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Christi Caldwell, USA Today bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, invites you to join London’s most scandalous society in a witty romance of love, rebellion, and second chances. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is out to save young ladies from the terrible fate of love and marriage. Her former husband has retained his reputation as an honorable and loving man in dea Christi Caldwell, USA Today bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, invites you to join London’s most scandalous society in a witty romance of love, rebellion, and second chances. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is out to save young ladies from the terrible fate of love and marriage. Her former husband has retained his reputation as an honorable and loving man in death, but Sylvia has privately mourned his lies and infidelity. Joined by two equally scorned and cast-off friends, Sylvia establishes the Mismatch Society. With each new liberated member, the scandalous circle wreaks havoc on the romantic prospects of London’s frustrated male peerage. But nothing prepares Sylvia for the Viscount St. John, a familiar face and her most formidable challenger. Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John, can’t allow these wantons to dismantle the Marriage Mart. Until he discovers the ringleader is his old friend’s widow, a fine woman for whom he’s carried a torch since the day they met. Thinking himself undeserving of a diamond like her, he introduced her to his best friend—a decision he now regrets deeply, knowing of the hurt she carries in secret. Now, he is positioned to match wits with this woman, who is determined to save young ladies from future heartbreak. And despite his misgivings, Clayton is entertaining fantasies that he could end their battle with a kiss. If only he had the courage to tell her how he feels—or the hope that she’d ever again let down her guard. This meeting of the Mismatch Society is called to order…


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Christi Caldwell, USA Today bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, invites you to join London’s most scandalous society in a witty romance of love, rebellion, and second chances. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is out to save young ladies from the terrible fate of love and marriage. Her former husband has retained his reputation as an honorable and loving man in dea Christi Caldwell, USA Today bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, invites you to join London’s most scandalous society in a witty romance of love, rebellion, and second chances. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is out to save young ladies from the terrible fate of love and marriage. Her former husband has retained his reputation as an honorable and loving man in death, but Sylvia has privately mourned his lies and infidelity. Joined by two equally scorned and cast-off friends, Sylvia establishes the Mismatch Society. With each new liberated member, the scandalous circle wreaks havoc on the romantic prospects of London’s frustrated male peerage. But nothing prepares Sylvia for the Viscount St. John, a familiar face and her most formidable challenger. Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John, can’t allow these wantons to dismantle the Marriage Mart. Until he discovers the ringleader is his old friend’s widow, a fine woman for whom he’s carried a torch since the day they met. Thinking himself undeserving of a diamond like her, he introduced her to his best friend—a decision he now regrets deeply, knowing of the hurt she carries in secret. Now, he is positioned to match wits with this woman, who is determined to save young ladies from future heartbreak. And despite his misgivings, Clayton is entertaining fantasies that he could end their battle with a kiss. If only he had the courage to tell her how he feels—or the hope that she’d ever again let down her guard. This meeting of the Mismatch Society is called to order…

30 review for Someone Wanton His Way Comes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayslin

    Christi Caldwell has been a favourite of mine for years and I cannot believe I’m rating this a 2, but this book was a miss and was almost a DNF for me. This is the first book in the new series though some of the characters and subplots were introduced in previous books. While this book is written as a stand-alone, a lot of the plot would be better understood if you have previously read “In the dark with the Duke“. A few things were going on in the story but essentially, widowed Sylvia Elton sta Christi Caldwell has been a favourite of mine for years and I cannot believe I’m rating this a 2, but this book was a miss and was almost a DNF for me. This is the first book in the new series though some of the characters and subplots were introduced in previous books. While this book is written as a stand-alone, a lot of the plot would be better understood if you have previously read “In the dark with the Duke“. A few things were going on in the story but essentially, widowed Sylvia Elton starts a “Mismatch Society” intending to change the marriage mart. Her late husband was lying and unfaithful to her throughout her marriage and she found out too late. So she decides that if she can, she will try and help young women and teach them that they deserve better than lying lords and broken hearts. Clayton Kearsley needs to marry to protect his sisters but the marriage mart is changing and someone has started a club for this. Intending to dismantle the club, he goes to the society only to find out that it's Sylvia who heads it. Clayton and Sylvia were close friends before her marriage to her lying husband who was introduced to her by Clayton himself. But he kept away because of his guilt and the fact that he was secretly in love with her from the start. The first few chapters were interesting but it started to drag a while later and I couldn’t connect with anyone from this story and most characters were easily forgettable. The plot had a solid foundation to focus on strong interesting characters and relationships, but it turned out to be all a missed opportunity. While I do understand the direction the “Mismatch Society” was meant to take, it sort of fell flat for me. Instead of her lectures that marriage is a mistake, I would have rather liked to see Sylvia teach how women can live independently. A lot of times, Sylvia seemed immature and stubborn to lead a group of young impressionable women. There were a lot of repeated monologues which made the whole reading experience drag. While I was disappointed with the first book in the series, I am not writing off this series completely and hope the next book will have her old charm.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    So I’ve started a tally of how many times Caldwell uses the descriptor “contralto” to describe peoples voices and at this rate I think I could turn it into a pretty solid drinking game 🤷🏼‍♀️ **update** I got curious and actually counted up how many times she uses “contralto” in all the books I’ve read from her and it’s 31 times. Thirty. One. Times. 😶 That said she’s usually a favorite author but these last few books I’ve read have been rough. Full disclaimer I haven’t managed to finish this yet so So I’ve started a tally of how many times Caldwell uses the descriptor “contralto” to describe peoples voices and at this rate I think I could turn it into a pretty solid drinking game 🤷🏼‍♀️ **update** I got curious and actually counted up how many times she uses “contralto” in all the books I’ve read from her and it’s 31 times. Thirty. One. Times. 😶 That said she’s usually a favorite author but these last few books I’ve read have been rough. Full disclaimer I haven’t managed to finish this yet so take this review with a grain of salt maybe it becomes less militant mob later... But I digress. This book suffers from a pet peeve of mine which is when authors mistake loud, aggressive behavior for strength or being a progressive/feminist. I’ve never had much patience for people constantly yelling without much forethought to what it is that they’re saying, and not listening to reason or common sense. So from the start I was already doubtful I’d like it. It tries too hard and ends up generalizing woman, men, and the issues. The women were grouped into one man hating mob and that really shouldn’t be what coming together as women is about. I found myself not really liking a majority of the characters from their early interactions. Also the goal to stop marriages and force brothers ect. to marry instead was just silly. If you’re trying to keep women from marrying who the hell are you trying to force the brothers to marry? A trend I’ve seen in this authors heroines is that they’re becoming more abrasive, not to mention acting completely clueless and contrary. Their motivations and character are becoming non existent with their one quirk that disappears in the same dialogue and poorly contrived sex scenes. Also I could do without the Shakespeare quoting sister that got super annoying. Not endearing. 🙄 Also it seems like her plots are becoming more and more fantastical without any substance to back them up. They lack believability and I’m usually fairly good at suspending disbelief if it’s for a decent plot. But this was far from decent. This could just be bad luck with these past few books I’ve read and I sincerely hope the next one is an improvement. The male leads have continued to be interesting and different but the heroines are all morphing into the same bland overly cheeky (not in good way) weirdly combative character just with different poorly thought out motivations and blind to all but their nonsensical ambitions ( sorry I may have some lingering bitterness from the book I finished right before this one *cough* Taming of the Beast *cough*) Whew now that that’s off my chest I’ll be going back to reread Kerrigan Byrne books for a palette cleanser

