What a Devilish Duke Desires

What a Devilish Duke Desires

by Vicky Dreiling

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Harry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle's title. The rigidity of the ton, the incessant reminders from his marriage-minded mama that he must settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare: it's all such a dreadful bore. So when his mother asks him to take part in a dancing competition, he patently refuses. The last thing he needs is another chore . . . until a beautiful, brilliant, delightfully tempting maid makes him rethink his position.


Most women would be over the moon to be pursued by a wickedly handsome-not to mention wealthy-duke like Norcliffe. But Lucy will not be any man's trophy. She could use a friend, though, and what begins innocently soon ignites into desire. As Lucy tries to resist Harry's scorching kisses, he makes an utterly irresistible offer. Enter the dance contest with him, and win a prize that could change her life forever . . . if falling in love doesn't change it first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455522910
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Sinful Scoundrels Series , #3
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,243,665
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the United Kingdom allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her Trouble.

When she's not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and, most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @vickydreiling

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What a Devilish Duke Desires 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Choppy dialogue. Dragging plot. So unlike the author's previous books. I question whether or not she really wrote this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious dialogue at best. I have most of her titles but this one is a real slog. I am skimming pages just to get through. Not sure if I can even finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, entertaining read. Well written, could not put down,.enjoy enjoy!!!!!
julieford More than 1 year ago
This is the third book of the series Sinful Scoundrels by Vicky Dreiling and she continues to entertain and enthrall. This is the story of Lucy, a young lady supporting her blind grandmother and trying to live her dream as a dance instructor. Harry is the Duke of Granfield who happens upon Lucy one night when she is being attacked by a thief and he comes to the rescue. From the first moment he meets her he decides there is something special between them. A friendship grows into a love that is forbidden due to rank but Harry must convince Lucy to face the odds and give in. I loved this story.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A light historical romance that made me feel like dancing! WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES by Vicky Dreiling was a very enjoyable historical romance. This is the first book I've ever read by this author; I don't plan on it being the last. WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES is the third book in the author's Sinful Scoundrels Series. I have not read any of the previous books in the series so this book obviously works well as a standalone. This was the story of Harry Norcliffe, the Duke of Grandfield, and Lucy Longmore, a commoner and part-time dance instructor. As the story opens, Harry is mourning the loss of his beloved uncle and railing at the title he has inherited from him as he was a relatively content nobody before his uncle's death. His mother is now pushing Harry to do his duty - to marry well and produce heirs. To that end, his mother concocts a scheme to hold a dancing competition at Almack’s with Harry as one of the contestants partnered with a young woman that his mother feels suitable for him. Harry flatly refuses. Then... on his way home from his club one evening, Harry comes upon a thief trying to steal a woman's basket. He rushes into the scene shouting for the crook to stop. The thief takes one look at Harry and runs away. The woman is Lucy and this marks the beginning of their love story. I enjoyed the dance competition aspect in the storyline and also thoroughly enjoyed the sequences where Lucy was teaching the dancing lessons. It made me feel like dancing! The chemistry between Harry and Lucy was sweet and hot - there were some pretty yummy erotic moments that made me wish for a fan. The main villain was a despicable character who made my skin crawl. The book was narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki, who delivered a solid performance with a clear, pleasing voice. Her narration was well-paced. She has a very proper English accent that suited the characters in this story perfectly. She also did an excellent job with the dialect of several of the characters who were of the lower classes and did not speak proper English. This is the first time I've listened to Elizabeth; I would not hesitate to pick up another book she has narrated. The author's writing was solid. I laughed, swooned and got mad at parts. The conclusion was jaw-dropping wonderful - I had wracked my brain through-out for a way for the couple to be together given their societal differences and the class boundaries and I have to say I had despaired of a satisfactory conclusion. I'm glad the author proved me wrong with a unique twist I sure didn't see coming! I would recommend WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES to anyone to enjoys light historical romance. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 4 Wine Glasses!
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Reeling from the unexpected death of his uncle, Harry Norcliffe straddles the line between the anonymous but fulfilling life his once led and the life he must now lead as a new Duke and peer of the realm. On one hand, the title brings with it a great many opportunities that were never open to him before. On the other hand, Harry despises the two-faced, elitist nature of the ton and just wishes someone would see him for the man he is and not the title he possesses. He is witty, charming, and determined to get what he wants in life. Lucy Longmore works three jobs just support herself and her blind grandmother. She dreams of opening her own dance studio one day, but until that day arrives she will work as hard as she must and ensure her grandmother is well taken of. She is patient and kind with her students and her talents are quickly recognized by Lady Vernon who sets Lucy on the path towards making her dreams a reality. She is courageous and stubborn, but just the sort of heroine you want to root for. Lucy and Harry do not meet in quite the conventional way and Lucy ends up threatening Harry with her knife! But this starts our lovers on a path that will intertwine their lives in the most extraordinary ways. Lucy is the first to offer condolences on Harry’s loss of his uncle instead of congratulations on his ascension to the title. Not only does this say a lot about Lucy’s character, but it sparks interest in Harry since he has finally found someone that looks beyond the Ducal facade and sees the man he is underneath. Their love is slow and steady to develop, but is a rock solid foundation for a wonderful HEA by the end of the novel. The ability of Ms. Dreiling to write a plot that weaves so many subplots and side-stories together seamlessly is quite remarkable! There’s love – of course – but also society intrigues and danger that fit right into this charming novel. I really enjoy this novel and highly recommend reading it for yourself. I haven’t read the other novels in the series, but after reading WHAT THE DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES, I’m eager to go pick up copies of the other novels too!
