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To Desire A Wicked Duke, Nicole Jordan

To Desire A Wicked Duke, February 22, 2011, Mass Market Paperback

Two years after losing her beloved fiancé to war, Tess Blanchard feels ready to chance love again. Thus, she’s aghast when a threatening scandal forces her to wed her longtime nemesis, Ian Sutherland, Duke of Rotham. The impossibly arrogant, irresistibly seductive nobleman is the last man she could ever imagine loving! Making matters worse, Tess discovers secrets in Rotham’s wicked past that send her fleeing London for his remote castle in Cornwall.

Having long desired Tess, Ian is exasperated that the ton thinks he’s driven his reluctant new bride from their marriage bed and so follows hard on her heels. Naturally, their spirited rivalry leads to glorious, pleasure-filled nights — complicated by a mysterious ghost who haunts Ian’s castle and Tess’s vexing insistence that he play matchmaker to her friends. But can blazing desire between two warring hearts turn into wedded bliss and timeless love?

This was my first Nicole Jordan book, and I enjoyed it immensely! The opening is fabulously tense. The chemistry was thick, and the hero reads like a man who could crush you with one look, and make you swoon with another. He screams alpha. Loyal. Protective. Deadly. The heroine is kind hearted, innocent, but independent and quick with her tongue. I loved the dynamic of the two together. They disarmed each other at every turn, each losing the grip they tried so desperately to keep on their hearts. Fabulous.

With ghosts, hidden passage ways, and thieves there’s a suspense element that I had not yet experienced in the historical genre. Jordan had me looking over my shoulder, as I was reading in the wee hours of the morning.

One of my favorite things that Jordan does in this book is shock me. Shock. Me. I yelled a lot at a character in this book. Jordan is deceptive in creating characters that look one way, but are an entirely different thing. I highly, highly recommend this book!

*Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4/5!  

You can visit Nicole Jordan at her website, and pre-order the book at the following:  BordersB & NIndieboundAmazonPowell’s

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3 Responses

  1. Great review! This sounds like another book for my TBR list!

  2. Great Review, Crystal.

    I love a historical that surprises me! Sounds like you really enjoyed this book!

  3. It was very good! I’m excited that it wasn’t an egalley. I can put it on my book shelf to reread down the road. So good!

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