  3. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    After a terrible experience married to a husband who loved another, widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is determined to claim her independence and keep other young ladies from making the same mistakes. Her late husband’s reputation remains pristine in his absence while Sylvia suffers the damage wrought by his infidelity. When Sylvia establishes her own household with two other ladies, her bid for freedom leads to the accidental inception of the Mismatch Society. As their membership grows, the male half o After a terrible experience married to a husband who loved another, widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is determined to claim her independence and keep other young ladies from making the same mistakes. Her late husband’s reputation remains pristine in his absence while Sylvia suffers the damage wrought by his infidelity. When Sylvia establishes her own household with two other ladies, her bid for freedom leads to the accidental inception of the Mismatch Society. As their membership grows, the male half of the peerage finds their betrothals broken and marital prospects dashed, wreaking havoc and heartbreak on the structure of Society. Sylvia has many men at her door demanding answers and collecting female family members, but she’s shocked when one of them turns out to be her old friend, Viscount St. John. Clayton Kearsley, Viscount St. John, needs to marry to ensure his mother and six younger sisters are secure when he’s gone, so he needs to stop the damage being wrought on the marriage mart. He’s surprised to find the leader of this subversion is his childhood best friend’s widow, a lovely woman he has cared for since the moment he met her. Believing himself unworthy of her and cursed to die young, Clayton introduced her to his best friend, a well-meant action he now deeply regrets, and which causes him to feel responsible for the hurt she has endured. Now, brought back into her orbit, Clayton is determined to reason with Sylvia and tamp down his ever-present attraction to her. But if he could drum up the nerve to be honest with her about his feelings and convince her to let down her guard, they could both find happiness they only dreamed of. I have been so looking forward to Sylvia’s story after how she was hurt by her clueless first husband, and I loved that Clayton had loved her and pined for her all along. That said, as Clayton himself notes, there is a sadness that comes with that when thinking of all the time they wasted. Otherwise, this book was incredibly heavy on its denigration of men and rather light on the romance. I liked that Clayton was such a good sport and a genuinely good man, and I never felt like his character was emasculated, though I do wish he’d stood up for himself a bit more. The way Clayton was treated by his mother and sisters was just wrong and callous on their parts. He was stressed about their futures, finances, and welfare and they couldn’t have cared less about his happiness as long as they got their freedom. I wanted more balance here. There was entirely too much reiteration on Sylvia’s part of her intention to never marry again and all the reasons she was against it. Similarly, Clayton’s own inner monologues on all the reasons he could never be with Sylvia were overdone and both of these themes got extremely repetitive. In her outbursts at society meetings, Sylvia merely reminded me of a child showing off in front of friends with all her vehement railing against marriage than as a mature and critically thinking woman. The concept of the Society was a good one with several solid points, but they had just as many that were nonsensical and their insistence that men should marry to secure their families rather than women marrying made no sense. If women were to cease marrying altogether, just who were these men to be left with?? The woman didn’t want to be judged or stereotyped by men even as they hypocritically judged and stereotyped men and their treatment of ladies who were married or wished to marry was definitely not inclusive. These were just a couple fatal flaws in the argument that made me annoyed with the society as a whole, but I’ve never been one to have many female friends so maybe that’s part of my issue. I don’t disagree with all the points made by the Society, but many of their arguments were just impractical and nonsensical and had me rolling my eyes at them and their lack of foresight. It was also frustrating to me that Sylvia constantly affirms how good of a man Clayton is and defends him to the other ladies, yet she still doubts him when it comes to his interactions with her. I thought Clayton was truly a good and honorable man and he deserved better from all the females around him, especially Sylvia. I think many of these scenes, especially the banter between Clayton’s truly odd sisters, were meant to be humorous but they were just a bit annoying to me and slowed the flow of the story. Given how serious and slightly dark this author’s books tend to be, the lightness and comedy of this one was unexpected and rather lost on me. The contradictions in the women’s arguments made this story seem rather convoluted to me and I think Sylvia’s character was let down a bit here and her behavior didn’t match up with the Sylvia I liked as a supporting character in previous books. Overall, this was a solid second chance story between Sylvia and Clayton, but I wanted more romance, and especially to see Sylvia giving more and being warmer toward Clayton. The ending and resolution of the villain also felt rushed after the tedium of the first half of the book and could’ve been detailed a bit more. Also, though this is the first book in a new series, it does contain spoilers for the previous series, The Lost Lords of London, and I’d recommend reading that series first. All in all, this was a sound story with a satisfying ending, but I would’ve loved to see more development from Sylvia earlier on in the story, more appreciation for Clayton, and less of a farce with the ladies. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This is the first in a new series, though it seems to be a spinoff of another series, as it references earlier events I had no knowledge of. Lady Sylvia, the Countess of Norfolk, is a widow, and mother of a young son. Her husband was a lying, unfaithful, rake, and she didn't find out until it was too late, and she was already married to him. Then, he died unexpectedly, leaving her to pick up the pieces. She has no interest, however, in moving back in with her family, as most widows do. Instead, This is the first in a new series, though it seems to be a spinoff of another series, as it references earlier events I had no knowledge of. Lady Sylvia, the Countess of Norfolk, is a widow, and mother of a young son. Her husband was a lying, unfaithful, rake, and she didn't find out until it was too late, and she was already married to him. Then, he died unexpectedly, leaving her to pick up the pieces. She has no interest, however, in moving back in with her family, as most widows do. Instead, she and 2 other friends (one of whom was her husband's mistress, though she had no idea he was married) decide to move in together. The ton is abuzz with the "scandal" of it all, and it gets even worse when they form the Mismatch Society (don't call them a CLUB!), with many other ladies who seek them out. Most of them have ZERO interest in getting married, especially not to men they can't trust, and that will give them no freedoms. Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John is in a bind. He has a widowed mother and 6 sisters that he's responsible for. Since none of them can inherit, and he doesn't want them to have to depend on the kindness of a distant relative, he knows he needs to marry and produce his own heir. And he needs to do it soon, because he knows his time is short. His family is cursed to die young, and knowing that, he's never wanted to fall in love. He hopes to find a companion, who will be his friend, care for his family, and not mourn him too much when he's gone. They only problem is Sylvia. He's loved her since the first time he saw her, but knowing that his future was short, and wanting happiness for her, he introduced her to to his best friend, and they later married. But, Clayton had no idea that all Norfolk would give Sylvia was heartbreak. Clayton has avoided her the last 3 years since Norfolk's death, but comes face-to-face with her again when he goes to confront the head of the Mismatch Society. Clayton and Sylvia were always drawn to each other. They were friends from their first meeting, and she always hoped more would happen, but then he introduced her to Norfolk, and then that was that. She never had any idea how he felt about her. I really enjoyed their connection, and how much they cared for each other. I just hated how much time was wasted, and all the heartbreak that happened for each of them during that time. Also, I picked this up because it was the first in a series, but there was QUITE A BIT of backstory that I felt I was lacking, about Norfolk's death, his hideous family, the coverup, and Sylvia's sister Lila's relationship and marriage. Best I can tell, this must link back to book 2 in the Lost Lords of London series, which is Lila's book? But I haven't read that, and I think a lot of this would've fallen into place a lot better if I had. For anyone who is familiar with these characters, I'm sure they had fun revisiting this storyline. Clayton's sisters and mother were a total delight, and the highlight of the story for me. I loved how they ribbed him, manipulated him, cajoled him, and cared for him, as sisters are wont to do. I enjoyed the sister relationship between Sylvia and Lila as well, in addition to the sisterhood of Sylvia with Valerie and Annalee, and the rest of the Society. I found Clayton's relationships with Landon and Scarsdale interesting. They'd been friends since they were kids at school, though the two of them, along with Norfolk, were your typical rakish aristocrats, where Clayton was so much more circumspect, and kinder, and more of a true gentleman. But, he obviously cared for them, though they had so little in common. Overall this story moved a bit too slowly for my taste. I was interested in Sylvia and Clayton, and their connection, but the pace of the story just wasn't my jam. That, in addition to the backstory that I felt I was lacking, it made this only a 3 star read for me. But I enjoyed the Society, and I may continue with book 2, which will be about Scarsdale and his former betrothed, Emma Gately, a founding member of the Society. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my personal opinion, voluntarily given. Reviewed by Megan from Romanced by the Book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Someone Wanton His Way Comes follows Sylvia, a young widow, as she moves in with two female friends and begins to build a life for her and her son. Sylvia becomes the leader of the Mismatch Society, a group of women determined to change societal rules. When she reconnects with Clayton, an old friend and a friend of her deceased husband, old feelings reignite, and the pair must examine their feelings and confront their pasts while also deciding if they have a future. Sylvia is fascinating. Bold an Someone Wanton His Way Comes follows Sylvia, a young widow, as she moves in with two female friends and begins to build a life for her and her son. Sylvia becomes the leader of the Mismatch Society, a group of women determined to change societal rules. When she reconnects with Clayton, an old friend and a friend of her deceased husband, old feelings reignite, and the pair must examine their feelings and confront their pasts while also deciding if they have a future. Sylvia is fascinating. Bold and independent, she refuses to be a victim and instead takes charge of her life. She does not want to be beholden to a man, nor does she want to have to answer to one. She is her own woman, and she won’t accept anything less than equality. Other women look up to her and her feminist ideals, and they all work together to change the rules of their society. I love how these women turn everything upside down! Many of Clayton’s sisters are part of the Mismatch Society, and they continually manipulate Clayton into bending to their will. Clayton is such a wonderful brother, son, and love interest! He is self-sacrificing and honorable, and his attentiveness and easy comradery with his family is sincere and thoughtful. He is a good man with good intentions and is the perfect match for Sylvia, who he has loved for years. Unfortunately, Clayton fears the family curse so much that he denies himself a happy, wedded future. The love story is a great friends-to-lovers romance mixed with a bit of unrequited love and angst. Clayton has loved Sylvia for years but never acted on his feelings. Throughout the story, he continues to resist his feelings. Sylvia does as well because of her failed and loveless marriage and her feelings about love. I liked seeing this couple rekindle their friendship and how it grew into something more. Plus, their chemistry is fantastic!! Sylvia often makes the first move with Clayton, which is so fitting with their characters. He is trying to do right by everyone, and she is finally in a place where she feels confident and comfortable acting on her needs and desires. Something else I liked about both Sylvia and Clayton is how willing they were to listen to opposing ideas and learn and grow from others. Sylvia has very strong and negative feelings toward love and marriage, which isn’t shocking considering the terrible marriage she had. Leading a society of women who support these assertions solidifies her feelings. However, the more time she spends with Clayton, the more she realizes that her ideas are too broad and don’t apply to everyone. I like that Sylvia is willing to see things from other people’s points of view. Clayton does the same when addressing his fears of an early death and his feelings of failing Sylvia. Seeing how they grow and change speaks to their love and respect for each other and those they love. I love the Kearsley family. Clayton, his sisters, and his mother are a fun, loving, and lively group, and I enjoyed their humorous antics and time spent together. Their conversations and easy way with each other show how much love and respect they have. It also shows how close they are. Clayton’s sisters are hilarious, each unique and memorable in her own way. This strong family unit is one of the highlights of the story. Though it’s the first in a series, there are many references to people and events from other books, so I assume this is a spin-off series. The author provides ample context to understand what happened before this book, but I wish I had read the other series to better understand different things that happened. I’m also curious to learn more about Sylvia’s two housemates. They had minor roles in this story, but I am hoping that they will be the focus in future books. Thanks so much to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Someone Wanton His Way Comes Wantons of Waverton Book 1 Christi Caldwell https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChrist... Release Date 04/20/2021 Publisher Montlake ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F9NRYTF/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is out to save young ladies from the terrible fate of love and marriage. Her former husband has retained his reputation as an honorable and loving man in death, but Sylvia has privately mourned his lies and infidelity. Joined by two equally scorned and cast-off friends, Sy Someone Wanton His Way Comes Wantons of Waverton Book 1 Christi Caldwell https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChrist... Release Date 04/20/2021 Publisher Montlake ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F9NRYTF/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is out to save young ladies from the terrible fate of love and marriage. Her former husband has retained his reputation as an honorable and loving man in death, but Sylvia has privately mourned his lies and infidelity. Joined by two equally scorned and cast-off friends, Sylvia establishes the Mismatch Society. With each new liberated member, the scandalous circle wreaks havoc on the romantic prospects of London’s frustrated male peerage. But nothing prepares Sylvia for the Viscount St. John, a familiar face and her most formidable challenger. Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John, can’t allow these wantons to dismantle the Marriage Mart. Until he discovers the ringleader is his old friend’s widow, a fine woman for whom he’s carried a torch since the day they met. Thinking himself undeserving of a diamond like her, he introduced her to his best friend—a decision he now regrets deeply, knowing of the hurt she carries in secret. Now he is positioned to match wits with this woman, who is determined to save young ladies from future heartbreak. And despite his misgivings, Clayton is entertaining fantasies that he could end their battle with a kiss. If only he had the courage to tell her how he feels—or the hope that she’d ever again let down her guard. This meeting of the Mismatch Society is called to order… 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will they be able to let go of their fears to look forward to what could be ... This book was such a delightful scrumptious meal to savor. From the moment the many sisters of Clayton are introduced to their meddling way, I just loved them and can’t wait to see them starring in other stories. How little Eris is a delight, every peculiar girl to woman in the Kearsley household is a pleasure to read about. They are a breath of fresh air, bringing joy and fun in their stake all the while breaking havoc. Clayton is such a sweetheart, a man out of his time, progressivist, respectful and loving. I love his relationship with his sisters, he adapts his speech or attitude upon which of his siblings he is addressing. Weird such a down to earth grown man believes to be cursed, maybe his Scottish blood. Yet it became truly a curse as it prevents him to marry the love of his life. Still, once he lets go some of his fears and guilt, he is a man every woman can rely on, he stands by et offers his support, not one to take all the light, more one to share. Sylvia had her trust shattered but she emerged from her inner ruin stronger. So it is time for her to set her own pace and find a different purpose. And while everything began as an accidental misunderstanding, it set in motion her new journey. She will be the face of her group of assembled women looking for a different path, determined to follow their own edicts. So when she rekindles her easy friendship with Clayton, she slowly revisits her own preconceived opinions. But will it be enough to sway her about marriage and the place of women in it. This read is a bit lighter than the last books I have read by the author, I quite welcomed the change, even better it offers closure to a previous story. I loved how every situation is turned into something different and then leads to an unexpected result. Alternating between light banters and funny situations to debates and more serious instances or sensual times. I devoured it in no time. 5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen lovemaking scenes. I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Montlake, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Someone Wanton His Way Comes (Wantons of Waverton) by Christi Caldwell Rating: 3-stars Summary: Clayton loves Sylvia, has always loved Sylvia, but alas he is cursed to die an early death and cannot bear the thought of leaving her as a young widow. His solution? Introduce her to one of his friends, Norton, a rake through and through, only to have Norton inform him he is going to leave Sylvia (even though he knows she is pregnant with his heir) for another woman and end up being murdered by his mothe Someone Wanton His Way Comes (Wantons of Waverton) by Christi Caldwell Rating: 3-stars Summary: Clayton loves Sylvia, has always loved Sylvia, but alas he is cursed to die an early death and cannot bear the thought of leaving her as a young widow. His solution? Introduce her to one of his friends, Norton, a rake through and through, only to have Norton inform him he is going to leave Sylvia (even though he knows she is pregnant with his heir) for another woman and end up being murdered by his mother’s order the very same day. This leaves Sylvia a young widow all the same, but Clayton stays away because he feels guilty for having introduced Sylvia to Norton and refuses to fulfill Norton’s request to look after her after he is gone. So, Sylvia has Vallen, her son, and decides to heck with everyone else, ton included, she is going to move into her own home with two scandalous friends and live life on her terms. One friend is her deceased husband’s lover (awkward) and the other is a woman who uses drink to deal with the tragedy she experienced at Peterloo. They unintentionally start the Mismatch Society, which effectively focuses on how women are always screwed by the rules of Society and Marriage, and how to best demolish these institutions. Long story short, Sylvia needs Clayton to give some credibility to the organization as she begins to take heat from Society for her scandalous “club”. Thoughts: I liked our hero and heroine, especially Clayton. He is loveably not perfect, nor a rake, yet he has bedroom skills. He is rather upstanding, really. He loves his family fiercely and does not apologize for it. Sylvia is so deadest against marriage and yet we know she is going to end up with Clayton, so it felt a little over the top until suddenly, she wants to marry him to save her reputation but also because she loves him (meh). It is at this point of the story where I was disappointed. There is significant build up to this point and from here to the end of the book it seems rushed. I felt there was extra pages devoted to things early on that were not as important as seeing the resolution at the end. I mean you have a sinister ex mother and father-in-law who need to be punished for horrible crimes and the wrap up is a paragraph or two (say what?!). Also, Clayton is shot, and Sylvia is there and magically knowing everything he wanted to tell her and it’s all okay, practically no conversation needed. I wish 20-30% of the first two thirds of the book was pulled and the page space was devoted to the ending. I think I would have found it to be much more satisfying. Overall, this is an interesting read and it was an enjoyable book, but the warp speed end of the book bothered me as I wanted to know more about how they worked things out, what happened to the evil in laws, and ahem, what about an epilogue (FYI – I LOVE epilogues and was disappointed there was not on in this book; I enjoy seeing another peek into our characters’ lives for another 5-10 pages to know a little bit more about their happily ever after). I have read many of Ms. Caldwell’s books and am part of her Facebook group, so I know she is a great author and will chalk this one up to just not being my flavor. I received a free advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After finding herself widowed while heavily pregnant, Lady Sylvia Elton has had to come with becoming a new mother while grieving, understanding the truth about her marriage, and uncovering an illegal underground boxing ring, run by her in laws, which resulted in her husbands death. While having all of this on her cards, she also has to be above reproach, lest her son is taken from her, but sh I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After finding herself widowed while heavily pregnant, Lady Sylvia Elton has had to come with becoming a new mother while grieving, understanding the truth about her marriage, and uncovering an illegal underground boxing ring, run by her in laws, which resulted in her husbands death. While having all of this on her cards, she also has to be above reproach, lest her son is taken from her, but she's had enough of being a perfect lady, and along with two other scandalous woman - one of whom had been her late husband's mistress - and inadvertently starts a society of women who are against marriage, and the stiff rules society places upon them. Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John, has always been in love with Sylvia, since he met her after her Come Out. Because of a family curse that says the men die young, he has never wanted his wife to suffer, so pushed Sylvia towards his friend, Norfolk, which led to her awful marriage. Feeling guilty, he never visited her after Norfolk's death, but when his sisters all proclaim they won't marry, because of the their society, he finds himself forcing his way in. To say he's shocked to discover that Sylvia is the de facto leader of the society, would be an understatement, but he's pleased for a reason to be close to her again. Both have never gotten over their feelings for the other, and it seems that they now might not be able to - or even want to - ignore the attraction any more. This is somewhat of a sequel to another of Christi's books, In the Dark with the Duke, following Lila's older sister, Sylvia, and it touches on the topic of the Prendergast family, and the boxing ring. If you haven't already read that one, I highly recommend it, because it helps to understand some of the nuances between Sylvia's relationships with her in-laws, and her mother. Sylvia was never a diamond of the first water, rather a bit of a wallflower during her first season, but she became fast friends with Clayton when they met at a ball, and the friendship between them was once filled with care and admiration, and also love. Both clearly loved each other, and even thought that perhaps it would lead to marriage, but Clay got spooked, and ended up pushing Sylvia into Norfolk's arms, which set off a whole sequence of events that leads up to today. Now happy in her widowhood, even content living with her husband's mistress, and over the pain and hurt she felt at his betrayals, she wants to renew her friendship with Clay, but is also worried about the consequences. Clay never got over his love for Sylvia, and was punishing himself by staying away, especially after Norfolk told him on the day of his death that he was planning on abandoning her and their unborn child. If not for the society, and his sister's involvement, Clay probably would still be hiding away, but now that he's back with her, he doesn't want to leave. There is so much chemistry, and such a back story between the couple, that each of their moments was lovely, and full of joy and humour too. The conclusion blew me away, and I really hope we see more from the couple in book two!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Winnifred D.

