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Sins of a Wicked Duke (The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls #1)

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She works to live . . .

One would think the last place a beauty like Fallon O'Rourke could keep her virtue was in the Mayfair mansion of London's most licentious duke, the notorious Dominic Hale. Yet Fallon—who's endured nothing but lecherous advances since her father's tragic death—is perfectly safe there . . . disguised as a footman! Beneath the notice of the dark-haired
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 13th 2009)
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Catherine
After reading multiple enthusiastic reviews at multiple sites I decided to pick this book up. Unfortunately this book didn't work for me nearly as well as it did for those other happy readers. The description of the book sounded promising and the details mentioned by the reviews were ones that I usually like. For some reason it just didn't come together for me in this book. I spent most of the book with one eyebrow cocked struggling to believe in the characters and their motivations.

For some rea
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Sarah MacLean
Just reread SOAWD...and was reminded of how AMAZING Sophie Jordan is. This is my favorite of her books (though I love them all...), perfect tortured hero meets fabulous, feisty heroine...who dresses as a male (one of my favorite things). The reveal of her actual gender is perfectly pitched...you will not be able to put this one down. Sophie Jordan is one of the very best.
Lisa Kay
★★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This is well narrated by Emily Gray. I would certainly listen to her again. I give the narration ★★★★☆.

I didn’t realize I’d read this book before until I started listening to this one. Alas, I think I’ve turned into a prude. There are a couple of ‘ick factors’ in this one. The first one I tried to shake off, the second I couldn’t: (view spoiler)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
"Sins of a Wicked Duke" is Sophie Jordan's latest historical with moderate heat about a young woman whose temperment and looks have made it hard for her to keep a job. So she does the unthinkable--cuts her long hair, disguises herself, and hires on as a footman!

Fallon's life took a hard turn as a young girl when her father died. She was sent to a school where her flame-red hair earned her especially harsh treatment from the headmaster. She hated every moment, but did cherish the two friends she
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Tammy Walton Grant
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Ruth
Wow! This is very different from most HRs. The hero is really an anti-hero, and unlike most HRs with rakes as heroes, this one really is a rake - unpleasant, decadent, rather sexually depraved and just plain nasty. The heroine is also rather unlikeable, although more understandably so - she's had a pretty tough deal from life and continues to get one, although I did get the impression she could maybe have learnt a bit more from her experiences.

Dressing herself up as a footman is inspired. I nor
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Denise

Two people emotionally scarred from their childhoods, Fallon O'Rourke and Dominic Hale, Duke of Damon meet when she is being accosted in the street by her employers inebriated son who has been trying to get her to "play" with him and his friends. Dom passes this scene while in his carriage fondling the two women with him. When he stops to rescue her, she already has saved herself by kneeing the man in the groin. Dom gives her a ride and propositions her after trying to shock her while fondling
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Erika
A savage smile twisted his lips. Anger burned in his blood. Dark and dangerous. He flattened both hands on the wall, one on either side of her head. Damp heat emanated from her body, drawing him in. Leaning closer, her palm rose up to flatten against his chest, clearly thinking to stop him.
Blistering heat sparked where they touched. Her gaze flared wide, almost directly on level with his. But she did not withdraw. Not as she should. Something held her hand there, a will that matched his own, a
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Maureen Feeney
My first book by SJ, but definitely not my last.
The reviews have said nearly all I want to say. I just love the bit at the start of the book where Dominic tries to shock Fallon in the carraige, I didn't expect that! Great scene.

I am going to order the sequel "In scandal they wed" Evies story straight away. Very entertaining enjoyable book.
Ally72
I have read all of Sophie Jordan's books and I think she just keeps getting better! I think Sophie's heroines always have strong personalities and are very likable in each of her books. I especially liked "Sins of A Wicked Duke" and am looking forward to the other books that will start this new series!
♡Karlyn P♡
A cute and quick historical read. Not much depth but overall a satisfying, light love story. If you like stories of the heroine dressing/hiding as a man, this will appeal to you.
Anne
Feb 05, 2014 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
At first, some of the things the hero does bothered me. But as I grew to know more about him, I felt more sympathy as to why he had become a notorious womanizer. The Heroine is a hoot, dressing as a male after several awful jobs where it was a real chore to keep her virtue. Of course she ends up with the wicked duke working as a footman. And of course she gets away with it.....for a while. A clever and cute story with some heart wrenching parts., I enjoyed the book.
HÜLYA
Kitap Adı : Aşkın Günahı
Yazarı : Sophie JordAN
Orjinal Adı :Sins of a Wicked Duke
Goodreads Puanı : 5/3,78
Puanım : 5/4

Sophie Jordan en sevdiğim yazarlardandır..İLk Düğün Gecesi romanı ile onunla tanışmıştım..Yazarım kitaplarında yarattığı sıra dışı dünyayı çok seviyorum..

Penwich Erdemli Kızlar Okulu isimli üç kitaplık serinin ilk kitabı Aşkın Günahı isimli kitabı yazarın diğer kitaplarına göre daha değişik ve egzotik buldum..Kurgusundan çok bende bırakmış olduğu duygu yoğunluğunu sevdim..Özellikl
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D.G.
This book was really light on plot. The author tried to make it a bit angsty with a tormented hero and a cross dressing heroine but neither plot was developed properly so we end up with a story full of cliches that it's not satisfying.

