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Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke (Scandalous Brides #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,592 ratings  ·  125 reviews

Sophia White knows she will never marry into polite society. The illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, she works at the Tantalus Club, a discreet establishment for gentlemen—and her only suitor is a pastor who wants to save her soul. So when Sophia is invited to spend the holidays at the estate of Adam Baswich, the devilishly handsome Duke of Greave
Paperback, 343 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Sophia White was born into the world as an illegitimate daughter of a duke, so her tarnished reputation precedes her. Living her entire life under that stigma has caused her to find refuge at the Tantalus Club, an establishment for gentlemen. Yet Sophia is able to make friends and find people to call her family there. Unfortunately, society still deems her unworthy and to save her soul, a vicar has volunteered to marry her. Horrified yet optimistic, Sophia is determine
While I love this series and the women of the Tautlus House, this book didn't work as well for me. I liked Sophie, Adam didn't work as well for me here. I liked him in the other books, but here in his own story, he came off as rude and borish. Sophie after being given an ulitmatium from her sperm donor father, the Duke of Hennessey, that she is to marry a vicor out in the hinterlands or he will destroy the Tautlus House. Sophie can't have that so she agrees, but he has given her until the new ye ...more
Another great book in Suzanne Enoch's Scandalous Brides series, focusing on the women of "unfortunate circumstances" that work at the gentlemen's gaming establishment known as the Tantalus Club.

Sophia White, the bastard daughter of a duke, has been forced to quit her employment at the Club because her father has surfaced for the first time in her life and demand she marry a country vicar he has chosen, thereby removing the blemish on his "good" name. Fortunately, Sophia has a short reprieve bef
I am cheap, and Enoch is one of the few authors that can get me to crack my wallet open. Unfortunately, I should've just stuck with the public library waiting list. This one was a real clunker. How can you mess up a story that takes place at Christmastime?! Everybody loves a good seasonal read.

Neither hero nor heroine are particularly likeable. It's repetitive, especially at the beginning. Yes, we get it: Sophia just wants to have one more wonderful Christmas before getting hitched to the vicar
HR readsNstuff
OMG i usually LOVE LOVE LOVE Suzanne Enoch... but i'm building up a healthy disrespect for the Tantalus Club books...

I've mentioned in another review I really loathe historicals that have h's with modern day values and this book was chock a block full of them...

I had a huge problem at the beginning of the book when the H walks in on the h having a bath and the h didn't seem to care, and i was ready to give up the book then, but i persevered hoping that somehow the h and H would change. She didn'
Lori Howe
couldn't put it down . . . not that I wanted to. Best of the series so far :-)
The Window Seat
The newest title in Suzanne Enoch’s Scandalous Brides series moves the action away from London and the gaming tables of the Tantalus Club and gives us a more personal look at two characters that on the surface seem so wrong for one another, yet when they are matched everything becomes perfect.

Sophia White, a dealer at the Tantalus Club, presents herself as just another pretty face and rarely allows the patrons of the club see her true personality. As the illegitimate daughter of a Duke, Sophia h
Ngeri dan deg2an bacanya, takut ga suka sama heroine nya

Ini ceritanya tentang 2 orang yg kepepet kawin,karena keadaan dan warisan blablabla, Adam harus kawin sblm usia 30, 2 bulan lagi, biar dia tetap jd Duke dan warisannya gak lari ketangan ponakannya, sementara Sophia mesti kawin dan keluar dari pekerjaannya yg hina di klub kalo mau di aku anak sama bapaknya yg Duke juga, secara dia anak haram....nah...the power of kepepet ini yg akhirnya mempertemukan 2 orang yg kasian deh ini....hihihihihih
3rd attempt to get GR to take my review without a force close.

I'm giving this a "squeaked in" 3 stars because the 1st scene is amazing. Maybe just read that if you don't want to read a 2 star book.

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The plot is overused winter holiday country house party of a Duke. Yawn. The characters typical. A must marry by 30 noble man (or all goes to the nephew) & a spunky illegitimate woman, who just doesn't have the decency to die to save society the embarrassment of her existence. A comm
I knew I'd love this book! The story was really absorbing that I actually stayed up all night just to finish this book (how do I get rid of the dark circles around my eyes?). Loved this book!

