Review – Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues #1) by Lauren Smith

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Review – Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues #1) by Lauren Smith

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.

Product Warnings:
This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Title: Wicked Design
Author: Lauren Smith
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Gilded Cuff, The Gilded Chain, The Bite of Winter, Forbidden
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: January 7th 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 407
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

I DID IT!!!!

I’ve NEVER been big on Historicals. So much so that I’ve been known to DNF a couple. So when I heard that my girl, Lauren Smith, wrote not only awesome Contemporary Romances, but Historicals, I had to give it a try.

I’m not gonna lie. It took me a chapter or two to get in to the groove and over the dialect being different, but Lauren is such an amazing writer that she drew me in with the story line and it wasn’t even an issue. I mean, seriously, who hasn’t read a story about a damsel in distress and thought, “I want to be that girl”? This was a perfect introduction (actually finishing one) in to Historicals and of course now I’m totally hooked on yet another series and have to find out which rogue is next.

Emily is not necessarily an orphan, but after her parents die, her uncle becomes her guardian. This is made more difficult by the fact that her inheritance is being held until she marries. But even then, her husband would have control of the money. Oh the joys of the 1800’s. While on her way to an event, her carriage is “redirected”, only to find that she’s been abducted by the League of Rogues to settle a debt her uncle owes one of them.

Godric is the Duke of Essex and a member of the League of Rogues. When he first spotted Emily at her uncle’s estate, he was immediately drawn to her innocence and beauty. What better way to collect on his debt than to take Emily and ruin her reputation so that no other would want to marry her? Sounds weird when I say it, but it makes sense in the book, I promise.

While under Lord Essex’ care, Emily slowly starts winning over each of the rogues, but most importantly, Godric’s. All the while never giving up on her true spirit. I loved reading about her escape attempts, but I most enjoyed reading the relationship building between the two. It really is beautiful.

Of course I recommend this book. If you’re already a Historical lover, then, duh, you’ll totally love this. But if you’re a Historical virgin? Give this one a try like I did. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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