Sins of a Wicked Duke written by Sophie Jordan
Genres: Historical Romance
Series: The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
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She works to live...
One would think the last place a beauty like Fallon O'Rourke could keep her virtue was in the Mayfair mansion of London's most licentious duke, the notorious Dominic Hale. Yet Fallon—who's endured nothing but lecherous advances since her father's tragic death—is perfectly safe there...disguised as a footman! Beneath the notice of the dark-haired devil with his smoldering blue eyes and sinful smile, Fallon never imagines her secret will be discovered. But how long can her deception last when she begins to wish she is one of the many women traipsing in and out of the sinful rogue's bedchamber?
He lives to sin...
Most men envy the duke, never suspecting his pleasure-loving ways are a desperate attempt to escape, however briefly, the pain of a past that's left him with a heart of stone. Only one woman can break down his defenses. Only one woman can win his love...if she reveals her secret and succumbs to the sins of the wicked duke.
I seriously had deja vu when I was reading Sins of a Wicked Duke! This is a Sophie Jordan backlist book and I swear I have read it before! Well, I think I read this years ago because I couldn’t exactly remember the plot, but while I was reading it, I felt that I read it before!
I really love the premise – a spinster who is not of the aristocracy was fired from another job because she refused the advances of her employers’ son only to meet a rake who propositions her for the same thing! She doesn’t bite but ends up masquerading as a man and applied to work at his residence. Man, that took some balls! Pun intended.
I really love Fallon. She was an awesome heroine and I love that she took her destiny into her hands. She figured out how to find work and actually be left alone. I mean, this era really needed the #metoo movement. Fallon’s character development throughout the book was great to see. I loved that she was able to open her heart and trust someone after all she had been through when she was young.
Then let’s talk about the Duke! He is the typical rakehell hero that you love to hate. And yeah, in the beginning, he was definitely an ass. There were reasons for his attitude though, but still! I also liked the forbiddeness of their situation. There wasn’t any queer baiting here, which I appreciated, but Dominic seemed to warm up to his new “footman” and seemed to open up to him.
Fallon’s identity is unmasked a quarter into the book and Dom realizes that she was the girl he had propositioned that one night. Unmasking Fallon early on was absolutely perfect because I really don’t like queerbaiting.
I enjoyed the romance between Fallon and Dom and the whole plot, as crazy as it seems. I do believe that I have read this book before AND I think I own a copy of this, which is probably back in my hometown!
If you want to read a historical romance featuring a girl disguising herself as a man, and a forbidden romance, Sins of a Wicked Duke is the book for you!
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