When the Duke was Wicked

Lorraine Heath
When the Duke was Wicked
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Release Date
February 2013
Historical Romance

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. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman's favor--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 . . .

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 08, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED is the reason we read romance. Heartfelt, captivating and delightful, I'm glad I didn't miss this one!

In losing his beloved wife and daughter, Lovingdon lost his reason to live. He wondered why he'd been "punished" when he'd been good, and if that's so, then there's no reason to fear for being bad. And bad he became--whoring, drinking and whatever else it is rakes do.

Grace (their parents were friends) asked for Lovingdon's help to weed out the men who said they loved her, but who were really only after her dowry. Lovingdon resisted at first, but soon, he was drawn into her scheme, and when a gentleman mean to force Grace's hand in marriage, Lovingdon has to face his own growing feelings for her...

I like that, for once, we open and end with a journal entry from the hero's point of view. Too often, we see it from the side of the heroine, so this book is refreshing and unique from the start.

Lorraine Heath did a great job depicting how these two friends fell into lust and love, and it was wonderful accompanying them on that journey. I thoroughly love the last few scenes, from the moment of Grace's captivity to her rescue and beyond, especially that scene when Grace awakened to find Lovingdon had gone down to the library (or study, I had forgotten). I thought that was their most romantic moment.

I haven't read the previous series featuring their parents, but it isn't necessary to do so in order to enjoy this one. However, if you've read the previous series, you'd probably be thrilled to see cameo appearances by Frannie and her duke, and Drake Darling (formerly Peter Sykes). I find myself intrigued by Drake and can't wait to read his book!
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