    I think I'm going to have to join the group of reviews on here who really like Christi Caldwell, but felt this book was a bit of a letdown. It is basically a follow-up to "In the Dark with the Duke", which was part of the Lost Lords series. That book was a follow-up to my favorite Christi Caldwell book (and one of my favorite historical romances) "The Spitfire." "The Spitfire" featured Henry March, while "Duke" featured Henry's young sister, Lila. This book features the other sister, Sylvia. I g I think I'm going to have to join the group of reviews on here who really like Christi Caldwell, but felt this book was a bit of a letdown. It is basically a follow-up to "In the Dark with the Duke", which was part of the Lost Lords series. That book was a follow-up to my favorite Christi Caldwell book (and one of my favorite historical romances) "The Spitfire." "The Spitfire" featured Henry March, while "Duke" featured Henry's young sister, Lila. This book features the other sister, Sylvia. I guess I was hoping this would grab me like "Spitfire" did. I gave "Duke" 3 1/2 stars, because while it was engaging, it was too dark for my liking, and I didn't feel the characters were fully fleshed out. I can only give this one 3, unfortunately, because although it is quite a bit lighter than "Duke", it's not that engaging for large portions of the first third. Too much time is spent with H/h separately ruminating about their pasts, then the H's sisters and mom seem to take center stage (a little of them went a long way for me, honestly, although the youngest was cute). And then there's the Wanton group meetings and members. Most of these women come across as immature and naive, including the h. I don't mind some feminism in my romance books, but these women harp on about how awful men are for repressing them, with no constructive discussion of how they intend to make their livelihoods on their own, and no real concession that they have life super easy compared to women of the lower classes. The h is the ringleader, older than many of the members with a son of her own, and her attitude toward men was troubling to me because I wondered how the son was going to view himself growing up. The H is fine, reminiscent of slightly stogy, frequently flummoxed, but charming, Henry from "Spitfire." I felt a bit sorry for him most of the book, which I know was part of the humor Caldwell was trying to interject, but sometimes I cringed. The thing was, Clare in "Spitfire" had a reason to see Henry as an antagonist, while the only reason this h dislikes the H is because he's male. In fact, they were friends growing up, something the story only glosses over. More memories from their childhood would have been preferable to all the "I hate men"/"I'm carrying too much guilt" ruminations. Christi Caldwell can do great friends-to-lovers romances, she just hasn't written one for a while, unfortunately. The plot picks up toward the end, very abruptly. It's probably an advantage if you read "Duke" before this book, because otherwise the situation with the in-laws would probably be confusing. Christi Caldwell also continues to practice one of my few pet peeves of her books: no epilogue. Not all books need one, but she has the tendency to write a lot of action and emotional scenes into the conclusions of her stories, leaving the reader feeling bereft. Please start including epilogues, Christi! Even epilogues we need to click on! I still enjoy Christi Caldwell's writing style and her humor. I just want H/h's I can really root for again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zoë Ann Book Queen

