The Wicked Duke

The Wicked Duke

by Madeline Hunter

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Third in the roguishly intriguing series by the New York Times bestselling author of Tall, Dark, and Wicked and His Wicked Reputation...
She appeals to his wicked inclinations, but he never expects she might snare his heart....
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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698156609
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Madeline Hunter's Wicked Trilogy Series , #3
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 25,200
File size: 660 KB

About the Author

Madeline Hunter is a two-time RITA award winner and seven-time finalist, and has twenty-seven nationally bestselling historical romances in print, including Tall, Dark, and Wicked, His Wicked Reputation, The Accidental Duchess, The Counterfeit Mistress, and The Conquest of Lady Cassandra. A member of RWA’s Honor Roll, her books have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. More than six million copies of her books are in print and her novels have been translated into thirteen languages. She has a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.

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The Wicked Duke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending to the Wicked trilogy. I truly enjoyed the way the author resolved the storyline that connected the three books. It was interesting to learn about the duke's backstory and to follow the developing romance between the main characters. Great book! Another winner from Madeline Hunter! PSP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the ending I hadn't figured out who killed the Duke.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MH does a fine job of actually COMPLETING this trilogy!!! It was a very good story but start at the beginning
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Marianne and Lance have a chance meeting and are immediately intrigued with each other. But when Marianne's uncle tries to blackmail the two to get married, they both baulk at the idea. Lance refuses to be forced to get married and Marianne won't marry a man that supposedly ruined her cousin. Being forced into the marriage by vicious rumors, they have to make the most of it. Marianne is determined to expose Lance for the man that he is, but the more time she spends with him, she doesn't believe that her previous beliefs are true. She ends up trying to help Lance prove his innocence in the murder of his brother. I really enjoyed watching Lance and Marianne interact with each other and how they work with Lance's brothers to solve the mystery of the murder. I'm sorry to see this series end as I throughly enjoyed it, but I look forward to reading what Hunter comes out with next.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Lance is going crazy away from London but he spies some fun through the trees in the form of a neighbor's niece. Marianne hears the rumors but does not believe them. Both are determined to find out the truth. After a slow start, Lance and Marianne become less predictable. The neighbor makes a bargain with the Duke for Marianne's hand. She does not want to fulfill the bargain after her uncle tells her his tale of the Duke but her choice is taken away by the uncle. I liked them especially Marianne. Lance was predictable but he did finally solve the murder so he could finally be with Marianne without a noose over his head. The story was believable. I could not believe how reticent Lance was to when trying to find the murderer. He treated most people with kid gloves during his investigation. I liked how Marianne had his back. I also liked how Lance's thoughts and feelings were woven through the story. I loved when his brothers were able to get back at him for his less than stellar comments of their courtships. While Marianne is outspoken and the Duke outrageous, they give us their HEA.
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NLC-NJ More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book for my honest opinion and here it is: if Madeline Hunter writes it, I want to read it! Although this book is the final book of the Wicked Series Trilogy, it may be read as a stand alone. However it is even better to read the entire series: #1 His Wicked Reputation, #2 Tall, Dark and Wicked. By doing so, the reader sees the development of each brother's romance and understands the fun brotherly teasing and love for one another. Lancelot Hemingford, the Duke of Aylesbury, is living under a cloud of suspicion in his brother Percy's possible murder. Lance has to give up his wicked behavior and stay in the country and let his reputation cool down. He might be able to clear his name if he accepts a complex and blackmailing bargain in marrying a neighbor's niece. Marianne Radley is dependent on her uncle Horace and tends to her cousin, Nora, who is fragile. Horace wants revenge on Lancelot Hemingford and forces a marriage. This is a love story but with mystery and secrets. The Duck's backstory is interesting. Thrown in is a clever reporter named Elijah Twekberry to add some fun. The punch in the face was unexpected and a nice touch. I love the Regency romance period. If you do too, this book and the Wicked Series is for you.
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PDX_reader_Jane More than 1 year ago
Lust … Greed…Deception…Wit This is the third book in the Wicked Series. Tall, Dark and Wicked and His Wicked Reputation are the first two. You do not have to read the others to enjoy this book, but I definitely recommend them! I scoop up any book with Madeline Hunter’s name on it. Her books make me laugh. The mysteries intrigue me. And those steamy scenes …. sigh! Madeline is a master storyteller of Regency Romance and Suspense. Her characters become your friends --- most of them! Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, is under suspicion of poisoning Percy, his loathsome older brother and previous Duke. Other brothers Gareth and Ives have banished him to their country estate to keep him out the limelight --- and trouble. Lance has a wicked reputation of drinking, gambling and seducing women, maidens or married. Although Lance was in the same house when Percy died, the three brothers know Lance is innocent. But there isn’t any proof, one way or the other. The local Magistrate has yet to rule. Marianne Radley and her mother depend on the largesse of her Uncle Horace. Marianne takes care of cousin Nora, Horace’s daughter. Three years ago she was attacked by the Duke and has not recovered emotionally. Marianne assumes the culprit is the present Duke. Seeking revenge, Horace plans to force a marriage between Nora and Lance. However, Nora is still “fragile”. So Horace decides that Marianne will do. He tells Lance that he will “prove of his innocence” is he marries Marianne. Needless to say, both are reluctant. If the marriage does not take place, then Horace will produce a witness claiming he saw Lance poison Percy. They marry for different reasons: Lance to be proved not guilty; Marianne to ferret out secrets To add to the intrigue, there is that pesky reporter Elijah Tewkberry. Where DOES he get his info? I received and ARC of this book for my honest opinion: Madeline Hunter at her best!
def618 More than 1 year ago
The last, but not least, of the Hemingford brothers gets his HEA. For Lance, that is not always easy, but always entertaining. Lance became Duke after the death of his older, cruel brother Percy. He is the prime suspect, although there is no real evidence. Justice of the Peace, Sir Horace Radley, refuses to tell the coroner to close the matter unless Lance marries his niece. After the death of her father, Sir Horace's brother, Marianne Radley and her mother lost their home to Sir Horace. When they left, his daughter Nora, went with them. Nora experienced a tragedy that caused her to retreat into herself and not like to be around strangers. The ladies are surprised when he invites them back to live with him. His plan is to marry his daughter or niece to Lance so he can be related to a Duke. He realizes his daughter can not cope and selects Marianne. I like that the story showed that with time and patience we see small improvements in Nora's life. Marianne met Lance when she was out riding. She is attracted to him. Later, she learns of his wicked reputation. (I do so love heroes that are a little wicked.) I enjoyed that when they met he was dressed like a gamekeeper and she didn't know who he was. They hadn't been properly introduced so he called her "Pretty Flower" and did for the rest of the book. :) Lance isn't the nicest of men, but he does some really kind things when no one is looking. For example, to keep from being bored while on his estate he hunts. And then leaves what he's killed on his tenants' door steps to help feed them. Although this is a love story, it is also a mystery. Who really killed Percy? I had several people in mind. I knew the Duke was innocent, but was surprised at who really did it and how. I think you'll agree the killing was justified. I love Madeline Hunter's books and this was no exception. Her characters are complex and interesting. I try never to write plot spoilers and hopefully succeeded. I hope you'll read this book!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Lancelot Hemingford the Duke of Aylesbury was forced to give up his wicked ways for quiet country living when he is suspected of killing his brother. Now he is being blackmailed into marrying the niece of his neighbor so that he has a chance to clear his name. Marianne has a plan of her own, however she is attracted to the wicked Duke. This is a fast paced historical read that keeps you guessing to the very end. I liked the chemistry between are hero and heroine and the story held my interest throughout. I really liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its fine, not good.