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Suspected of his brother's murder, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, was forced to give up his hell-raising habits in London for the anonymity of quiet country living. So, when an opportunity arises to clear his name in exchange for proposing to the niece of a neighbor, he sees no choice but to accept. Plus, seducing the reluctant maiden will be a most intriguing challenge...
As Marianne Radley is dependent on her uncle, she must accept the Duke's marriage proposal at her family's request, despite her belief he is irredeemably wicked. But along with marrying him, she intends to sniff out the duke's unsavory secrets and expose them to the world: a plan that would be flawless were it not for one minor detail--even she, with all her determination, is not immune to the charms of a rakish duke...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Hunter’s final installment in her Georgian-era Wicked trilogy (after 2015’s Tall, Dark, and Wicked) lures readers with the promise of romance between a duke and an intelligent, untitled young woman. Marianne Radley and her female family members are at the mercy of her uncle, Sir Horace Radley. Marianne soon intrigues the rakish Duke of Aylesbury, Lord Lancelot Hemingford; unbeknownst to her, Sir Horace tells Lance that he will help end the investigation into the poisoning death of Lance’s brother Percy, the former duke, and exonerate Lance if he’ll agree to marry Marianne. While searching for Percy’s actual murderer, Lance continues to woo innocent Marianne with practiced, yet romantic sensuality. He soon realizes that his lust for her is complicated by true admiration. The complexity of the characters and the mesmerizing allure between Lance and Marianne propel the novel forward at a breathless pace, making this one of Hunter’s best works to date. Agent: Pamela Hopkins, Hopkins Literary. (June)