Her Deceptive Duke by Scarlett Scott
Wicked Husbands Series (Book 4)
September 18, 2018
Georgiana, Duchess of Leeds, hasn’t seen her husband since he left her on their wedding day for an extended hunting expedition and never returned. But she isn’t the sort to wait around pining for an arrogant oaf who can’t bother to recall he has a wife, no matter how sinfully handsome he may be.
She finds all the fulfillment she requires in caring for the stray cats and dogs of London’s streets. Until, that is, the duke returns, and she uncovers the truth about where he’s been…
Kit, Duke of Leeds, never wanted to be duke. He was content with his life as one of Her Majesty’s most dedicated spies until his brother’s unexpected demise left him forced to marry an American heiress to save the family estate from ruin. The day he married her, he left for a secret assignment in America, with no intention of returning.
Seriously wounded and his cover ruined, Kit’s forced back to London where he finds a townhouse brimming with creatures and a wife who can’t bear the sight of him.
With husband and wife beneath the same roof at last, their marriage of convenience sparks into a passion that’s as undeniable as it is unexpected. But is desire enough to bring two wary hearts together? And once Kit’s wounds are healed, will Georgiana’s love be enough to make him stay?
WARNING: Contains explicit language and steamy scenes.
Her Deceptive Duke is the fourth book in the Wicked Husbands series and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel or read as part of the series.
I enjoyed Her Deceptive Duke. It’s a passionate, sizzling read and the banter between the two was engaging. It’s a bit of a second chance marriage as the groom left the bride on their wedding day for 6 months. I enjoyed both characters and their opposite personalities. I have not read a historical with a lead male quite like Kit. He was a swearing, arrogant, surly, rude, and callous Duke. He was wounded, betrayed, and miserable. I loved that Georgiana stood up to him, continued with her caring of strays, and helped him heal as well. She was full of goodness with a huge heart. She was a healer. He led a secret life, lied to her, abandoned her, and returned a cold and angry stranger who needed her help but would never ask for it. I did find it a bit repetitive in some parts, and my attention strayed a bit from the halfway to three-quarters way done, but then I was all in again. This was the first book I’ve read of Scarlett Scott and look forward to reading more.
Review copy provided by Aurora Publicity
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (December 7, 2019)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amazon bestselling author Scarlett Scott writes steamy Victorian and Regency historical romances with strong, intelligent heroines and sexy alpha heroes. She lives in Pennsylvania with her Canadian husband, their adorable identical twins, and one TV-loving dog.
A self-professed literary junkie and nerd, she loves reading anything but especially romance novels, poetry, and Middle English verse. When she’s not reading, writing, wrangling toddlers, or camping, you can catch up with her on her website www.scarsco.com. Hearing from readers never fails to make her day.