Friday, November 8, 2019

The Duke's Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan

From USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan comes a scandalously sensual romance in her beloved Rogue Files series.

An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety's sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian's proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can't tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?

Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Spoiler-Free Review

The Duke's Stolen Bride is the fifth installment in The Rogue Files series. While loosely connected to the overall series theme, it can easily be read as a standalone independent of the series with little to no confusion.

I've been super busy, so I've saved this novel as a treat to read during my nightly bubble baths. I have to admit, sometimes I got too involved and stayed in the water too long and ended up looking like a prune. It's not shocker for me to admit I'll fangirl over Sophie Jordan's historical romances. What is a shocker is that I've read this series piecemeal, somehow skipping the first and the third books in the series. Once I get a chunk of uninterrupted free time, I plan on doing a series read, including rereading this novel.

Marian is a logical heroine who is willing to sacrifice for the security of her family. After her father's passing, the loyalty runs deep for her sisters, so deep she's willing to become a courtesan to support them. The only obstacle in her path is that she needs someone to tutor her in the art of seduction without stealing the last bit of her innocence.

Nate is bored and looking for distraction, and Marian is exactly what he needs to make life interesting again. He easily jumps at the chance to train her, which sparks many banter-filled, tension-filled interactions, which I found unexpectedly hilarious with their dry wit. Marian is inexperienced, yet Nate comes off as the immature one, lending to the artful balance between the pair. The lessons turned smoking hot, causing me to blush more than a time or two.

Without spoiling the plot points, Marian is thrust into an untenable situation. Nate comes to her rescue, but not in the typical damsel in distress fashion. Once what is done can't be undone, the push-pull slowly evolves into something more substantial between the pair.

Overall, there wasn't a ton of angst, the conflicts were resolved easily and quickly, leaving behind a light, flirty, fun, hot read, perfect for a few stolen moments in the bathtub.

I highly recommend Sophie Jordan and all of her historical romance novels to fans of the genre.

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Duke's Stolen Bride (The Rogue Files #5) by Sophie Jordan to read and review.

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