The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare

You guys, my first reaction upon reading The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare was “whoa.” Actually, that was my reaction over and over again while reading this novella. I loved Tessa Dare already, her Spindle Cove series is wonderful and she is one of the only historical romance authors I make a point to follow. But still: whoa.

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare

Basically, everything about The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright is absolutely brilliant. The characters, the story, the writing. Oh man, THE WRITING. I want to quote the devil out of this book, you guys don’t even know. The number of passages I highlighted in this novella – considering there are only 100 pages – is crazy. Check out some of this awesome:

The devil must be very handsome, her nursemaid had once told her. Else no one would follow him into perdition.

Too true, too true. She saw it for herself now. The devil had a strong, squared jaw, a straight nose, and full lips with a dangerous, sensual quirk. Dark, wavy hair, as untamable as his spirit. Laughing eyes, green as a Cornish summer. Oh, yes. The devil was handsome indeed.

But it wasn’t just that.

The devil also looked weary. Fatigued by the world— and strangely vulnerable, this close. The devil put silver threads in his sin-black hair. Just a few, so a girl could only see them if she happened to draw imprudently near. He wore his cravat mussed, tempting feminine hands to put it straight.

Eliza’s nursemaid had it all wrong. The devil didn’t entice with perfection. He seduced with flaws.

His green, hungry gaze didn’t say, Follow me into perdition.

It said, Only you can save me from it.

It’s pretty funny that I picked this story up basically because it costs a buck and because I knew it wouldn’t take long to read. That’ll teach me, right? I ended up reading at turtle speed because I wanted to absorb every single word and every single feeling. Sigh. I sound like a 14 year old picking up her first romance novel and going all starry-eyed over it, right? I feel like it too!

What starts out as a chance, embarrassing meeting between a jaded rake and an immature young girl turns into several meetings over the course of years – each meeting revealing more and more about the characters and who they really are. You might think that stand-out incredible character development can’t really happen over the course of 100 pages, but you’d be wrong. Mr. Wright starts out as just another rake in just another romance novel, but let me tell you, that changes. HE BRINGS THE SWOONS.

To Sum it Up:

  • Tessa Dare basically blew the top off my already high expectations of her writing abilities. Seriously. Even if you love her already, you have no idea!
  • Some of the best character development I’ve come across in a long time packed neatly into novella form.
  • THIS EBOOK ONLY COSTS ONE DOLLAR. YOU MUST BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. I’m not kidding. Right now. Gogogogo. (And, if you prefer, the paper copy is only $4!)

Check out The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • Sharon @ The Book Barbies January 27, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Ooh, that’s exciting! I adore Tessa Dare and have this on my Nook, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Clearly, I should rectify this situation ASAP. :)
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  • cecilia January 27, 2013, 8:36 pm

    I’ve only read Tessa Dare’s Stud Club series, and I enjoyed the first 2 books but the 3rd one just wasn’t my thing. I haven’t tried her other series yet, but I love finding an author who constantly delivers exactly what you want from a historical romance! I’m glad you have Tessa Dare :) – my heroes are Sarah MacLean, Courtney Milan, and Sherry Thomas.

    For $1, I think I shall have to try this!
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  • Bookworm1858 January 28, 2013, 8:24 am

    I was very impressed with the character development in this novella considering its length. I loved seeing two characters with bad reputations lower their guard to each other and fall in love.
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  • Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook January 28, 2013, 10:08 am

    I have heard really wonderful things about Tessa Dare. I definitely need to look into her books. I love historical romance, but I am also really picky about them.

    Thanks for the review. Maybe I will try this novella to see how I feel about Tessa Dare.
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  • Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) February 2, 2013, 1:46 pm

    OK, now I need to go reread this one. I read it last summer when it was in that ‘Three Weddings and a Murder’ anthology and I remember it was the best of the bunch. Since I don’t remember anything other than that, looks like I can reread and enjoy it as if it were the first time all over again.

    And seriously, Dare’s heroes always bring the swoons. The lady sure knows how to write a good hero!
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