Reviewed by Heather C
Title: The Devilish Duke
Author: Maddison Michaels
Hero/Heroine: Devlin Markham/Sophie Wolcott
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 450 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 goodbye. 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 the debut novel of Maddison Michaels…an author I will definitely be reading again in the future.
It’s 1855 London and Sophie Wolcott is hiding in a tree spying on the man she thinks she loves as he proposes to another woman. Devlin Markham and his latest conquest are fooling around right below her, until Sophie’s tumble from the tree ruins their little interlude. And that’s how Sophie meets the Devil Duke.
About a year later, Devlin returns to London determined to make Sophie his wife, even if he has to resort to blackmail. Sophie will do almost anything to save the orphanage she supports. No, it’s not a love match, but neither of them really believe in love…yet.
Pro: The cover. Just look at it!
Pro: Good mix between humor and suspense. The opening scene was absolutely hilarious and there are many other lighthearted moments. Then, suddenly the “bad guy” would do a terrible thing and you would get his or his victim’s POV. It was a little shocking at first because those scenes were so graphic, but I’m okay with that.
Pro: I loved the banter between Sophie and Devlin. Plus the sexual tension. But, mostly, I was a sucker for the witty banter.
Maybe Pro/ Maybe Con: Low on the sexy scale. I guess that depends on what you prefer.
Con: Predictable. I didn’t fall for any of the red herrings. The bad guy was who I expected (I’m good that way), but I had not figured out the motive. No way would I have ever thought that would be his reasons.
Looks like the next book in the series, The Fiancé Fiasco, is scheduled for release later this year. I will definitely be adding it to my wishlist.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*