Mission.

  • Kin
    2019-01-23 01:50

    Aurelia Farnham... I don't actually see myself in her position. And that is one of the criteria I really much rely on rating on how good is a book. Predictable. As always. I don't know if it's really predictable or I'm really good in predicting I should have been a fortune-teller. Lol. Redundancy. However, it was somehow erotic for someone like me who's really conservative. Haha. Kidding aside, not bad but it doesn't have the wow-that-was-a-fucking-amazing-book-I-want-to-read-the-other-two-books-and-I-would-reread-the-three-until-I-die or the OMG-I-can't-fucking-sleep-not-until-I-finish-this-book. Enough said. But the setting is interesting and the time of the story was unique. It's my first time to read a story that happened a hundred years ago... Anyways, like history lessons, it made me yawn sometimes which is good because I had a hard time sleeping that time. I'm not really into spy something something. So I didn't enjoy it much. But a good read as usual especially because I bought it on a book sale and spent little amount of my precious money.

  • Readitnweep
    2019-02-17 22:46

    I have a hard time with Jane Feather. I enjoyed one of her books very much but the subsequent ones I've read have all been flat. This book is no exception...at least up until page 55 which is as far as I'm going to get.The plotline is obvious from the start, which isn't a bad thing, but it just seems unexciting. I felt nothing for Aurelia or Greville; there's no emotion emitting from them to draw me in.I believe this is the problem with these short series of books - this book is part of a series. There's too much effort here to tie this in with the other books. Yes, already. Too many characters mentioned too soon.Also, Greville first approaches her on the opening page of chapter one by following her down the street, which was creepy. I also can't see a woman in the early 19th century speaking with a man on the street who had never been formally introduced to her. My irritation with that distracted me and wasn't a good beginning.Total emotionless characters here, though I've read loads of emotion from this writer in other books. Just a really bland read. Moving on.

  • L8blmr
    2019-02-21 00:57

    I used to read quite a lot of this author's work, and then it became "not enough". However, I found this book at a yard sale for a quarter, so...After some of the historical romances I've read with action/adventure, suspense and mystery artfully included so that you get the best of more than one genre, this one did pale a little in comparison. There wasn't much suspense or mystery here; we knew who the "bad guys" were from the beginning, the climax of the story was weak and the revelation leading to the HEA was fairly brief.However, it was good light reading at a time I needed just that, so not at all a waste of time. The heroine was strong and intelligent and the hero had his moments of appeal.

  • Beth Johnson
    2019-01-21 23:05

    This novel was frankly the best of the three. First off, the characters were open and honest as much as possible about everything going on between them, especially regarding all the espionage. Unlike the first two books, where the women were left in the dark for the most part, Ellie was an active partner. And the relationship was better for her service -- they made a far more believable couple almost from the beginning. I felt invested in their mystery because I wasn't spending time being irritated that the Man was making sure the Woman was safe and protected at all times. I also loved their first sexual encounter -- so very spontaneous and natural.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-17 22:04

    When Aurelia learns her late husband was an English spy, she wonders how the messenger came by his letter. Could Colonel Sir Greville Falconer work for the same department? Her suspicions are confirmed when the audacious man enlists her help in nabbing a ring of Spanish spies. Is she up to the task? Moreover, can she pretend to be his fiancée as he demands? As they work together, pretense melds into passion. How can she keep this man at her side when their charade ends? With an intriguing plot, a dash of espionage, and a dashing secret agent, A Husband’s Wicked Ways will delight your senses. An easy, romantic read.

  • Patty
    2019-02-15 01:44

    Jane Feather does not disappoint. This is the third in a series that I have not read before. It was not too awful to have missed the first two books - I could figure out where we were headed.Aurelia is sure that life is going smoothly, her good friends have gotten married, but she is still seeing them and their families. She has her daughter to take care of. A little more money would be nice, but life is basically good. And then she meets Sir Grenville Falconer and in true romance fashion her life is turned upside down.I know where we are going, but the ride is always fun with this author.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-12 20:40

    I almost never read the non-first book in a series. I tend to either be confused by characters who aren't fully introduced this time around OR bored by scenes with people not germane to the book. (It's different if you fall in love with them in their own books.) This book did neither, and had an awesome, awesome heroine. Well played!

  • C.
    2019-02-12 20:53

    3.5 starsThe men in this series keep too many secrets that could put the women they love in danger. I get that they are spies or undercover, but if a Inquisition trained bad guy is on your trail, a little heads up would be nice.Aurelia was the star of this book. She never really stood out in the other two books, but she got her chance here.

  • Mia
    2019-02-06 22:37

    I'm a grad student and this was a re-read. Basically it's something I enjoy reading when all I want is some mindless entertainment that doesn't involve a wireless connection and intense thought process while dealing with schoolwork and complicated textbooks. I have many books by this author. It's ok. I've read better...hence the three stars.

  • Sue
    2019-01-21 18:45

    The third in a fun series (Cavendish Square) - three friends in early 1800's London - one book for each romance - all three husbands have interesting professions that lead to action and adventure. I like Jane Feather when I want some light reading.

  • Melissainau
    2019-02-05 21:03

    another book that is better in concept than in execution. I love the idea of spies in Regency London, love the idea that some were women. But there were too many leaps of faith & suspensions of disbelief for this reader.

  • Amos
    2019-02-09 19:53

    of Walmart 10/2/2010 std pm 10/4/2010 finis 2 am 10/6/2010. Excellent finis to Cavendish ladies opening prospects for many tie-in followup books/series. new / novel uses for words: chintz pg 142. conge, pg. 313. cicisbeo pg. 408. tambour frame, page 424. detrop pg. 428. damask pg 448.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-24 02:03

    A great fluff piece of regency romance. Intriguing plot lines that will keepyou reading and laughing. I enjoy the author because she shows that no matter the time or the place mans' struggle to love and be loved is universal.

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-13 20:38

    I am trying the read one a day at this sitting, this one took two, but I totally enjoyed the characters, the story line, the impression of the daughter, and I am a huge fan of big wolf hounds, plenty to laugh about, good background, and yes I would re-read it, and recommend it to others