Accidentally Compromising the Duke

Accidentally Compromising the Duke

by Stacy Reid
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Accidentally Compromising the Duke by Stacy Reid

England, 1817. Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she'd hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.

Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to-a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682812143
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 676,586
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Accidentally Compromising the Duke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look forward to seeing what this writer has next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so wonderful to read a story without contrived drama but instead with deep characters that face "normal" problems and evolve to deal with them. Thank you for not adding some lovetriangle, or petty misunderstamding. Excellent writing and very much appreciated. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked her other books better..to me this was just plain..well booring. No chemistry, passion or depth to the characters.. I wanted something more like scandal..I like my dukes to be rogues..drink, gamble or have a mistress and couse a scandal then redeem himself..not in this book..he has to be one of the most booring dukes in the history of dukes. I like my dukes to be cocky foul mouthed and couse women to swoon..not this one. He was rich, booring and never had a mistress and just worked and never went out. If ur looking for a light read with not much going on then this is for you.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Absolutely loved this story. Wonderful characters and well written. Such a sweet story and my first book by this author. I have to get more now!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I enjoyed this story very much. It is refreshing when the woman saves the man.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book! I can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I loved the story and the characters.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Simple plot but well written, Honor forces hero to marry heroine Loosing the love of his life in childbirth he is determined to have a loveless childless marriage but she uses charm to try & change his mind
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was everything I love in a book I can't wait to read more from this author
Anonymous 5 months ago
Emotional and touching. A wonderful romantic story.
HollyJenae More than 1 year ago
215 pages. Can be read as a stand alone. Rated R. I enjoyed this read but I always hate when these stories turn into a pregnancy tale. It's your classic: first wife died during childbirth, husband feels responsible, vows to never take another wife, hand if forced, can't help himself, pregnancy, HEA. I've now read 4 books by this author though and I am impressed. She's worth reading for sure.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Loved this story!! I love the idea of compromising the wrong guy, but finding your soulmate in the process. I loved Adeline! She was not going to let her father and step-mother dictate who she was going to marry so she made plans of her own. Too bad her best friend had other plans in mind, LOL! Adeline decided to make the most of the situation and fell in love with Edmond's daughters. Edmond, not wanting to have his heart broken again, made sure to distance himself from Adeline. But as will happen, he was drawn to his wife. I loved watching Adeline and Edmond getting their HEA!! Thanks go out to Entangled via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that it took what felt like 5 minutes to get thru this story – I just couldn’t put it down and it was such an addictive read, so smooth. We start off with Adel's dilemma and with the help of a friend she plots to get a different husband, one of her choice. Unfortunately her plotting doesn't go quite the way she wants. Enter the Mad Duke. He's in search of a wife, one that he won't love like he did his first wife. Which brings him to the same house party as Adel, to ask for the hand of her friend ... who doesn't want to marry him. Yeah, this is going to turn out just fine. As expected, Adel does get herself a different husband, just not the one she anticipated. Even with the bad start, Adel and Edmond develop a fantastic relationship. Unfortunately he’s got some troubles left over from his first marriage and the death of his wife. It’s good that Adel is intelligent and kind hearted because she’s going to need every bit of it to handle him as he works through his fears. Reid does a fantastic job of describing how he ended up in this spot and why he feels the way he does. She’s deft enough to do it and take us along for every enjoyable (and sometimes heartbreaking) moment. If the first book in the series is this good, I can't wait for the rest! (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
One plucky young woman's fight for her happiness. 4.25 out of 5 stars "Accidentally Compromising the Duke" by Stacy Reid is the first book in her ‘Wedded by Scandal’ series. Desperate to avoid being forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, Adeline (Adel) Hays ends up marrying Edmond Rochester, the Duke of Wolverton. Edmond’s tragic history has caused him to wall off his heart, and Adel’s wholehearted affection for his children and refusal to accept his strictures threatens to upend his world, but there are certain things even his power has no control over so he refuses to bend…and Adel won’t be able to convince him to act differently. Or will she? This entertaining historical romance addresses several issues of the time, including the lack of choice facing daughters who are at the mercy of their parents’ decisions, the power inequity of different classes, and the dangers of childbirth. I love the way Adel refuses to be forced into the box that others choose for her, and even though the initial results are not what she wants, she finds a way to cope. The gradual evolution of her relationship with Edmond and the emotional revelations that take her so much time and effort to uncover are compelling to watch and I was definitely rooting for her. There were a few awkward moments for me, including the oddness of her so-called friend Evie’s actions whose unrequited relationship with Edmond’s friend the Marquess of Westfall wasn’t established sufficiently to explain her reasoning and I wanted to know what Edmond did to Lord Vale. I realize Evie’s story is probably a thread that is going to be explored in future stories, but it was frustrating. Nonetheless, I was impressed by this author’s ability to invest me in the passions and anguish of her characters and I am delighted to have found a new person to follow in order to feed my love of historical romance stories. A copy of this title was provided to me for review
