To Desire a Wicked Duke Mass Market Paperback – Feb 22 2011
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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
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.