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Title: When the Duke Was Wicked
Written by Lorraine Heath
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: February 25th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
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They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways…
Lady Grace Mabry’s ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her—or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?
With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. After all, he’s familiar with all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent how to distinguish honest emotions from false ones. How better than by demonstrating his wicked ways? But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man’s marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully—or risk losing the woman he adores…
When the Duke was Wicked is Lorraine Heath’s first book in her brand new series Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James. You should note that this newest series flows with her other series Scoundrels of St. James, in that the main characters are Lady Grace Mabry (Sterling and Frannie’s daughter in Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James #3) and Henry, the Duke of Lovingdon (Olivia Stanton’s son in Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James #2). This story kicks of the series in a good note since it slowly introduces us to the other scandalous gentlemen that will feature in future books. This is a rather sweet story between childhood friends who grew up together and ultimately fell in love.
I loved the seamless way the hero and heroine fell in love with each other. It was not fully drawn out and I love the passion that both possessed. I also love that Henry was a “tortured hero,” blaming himself for his wife and daughter’s deaths and vowing never to fall in love again. I thought that Grace was the perfect independent woman for him, showing him that loving someone, even for a short while was worth it rather than not loving at all.
I was naturally drawn to this story because I loved the Scoundrels of St. James series and interested to read about how my favorite characters would be featured in this book. Naturally, we see Olivia, Frannie, Sterling, and Dr. Graves in the book which I really loved.
When the Duke was Wicked really did start off the series in an awesome tone and I can’t wait for the next!
Read the full review at Night Owl Reviews.