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author. As a reader and reviewer I was pleased with this author and her writing style of giving her readers a very entertaining read. I got lost from the first few pages and could not put this down. One lady is on the marriage market for a husband her parents have pick one man she has picked another only the other hasn’t asked for her hand. A man who has loved deeply and lost promises never to love again, when he is put in a place of honor he offers to marry the lady but he will never love her. Can these two come together not only build a marriage but a love of a life time. Both have much to learn about love, happiness and marriage. Adeline parent want her to marry the awful Edmond, she has no desire to after he overstepped his self. She wants to marry Mr. Artwood but he doesn’t seem to be in the same mind as she. Leaving little choice to find her own husband who must be a Lord or marry the abusive earl. I am sure you guessed which one way she went. Things didn’t go as easy as she has planned. Instead of going in the man’s room she wanted she accidentally ended up in the duke of Wolverton room and his bed. You can imagine how shock they both were. With the scandal breaking out she thinks she is ruined Edmond the duke of Wolverton who they say is a mad man comes forward offering to marry her. She has little choice but to take him up on his offer. This is where things get really interesting. Edmond needs a wife who will be a mother to his daughters. He will not give a part of his self to anther women after losing the love of his life in child birth but he will do his best to give his daughters the best mother he can find. Things do not go as he plans he thinks she will jump at the chance but the lady has other plans. You will have to read to find out just how things will go when two people who are very attracted to each other are in the danger of falling down the path of passionate and love. I thought this was very well written with wonderful characters you can relate to in a time when things were not easy and one must play by the rules of society or face ruination never to be able to face those who judge you. Poor Edmond is a man after your heart he has lost so much in return has lost his self. He has so much to give if he would only open his self up and let someone warm his heart. Adel has a way about her that opens a person up giving them meaning and a reason to wake up each morning. Adel is my hero for standing her ground not giving in to her parents and their demands but going for what she wanted even if that was what she truly didn’t know she wanted. When things do not go as planned she takes that in stride and goes toward making the best of it but still standing up to her dreams. The author gives you a well balanced story full of passion, pain, sorrow, dreams, wants and needs. You have some very heated steamy scenes full of sexual tension, the chemistry is powerful and strong. This was a delightful read from start to finish giving the read everything a true romance has to offer. You will not be disappointed as this author takes you away making you wish you could be part of the story. I hope you pick this up and give it a read. I am sure you will be as impressed as I was by this author.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Accidentally Compromising the Duke' by Stacy Reid is book one in the "Wedded by Scandal" series. This is the story of Adeline Hays and Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton. Adel is on the marriage mart and she has in mind a friend named Mr. Artwood for a husband. Mr. Artwood has even offered for her but her parents have set in mind a 'Lord' for her. Lord Vale is the actual man who they think would be her husband. But after a forced kiss Adel knows she won't marry him. So along with her best friend they set to have her found in Mr. Artwoods room. But her friend has set is so that she is found in Edmond's room. Edmond's wife has died about three years ago and now he is trying to find a women to marry to be a mother for his two daughters but he has no other use for her. Edmond wants a wife that he can feel nothing for but when he is caught with Adel he knows he will have to marry her or she will be turned away from society. But Edmond mind is set on not loving her or getting to know to much about her...Adel. Can Edmond out run love? I think not. Loved this book!! I could not put it down...one read sitting for me!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Miss Adeline Hays, Adel, will not marry the vile Earl of Vale. Even when she told her father the Earl had brutalised her, he vehemently maintains she must marry Vale. Adel has decided that marrying her friend James Atwood is a much better option than the old depraved noble. She has concocted a scheme with a friend to go to James’ room, while they are attending a ball at the Gladstones, and get them “slightly compromised” so that her father will have no choice but to have her marry James. Adel’s father has refused James’ proposals several times, but James has no idea of Adel’s plans. Meanwhile, Edmond Rochester, the Duke of Wolverton arrives at the same ball; the “mad duke” is rumoured to have killed his wife a few years ago, gossip precedes him, but he doesn’t really care since his wife and son died. He’s left with his two daughters: Sarah and Rosa; he lives in his Hampshire estate, in the country, which he much prefers to London. He does not want to marry for love again, once was enough, but his daughters are becoming difficult; they need a woman’s influence, a mother. So at the party, Adel after imbibing a bit too much liquid courage, sneaks into what she believes is James’ room. Edmond wakes up to a warm female form, and this is the start of this wonderful story as Adel and Edmond must marry. Often, this type of mistaken identity is cute, and is merely the set-up for what is to come; it serves little purpose other than getting our couple together, but in ACCIDENTALLY COMPROMISING THE DUKE, it is far from the case. With this incident, we really get the feel of who are Adel and Edmond. Adel’s failed scheme gives way to delicious sensuality, the revelation of a betrayal, her consternation – and ours – at possible ruin, and how truly honourable Edmond is. I had barely begun the book that I wanted to read it all right away, and life kept interfering. ACCIDENTALLY COMPROMISING THE DUKE is engrossing right from the very first pages, and my heart broke for Adel, at the unfairness of her situation, the lack of support from her family; she really is in a pickle, even before her mishap. The writing is truly sublime, Ms. Reid seemingly with only a few words so easily conveys the emotional state of Adel. Adel comes off as convincingly slightly unconventional, and I was truly charmed at how the relationship evolved. Adel is resigned to her sorry state but she is a strong woman, she deals with her situation as best as she can, but she holds her own, and her growing attraction to Edmond is much complicated by his attitude. ACCIDENTALLY COMPROMISING THE DUKE is truly splendid, the characters are very complex, and the story holds many surprises. A superb story that was so, so much more than I expected! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Edmond and Adelaide's story was more than scandalous. I received an ARC of Accidentally Compromising the Duke in exchange for an honest review. Due to the fact that I read so many different types of stories, it is hard to surprise me. Stacy Reid did. A spur of the moment plan, leads to a hasty union between the most unlikely of suspects. Adelaide is a fun character. She acts before she thinks and that makes for a lot of hilarity. Edmond is more serene. Rough around the edges, closed off to the masses but when he loves, he does so with such depth that it is self-destructive. Adelaide got to see the sides of him that he did not reveal often and Edmond ended up playing a pivotal part in helping her settle down. Ms. Reid's story of loss, love, laughter and healing is all that I look for when reading romance and deserving of a 5 star review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Passion, suspense, and mystery....could not get any better! Would love to read about the other characters from the book, like Westfall