Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James,
Published by Avon on 25 February 2014
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, Girls & Women, Historical Romance, Love & Romance
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Place(s) Traveled To: London, England (1874)
First Line(s): On the morning of February 2, 1872, I Henry Sidney Stanford, the seventh Duke of Lovingdon, Marquess of Ashleigh, and Earl of Wyndmere, died.
When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath is a bad boy historical romance and the start of a new series from one of the queens of romance. Though despite this, When the Duke Was Wicked is the first book by Heath that I’ve read though it won’t be my last. I like how Heath was able to write a strong female heroine who is smart and rational and dreams of the best life she can make in a world full of restrictions. Lovingdon is also a character with a good heart but after the loss of his wife and child he’s lost his way and become bitter to the world around him. But he is Grace’s neighbor and her long time crush and a friend of the family and only he can help her find a husband who is after more than just her fortunes.
When the Duke was Wicked is a fast read and a fun story. Its easy to get lost in this world and these characters and watch as Lovingdon starts to fall for Grace. Its always fun seeing the strong, alpha males fight what the reader knows is inevitable and find his HEA with the heroine. As with many romances, the reader knows the ending prior to starting the story but its all about the journey in getting there. While there isn’t a ton of other things that happen in When the Duke was Wicked it acts as a nice pallet cleanser when you just need a fun story about two people falling in loved.
I really liked how Heath crafts a story and brings about all the bits and pieces of her historical London. I liked the dialogue and the chemistry that existed between Lovingdon and Grace. I always love when I stumble on a new to me author and Lorraine Heath is definitely one that I look forward to reading more stories from. If you are looking for a fun romance then you might want to check this one out. Or if you are a long time fan of Heath then be sure to let me know in the comments what book of hers I should check out next.