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A unique, engaging story that captivated me from beginning to end, The Devilish Duke is a must-read for fans of historical romance. This is a wonderful debut book for new author Maddison Michaels, and I say she hit it out of the park. From the first chapter she captured my attention with funny, relatable characters and dialogue that brought a smile to my face. I can't wait to see what she writes next.
While spying on the man she thought she loved, Lady Sophie Walcott finds herself in the curious situation of being caught in the bushes below by the Devil Duke himself, Devlin Markham, the Duke of Huntington. Devlin is also in an interesting predicament - he's attempting an assignation with a married woman and Sophie has just interrupted them. However, Devlin takes pity on her and sets her free, not thinking that he will ever see her again. One year later, that all changes when the Queen puts her foot down and demands Devlin marry in order to gain her support for a new business venture. And he can't marry just anyone - she must be suitable, and there is only one woman with whom Devlin has a passing acquaintance who fits that description. One Sophie Wolcott.
The humor and chemistry between Sophie and Devlin was so entertaining, honestly I would have been fine if it was a behind-closed-doors sort of romance. Well, not fine, but I would not have been as put out as I would be with other authors. Maddison Michaels made them so realistic, and I was really invested in their personal stories and their relationship. She even made me like the young ward that Devlin has taken in - a young boy - and most of the time children in romances is a turn-off for me. I liked him a lot, and adding him to the story made Sophie all the more endearing to the reader in how she interacted with him. The *only* issue I had with the story is that it had the ever-common hero who simply cannot love. It was irritating how Devlin still insists he can't give Sophie love, even after so much time has passed. It was a bit frustrating, and although everything worked out in the end as it usually does in HEA romances, it took away from the story a bit. However, I will reiterate - you will enjoy the characters so much, any minor irritants in the story won't really matter. I loved them both, I loved the secondary characters, and I loved Maddison Michaels' writing.
I am on the edge of my seat awaiting the next book by this author! It is sure to be an entertaining and enjoyable read.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**