The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels
Date Read: February 26th 2018
Genre: Historical, Romance
Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune good-bye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm…
When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure. A man who’s everything she’s always feared most—but whom she reluctantly begins yearning for.
Then Sophie becomes the target of a killer lurking from the dark shadows of Devlin’s past. And they find not only their lives in jeopardy but their very hearts.
Publisher: Entangled Publisher
Read for Fun (Personal Copy)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Lady Sophie Wolcott is an eccentric bluestocking who spends her time working at an orphanage. She has a crush on her friend’s brother, Richard, Earl of Abelard since she was 8. Attending a ball at the Duke of Huntington’s home she climbs a tree to eavesdrop on Richard proposing to someone else. When they go inside, she attempts to get down only to fall near the Duke, Devlin, and a lady friend. He sees that she gets home safely and makes sure there will be no gossip.
A year later, the Queen decides he must marry if he wants her to sign business contracts for him. He has no choice but to marry and decides Sophie would be good, especially since the Queen informs him Sophie is the only choice she’d approve. He has no idea that Sophie might not want to marry a Duke.
Sophie is not sure she wants to be married, but she does need Devlin’s help in finding a now grown orphan who has disappeared from her job. He also agrees to generous donations to the orphanage, so she’s not as opposed to marrying him as she lets on. Here is where this wonderfully complex book gets very good. There is danger and several men who might be a killer.
On the fun side, Devlin has taken guardianship over a young boy, Nicholas, as his father has died. Nicholas adds humor and opinions to their lives.
This is one of the best first books I’ve read. I found it very hard to put down as I had to know what was happening. It is easy to give this book 5 stars. I highly recommend it.
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