‘A wonderfully thrilling, sweeping romantic historical adventure that keeps you gripped until the last page’ —Rowan Coleman
Lamorna Cove, 1819. In Hester’s opinion, it was exactly like Crow to invite all the men most suspicious of his ambition to drink their cellar dry. Tension rises as politicians and diplomats gather at Nansmornow – but genteel conversation cannot conceal mistrust and treachery for long. A wild heist on a windswept Cornish beach leads Crow to a chess-match of sexual manipulation enacted with terrible precision across the glittering ballrooms of St Petersburg, but also to a passionate young soldier with a secret that must be hidden at all cost. Must Crow pay for past sins with the loss of all that is most precious to him?
All that Hester and Crow hold dear will be tested to the limit and beyond: their love for each other and for their child, and for Crow the loyalty of his only brother. Together, Hester and Crow’s story is one of lust, betrayal, and a love that knows no bounds.
Reader advisory: this book includes mention of PTSD, sexual assault, racism and violence.
PRAISE FOR WICKED BY DESIGN
“Katy Moran took me from page one and battered emotions out of me all along the way, right up until that last line. I felt dangled on a string, I wanted to lash out at the characters sometimes, but all I can say is that her writing, her story, made me feel”
“Badly behaved aristocrats, gloriously opinionated women, and danger at every turn”—iNews Best of Books of 2019
“A decadent and enjoyable read that kept me hooked throughout”—Annabellereadsbooks
“A passionate, intelligent and beguiling tale rich in romance, action, intrigue and adventure that will more than make up for the lack of Ross Poldark in our lives”—Bookish Jottings
“A thrilling, sexy romp through brilliantly-reimagined history. Hester is one of my very favourite heroines and it’s probably best not to ask what I’d like to do with Crow… Totally absorbing.”
“Sweeping and romantic, with a hero to rival Ross Poldark, Wicked By Design is a fantastic and compelling novel that draws you in and paints a glorious alternative St Petersburg, keeping you hooked until the end”
“Transporting the reader from the rugged coastline of Cornwall (ideal for those pining the absence of Ross and Demelza Poldark from their lives) to the salons of St. Petersburg, Wicked By Design races along like a golden Turkoman mare galloping across the steppes. Along the way there are twists and turns, vividly depicted action scenes and unexpected revelations. I loved every suspenseful, breathless minute of it, especially the riveting final chapters and that ending which I’ll confess left me a little blurry-eyed. Please, please tell me this is not the end of Hester’s and Crow’s adventures?.”
—What Cathy Read Next
“A master of pace, plotting and action packed scenes”
“It’s pretty hard to pull off a good Georgette Heyer homage, but Moran makes it look easy with this addictive sequel set in a world where Napoleon has won the battle of Waterloo”