    2.5 magical little stars Christ Caldwell is one of my most read historical romance authors because her books are fast and addictive reads. I really enjoyed the last 30% of this book because it was exactly those things, but I really struggled with the beginning. Clayton our hero believes he is cursed to die young. Despite falling in love with Sylvia he tries to save her from the heartbreak of his death by instead introducing her to his best friend who he believes can give her the love and marriage 2.5 magical little stars Christ Caldwell is one of my most read historical romance authors because her books are fast and addictive reads. I really enjoyed the last 30% of this book because it was exactly those things, but I really struggled with the beginning. Clayton our hero believes he is cursed to die young. Despite falling in love with Sylvia he tries to save her from the heartbreak of his death by instead introducing her to his best friend who he believes can give her the love and marriage she deserves. Sadly things don't turn out that way and Sylvia is left a widowed mother, with a lot of resentment towards men. Clayton carries a lot of hurt and guilt from this too but he was such a sweetheart and I adored his interactions with his family - I really hope we get his sisters stories! One of my favourite things about Christi Caldwell is the little connections between her different books and series. There's nothing better than bumping into characters you love and getting glimpses of their life post-HEA. Unfortunately in this case I'm not up to date with all of Christi's latest releases and I really think that impacted my enjoyment of this book. The Lost Lords of London series covers Lila's story (Sylvia's sister) and Sylvia's husband and his family are heavily connected to that plot. Having that knowledge before this would really help with understanding what Sylvia has been through and why she is now so hardened against men. Alongside the continuation of this drama, Sylvia has inadvertently created the 'Mismatch Society' in which she and a group of ladies meet to have discussions about women's place in society - a big part of which is pushing against marriage. I hate to say it because I love this concept but I think this was my least favourite aspect of this book. I just didn't understand the drama that surrounded their society and it felt like most the book was set during their meetings, which weren't terribly exciting to read about. To be completely honest I'm not quite sure what the plot of the book was. We have this drama with her husbands family, the Mismatch Society, Clayton's interactions with his family, and passionate encounters (which felt very thrown in most of the time, as though just to tick that box, and were moved on from like nothing had happened) which made the book very convoluted and confusing. It just didn't flow well. I normally read Christi's books in one sitting, this one took me 5 days because I just didn't want to pick it up. I'm really sad this book didn't work for me but I would totally recommend reading Christi Caldwell's books. Scandalous Seasons and Sinful Brides are probably my favourite series of hers. *I recieved and ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tarra

