Welcome to the stop on blog tour for a sweet historical romance set in Victorian England – The Duke’s Wicked Wife (Wicked Secrets #4) by Elizabeth Bright 🙂 You will find in this post details about the book, author, teaser, my review, a link for giveaway at Gleam and the tour schedule.
Title: The Duke’s Wicked Wife
Author: Elizabeth Bright
Series: Wicked Secrets #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: March 16, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Sebastian Sinclair, the Duke of Wessex, is not in love with Eliza Benton—nor anyone else, for that matter. But he must marry and produce an heir, and love is not required for either. His future duchess must be of high birth and good nature, a lady unlikely to snipe at him over breakfast. In short, the complete opposite of Eliza. So who better to help him find a bride?
Eliza Benton is not in love with the Duke of Wessex. He’s infuriating, arrogant, and an ass of the first order. Not that she has any intention of marrying anyone now that her secret dream is on the cusp of becoming reality. A husband would ruin all her careful plans. But she’s all for finding her nemesis the perfect bride, anything to get him from underfoot so she can focus on her writing.
Thank goodness Sebastian and Eliza aren’t in love. That would be disastrous.
About the Author
Elizabeth Bright is a writer, lawyer, and mother living in Washington, D.C. Her debut historical romance, Twice As Wicked, was published October 2017 with Entangled Publishing. Stay tuned for more of the Wicked Secrets Series!
Elizabeth loves large dogs and large coffees. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and when she’s not writing, lawyering, or mothering, she can be found as high in the mountains as she can get.
She firmly believes that love is the greatest adventure of all, but rock climbing is a close second.
Title: The Duke’s Wicked Wife
Author: Elizabeth Bright
Series: Wicked Secrets, Book 4
Publication Year: 2020
Genres: Historical, Romance
Source: eARC via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for readers who enjoy friends-to-lovers romance, character driven romance or historical fiction set in Victorian England.
But no matter. Let her brother hope how he wished, so long as he allowed her to attend Wessex’s house party.
Where she would most certainly not find a husband.
First, I must admit that I was expecting a different kind of story, as synopsis promised that the Duke Sebastian is Eliza’s nemesis, so I expected hate-to-love trope, which is my favourite trope of them all. So I expected angst and fiery intensity between Sebastian and Eliza. However, this was not what I got. This romance was more of a friends-to-lovers trope as Sebastian and Eliza were actually friends, who did manage to push each others buttons. But I still enjoyed this sweet and drama filled romance.
There might be a way out of this catastrophe, after all. One couldn’t marry a dead duke.
Even this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, which is what I did, as I haven’t read any other book in this series or by this author, however, reading the first books would have probably enhanced the enjoyment of this book. Also The Duke’s Wicked Wife did manage to intrigue me and made me want to read the rest of the series.
Everything was going precisely to plan. How lovely.
Odd, then, that she felt as though something was slipping from her grasp.
As far as I understand then most of the characters from first three books were side characters in this book, and accordingly our protagonists Sebastian and Eliza were previously side characters in those books.
The Duke of Wessex was far too handsome for his own good. Perhaps otherwise intelligent ladies would be less tempted to fall into his bed if his eyes did not remind them of chocolate, sweet and sinful.
Sebastian at the beginning had a hard time winning me over. He just seemed so selfish, arrogant, childish, but also funny and at the end he was secretly caring, protective, thoughtful and sweet. So at the end I learned to like him. He managed to make me smile and respect him for looking at women not in the way that was expected during those times in Victorian England. He was open minded and also liked some fun scheming and mischief.
“Did you like it? The book?” she asked.
Her question filled him with a sudden, inexplicable rage. Of all the useless, absurd questions! He would not legitimize such nonsense with a reply.
“Did I not just tell you it reminded me of you?” He resisted the urge to stamp his foot like a brat in the throes of a tantrum. “Of course I liked it.”
Eliza had dreams and ambitions that were not common for this time, but she knew what she wanted, and fought for it. She was strong willed and witty. I liked her, but at the same time she made me a bit frustrated because she was so much fighting against her own feelings due to her fear.
“You summoned me, fair Sigrid?” he asked with slight bow of his head.
“I most certainly did not.”
“Ah, but you did.” He threw himself down next to her on the blanked and reclined on his back, his long, elegant fingers linked together to cradle his head. “You frowned at me so fiercely, which you do only when you have something disagreeable to say. As you take great delight in being disagreeable, i came at once. Never let it be said that I refused a lady her pleasure.”
They have kind of a playful, witty and fun dynamic, being friends who knew each other very well but liked to push each others buttons, but at the same time they understood each other and they were kind of there for one-another. So my favourite part of this book was the interaction and dialog between Sebastian and Eliza.
“It was the beginning of our friendship, that kiss. And now here we are at the end of it. Come here Eliza. Kiss me again and tell me goodbye.”
What else can I say. This book was character driven, so not that much happened, but still I didn’t get too bored (I prefer action packed and plot driven stories or if it’s a character driven one then I need a lot of angst, intensity and some steaminess or mystery, suspense) as I wanted to see Sebastian and Eliza’s happily ever after. There was slow-burn romance, secrets, heart-break, mischief, a bit of drama and some sweet and swoony scenes. You will find also a secondary love story intertwined with the main one.
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Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, March 18
Review & Excerpt at andreajanel_reads
Friday, March 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Saturday, March 21
Review at Journey in Bookland
Sunday, March 22
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, March 24
Review at Rose is Reading
Thank you for visiting this stop of the blog tour and please check out the other ones as well 😉
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