on April 24th 2018
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From New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter comes the latest sexy tale of three untamable dukes and the women who ignite their decadent desires . . .
HE MAY BE A DEVIL
He's infamous, debaucherous, and known all over town for his complete disregard for scandal, and positively irresistible seductions. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford, is obscenely wealthy, jaw-droppingly handsome, and used to getting exactly what he wants. Until his attention is utterly captured by a woman who refuses to tell him her name, but can't help surrendering to his touch . . .
BUT SHE'S NO ANGEL EITHER . . .
Amanda Waverly is living two lives—one respectable existence as secretary to an upstanding lady, and one far more dangerous battle of wits—and willpower—with the devilish Duke. Langford may be the most tempting man she's ever met, but Amanda's got her hands full trying to escape the world of high-society crime into which she was born. And if he figures out who she really is, their sizzling passion will suddenly boil over into a much higher stakes affair . . .
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Devil of a Duke is the second book in the Decadent Dukes Society by Madeline Hunter. It can be read as a standalone story.
Miss Amanda Waverly was brought up by her parents, both thieves who taught her the trade. When she became too noticeable to be a good thief her mother sent her off to school and from there she had the opportunity to work for an eccentric woman as her secretary. She enjoyed not having to break the law and loved her much more pleasant life earning a living properly. Her newfound security came to a crashing halt though when her mother was kidnapped and demands came to Amanda to steal particular items to earn her mother’s release.
In the process of planning to get to one of the items, Amanda meets Gabriel St James the Duke of Langford. There is an immediate attraction between them, one that they both want to act on, but which they both know they shouldn’t for their own separate reasons. Amanda has the most important reason of all, of course, that he can’t find out about her past, or about her having to be a thief once again. Despite their reasoning, they do embark on a very passionate interlude. Will Langford discover her secrets and if he does will she end up hanging for them? Does she have any chance of rescuing her mother before that might come to fruition?
This was a real pleasure to read because it was suspenseful with the threat of Amanda’s mother being hurt or worse, plus the fear of Langford finding out Amanda’s truths. But also there was the budding romance between our hero and heroine, their lust for each other was very real, but it became very obvious that it was more than that for both of them. Waiting to find out just how Langford would deal with the things he was to discover kept me reading into the wee hours to find out. I wasn’t disappointed. The ending was wonderful, believable and left me with a smile on my face.
I only have one small negative thing to say about it which certainly doesn’t warrant any drop in rating. But please, please American authors don’t use the word ‘bring’ instead of ‘take’. For example US: I will BRING you home. UK: I will TAKE you home! It’s only a small thing but when you are reading a story set in Britain with British characters it is so wrong and off-putting when one or more characters say something Americanised.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.