Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels

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.
The Devilish Duke is one of those books which have everything, romance, intrigue, suspense, mystery, rakish hero, independent and strong heroine, and a lot more. It's a really well-written historical fiction, the kind of book which has the ability to make you fall in love with the genre. I genuinely enjoyed reading it, especially because of the characters. They are all amazing and fun to read about.

Devlin and Sophie's first encounter was a year ago, and it wasn't something either of them could forget, although for different reasons. For Devlin it was strange to meet a woman who could resist his charm and he simply could not forget the way she had behaved around him, censoring him like no other person ever had or since.. For Sophie it was simply embarrassing.... but neither could forget it.

Now Devlin is back and in need of a wife. The first and only woman who comes to his mind is Lady Sophie. And he is the man who gets what he wants one way or the other. He has decided to marry her so he will. On the other hand, the lady in question isn't thrilled about the prospect of marrying a known rake, however, she wants something only he could give... So will she agree to this farce of a marriage or not?

While this is the romance side of the story, there is also a mystery unfolding. One of Sophie's ex-orphan has gone missing living behind a trail of mischief and mayhem. What happened to her and how is it related to either Devlin or Sophie is a question which will plague the readers for quite some time. But we will have our answers eventually...

It's a great read. I loved it and would recommend it to all readers who enjoy mixed genres, especially historical fiction.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

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