Aug 17, 2015

Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith Review

The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books.

It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.

Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love.

Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without. 

So when I started Wicked Designs I thought it would just be the standard Historical Romance, but not even half way through the first chapter I realized how wrong I was!
From the very beginning this book was different from everything I have ever read, to start with you get equal amounts of male point of view to female points of review. Both main characters have flaws, it’s not just one sided, as most Historical romances have. I also love the fact the male characters are all aware of their flaws and either try to improve themselves or just make fun of themselves and each other.
I love the character Emily. Although she has a sharp tongue sometimes, she does have a caring heart and a sometimes a devious mind. Godric is a little more complex, but ultimately a loveable character.
I give Wicked Design 10 out of 10

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