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Generations ago, the Aincourt family was given a title and land for their loyalty to the king. But the former abbey they received came with a price - a curse that no family member would ever know happiness.Devin Aincourt, Earl of Ravenscar, makes no apologies for who he is - a drinker, a womanizer, a gambler. Having been cast aside by his disapproving father years before,Generations ago, the Aincourt family was given a title and land for their loyalty to the king. But the former abbey they received came with a price - a curse that no family member would ever know happiness.Devin Aincourt, Earl of Ravenscar, makes no apologies for who he is - a drinker, a womanizer, a gambler. Having been cast aside by his disapproving father years before, Dev is content to live out his cursed life in this hedonistic manner. Until his mother asks him to make a bold move to restore the family name and fortune: marry a rich American heiress. Believing it will be a marriage in name only, Dev agrees to marry Miranda. But he never imagined that this feisty, unconventional foreigner would have plans of her own: to restore Blackwater, the old abbey, to its former glory, to extricate Dev from the clutches of a devious mistress and to win his heart for her own. All while risking her own life to an unknown enemy.For Dev and Miranda, love may be the most lasting curse of all....

Title : So Wild A Heart
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ISBN : 9780373771608
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Number of Pages : 408 Pages
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So Wild A Heart Reviews

  • Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
    2019-02-26 22:39

    *Shelves may contain spoilers*I meant to write a long eulogizing review with the h as the star of this book but I’m a bit dazed and speechless right now. Still making some rapid mental adjustments!So just three things…This h is like no other h I've ever read about (in historical or contemp rom). Smart, independent, confident - even wily. She runs a covert campaign, to catch and truss up the H nice and good, with military precision (an alarmingly competent ow notwithstanding) and she manages to achieve that just fine.Triggers and twists abound and some may find things ickily uncomfortable. (I had to catch my jaw from hitting the floor more than once and not in a good/funny way.)The H is an alpha-beta db but clearly redeemable. Some superfluous skimmable stuff (especially the house/Estate renovations part) but still nicely done. Certainly original!So keep an open mind! Do!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-13 03:49

    When I first started this book I wasn’t sure if I should keep reading it or throw it across the room. Devin Aincourt is a pig; a scheming, womanizing, drunk who doesn’t even care that he’s been cast out of polite society. His estate is falling into ruins and he is hounded by creditors, and he couldn’t care less. Worse, he is having an affair with a married woman who is surely the devil incarnate. I really, really hated this guy at first. Enter Miranda: a kind and strong American girl who can stand up for herself better than anyone else. She is outspoken, independent, and is a whiz at property management. Very convenient, yes? What I love most about her is that when she makes up her mind she sticks to it; even if she wavers she will never fail. Who better to reform our so-called hero? The way these two characters interact is so perfect, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They start out hating each other, but when Miranda sees some good in Devin she makes up her mind to manipulate him into being a better person. There are some nice twists, though not all are surprising if you pay attention. It is a very well written story with a nice angle on the “rake with a good heart” kind of character.

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2019-03-15 22:42

    I really liked this story! Why? Because Ravenscar seems the ultimate bad material for husband but it's not true, so it is a pleasure to get to know him slowly and Miranda is a very different heroine in a HR because she thinks before she acts and she does it cleverly! The only reason that this book isn't a 5-star-review is because I found the last part of the story hastily written! I wanted more details! Nevertheless, it is definitely a great HR!