Both main characters had tough childhoods, her in a terrible school (reminded me of the one Jane Eyre attended, with no food and girls dying left and right) and him with a vicar grandfather that hired a sadist governess to raise him. While the hero was completely d
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Willow Brook
This was just ok. I really didn't care for the hero Dominic, who was an asshat much of the time. He whores around, drinks heavily, finds it amusing to call his servants by the wrong name and his first attempt at "seduction" is to suck on another woman's breast in front of the heroine Fallon whom he has just met and whom he knows has just fought off the unwanted advances of another "gentleman." Keep on mind this is some time in the 19th Century, Fallon is a virgin, just faced possible rape from a ...more
Yumru
Yazarın kitaplarını okumayı severim ama bu kitap sanki bu yazara ait değildi.Konu ilgi çekiciydi fakat eksikler bir hayli çoktu.Başlangıç ilginçti merakla sayfaları çevirdim ama hayalkırıklığı yaşadım,güzelim hikaye bir çırpıda bambaşka yerlere gitmeye başlayınca tüm okuma hevesim kaçtı diyebilirim.

Takıldığım çok yer var, bayan karakterin devamlı öne sürülen elleri,yüzü ve saçları yada güzel değil aslında da çekici bir amazon kadını denip durdu :/Değilse nedir sizi çeken bu kadar deyip durdum :)
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Kim H
A letdown and more than a little disgusting, IMO. The hero is a complete slut; I wouldn't touch him with tweezers, and I really don't understand why the heroine would find him attractive. He has reasons for being like he is, they always do, but he was too repulsive early on for me to care what they were. The heroine comes from rough circumstances and is actually fairly street smart, so you'd think she'd be afraid of contracting an STD from him:P Of course, she's in his household masquerading as ...more
K.C.
One of the first few historical romance book I read and although I probably don't know anything about the life of London girls in the 18th century, I voice a few personal of of view in this review. if there is any bias or incorrect information in my POV, let me apologise in advance.

First of all, I truly enjoy this book. Personally, I think the book has brilliant characters with personalities that would probably be a bit too unreal and inappropriate for modern time novels but can only be found i
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Erica Chilson
I found this paperback secondhand at my library's book sale. I'm glad I took a chance on it. A quick read, for which I was thankful. While I love this genre, most of the books tend to drag on after the first half, not pulling the trigger on that ending we all know is coming, boring the hell out of me. With Sins of a Wicked Dude, the majority of the story was in the first half, with the last half barreling towards the conclusion, thank goodness. Only one bout of dragging out the inevitable, but i ...more
Hamza
Sophie Jordan’ın yazdığı , Esra Doyuk’un çevirdiği Aşkın Günahı keyifle okundu. Yazarın okuduğum ikinci kitabıydı. Ben bu yazara Paranormal Romance türü ile başlamıştım ama Historical Romance türünde daha başarılı olduğunu düşünüyorum

Kitabın karakterleri o kadar inatçıydı ki aslında bir bakıma sinir olmamak elde değil. Birbirlerini çok seviyorlar ama bir türlü kendilerine itiraf edemiyorlar. Bazı yerlerinde güldüğümü de itiraf etmeliyim.

Kitabın konusundan bahsetmek gerekirse; Fallon en son çalı
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Daneesha
OK, I do not understand why the heroine resisted the hero for so long. I would have given it up long before the last 1/3 of the book!
Imperfectly Eman
The best thing about this book is the wonderfully hilarious witty dialogs in it.
Kiwie
Very much not for me. Didn't like either main character, I just wanted to slap some sense into them. I got this as my #2 in a 2 for 1 book sale as I was intrigued by the cross-dressing (a trope I'm fond of), but it just didn't work for me. The interesting things were never explored, and the sexy bits did not appeal to me either (though in fairness, those things rarely do). (view spoiler) ...more
Jean
I liked the concept of the story and very much liked Fallon. She survived rather harsh conditions and maintained her spirit and resourcefulness as well as common decency. In fact, in contrast to her, Dominic just seemed like a weak willed brat even though he had his own personal demons. Things get even stickier when his whoring and drinking buddy, Lord Hunt happens to be the son of the man who put her in the Penwich School after her father died. This part was pretty engrossing. I really wanted t ...more
Errolyn
Sins of a Wicked Duke With romances, I tend to get recommendations because romance can seriously be hit or miss. I don't like to take chances. When a romance is bad...it's bad. So I take my recommendations from people whose tastes have never failed me. But this book is one of the few that I picked up on a whim while buying some other books, mainly because of the cover which is beautiful. So I was a bit reluctant to start it. The good news is that I did not regret this whim.
Fallon is a character
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Tonileg
Historical English story about a Duke abused in his childhood who lives a dissolute life of extremes in order to 'feel' something and remind himself that he is still alive, but nothing really makes him happy, he only survives from day to day until a bunch of coincidences happen for Miss Fallon O'Roark to be employed in his London house. Fallon has had enough of being sexually harassed by her employers so she decides to dress as a man to get a footman position and it works because she is tall for ...more
Nalnac
I'll make this short.

Pages upon pages of no events but a rather boring attempt at romance between two poorly developed characters: Fallon The maiden and Dominic The demon duke.
Honestly, I have read much better UST, sensual banter and battle of 'resistyounot', in the (free)pages of fanfictions.
And being this an historical romance, well I couldn't even find a trace of something "historical" in here. In what year is this story set? Did I miss something? There's not even one date, an indication thr
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Sadia
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SW
I picked this up from Amazon for the Kindle because it was $1.99 at the time otherwise I usually borrow these kind of book (historical romances) from the library. (Side-note I love that my library has ebooks I can read on my Kindle and Tablet)

The book starts off and introduces you to 3 girls at this scary all girls school called Penwich School for Virtuous Girls, it kind of sound like an all girls orphanage, where the principle doesn't feed them all the time and let the bullies run amuck and al
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Sharie Kohler

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years
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