The Devilish Duke: Saints & Scoundrels Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 28, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #29,073 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#60 in Victorian Romance
#784 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,741 in Victorian Historical Romance (Books)
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Sophie’s speech and antics then take a sharp turn into the absurd. She’s a spinster, she runs an orphanage, she gallivants all over London alone... Yep getting dumb. She is constantly getting between men who inexplicably fight over her - giving grown men orders. Not happening between this nobody and a Duke. She gets into a snipe/sneer match with her hateful future sister-in-law. Not in a park or private, but at the freaking opera! She decides she’s going to solve the murder of a maid, and demands to trot all over London banging in doors. She goes to a weekend house-party, that is essentially a swingers’ weekend, WITH NO CHAPERONE.
The author is so lazy with the plot. No woman of this era would do these things. Then she trots out words like “bossy,” “sassy,” and a million other anachronisms that ruin the story. Essentially this book is like an old Doris Day movie with lots of over-acting from a precious heroine who does ridiculous things. But we let her because she’s just so cute.
All of this truly irritates me. Why? Because the actual plot of this book contained a neat little mystery with viable bad guys. The Duke and the heroine both had decent backstories that required character growth before they could be happy. We could just as easily insert Godzilla in Queen Victoria’s sitting room for all the lack of authenticity.
Devlin and Sophie, I absolutely love the interactions between them even in the first chapter. They were so cute with one another even know basically they never thought they would fall in love.
Devlin is known as the ’Devil Duke’. He had a tragic past which you must read about I do not want to spoil it it is very very good. Especially the way he separates himself with other people it does explain a lot why he wants to to not get too close to someone. He was very charming and I have to say he’s one of my top book heroes now.
Sophie, I loved her so much. She was a strong female character. It was very cute how she came to trust the charming Rake. Just watching her interactions with DevlinWas quite amusing. I chuckled at some of the comebacks they jutted at each other. But another sweet thing is she brings out the best in Devlin. Both are afraid to love in different ways. But it was quite sweet seeing them when they did get along with each other, and slowly start to fall for each other! And peace by piece they broke down each other’s barriers and started to love!
And I also loved all of the side characters! Really loved Sophie’s aunt and brother!
Of course this book has action, there’s a killer on the loose and, he absolutely wants revenge. I thought I knew who it was.. But the author surprise me. I was actually scared for the characters at the last inning chapters ,and I have to say it squeezed a tear out of me.
And the ending chapter made me want to hug my Kindle. But I like going to spoil it. You just have to read it for yourself!
I recommend this if you absolutely love historical romance with a hint of action. I await the next book that the author plans to write. I will happily reading because I highly enjoyed the cleaver writing in this book!Brava!
There was little to no research into the mores of the Victorian era nor the manner of speaking. While I expect to suspend incredulity when reading an historical novel, I do not expect to be smacked in the face with inanities.
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Coming to the plot, it started off in an interesting manner with Sophie landing on Duke's feet at the ballroom. As the story proceeded, it started going downhill. After 40%, I was shaking my head in disbelief. Innocent woman of the ton openly attending debauched party with her betrothed. Her aunt had no issues with it, seriously ?? Did the author do her homework?? This was scandalous and unbelievable. She had issues however visiting his estate as it would be violating rules of the ton. By now I was rolling my eyes. At times, I liked Sophie, she seemed independent , yet majority of the time, she acted childish. I read the book for Devilin. Overall not worth your time. I wouldn't recommend this book at all