  • Debbie
    2019-02-25 01:39

    I used to re-read this one years ago and then other books took its place. When I saw this one on sale and available for my Kindle, I 1-clicked it so I could re-read to see if it stood the test of time for me. This one felt like an old friend and it did not disappoint. Sometimes, when you reread a book you liked from years ago, you can be left wondering what held your interest (or heart) and/or why you liked it in the first place. I enjoyed So Wild A Heart as much now as the first time I read it (and read it....)My description may sound clichéd, but a very beautiful but conniving (kind of evil) older married woman (Leona) seduces Devin (H) when he is 18 and holds him "in her clutches" for 14 years. She manipulates him and his feelings to wrap him around her finger and truly leads him astray. He lives a truly worthless and debauched lifestyle based on lies, deceit, betrayal and sex that Leona has used to instill self-doubt, guilt, emotional entanglement, etc. to keep Devin obsessed with her and "in love" with her.American heiress Miranda did not want to buy a husband, however, she finds something in Devin that holds promise and agrees to a MOC - her money bails him out and she gets to live a free life as a married woman(an arrangement free of emotional entanglement with Devin.)Miranda plays a deep game very well. She confounds Devin at every turn - she is not easily seduced or overawed by his title and good looks. Miranda knows she has to play it cool so she does not become deeply hurt in an emotional entanglement if Devin could not "disentangle" himself from Leona. Miranda has a few great scenes with Leona that are classy but great in causing doubt, jealousy and anger in Leona.Devin grew emotionally and found his moral compass again during his growing friendship/relationship with Miranda. The final confrontation between Devin and Leona is pretty good and so is Devin's final discovery and understanding of Leona's betrayal leaving no doubt in his mind as to Leona's true nature or her "love" for him. Overall, I'm glad I re-read this one. It didn't disappoint me. So why 4 stars? I hovered over the 5 star and the highlight showed "it was amazing". Well, I wouldn't go that far. 4 stars shows "i really liked it", so I can definitely say that. And I can stretch to 4.5 and be happy that I rated it correctly (IMHO).

  • Caroline Yamashita
    2019-02-22 02:51

    Era uma vez uma maldição... nenhum homem da família Aincourt seria bem-sucedido e encontraria a felicidade!O sexto conde de Ravenscar sabia bem do que essa maldição se tratava, e sinceramente não estava dando à mínima! O negócio dele era beber com amigos, jogos, farra e mulheres, especialmente uma, Leona, sua amante há anos!Ser libertino e cafajeste estava em sua índole, e ele gostava disso. Estava muito bem, obrigado, até ser intimado pela sua mãe a se casar com uma americana rica!Só que ele preferiria ser preso por inadimplência a se casar com uma selvagem americana, que com certeza seria muito feia para encontrar um marido na América e ter que vir comprar um marido inglês, ledo engano!Miranda era uma mulher forte, encantadora, que fez sua própria fortuna trabalhando e investindo. Não era uma menininha boba. Era muito esperta, isso sim. Apesar das ideias liberais de seu pai, se casar com um inglês nobre e esnobe, não estava nos seus planos, e continuaria assim! Mesmo interessada em salvar uma propriedade elisabetana da ruina e restaurando-a, casar sem amor seria um preço muito alto a pagar. Ainda mais depois que ela conheceu o Conde de Ravenscar, Devin Aincourt.Devin foi persuadido pela sua amante a pedir a americana em casamento, e se apropriar de todo seu dinheiro e larga-la as minguas, e quando ele faz o pedido e ela o rejeita, ele fica MUITO bravo! Ele ver vingança de todas as formas! Vai seduzi-la, fazê-la se apaixonar e abandoná-la, afinal, quem ela pensava que era para rejeitar o sexto Conde de Ravenscar. Acontece que ele não se lembra de sua vingança quando está por perto, o seu desejo por ela é tão intenso que a vingança vai para o beleléu!“— Senhor isso não me parece apropriado. Estamos sozinhos no jardim.— Sim, estamos. — A voz dele era rouca. Suas mãos deslizaram para a cintura dela e puxaram-na delicadamente mais para perto.— As pessoas vão...— Ao inferno com as pessoas. — Ele baixou a cabeça e beijou-a.”Leia Mais no Cantinho da Caro

  • Santhiya Dobby a free elf
    2019-02-18 02:28

    This book certainly was entertaining. I liked the characters and the principles they were built on. I loved the heroine. She knew what she wanted and worked towards getting them. I liked how the story and their romance was developed. I couldn't quite understand how Miranda was attracted to Dev on first glance but it's alright. I also wished the epilogue could be better. But I enjoyed the book.

  • Kat Williamson
    2019-03-16 02:57

    Nearly quit this book two or three chapters in. It got better the further along into the story I read. Some points I definitely wasn’t too keen on, but on the whole a solid 3 stars. I didn’t looove it and I didn’t fling it across the room either.

