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To Desire a Wicked Duke [Mass Market Paperback]

Nicole Jordan

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Book Description

Feb. 22 2011
Passion ignites in Nicole Jordan’s delectable, dazzling conclusion to The Courtship Wars.
 
Two years after losing her beloved fiancé to war, Tess Blanchard feels ready to chance love again. Thus she’s aghast when a threatening scandal forces her to wed her longtime nemesis, Ian Sutherland, Duke of Rotham. The impossibly arrogant, irresistibly seductive nobleman is the last man Tess could ever imagine loving. Making matters worse, she discovers secrets in Rotham’s wicked past that send her fleeing London for his remote castle in Cornwall.

Having long desired Tess, Ian is exasperated that the ton thinks he’s driven his reluctant new bride from their marriage bed and follows hard on her heels. Naturally, their spirited rivalry leads to glorious, pleasure-filled nights—complicated by a mysterious ghost who haunts Ian’s castle and Tess’s vexing insistence that he play matchmaker to her friends. But can blazing desire between two warring hearts turn into wedded bliss and timeless love?

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345510097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345510099
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A provocative page-turner brimming with sensuality and wit. Nicole Jordan charms and captivates.”—Jillian Hunter

About the Author

Nicole Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous historical romances. She lives with her real-life hero (her husband) in the Rocky Mountains of Utah, where she is at work on her next enthralling tale about the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite Novel By Nicole Jordan Feb. 24 2011
By JLR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with the "one star" reviewer (Feb. 23, 2011). The heroine (Tess) was not likeable and the book went on and on about her charity work. In the previous books in which the heroine appeared, she seemed a sweet, grief-stricken young woman who was trying to overcome her losses (mother and fiance) by involving herself with teaching young women. Now that she has a starring role, she suddenly becomes this ascerbic, tart-tongued, argumentative woman who takes every opportunity to plunge her symbolic dagger into her (supposedly) devil of a husband's heart. Ian (the "Devil Duke") showed great restraint for someone who was reputed to be a heartless blackguard who cared only for himself. Yes, he (again I say "supposedly") felt a sexual attraction towards his wife from the beginning; however, Ms. Jordan failed to convince me that the two were attracted to each other in any way. She failed to make me "care" about what happened between the two. The main characters were very one dimensional and I quickly came to the point where I was rolling my eyes in frustration with Tess's responses to Ian's continuous attempts to reconcile her to the marriage. I, frankly, would have thrown up my hands in disgust and packed her off to Cornwall with the hardened (but reformed) courtesan and the silly "ghost." I'm sorry to say that the story was just flat. I know Ms. Jordan can do better than this.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?? Feb. 27 2011
By Liz Bennet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I whole heartedly agree with JLR's review. I was so looking forward to this book. The first chapter showed all the signs of an exciting courtship. It fell very flat and I was left disappointed. Tess was really annoying and in fact I actually felt sorry for Ian. This story had so much potential but one could tell Nicole just rushed this one and she felt no affinity for her characters. This story lacked the depth and feeling that the other stories in this series.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable Regency romance Feb. 24 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1817 in Richmond, England Tess Blanchard has begun to move passed the death of her fiancé in combat two years ago. However when she and Patrick Hennessy, who has been assigned to keep her safe, kiss, she finds it insipid. Worse her long time adversary, the Duke of Rotham Ian Sutherland catches her and rips her up and down for her scandalous behavior.

Tess' godmother Lady Wingate stuns her when she insists she marry Sutherland to avoid a scandal; failure to do so means Wingate will withdraw her support financially and titled. Tess reluctantly agrees, but vows their marriage will be in name only as she loathes the arrogant way Sutherland mocks her. However, Ian has other plans for his wife who he protects and mentors in the art of the bedroom. She begins to fall in love with her husband until she uncovers horrible secrets her spouse concealed. Despondent and irate, Tess flees to Sutherland's Cornwall estate where something otherworldly haunts the castle. Ian follows her hoping his wife will forgive him as he loved her long before they married.

The latest Courtship Wars Regency romance (see To Pleasure A Lady, To Romance a Charming Rogue and To Seduce a Bride) is an enjoyable entry to a fun series. The dysfunctional yet loving lead couple's behavior towards each other mirrors that of the stars of To Tame a Dangerous Lord. However, the entertaining story line is made fresh by a mutual third party and the haunting. Filled with secrets, misunderstandings and distrust, To Desire A Wicked Duke is an entertaining historical.

Harriet Klausner
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Feb. 23 2011
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Society's rules in Regency England, during the early nineteenth century, mixed with Tess Blanchard's desire for passion and the Duke of Rotham's long-denied desire for Tess make a captivating romance that propels the reader along with both internal and external conflicts, humor, and an irrepressible primal connection that engenders an exquisite love.

The Duke of Rotham, known as the Devil Duke, seizes the opportunity to kiss Tess after four years of wanting her while keeping his distance. Male primal need takes control. Common sense and caution exit leaving passion, desire, and fiery need to take center stage. All his womanizing and worldly ways did not prepare the Duke for the way he feels when he kisses and caresses Tess.

Tess comes alive at his touch. The emptiness she's felt for so long is filled with the Duke's scent, taste, and the marvelous sensation of his mouth that feels like heated silk as it makes her melt with pleasure and wanting. His caresses make her oblivious to all else. She had experienced a youth's love with her fiancé Richard before he was killed, but she'd never felt anything like the passionate, blood sizzling demands of the Duke's touch that makes her shiver in exhilaration.

When they are caught by Lady Wingate, Tess's benefactor, the Duke takes control and says they will marry to save Tess's reputation. He is well aware of the double standard in their Regency society. More than that, he already has a reputation that could hardly be degraded more--whether justified or not.

These two strong personalities, both determined to protect themselves from hurt, deal with conflicts in unique ways with each of them trying to keep the upper hand. With humor, tears, and fears, they enchant the reader with a spellbinding love that flourishes in spite of all the contrariness.

The secondary characters make entertaining, delightful additions to the untangling of what is true and what was thought to be true. They supply some unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Fanny Irwin and the Loring sisters are delightful.

Nicole Jordan brings a sparkling, fresh touch to Regency romance. Her character development makes Tess and the Duke come alive. Their depth, emotions, and steadfastness endear them to the reader.

To Desire a Wicked Duke crackles with conflicts, sizzles with sensuality, and lures the reader in with incredible love (and that love scene!) It kept me up late and I never missed the sleep.

Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book May 11 2011
By Suzy Q-ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a complete page turner; it's full of good romantic suspense although there is no actual villain within the story.
The hero is extremely likeable and well matched with his heroine. He didn't wear his heart on his sleeve, but the author always projected his feelings for his heroine in a truthful and consistent manner. We learn of him mending his wild oats and ways, how he becomes a successful Duke in both society and business and how he even has a good and solid heart; all excellent qualities of a redeeming rake.

The heroine can definitely hold up a wits game with her hero, but at times she would come across as being a bit too insensitive with her hero and for the simple excuse of guarding her precious heart; she kept comparing him with her first true love (the hero's cousin) and voicing said comparisons at the most inopportune of times (when having an intimate tryst with the hero).

The romantic subplot was a bit annoying and distracting, and at times I would just skim through these pages. Why the author dedicated almost an entire epilogue to this subplot is far beyond me. I expected more thunder and ardor during the couple's final love scene in order to remain consistent with their previously heated and erotic encounters, but the author merely ended their passion on a simple and giddy note. But on an overall basis, it's a very good read because you just want to keep turning the pages in order to determine what would happen next with this couple.

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