    Someone Wanton His Way Comes is the first book in Christi Caldwell's new series, Wantons of Waverton. Second chance romance. Friends to lovers. Sylvia is a young widow and mother who is now independent, untrusting of men, and is the head of a group of women who has come to call themselves the Mismatch Society (it's not a Club!). These are women from all walks of life who meet to discuss women's place in society. They don't actually "do" anything, but they talk a lot. Clayton is a cinnamon bun hero. Someone Wanton His Way Comes is the first book in Christi Caldwell's new series, Wantons of Waverton. Second chance romance. Friends to lovers. Sylvia is a young widow and mother who is now independent, untrusting of men, and is the head of a group of women who has come to call themselves the Mismatch Society (it's not a Club!). These are women from all walks of life who meet to discuss women's place in society. They don't actually "do" anything, but they talk a lot. Clayton is a cinnamon bun hero. He believes he's cursed to die young like the other men in his family. He doesn't want to marry for love because he doesn't want to leave a grieving widow. He fell in love with Sylvia when they first met years before, but because Clayton felt he was doomed, he pushed Sylvia towards his best friend. Sylvia and the friend married, but it was never a love match, for which Clayton has a lot of guilt. This book started strong. I loved the opening "flashback" scene with Clayton and his friend. It was really heartbreaking and sets up Clayton's good guy character. I liked the relationships between Clayton and his sisters, especially 4 year old Eris. There were a lot of older sisters, and honestly, they all started to blend together. I was really interested in Sylvia's relationships with Valerie (her dead husband's mistress and love of his life) and her other roommate. But the book never really expanded on those stories, which I'm hoping means that they will star in their own books. This book dragged a bit. It was best when light hearted and fun (great scene with the children). The internal monologues were very repetitive at times. The chemistry between Clayton and Sylvia was just ok. As I said before, I really liked their scenes with other characters, but together they were a bit tepid. This book is hugely connected to the Lost Lords of London series, specifically In the Dark With the Duke. That book is Sylvia's sister Lila and Hugh's story. I happened to have read that book, so much of what was briefly told in Someone Wanton His Way Comes made sense. But honestly, the villain of Someone Wanton was a major force in In the Dark With the Duke. Someone Wanton should have been a continuation of that series. By not reading In the Dark With the Duke, I don't think the reader gets a sense of just how heinous the villains are in Someone Wanton His Way Comes, and I don't think there's a sense of just how much danger Sylvia may be in. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and freely given.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Someone Wanton His Way Comes represents somewhat of a stylistic shift for Christi Caldwell. The story remains grounded in emotion and there are hardships the characters must overcome, but it is balanced with a bit more lightness and wit. The very premise itself is both fun and subversive, with widows and scorned women banding together to protest against the double standards of Society th I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Someone Wanton His Way Comes represents somewhat of a stylistic shift for Christi Caldwell. The story remains grounded in emotion and there are hardships the characters must overcome, but it is balanced with a bit more lightness and wit. The very premise itself is both fun and subversive, with widows and scorned women banding together to protest against the double standards of Society that allows for their mistreatment. I really felt for Sylvia, having had to deal with a loveless marriage to a reckless, unfaithful husband who got himself killed in an underground boxing ring, and is having to deal with the fear of losing her young son to her in-laws if she isn’t above reproach. Even with that in mind, I loved that she took the risk and engaged in a rebellion with her fellow scorned women in forming the Mismatch Society. Clayton was a nice breath of fresh air as a hero, as I feel like it’s rare to find histrom heroes who are more brains than brawn (or an equal amount of both). While I didn’t understand how he could be friends with the late Lord Norfolk and not want to call him out over his questionable behavior prior to his actions at the beginning of the book, I did get a sense of his complicated emotions, in that he’d always been in love with Sylvia, but encouraged her marriage to Norfolk thinking they would be happy and that he didn’t deserve her, then being dismayed when Norfolk proved an unfaithful husband. While I did feel like it was a bit of a weak conflict to work with—that and the “I’ll die young” thing—I was more or less engaged with him as a hero and their relationship overall. It should be noted that, while there are some elements that do stand alone, like the romance and the Society, there are some overarching elements in the plot that tie into earlier books in other series, particularly In the Dark with the Duke, which starred Sylvia’s sister, Lila. It provides greater context for the role the villains play into the plot, and in some ways, this book continues the tradition of Caldwell’s Montlake titles being even more closely tied to each other within the wider realm of CaldWorld, as we’ve seen with prior series that spin off into each other (Sinful Brides and Wicked Wallflowers, for example). I think this will be a gem for her established reader base. And while I would generally discourage new historical romance readers from starting there is still much to enjoy if you do make this your starting point into CaldWorld.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra R

    My opinion - sorry to a favourite author of mine for this - but cull the first few chapters down to a few meaningful paragraphs and cut superfluous side characters. The huge amount of unfinished sentences (when other characters cut in), would be humourous and entertaining if you were watching a movie or TV show, but I found it annoying to read. I'm 12% in and the story is confusing to say the least and to say the worst, I'm ready to stop reading. It's taken me ages just to get to chapter three. My opinion - sorry to a favourite author of mine for this - but cull the first few chapters down to a few meaningful paragraphs and cut superfluous side characters. The huge amount of unfinished sentences (when other characters cut in), would be humourous and entertaining if you were watching a movie or TV show, but I found it annoying to read. I'm 12% in and the story is confusing to say the least and to say the worst, I'm ready to stop reading. It's taken me ages just to get to chapter three. The impression of the plot so far is:- 1) that the women in this book hate men, so they set up a society to whinge and figure out how to get rid of them. 2) The hero seems overwhelmed by his mother and six sisters, but is a nice guy. 3) The heroine (a widowed countess) has set up house together with a couple of scandalous, single women. Seriously? 4) Women are breaking off engagements and marriages left right and centre so they can be independent, 😫, therefore effectively closing the marriage mart. 5) Wallpaper historical not to be taken in any way seriously. 6) I think this is supposed to be a comedy. This is a HR set in 1829 England and perhaps the author should have rolled her story forward a few decades for it to be a tiny bit more believable. This is marketed as book one in a new series which is why I requested it from NetGalley. Unfortunately the author has just dropped spoilers from the previous series, which I haven't finished yet! The dialogue at times is completely buried within narration and I'm having to re-read sections to understand who is talking to whom. Very confusing. This book needs the KISS treatment and I found many scenes choppy. At 13% I've decided to skim to get to an interesting part that makes sense, because chapter three is full of male secondary characters that are making my head swim as well. 20% in and the H/h have not yet met, there is denigration of men and relationships aplenty buried in this 'comedy' and I'm going to go read something else I like better. Sorry about that. The writing within itself is very good and it's meant to be a LOL comedy, but for me it simply didn't work. My thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the eArc in return for my opinion. I may well pick this book back up at a later date, but for now, it's not my cup of tea. I have no intention of stopping reading this author's work as I usually adore her books. You may love this story, so please give it a try and don't let my review influence you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Vivi

    I received a copy of this book via Netgallery all opinions are my own In the novel we see our main protagonist Sylvia make the bold move of moving out with two of her unmarried friends. The scandal of such an action leads her to be sought out by other women, who feel trapped and in need of empowerment, and come together to create the Mismatch Society or Wantons as they come to be known. I must admit that I experienced a devilish glee in reading about the impact this society was having on the aris I received a copy of this book via Netgallery all opinions are my own In the novel we see our main protagonist Sylvia make the bold move of moving out with two of her unmarried friends. The scandal of such an action leads her to be sought out by other women, who feel trapped and in need of empowerment, and come together to create the Mismatch Society or Wantons as they come to be known. I must admit that I experienced a devilish glee in reading about the impact this society was having on the aristocratic men, who suddenly face women willing to stand up to them or refuse proposals. It led to some great scenes. In fact while the heart of the novel deals with the emotional impact of betrayal, trauma and fear in both the heroine and hero, the reader is provided with some wonderfully farcical scenes that had me really laughing. A real strength of Christi Caldwell's writing is how power in writing clever and amusing dialogues as well as her amazing characterisation. Her characterisation means that the reader is swept into the lives of more than just the main protagonists but in many, if not most of the secondary characters. You care about them and want to read their stories. Some of the star secondary characters are the tragic Annalee, and all of the Kearsley sisters who are a real source of energy and comedy. I hope to read more about them in the future. I found the hero Clayton very enjoyable and charming, his natural awkwardness and love for his family was a nice change from the normal rogue you encounter. Sylvia, the heroine, is strong and has an understandable bitterness towards men, very much formed by her experiences, and it takes time to discover the character under the protective shell she's created for herself. They make a great couple, with lots of chemistry and hot scenes. The narrative starts off lighter and full of humour as we are introduced to the characters and world and then starts to deepen and explore the repressed emotions and fears of the main characters leading to a dramatic and tense cathartic ending. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance, social humour or just a good enjoyable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Vivi

