Thursday 8 March 2018


The Devilish Duke
By Maddison Michaels
Releasing February 26th, 2018
Entangled Publishing

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.

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In The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels, Devlin Markham or the 'Devil Duke' as people call him is a notorious rake, but now he needs a wife and the only woman he has in mind is Lady Sophie. However, the lady seems to be the only woman he can't seem to charm. But luckily, there's something she wants and that's to save the orphanage she gives much of her time to and he has the means to help her. Will a marriage of convenience be enough for Lady Sophie; or will Devlin wake up and see that they have a real chance at happy ever after before it's too late, especially when someone is determined to take everything from him?

What a wonderfully-crafted and highly entertaining read Ms. Michaels has delivered in this Historical Romance that encompasses two incredible main characters that I could not get enough of; and a fantastic combination of playful banter between Devlin and Sophie and intense moments due to the main characters back stories that had me reading quickly determined to discover whether these two would get their happy ever after, especially considering the person determined to take everything from the hero. 

The way this story started drew me into the story immediately because of what Sophie and Devlin are doing. Devlin being the notorious rake that he is, it was interesting to see what he was like before he comes face-to-face for the first time with Lady Sophie. However, this story really takes off when Devlin and Sophie meet again after their initial meeting because Devlin wants Sophie to be the one he marries and he'll do anything to get her to agree. Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked how much of a challenge she provided the hero because she's determined to discover what's going on with someone she considers a friend and to help Devlin discover who is out to get him, no matter how dangerous things get. I also liked the relationship she shares with her family, as her aunt is quirky and wanting to see her settled with a man while her brother is overprotective and isn't afraid to stand up to Devlin. 

While the hero, he's confident, cocky and I just loved him from the moment he was introduced into this story, as he has quite the reputation, but is determined to do anything he can to make it better. I also liked how determined he was to win Sophie over, even though it seems he'll use any means necessary to get what he wants. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was how charming he could be and I loved how he interacted with the heroine and the heroine's aunt; and I also liked how protective the hero was of the heroine because he doesn't want anything to happen to her.

Overall, Ms. Michaels has delivered an utterly fantastic read in this book where the pages flew by because of the intense chemistry between this couple and the delightful romance that had me loving these two together. As for the ending of this book, I loved it because of the lengths the hero went to for the heroine to protect her and the fact that he finally realizes how much Sophie means to him. I would recommend The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels, if you enjoy the marriage of convenience trope, the blackmail trope or books by authors Kelly Bowen, Christi Caldwell, Elizabeth Bright and Amalie Howard.


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