Audiobook Review: When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

Posted May 21, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 18 Comments

Audiobook Review: When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine HeathSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath
Narrator: Helen Lloyd
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins

Date Read: February 2014

Genre: 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. 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…

More Information:
Publisher: Avon, HarperAudio
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1

Also by this author: Deck the Halls With Love, In Bed with The Devil, Between the Devil and Desire , Surrender to the Devil, The Duke and the Lady in Red
Also in this series: The Duke and the Lady in Red, An Affair with a Notorious Heiress


Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath was a wonderful dip back into the families of St. James! How did I not grasp this was about the kids! YEAH!

Story Thoughts: I told someone the other day that I was just going to write this for my review: If you love Historical Romance then you need to read When the Duke Was Wicked. Why? It has a plot device that I have never seen in an historical and it really worked! Seriously, I think Kimba said it best when she said the secret was just brilliant. This story just worked for me on every level.

Character Thoughts: I will admit that you don’t have to read the series that this is spun off of to enjoy this or the characters. In fact, it is completely two different generations. However, I dare you not to squee like a fan girl if you have because I don’t think it is possible. The second I realized it was the kids, I might have done a little jig. It might have also been a tad bit embarrassing. I loved Grace and Lovingdon’s love story. They were so perfectly matched and well suited for each other personality wise. Their HEA was FANTASTIC!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Helen Lloyd / Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins

Helen did an excellent job with the narration of Grace and Lovingdon! I loved her pacing and emotion. All together a wonderful listen.

Final Thoughts: Ready for the next one!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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18 responses to “Audiobook Review: When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

  1. This I already had on my wishlist, but I didn’t realize it was a continuation . . . of sorts. So THANKS! I’m totally OCD about that kind of thing *goes and looks up other series*

    • It is a continuation of sorts and the parents books were so darn good! They are worth the read 🙂 I just read the 2nd in the series and was still blown away. I just like the way she tells a story!

    • I thought so too! I mean it wasn’t anything huge but it was pretty awesome, mostly because that would have been so hard to deal with then.

  2. I haven’t read this series by Lorraine Heath but generally like her books. I will definitely pick this one up from Audible.

  3. I’m intrigued on two levels here – one, that the secret was so unexpected and two, that it’s the next generation… which means that even though I don’t have to, I really WANT to read the series it’s a spin off of! I think I’m going to devote June to historicals, I have so many I want to read and these will be on the list I hope.

  4. I wondered if you needed to read the parent series first so thanks for addressing that issue. But, I don’t want to miss the experience you had by reading in order so I’ll go ahead and read them first:)

    Great review!