    In the novel we see our main protagonist Sylvia make the bold move of moving out with two of her unmarried friends. The scandal of such an action leads her to be sought out by other women, who feel trapped and in need of empowerment, and come together to create the Mismatch Society or Wantons as they come to be known. I must admit that I experienced a devilish glee in reading about the impact this society was having on the aristocratic men, who suddenly face women willing to stand up to them or In the novel we see our main protagonist Sylvia make the bold move of moving out with two of her unmarried friends. The scandal of such an action leads her to be sought out by other women, who feel trapped and in need of empowerment, and come together to create the Mismatch Society or Wantons as they come to be known. I must admit that I experienced a devilish glee in reading about the impact this society was having on the aristocratic men, who suddenly face women willing to stand up to them or refuse proposals. It led to some great scenes. In fact while the heart of the novel deals with the emotional impact of betrayal, trauma and fear in both the heroine and hero, the reader is provided with some wonderfully farcical scenes that had me really laughing. A real strength of Christi Caldwell's writing is how power in writing clever and amusing dialogues as well as her amazing characterisation. Her characterisation means that the reader is swept into the lives of more than just the main protagonists but in many, if not most of the secondary characters. You care about them and want to read their stories. Some of the star secondary characters are the tragic Annalee, and all of the Kearsley sisters who are a real source of energy and comedy. I hope to read more about them in the future. I found the hero Clayton very enjoyable and charming, his natural awkwardness and love for his family was a nice change from the normal rogue you encounter. Sylvia, the heroine, is strong and has an understandable bitterness towards men, very much formed by her experiences, and it takes time to discover the character under the protective shell she's created for herself. They make a great couple, with lots of chemistry and hot scenes. The narrative starts off lighter and full of humour as we are introduced to the characters and world and then starts to deepen and explore the repressed emotions and fears of the main characters leading to a dramatic and tense cathartic ending. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance, social humour or just a good enjoyable read,

  16. 4 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    An amazing romance set within a thought-provoking society Many (if not most) historical romances set within the confines of the English aristocracy take advantage of the societal rules regarding marriage. This one is the first I've read that seeks to truly examine those rules, with a specific focus on how restricting they are for women. Sure, there's probably a bit of a modern viewpoint creeping in, but I rather enjoy believing that women throughout history were more progressive than submissive, An amazing romance set within a thought-provoking society Many (if not most) historical romances set within the confines of the English aristocracy take advantage of the societal rules regarding marriage. This one is the first I've read that seeks to truly examine those rules, with a specific focus on how restricting they are for women. Sure, there's probably a bit of a modern viewpoint creeping in, but I rather enjoy believing that women throughout history were more progressive than submissive, even if it took far too long for progress to be realized. No great changes to the historical record are made in this book, but it does an exquisite job of dissecting the pitfalls on both sides of the argument and showing how women have always had to walk a very fine line to maintain their balance of freedom and respectability. Clayton is as unlike Sylvia's first husband as a man can be. Even though Norman had been Clay's best friend, there was a lot that Clay didn't know about Norman and Sylvia's marriage. He wanted to fulfill his promise to take care of Sylvia after Norman's death, but Clay's own family history deprived him of the confidence in his future to follow the demands of his heart. I adored Sylvia, with her dedication to her son, to her friends, and to her ideals. The various friendships among the women of the Society were very well done, giving us a beautiful assortment of vibrant characters who can disagree without being disagreeable. This author brilliantly establishes distinct personalities for each of Clay's six sisters, which is rarely seen for secondary characters. The romance blossoms slowly from the friendship between Clay and Sylvia that predates her marriage and is resumed when he hears of her Mismatch Society. I was enthralled with the deliberate way they each challenged the other to examine their beliefs and opinions and forced each other to see things from the other's point of view. Their triumphant HEA was thorough and delightful. I am looking forward to reading more about the members of the Mismatch Society. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Women taking a stand! A young woman is trying to keep her life together after discovering her dead husband Norman Prescott, the Earl of Norfolk, was on the verge of leaving her. The dead man’s closest friend from Eton days, Clayton Kearsley, Viscount St. John, realises he hasn’t honored his friend Norfolk’s request to look after his wife Sylvia, along with her son, despite his anger with Norfolk. Meanwhile Lady Sylvia Caufield, the Countess of Norfolk, has taken up residence with two other women, Women taking a stand! A young woman is trying to keep her life together after discovering her dead husband Norman Prescott, the Earl of Norfolk, was on the verge of leaving her. The dead man’s closest friend from Eton days, Clayton Kearsley, Viscount St. John, realises he hasn’t honored his friend Norfolk’s request to look after his wife Sylvia, along with her son, despite his anger with Norfolk. Meanwhile Lady Sylvia Caufield, the Countess of Norfolk, has taken up residence with two other women, Lady Annalee and Valerie Bragger. The two women living with Sylvia have come there by an interesting route. They are considered outrageous. Along with other women they form an association, the Mismatch Society, to take a stand against women being bartered in marriage. Amongst them are some of Clayton’s sisters and his mother. Of course this becomes scandalous. So much so that Sylvia’s in laws see this as a way to getting access to their grandchild (and there’s a mystery around this). To me the pièce de résistance is Clayton's relationship with his mother and sisters, especially his youngest sister, Eris. She’s just fabulous. Some of the scenes between them are just too precious for words. As a bonus we have the women of Clayton’s family wanting him to marry before a family curse leaves them stranded, Sylvia trying to protect herself and her son, various women doing the Regency equivalent of the Me Too Movement, and Clayton in love with Sylvia. Women from the Lost Lords of London form part of the group. Lila is Sylvia’s sister met in ‘In the Dark with the Duke,’ along her friend Lady Annalee. This series opens up a whole new suite of plots. A Regency romantic comedy, with an underlying serious dilemma, a second chance trope inclusion, and women taking a stand. Great beginning! A Montlake ARC via NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carey S.

    Lady Sylvia Caufield, the Countess of Norfolk, marries a man that she believes loves her. Sadly, he doesn’t and she has a miserable marriage until her husband dies. Clayton Kearsley, Viscount St. John, believes he is cursed, and most male members of his family die young. Because of the curse, he wants to marry someone he doesn’t love, because he hates the thought of dying young and leaving his wife alone and heartbroken. Sylvia and Clayton became good friends and shared some fun times years earl Lady Sylvia Caufield, the Countess of Norfolk, marries a man that she believes loves her. Sadly, he doesn’t and she has a miserable marriage until her husband dies. Clayton Kearsley, Viscount St. John, believes he is cursed, and most male members of his family die young. Because of the curse, he wants to marry someone he doesn’t love, because he hates the thought of dying young and leaving his wife alone and heartbroken. Sylvia and Clayton became good friends and shared some fun times years earlier when she was first on the marriage mart. Knowing he is cursed, Clayton did the noble thing and introduced Sylvia to his best friend, who marries her, is a terrible husband to her, and then dies, leaving her an unloved widow and pregnant with his heir. Clayton has felt guilty ever since. He had no idea his best friend was such a scoundrel. He had been half in love with Sylvia years earlier, but thought he was sparing her pain by not pursuing her. The time has come to make things right with Sylvia, but the question remains as to whether either one is open to the possibility. There’s quite a bit of setup to this book. Some of the discussions within the story seem quite progressive for the time period, making this book very interesting. Once the setup is complete, readers are given more information regarding the way women are treated during this time period. The book moves somewhat slower during this setup time, but picks up the pace afterward. There is some tension, but not a lot, and it’s doled out incrementally. There are some fun parts and some noteworthy characters at times, but Clayton’s little sister steals the spotlight several times! She’s a joy to read about! Things finally end up the right way, but it takes some time to get there!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judith Miguel

