Sunday, May 8, 2016

ARC Review of The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter

Lancelot Heminford, The Duke of Aylesbury is as wicked as they come.  A reputation as a hell raiser since he was a very young man,  seducer of other men's wives, more comfortable in a Gaming Hell than a Drawing Room.  He is now the Duke, due to his older brother's suspicious death from an apparent poisoning when Lance happens to be in residence.

Marianne Radley is the niece of Sir Horace who wants the influence of the new Duke of Aylesbury and revenge for what he believes the Duke did to his daughter. Sir Horace is not above using his niece as a tool to achieve his ends.  He blackmails Lance to marry his niece and he will use his influence with the Coroner to rule his brother death was of natural causes.  If Lance does not cooperate he says he can produce a witness that saw Lance poison his brothers food.

Marianne is a strong minded young lady who  has a secret of her own that would ruin her if it was known. She is determined to have control over her own life without the interference of her mother or her uncle.  Then she meets the Duke and everything changes.  She has never felt this way before and doesn't know what to make of the instant attraction.  Lance desires her and cannot seem to stay away from her.  He agrees to Sir Horace's scheme and they both find themselves in a marriage that neither one of them expected.

There is intrigue. mystery, and a passion that is electrifying and compelling.  This is a wonderful story of two people who find themselves in the midst of a storm of lust, deceptions, greed and the possibility of great heartache.  Lance and Marianne are truly intriguing, fascinating characters that bring this love story to life. Madeline writes a beautiful, intelligent story that keeps you enthralled to the very end. The whodunit is a real surprise!!!  You also get to catch up with Lance's brothers and their wives from the first two books in the series.

Madeline is one of my go to authors.  I have read all of her books and will buy any book with her name on it.
Do not miss this book!!!!  I read it so fast, now I am sad that it is over, so I am going back and reading the first two books in the Wicked Series...Tall, Dark, and WIcked  and His Wicked Reputation.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Jaci, I have read and enjoyed book 2 and this one and book 1 are both on my wish list.