Book The Wicked Duke He was a new duke who has filled his life with wild nights wanton women and a little too much
Book The Wicked Duke He was a new duke who has filled his life with wild nights, wanton women and a little too much alcohol. Lance is the classic titled man with too much money and time on his hands to get in trouble, or at least be suspected of it. The perfect target to become the groom of a woman who is reluctant, to say the least, to be his bride. Will Marianne become another sexual conquest for the Duke or does she have her own agenda she hopes to unveil? It’s all in the game of love, lust, and winner-takes-all and it looks like these two are in for a photo finish!Classic Regency romance, heaving bosoms, rakish scoundrels and Cupid playing games with Fate. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter has all of the spicy ingredients that exist behind the closed doors of the titled nobility, proof that under all that starch and all those petticoats, are the sizzling and seductive desires of society. Ms. Hunter has given us the classic hero, in all of his tainted glory and a woman far too advanced for the structure of the era. A quick read that does not get hung up on perfecting the era, but gets straight to the story, the intrigue and the heat!I received an ARC edition from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.My Rating: 3.5 StarsSeries: Wicked Trilogy - Book 3Publisher: Jove (May 31, 2016)Publication Date: May 31, 2016Genre: Regency RomancePrint Length: 384 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com. The Wicked Duke is Ebook Third in the roguishly intriguing series by the New York Times bestselling author of Tall, Dark, and Wicked and His Wicked Reputation She appeals to his wicked inclinations, but he never expects she might snare his heart Suspected of his brother s murder, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, was forced to give up his hell raising habits in London for the anonymity of quThird in the roguishly intriguing series by the New York Times bestselling author of Tall, Dark, and Wicked and His Wicked Reputation She appeals to his wicked inclinations, but he never expects she might snare his heart Suspected of his brother s murder, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, was forced to give up his hell raising habits in London for the anonymity of quiet country living So, when an opportunity arises to clear his name in exchange for proposing to the niece of a neighbor, he sees no choice but to accept Plus, seducing the reluctant maiden will be a most intriguing challenge As Marianne Radley is dependent on her uncle, she must accept the Duke s marriage proposal at her family s request, despite her belief he is irredeemably wicked But along with marrying him, she intends to sniff out the duke s unsavory secrets and expose them to the world a plan that would be flawless were it not for one minor detail even she, with all her determination, is not immune to the charms of a rakish duke. Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.. Bestseller Book The Wicked Duke Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.Oh I loved the so called 'Wicked Duke'. Lance is so very wicked (well naughty at least) and often finds himself in spots of trouble but currently? Well he's playing the "good" duke. His brother was murdered some months back and all eyes have been on him as the culprit. So he's got to behave himself and avoid all of his usual trappings. Including women. Alas, one captivating trespasser has caught his eye. Just so happens her uncle is one of the men who holds Lance's fate in his hands. And so...things get a touch messy. So the things I liked. I loved Lance and enjoyed Marianne quite a bit. They're both in somewhat difficult situations when they agree upon marrying but trying to make the best of their forced hands. Lance does have some naughty in him and is quite sexy. I loved seeing him with his brothers and his patience with Marianne. Seeing a little of his naughty side peek out now and again and his past with this dead brother unravel. He's a good guy. Solid and yummy. Marianne was an interesting one. She's caring and strong, opinionated and crafty when need be. I liked the two of them together. They had a nice little zing between themI liked the set up of Lance trying to find the culprit behind his brother's death and getting his life back. With them trying to make their marriage work. With her holding a little secret activity in her pocket. Things I had Issues with.I really didn't like her family or the fact that in the end they benefited from her marriage and using her for societal gain paid off. Her uncle and mother were terrible towards her and I would have liked for them to really get what they deserved instead of everything they wanted when they forced her to marry. And then the big issue for me--which is something I'm struggling with in the romance genre as a whole--heroine hit the hero. In a totally uncalled for way. And nothing was done or really said about it. She did thank him for not hitting her back and that it would have been deserved but it almost became a joke like 'hey remember when you punched me in the face?!' and that pissed me off even more. Had the hero punched the heroine all hell would break loose. I'm really sick of the double standard and heroines getting away with it. They were making out and then she felt his erection and 'came to her senses' told him to stop--which he did--then hauled back and punched him. Leaving a bruise for over a week. Unacceptable. That alone brought this down to a 3.5 stars from what would have been a solid 4 star book. So I had an issue or two. But thankfully overall I did enjoy The Wicked Duke and seeing these two try to figure out their lives and rise above things outside of their control forcing their hands. There were some funny make-you-snort moments and some very touching ones. Some hot sexy bits coupled with incredibly tender ones. Hunter pulls you along and will have you smitten.~~~notes~~~Want it. Want it. Need it. Gotta have it. Gah I love me some Lance and damn May 2016 is a LONG time away.