    THAT COVER IS EVERYTHING. I love it and the name!!! Sooo good. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton decided that she wanted to have her own place along with two equally scorned and cast-off friends. But after discovering they inadvertently inspired young ladies, decided to establishes the Mismatch Society, in order to save them from the terrible fate of marriage. With each new liberated member, the scandalous circle wreaks havoc on the romantic prospects of London’s frustrated male peerage. But nothing pre THAT COVER IS EVERYTHING. I love it and the name!!! Sooo good. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton decided that she wanted to have her own place along with two equally scorned and cast-off friends. But after discovering they inadvertently inspired young ladies, decided to establishes the Mismatch Society, in order to save them from the terrible fate of marriage. With each new liberated member, the scandalous circle wreaks havoc on the romantic prospects of London’s frustrated male peerage. But nothing prepares Sylvia for the Viscount St. John, a familiar face and her most formidable challenger. Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John, can’t allow these wantons to dismantle the Marriage Mart. Until he discovers the ringleader is his old friend’s widow, a fine woman for whom he’s carried a torch since the day they met. Thinking himself undeserving of a diamond like her, he introduced her to his best friend—a decision he now regrets deeply, knowing of the hurt she carries in secret. Now he is positioned to match wits with this woman, who is determined to save young ladies from future heartbreak. And despite his misgivings, Clayton is entertaining fantasies that he could end their battle with a kiss. If only he had the courage to tell her how he feels—or the hope that she’d ever again let down her guard. Clayton is absolutely perfect. Sweet and passionate, he is every girl’s dream. So proper and considerate. Sylvia is a great mum and a smart, generous, and brave woman. The Mismatch Society’s meetings are really funny. Together, Clayton and Sylvia are amazing. There are great sexy times and romantic ones. I loved the side characters and I´ll be waiting for their stories!! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another brilliant story! Disrupt society's norm...check. Allow women to voice their opinions and thoughts on women's place in marriage...check. Ms. Caldwell brings one of historical injustices out for a good airing! With her usual, grace and care, she opens the minds of her world. She lets intelligent, thoughtful and determined women start to take control of their own destiny. I have long been a fan of Ms. Caldwell's ability to touch on emotions and being new light to situations that face women, bo Another brilliant story! Disrupt society's norm...check. Allow women to voice their opinions and thoughts on women's place in marriage...check. Ms. Caldwell brings one of historical injustices out for a good airing! With her usual, grace and care, she opens the minds of her world. She lets intelligent, thoughtful and determined women start to take control of their own destiny. I have long been a fan of Ms. Caldwell's ability to touch on emotions and being new light to situations that face women, both now and in the past. This story is no exception. Sylvia is brilliant. She had a terrible, yet typical marriage of her time and position in society. She sets out with one objective only to have her beliefs brought to question and changed. She is strong and determined which requires a partner who appreciates these qualities. Clayton has a lot of personal baggage that he has been holding onto like a life vest. As he learns more about women, with the help of Sylvia and his sisters, he starts to shed the life vest and open his mind to possibilities. He has always been a strong supporter of his sisters and wanting them to find their way to happiness. The women in his life show him they are equally invested in his happiness. The supporting characters are fun, strong, some troubled, and perfect background for Sylvia and Clayton. Clayton's sisters are spectacular, each bringing a touch of brilliance and wit. They certainly keep Clayton on his toes. The other ladies add their own layers to the rich tapestry that Ms. Caldwell brings us in her stories. I am hopeful that several of them get their own HEA in Ms.Caldwell's world. This is the first book of a new series and I look forward to the coming stories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    lauras.always.reading

    This was a fun, sweet read. Clayton has secretly loved Sylvia forever. Believing he will die young, he matches Sylvia up with his best friend in the hopes that this will be better for her. It isn't and then she soon becomes a widowed, young mother. Deciding she wants to do things her own way, she moves into her own home with her soon and two friends and end up forming the Mismatch society to help young ladies avoid arranged and forced marriages. I really loved Clayton and his family in this book. This was a fun, sweet read. Clayton has secretly loved Sylvia forever. Believing he will die young, he matches Sylvia up with his best friend in the hopes that this will be better for her. It isn't and then she soon becomes a widowed, young mother. Deciding she wants to do things her own way, she moves into her own home with her soon and two friends and end up forming the Mismatch society to help young ladies avoid arranged and forced marriages. I really loved Clayton and his family in this book. He has six sisters and all were delightful. I liked that he was kind and good. Definitely a "cinnamon roll" hero, he was one who put Sylvia and his family before himself and wasn't your typical super alpha at all. Sylvia was likable but I had a hard time understanding her at times. Some of the decisions she made didn't really make sense to me and for as strong as she seemed to feel about some things in the beginning of the book, she really changes pace quickly towards the end. I did enjoy her meetings for the Mismatch society and really felt like some of the discussion could be commentary on relationships today. Caldwell is a favorite author of mine. While I didn't love this book quite as much as her previous ones I did enjoy it and am invested enough in the other characters to want to keep reading the series. This is a first in the series but connects to characters in the previous one which is fun. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a historical romance with a super sweet hero and a lighter feel. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for an ARC of this book. The opinions here are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book is so tedious. The plot is ridiculous and so unbelievable. The heroine, Sylvia, is a widow with a flaky husband so she decides to encourage all women to forgo marriage altogether. Umm, what? Maybe teach women to be more assertive or help match them to gentlemen who will be good husbands. Nope. Women shouldn’t get married because all men suck. Really?? I can’t seriously believe all women would actually go along with this. Also, how will all of these single women support themselves. Does This book is so tedious. The plot is ridiculous and so unbelievable. The heroine, Sylvia, is a widow with a flaky husband so she decides to encourage all women to forgo marriage altogether. Umm, what? Maybe teach women to be more assertive or help match them to gentlemen who will be good husbands. Nope. Women shouldn’t get married because all men suck. Really?? I can’t seriously believe all women would actually go along with this. Also, how will all of these single women support themselves. Does Sylvia think their families will want to or even can support them for the rest of their lives? I’m not sure how likely it is for all of them to get jobs to support themselves. Will Sylvia be supporting all of them for the rest of their lives? Just. So. Stupid. Then they are like oh their fathers and brothers will marry. Who will they be marrying if all women should avoid marriages? Their horses? I can’t with this plot. I get why Sylvia is the way she is but come on! Your answer to your stupid husband’s actions is to ban marriage altogether? That is the best idea you had? There were several references to prior books in other series. I was hoping with this being the first book in this series I wouldn’t have an issue following along but I was so confused. First of all, if you plan to read the other series of books related to these characters then you are warned of spoilers. There were also a lot of characters that I had no connection to and couldn’t pick them out of a crowd. I was so excited to read my first Christi Caldwell book but this may be my first and last sadly. *Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    Lady Sylvia Elton was widowed when pregnant with her son. Her marriage was not a happy one and she felt she was only a responsibility to her husband. She decides to create the Mismatch Society promoting the idea of marriage, if needed at all, as more of a partnership and less of an arrangement. It is throwing a wrench in the marriage market and annoying the peerage who wants to continue with the status quo. Viscount St. John (Clayton) is pushed by his peers to infiltrate the society to shut it d Lady Sylvia Elton was widowed when pregnant with her son. Her marriage was not a happy one and she felt she was only a responsibility to her husband. She decides to create the Mismatch Society promoting the idea of marriage, if needed at all, as more of a partnership and less of an arrangement. It is throwing a wrench in the marriage market and annoying the peerage who wants to continue with the status quo. Viscount St. John (Clayton) is pushed by his peers to infiltrate the society to shut it down. When he interrupts a meeting he finds Lady Sylvia. He has loved her since before she married his best friend. Lady Sylvia invites him to join the society to stop gossip about the purpose of the group. It allows Clayton and Sylvia time to meet together. This is my first Caldwell book and the first of a new series. (She has numerous other books.) I enjoyed the story but had a harder time with the writing style. It didn't flow easily for me. I did enjoy the discussions on marriage and what options were available to women in the time. But it got repetitive. I liked the society members themselves. I was also confused that a lot of story referenced storylines that must have been from another series because it isn't part of this one. Clayton seems stiff at first but I warmed up to his character and his devotion to his family and Sylvia. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    England 1826 Step in the Mismatch Society! Seriously, what is it? Sylvia, now widowed, decided she was going to move out on her own and live independently. Well, she did have two roommates, both who would certainly cause scandal but she didn't care. Surprisingly when other ladies heard, they wanted to be part of that independence! Not be forced to wed or be "mismatched" and thus it began! Clayton Kearsley, Lord St John, was responsible for his mother and six sisters. Yes, six! His father had passe England 1826 Step in the Mismatch Society! Seriously, what is it? Sylvia, now widowed, decided she was going to move out on her own and live independently. Well, she did have two roommates, both who would certainly cause scandal but she didn't care. Surprisingly when other ladies heard, they wanted to be part of that independence! Not be forced to wed or be "mismatched" and thus it began! Clayton Kearsley, Lord St John, was responsible for his mother and six sisters. Yes, six! His father had passed away young, as was the curse for the Kearsley men. It seemed now, before his demise, he would need to marry and produce a heir so as not to leave them all without a home. But as he went to his club, he found his friends were upset over a new society that was encouraging women not to marry! He was determined to get to the bottom of it and went to confront them. What he didn't expect was to find Sylvia in charge. Sylvia who had been married to his best friend. Sylvia, who he had cared about before his friend had married her. The friend who had left her for his mistress who he loved.... I just wanted to set up the series and can I say it is going to be delightful if this story is any indication? Of course, what am I saying? Everything Christi writes is amazing and this is one of the more lighthearted ones. It is a long journey to bring Clayton and Sylvia together, but so worth the wait!! Simply fun and or so wanton!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This novel as an interesting premise, a society of women meeting to discuss important issues and avoid marriages that would take away their freedom. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is the heroine and leader of the group. Her marriage was less than ideal, with her husband deciding to abandon her for another woman right before he died. But when the story takes off, she is living with her husband's former lover and another scandalous woman. They all run the society together. I liked the idea of independen This novel as an interesting premise, a society of women meeting to discuss important issues and avoid marriages that would take away their freedom. Widowed Lady Sylvia Elton is the heroine and leader of the group. Her marriage was less than ideal, with her husband deciding to abandon her for another woman right before he died. But when the story takes off, she is living with her husband's former lover and another scandalous woman. They all run the society together. I liked the idea of independent women banding together to support each other and other women, but that support was not always present in their actions. At times, I was a bit bored reading and had to force myself to focus. I did like the hero, Clayton , who has loved the heroine for years and seems to genuinely wish her happy and care about his large family (all sisters!). It is fun watching him change his views through contact with the society, and I love his relationships with his sisters. This is the first book in a new series, but I kept feeling like I missed important events that happened before the start of the novel. This made the threats in this book weird because they clearly stemmed from events I did not read. So, if you are caught up on all of Caldwell's work, you will be in a better position to enjoy this. I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher and Net Galley in return for a fair review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***3 Stars*** I’ve attempted this review a few times, but it always seems that when its a book I simply “Like” finding the words is always hard, probably because the book while enjoyable, didn’t go beyond that, so, I’m gonna keep it short and sweet. I loved the premise and did find the extreme’s the women appeared to go to and the uproar it caused amusing. I liked Sylvia and Clayton. I like how Sylvia took charge of her life and while there were moments where I think she went a bit OTT, I sti ***3 Stars*** I’ve attempted this review a few times, but it always seems that when its a book I simply “Like” finding the words is always hard, probably because the book while enjoyable, didn’t go beyond that, so, I’m gonna keep it short and sweet. I loved the premise and did find the extreme’s the women appeared to go to and the uproar it caused amusing. I liked Sylvia and Clayton. I like how Sylvia took charge of her life and while there were moments where I think she went a bit OTT, I still loved her sense of self. Clayton, while staid in certain ways, was a good man...he had to be considering his mother and sisters and truly did want the best for everyone in his life. Their journey to their HEA was cute and while I didn’t get any overwhelming feelings for or against them being together, I did like them together in the end. A lot goes on in this book and it is a spin off of another series, something I didn’t know prior to diving in, but it didn’t make a big difference to my enjoyment of the book, though it did have me wanting to pick up Lila’s book to read about her. As for the supporting cast of characters...all are quite unique and at times headache inducing but I really liked Lila, Sylvia’s sister, and Eris and Anwenn, Clayton’s sisters and Valen and am really wanting to keep up with all of them, so I think I’ll keep an eye out for the next book in the series as well as look at a few that are already out and see how it goes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    To be honest, this was not one of my favourite Christi Caldwell's stories, it just seemed to drag and it was the same thing over and over again. It really was a struggle to keep my interest in the book. Saying that, I did like the characters, especially Clayton's sisters, they were a hoot! Clayton has been in love with Sylvia from the first time he met her but with the thought of the curse that he'll die young like the rest of his male ancestry, he pushes her towards his best friend. Years later To be honest, this was not one of my favourite Christi Caldwell's stories, it just seemed to drag and it was the same thing over and over again. It really was a struggle to keep my interest in the book. Saying that, I did like the characters, especially Clayton's sisters, they were a hoot! Clayton has been in love with Sylvia from the first time he met her but with the thought of the curse that he'll die young like the rest of his male ancestry, he pushes her towards his best friend. Years later, she's now a widow with a young son and completely against remarrying again. Clayton tries to stay away but soon finds himself confronting her about her "Mismatch Society" that she's formed and that some of his sisters, even his mother, are attending the meetings. After all, it just won't do for the ladies to take themselves away from the marriage mart and expect equality with the men! Between saying they are "just friends" and yet having sex all over the place, Clayton and Sylvia's relationship is a bit confusing, especially when she says she's going to find him a wife right after one such episode! Oh well, maybe it's just me but this just didn't feel like the usual Christi Caldwell story. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gill