zeeba More than 1 year ago
What a Devilish Duke Desires is the third book in The Sinful Scoundrels series and can be read as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed reading Harry and Lucy's love story,although the pace of this book seemed a little slow but I couldn't put it down. Lucy was a beautiful and hard-worker heroine with a dream of having her own dance studio and taking care of her blind grandmother. She worked for the horrible dance instructor, Mr. Buckley, whom soon was dismissed by the ton( because of his drunkenness)and people starts to hire Lucy instead. Now Mr. Buckley blames Lucy for losing his job and wants revenge. Harry Norcliffe, the Duke of Grandfield,was a charming and sweet hero who has inherited his beloved uncle's title and his marriage-minded mama wants him to settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare.So His mother tries to make him to participate in the dancing competition in order to make brilliant match for him. But Harry has different idea about his future duchess and he is smitten by Lucy almost from the first time they met. This is a great read of two people of different classes with a nice plot and sweet romance. Thank you Vicky Dreiling
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Vicky Dreiling combines again a reality TV competition theme with a historical romance.  And again I love it!  WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES was the perfect blend of fun that I like to read in my historical romances.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously and manages to keep me interested in the story the whole time. We have Harry Norcliffe, who doesn’t want his uncle’s title. He’s a simple guy and not too concerned with the dreadful commitments of the ton.  His mother has other plans for him and decides to do her best to find him a good bride.  I absolutely adored him!  He’s the type of guy you want to sit and banter with, and from his first meeting with Lucy it’s always been easy to see their perfect chemistry. Lucy is not what his mother would say his bride needs to be.  She works a few jobs to keep a roof over her family, taking care of her grandmother.  All while trying to reach her dream and being a dance teacher. And here’s where the reality TV aspect comes into play.  There will be a dance competition!  Think a type of Dancing with the Stars.  The ton is all buzzing with which couples will compete and who will make it until the end.  And they are seeking guidance and instruction.  Which is where Lucy comes in. Dance teacher, maid, waitress.  But with a secret.  I love the story of the girl that is down on her luck and finds that one man that will do anything to rescue her.  And that’s exactly what Harry does even before her past comes out. This is still one of my favorite historical romance series because I always know what I’ll get, and that is a lot of sizzling chemistry wrapped in an enthralling story.  Always satisfying.  It hasn’t disappointed me yet and I wait with anticipation for every installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read along quite happily, enjoying the story, until I was stopped short by the scene in which the duke realizes the maid (who he does not yet realize is the heroine) has seen the Regency equivalent of the porn he uses to "pleasure himself." Ew. Why on earth was *this* necessary? Any affection I had for the hero vanished and I stopped reading. Not only was I offended by the completely unnecessary insertion of porn and "self-pleasuring," but the attitude of the hero (to realizing his porn stash had been found by a woman) was completely out of character for the period. At the very least, he should have been mortified. Whatever our modern attitude toward porn -- not to mention masturbation -- those who indulged in it then would have been ashamed to be caught. Frankly, although I have enjoyed this author's work in the past, I doubt I'll read her work again.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Sinful Scoundrels series. Harry Norcliffe never wanted his uncles title. He was not raised among the peerage and is not your typical Duke. When he meets Lucy, he doesn't tell her that he is a Duke right away. She works among the ton, but has no idea who he really is. He enjoys spending time with her, because he knows she is not after something from him other than his friendship. Lucy is just trying to make ends meet for her grandmother and herself. Her dream is to open her own dance studio to train you debutants how to dance. Having been let go from her seamstress job, and working for a tyrannical dance instructor, Lucy welcomes the opportunity to branch out on her own. A chance meeting introduces her to Harry. Thinking him a well to do businessman, she befriends him needing someone to talk to during her troubling times. What happens when Lucy finds out that not only is Harry a member of the peerage, but a Duke? Their two worlds soon collide and mischief ensues. Can their budding romance survive? I really enjoyed Harry and Lucy's story. I've always enjoyed stories in which members of the peerage don't act like they are better than everyone else. Having not grown up with a title, Harry hates all the attention that comes with being a Duke. He desperately misses his uncle that he inherited the title from and feels like it shouldn't even be his. He is intrigued by Lucy for what she isn't, a young debutant looking to marry a title. Lucy has been educated like a young society miss because her mother was from the peerage. But having married beneath her, her family disowned her. After Lucy's mother and then father passed away, she didn't have anyone to rely on but herself. Taking care of her blind grandmother became another job in of itself, although she never begrudged her for it. Meeting Harry took some of the load off of her mind, not because her life became easier, but because she had someone to talk to about it. Another great read by Dreiling!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Thanks go out to Forever Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
Quickie:  Loved Harry & Lucy NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW:  Finally we get Harry’s book. I have really liked Harry since first met him on that wet soggy night. He has been one of my favorites, right after Bells. And Harry’s story is just perfect for him.  As the last unmarried of his friends he has started to re-think his lifestyle after the death of his favorite Uncle. Harry finally meets his match in Lucy.  Lucy is one tough cookie. Lucy not only has to take care of herself but her ailing grandmother. Not an easy thing to do when you are a women in London. But a chance in counter with Sir Galahad will change everything.  I loved this story. I have enjoyed this whole series. If you have enjoyed the first two book in the Sinful Scoundrels you will love Harry’s book. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Dreiling has in store for us next.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley & Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.