  • Chanelle
    2019-02-24 03:34

    I have only read Camp once before, one of the novels in the Matchmaker series which I unfortunately only dimly remembered. Having received some of her series and confident, at least, in the knowledge that I didn't want to toss her novel away I attempted this one.I don't regret it at all.I always lament reading romance at times, possibly because I am picky, but sometimes they seem more fantastical that most fantasy novels. Camp doesn't break new ground in the field, but she does deliver a romance with some dark themes (for a romance especially a historical one like this) while never losing the true aim of one - a happy ever after.Camp's cast of characters and her plot support each other rather well, using structured scenarios to quickly reinforce the characters' personalities. An excellent example is the first interaction between Devin and Leona. Leona's seduction not only reveals his own desire for debauchery, but also demonstrates the strength of Leona's hold on him. Also it serves to give us a definite example of Devin's depravity, rather than relying on a loose interpretation of the phrase "rakish behaviour". Miranda is quite an exceptional character as she is a woman who is independent, intelligent, diligent and wealthy marries for love although the object of her affections is believed to be already engaged. I thought that she was a interesting and especially admired her actions as she supports Devin, even when she believes he's thinking of Leona. She is well-crafted as her independence does not rely only on sexual freedom, but also intellectual and emotional expression as well as physical development - a direct contrast to Leona who is purely a sexual creature and Elizabeth who is weak in spirit.The development of Veronica being Devin's daughter does add to the suspense element of this novel, which while not forceful, attains some sort of balance for the romantic nature of the work.Other characters are given limited focus, but I am already intrigued by the relationship between Lady Westhampton and her husband. All in all, it was a good novel about the reformation of a character, and it achieves this aim without being completely predictable.

  • Adriana Fogaça
    2019-02-22 00:42

    Trilogia dos Aincourt 1/3A Mansão dos Segredos.Candace Camp.H.R.R. Histórico 09.2011.A Trilogia dos Aincourt são os melhores livros da autora Candace Camp, pelo menos na minha forma de pensar. A Mansão dos Segredos é uma delícia de ler, não só pelo romance, mistério e intriga, mas principalmente, pela inteligência e pela personalidade, da nossa heroína Miranda.Claro que o mocinho Devin é um personagem muito interessante, mas para isso temos que observarmos que seu caráter e personalidade, tiveram que ser resgatados e restaurados, por Miranda. Pois, o coitado estava sendo ″anestesiado″ pela bebida e pela fantasia, que a malévola Leona, representava para sua existência.Além de tudo, Devin é um artista. E é claro que Miranda também vai ajudá-lo a recuperar sua alma artística, pois além da inteligência e personalidade, incomum para época. Miranda tem muita sensibilidade, para reconhecer o verdadeiro ″eu″ de Devin.Já é possível perceber que sou fã, número 1, da Miranda, por isso.RECOMENDADÍSSIMO!!!ADORO!!!

  • Gerrie
    2019-03-05 02:56

    This is really a 4.5 star or A- book. Since those ratings weren't available, I gave it 4 stars, but it deserves more. The characters were really well drawn and sympathetic. The hero was a rake who had done some pretty bad things, but it was also quite believable that he had an essential inner decency. The heroine, who was wonderfully mature and sensible, saw that inner decency, and felt that she could help him to rediscover it. She definitely had the stronger character of the two, but she believably helped him to become a better and more responsible person. Their developing love and relationship were very convincingly portrayed. The story was beautifully written.

  • Kshydog
    2019-03-01 06:48

    Loved how strong a woman that Miranda was, how independent and forward thinking, and then she is willing to accept the rotten behaviors of Devin. She had stayed away from other suitors and then falls head over heels for this person because of his looks! Glad that she held her to her conditions.

  • Mydearloverboy
    2019-03-18 04:51

    unique read with a very strong and intelligent h!

  • R
    2019-03-08 03:29

    4.5 stars :D

  • Aeron Trahaearn
    2019-03-16 00:32

    This was sooooo gooooood!! I loved every character in the book except maybe Leona?? nah, I loved to Hate Leona (if that makes sense) It was really good ...