    So, you just finished The Bridgertons and are looking for the next book? This is it right here. Someone Wanton His Way Comes by Christ Caldwell is SO GOOD! I love this historical romance and cannot wait for the next in series. It’s going to tick all your boxes. Big family, physical comedy with a splash, heroine making bedroom discoveries and starting a feminist club! Sylvia is a widow and mother. Her marriage felt distant to begin with and then her husband died suddenly while she was pregnant. S So, you just finished The Bridgertons and are looking for the next book? This is it right here. Someone Wanton His Way Comes by Christ Caldwell is SO GOOD! I love this historical romance and cannot wait for the next in series. It’s going to tick all your boxes. Big family, physical comedy with a splash, heroine making bedroom discoveries and starting a feminist club! Sylvia is a widow and mother. Her marriage felt distant to begin with and then her husband died suddenly while she was pregnant. She makes the choice to move herself and her son out of her family’s home. They live with two of Sylvia’s friends who both have quite a bit of personal baggage and I hope they will have their own books. I love that Clayton Kearsley has a big family full of sisters (six sisters!). They are all scheming, playing or causing a raucous at anytime. Obviously, the Shakespeare quoting Delia is my personal favorite. They bring so much humor to the story and they all love each other. Clayton is also such a great guy. A supportive, cinnamon roll hero with some flaws and a sprinkle of deep regret. I can’t wait for you to read this one. I’m probably going to reread it now. I really cannot wait for the next one!! Thank you #Netgalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. #ChristiCaldwell #SomeoneWantonHisWayComes #NetGalley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie Bogdan

    4.5 stars Someone Wanton His Way Comes is an wonderfully feminist and deliciously steamy historical romance that I'm sure will be a wonderful start to this new series of Caldwell's. Putting up a historical romance by an author you have never read before can be somewhat of a gamble. Even with the wonderful pun in the title and the great cover art, I was a little bit apprehensive going into this. I have rarely been so pleased to be proven wrong! In addition to everything great that I could say about 4.5 stars Someone Wanton His Way Comes is an wonderfully feminist and deliciously steamy historical romance that I'm sure will be a wonderful start to this new series of Caldwell's. Putting up a historical romance by an author you have never read before can be somewhat of a gamble. Even with the wonderful pun in the title and the great cover art, I was a little bit apprehensive going into this. I have rarely been so pleased to be proven wrong! In addition to everything great that I could say about the plot and the romance, this book really stands out in how the characters take about female issues of the period. Caldwell is very conscious of not pushing a binary view of the institution of marriage and makes room for female characters who are actively choosing their partner on the basis that they will be an equal in the marriage. It was rather refreshing and I am curious to see where she will take the conversation in future books. The only thing that threw me with this was that there were characters and plots from some of Caldwell's other series that play a part in this book. I'm used to the first book in the series setting up future installments and was not aware that this was part of a greater universe. It took me a little while to adjust, but it also made me more interested in picking up other books in Caldwell's backlist. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    Audible Narration was Very Good!! 5 stars for narration!! The first part of this story was unbelievable for the time period. I t is 1829 an and the widowed Lady Sylvia Elton Dowager Countess of Norfolk has formed the Mismatched Society for Women. The problem I have with this is its 1829 women did not have a choice in getting married or staying single. They had no occupation no way to earn a living and provide for themselves. They must acquire a husband. This Mismatched Society was just to feminis Audible Narration was Very Good!! 5 stars for narration!! The first part of this story was unbelievable for the time period. I t is 1829 an and the widowed Lady Sylvia Elton Dowager Countess of Norfolk has formed the Mismatched Society for Women. The problem I have with this is its 1829 women did not have a choice in getting married or staying single. They had no occupation no way to earn a living and provide for themselves. They must acquire a husband. This Mismatched Society was just to feminist for the era. They would have been shut down But what I did like was the middle to the end when Sylvia and Clayton Kearsley Viscount St. John friendship advanced into a sensual romance and love story. Clayton was a wonderful hero. Thats saying a lot for me because I usually don't read HR stories unless they are about Dukes, Marquess or Earls. I don't bother with the lower tier of the peerage. But I really like the way Clayton/St.John was written. I love his 4 year old little sister Eris. What a little power house she is. I also, like the interaction between Vallen 3 year old son of Sylvia. His playtime with Eris added to the story. Children always bring and extra element to any storyline. I also, didn't like that Sylvia was a old spinster. I personally am sick of Spinster storylines. The ending was abrupt. The H/H haven't married yet!!

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