Duke Most Wicked caught my attention on page one with its luscious characters, clever dialogue, and swoon-worthy romance! I love a jerk hero, and Brandon, Duke of Westbury or “West,” is the worse possible libertine. My first thoughts were, “he’s horrid; there is no way this one will find redemption.” Viola Beaton is West’s sister’s music teacher. Sunny, optimistic Viola is unconditionally, irrevocably in love with sinister, moody West, who doesn’t even call her by her correct name. I laughed every time West called Viola Miss Bedlam!
Both West and Viola evolve throughout the novel. They bring out the best qualities in one another. West finds he can overcome his past and find love, and Viola discovers she can step out of the shadows and shine. The passionate and intimate connection that grew between West and Viola developed organically and romantically. One of West’s gifts towards the end was…unique? I loved it! It was the perfect declaration for an unconventional couple.
Duke Most Wicked is the third book in the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. This book was a bubbly, warm, engaging romance that kept me reading late. Lenora Bell creates fallible, lovable characters that have you quickly turning the page to discover their happily ever after. Duke Most Wicked is a delightful confection of a romance sure to warm your heart!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: September 27, 2022