  • Marianj
    2019-02-27 05:33

    I like how independent, mature, sensible, decisive, strong-willed and smart the heroine is. She really knows what she wants and thinks things through before acting on her decisions. However, I was much less impressed when she decided to marry the hero (The hero’s mum pushed him to marry the heroine for money so their marriage was basically a business arrangement. The heroine’s family, in turn, wanted her to marry into the English nobility) based on lust and circumstantial instinct. It was uncharacteristic of her. I just didn’t agree with the heroine’s reasoning in marrying the hero. Also, the author doesn’t make it clear. It comes off as superficial to do for someone who’s sensible and wise. The book actually talks about how dark and wild the hero is. A libertine and a wastrel. But his behavior is passive. I think the author doesn’t want to make him appear so vile. So he basically seems like a nice guy on the surface. Unfortunately, it’s hard to understand why he never makes any conscious resolution to change himself. He just doesn’t seem to have anything better to do. I never felt the hero was worth the effort, and was overall a bad risk.P.S. The ending was rushed and to sum up the plot twist? It’s icky. Meh.

  • Brittany
    2019-02-17 22:53

    Overall this was a good book. It was nice to have a heroine that knew her own mind. There was not a ton of internal monologue (I should, but I can't, but I want to, but, but,but...). When she decided what she wanted, she went for it full steam ahead. I would have liked to see more character development with the hero though. He had quite the history that he needed to atone for, but you never really see that. Everything seems kinda rushed toward the end. Loved the heroine, hero could have been more, but overall a good book. Looking forward to the stories of the secondary characters from this book.

  • Tracy Stackhouse
    2019-03-18 22:33

    More than I expectedI read the third in the series 1st by accident. Now I have come back to the first and it is better, so much better . Good character development, good plot, lots of twists and turns and, oh, the final twist at the end. I'm not telling you what!

  • Ana
    2019-02-19 02:31

    August 27, 2017Very uncomfortable and not at all believable. And for that I give it 2 stars only.

  • Eva
    2019-02-24 03:55

    Meh, the ending was rushed.

  • Melinda
    2019-03-07 01:37

    I was pleasantly surprised how much I had enjoyed this book.I like a feisty and interesting heroine, especially when they are like Miranda. She is a total no nonsense woman during that time period. She manages her father's American businesses with ease and intelligence and doesn't put up with just about any men, especially the likes of Devin! Miranda is totally not a backwards American or bumpkin, you can totally count on her to plan and plot to maximize everything to her and her family's benefit (in a good way of course). Devin. He isn't as he appears to be completely. Yes he might be a womanizer and rake but at least he is not completely for sale and still has some goodness in him, despite years of debauchery and what Leona has led him to believe. Miranda and Devin come to an unusual agreement in terms of their marriage, yet you can clearly see they are totally meant for each other. They compliment each other, if only Devin can see that....which hopefully time spent at Blackwater would do. There is little twists and turns, while predictable, it does add a little the story. Although, the main focus is definitely on Miranda and Devin's "relationship" and the things they discover about each other. The author definitely takes the time to develop both characters and their relationship, instead of rushing like other authors do. So you really get to know them as individuals and as a couple as time goes on. While both Leona and Miranda are somewhat manipulative of Devin, Miranda for good, Leona for devious reasons.... in the end who will prevail? I very much prefer Miranda, although Leona isn't really that villainous, only in the sense of using men to achieve her goals.

  • LJ
    2019-02-19 03:50

    So Wild a Heart - GCandace CampGenerations ago, the Aincourt family was given a title and land for their loyalty to the king. But the former abbey they received came with a price -- a curse that no family member would ever know happiness.Devin Aincourt, Earl of Ravenscar, makes no apologies for who he is -- a drinker, a womanizer, a gambler. Having been cast aside by his disapproving father years before, Dev is content to live out his cursed life in this hedonistic manner. Until his mother asks him to make a bold move to restore the family name and fortune: marry a rich American heiress. Believing it will be a marriage in name only, Dev agrees to marry Miranda. But he never imagined that this feisty, unconventional foreigner would have plans of her own: to restore Blackwater, the old abbey, to its former glory, to extricate Dev from the clutches of a devious mistress and to win his heart for her own. All while risking her own life to an unknown enemy.For Dev and Miranda, love may be the most lasting curse of all.Rake who must marry for money and a smart American heiress - she's no fool

  • Melanie
    2019-03-03 00:32

    I find it frustrating that all of the heroes in these books are womanizers and drunkards, but I suppose many women are attracted to them. So, I suppose it was really good.Devin Aincourt, Earl of Ravenscar, makes no apologies for who he is - a drinker, a womanizer, a gambler. Having been cast aside by his disapproving father years before, Dev is content to live out his cursed life in this hedonistic manner. Until his mother asks him to make a bold move to restore the family name and fortune: marry a rich American heiress.Believing it will be a marriage in name only, Dev agrees to marry Miranda. But he never imagined that this feisty unconventional foreigner would have plans of her own: to restore Blackwater, the old abbey, to its former glory, to extricate Dev from the clutches of a devious mistress and to win his heart for her own. All while risking her own life to an unknown enemy. For Dev and Miranda, love may be the most lasing curse of all.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-04 00:29

    Devin has ruined his reputation so much that no one in London will have him. Unfortunately he needs money and a rich American heiress is the only thing that will save him from the debtors, the problem with her is that she has an independent way. Miranda has lived her life being able to run her fathers company and give as well as any man, that isn't going to change just because she meets some Englishman.I loved the Gothic murder mystery aspect in this book. All of the "accidents" kept the book extremely exciting and had me on edge trying to figure out just who was trying to do the murdering. I have to say I sorely despised Dev in the beginning although I am not partial to having the hero's mistresses around in the first place. I did end up warming up to him by the end. Miranda was funny, I liked her "American" attitude and the supporting characters worked nicely with each others personalities.Overall I would recommend this as a good throwback to the Gothics.

  • steph
    2019-02-22 04:47

    Solid 4 stars. A few quibbles with his mistress and how I think Miranda manipulated Devon just the same way as Leona did but her intentions were more pure and noble than Leona so it was ok. The plot twist at the end with her stepmother left a sour taste in my mouth and I thought it was unnecessary. But other then that, this was a solid read. Really enjoyed the personalities of both Devon and Miranda and seeing them constantly surprise the other was refreshing. Liked how excited Miranda was to fix up the house and how she had plans for the reat of the estate. And I really enjoyed Devon's sister Rachel, might even track down her story to see how she and her husband turned out because I liked them in here. So like I said, a few parts I didn't like but all in all, strong read. As per usual with Candace Camp.

  • penelopewanders
    2019-03-19 00:55

    So far I had only read the Matchmaker series by this author, which is rather more light-hearted. I have enjoyed those very much, but was pleasantly surprised by this one which was rather less frivolous somehow. The outspokenness of Miranda and her keen intelligence are fun and yet she is somehow touching and endearing too. Devin is less the devil - somewhat predictably so - but there is a nice little twist at the end so that not all the evilness lies quite where one expects. Very good read - I'll have to try to get the next in this series.

  • Paulette
    2019-03-09 03:50

    This book gets five stars for:-The amount of times I pumped my fist in the air woopin and hollering for the main character (she's one tough likeable chick)-The amount of times I cursed, or otherwise yelled at, the main and "other" characters-The amount of twists and loops that I half expected or didn't even see comingAn unputdownable (is that a word?) book!!!!!

  • CriCra CriCra
    2019-03-06 05:49

    Primo libro: La storia d'amore tra l'intrepida, originale e fuori dagli schemi Miranda, ereditiera americana e tra il Conte Devin, attraente, sfrontato, perdigiorno e rubacuori. Un inizio di trilogia davvero accattivante, con bei colpi di scena che portano alla conclusione di questa prima parte, in maniera forse un pò affrettata ma dolce e romantica.

  • Highland-dreamer
    2019-03-09 22:56

    What I liked about this one was the different set of characters. Although it was a little weird at the end with her step-sister turning into her step-daughter, and all the stuff involved with that revelation, I enjoyed the book and will probably read more of the series.

  • Luxica
    2019-03-18 23:39

    Would have been a 5 star read but I wish there were more sex scenes with the H/h. However, it's a solid novel. Camp writes well, her words flow, there are no superfluous descriptions and she knows how to set up a good mystery. Quite a lovely read, if a bit dry.

  • Being Human
    2019-03-19 06:47

    Loved the banter between H & h in the beginning. Heroine was awesome. I have no problem with the plot, it was good with lots of twist in the end (which was bothersome). However, I didn't find the writing that impressive, it was kind of below average except for some witty dialogues.