Adam Baswich, the Duke of Greaves
I'd loved Adam from the moment I first read about him in the previous book. I loved him even more in this book! He was a great man. He was caring, funny, handsome, sexy, generous and so much more. I loved, loved, loved him! He was so kind and passionate towards Sophia I just
My favorite in the series so far. Could not put this one down. Although I knew they had to end up together in the end, I did not know how they were going to get there. The Duke of Greaves has been a mysterious character in the 2 previous books, and I couldn't wait for his story. He and Sophia had been sort of thrown together in the previous book, and I was hoping for their pairing. Sophia, the unacknowleded illegitimate daughter of a Duke, has been working in the Tantalous club. Adam, the Duke o ...more
I listened to this book and would have loved to give it 5 stars, but I didn't like the ending. I felt like the book ended WAY too abruptly. The Duke of Greaves asked Sophia to marry him, she says yes and it's finished. The ending would have been much better if the Duke would have arrived with a special license, made the self-important, pretentious Vicar marry them, then put him on a ship to India and put his mother in a convent. They introduced that nasty young Vicar and then nothing. Greaves sh ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I really liked Sophia in book two of this series, but man, her martyr bullshit got old quick. Graves was cool for the most part, but his inability to see what was right in front of him was a bit off-putting. On the whole, I have to say I'm not a huge Suzanne Enoch fan.
In Camille's story, Adam treats Sophia with courtesy and respect any time their paths cross including some of what we'd call double dates. In Adam and Sophia's story that same public kindness is less obvious until nearly the end of the book.

I really like this heroine but for most of this book she seems more spineless than before. Again, at the end all is fine. At the start, she allows Adam to walk in on her in the bath--something he would never do to any other lady and from there on it just rank
A Beginner's Guide to Rakes made me a Suzanne Enoch fan, to the tune of suggesting her name when Mr Boffin had to read Romance for work. Like you do. A ludicrous amount of time has passed since I read that first book, but I still remember Diane's fierce personality and that one time that Oliver broke in through the floor.

Thanks to Enoch being awesome and a good rec, Mr Boffin kindly donated a few of her books to the Cookiemonger Never Stops Reading Foundation. This is one of them. Oh, and please
I really liked the heroine in this book. She knew who she was and what her circumstances in life were but rather than dwelling on her misfortunes, she was happy and kind and out to make the most of what little time she had left. I know some other reviewers have argued that Sophia's behavior was far too modern for the time period, and that's true, but I'm not a big stickler for that kind of thing. If Sophia HAD acted the way a woman in her situation in that time period would have behaved then she ...more
Zaza Zoo
Voilà une romance historique pleine de charme et de passion !

On retrouve Adam et Sophia, qu'on avait déjà rencontré dans les tomes précédents. Lui est duc de Greaves, responsable de la ruine d'Oliver (héros du T1) et meilleur ami de Keating (héros du T2). Il se trouve ici face à un ultimatum : se marier avant ses 30 ans (soit dans deux mois) ou voir toute sa fortune passer entre les mains de son jeune neveu. Sophia elle, travaille au Tantale Club, c'est la meilleure amie de Camille (héroine du T
My opinion on this book (and I almost hate to say this) is a bit shaky.

On the one hand I love Suzanne Enoch's rich and atmospheric descriptions - the lush and winter ravaged Yorkshire countryside, the awkward flirtations, and hostile family relationships during a pent up Christmas party. But with this being a "ROM" I feel like this aspect did not shine through as clear.

I didn't mind either witty, slightly flippant Sophia, although she did annoy me at times. Equally, I had no problem with dark
3.5 stars. I thought the start of this book was rather slow, and the ending rushed, but I was charmed by the characters and I continue to love the fact that, when these characters marry "beneath" their social status, there are clear consequences. I liked the fact that Adam, as a duke, was totally entitled and kind of an asshole about many things, and that it took a while for him to come round. And I admired Sophie's confidence and her ability to be the bigger person. Their courtship felt very mo ...more
A rollercoaster of passion and emotion this one! I loved Sophie's spirited nature. Even though this is a HR, somewhere along the way it just felt a little like contemporary romance with all the sizzling scenes (and in a HR book no less) that are surprisingly more than any of Ms.Enoch's other books. It was nice to read about a heroine from another viewpoint where she isn't pristine, a virgin or a skittish governess. The plot could have been dissolved earlier if both characters weren't so stubborn ...more
Book 3 of Suzanne Enoch's The Scandalous Bride is by far my favorite of the series. A freak accident caused Sophia White to be stranded as the only guest at Adam, the Duke of Greaves' estate during the Christmas holidays. As the illegitimate daughter of a Duke, Sophia had been snubbed ever since her parentage was brought to light. Working at the Tantalus Club, Sophia has managed to make a living for herself until her birth father threaten the Club unless she marries a man of his choosing. Sophia ...more
Sometimes I forget just how enjoyable a Suzanne Enoch book truly is. This is the third book of the Scandalous Brides series and features Tantalus Girl Sophia White. Of the 3 Tantalus Girls we've met (including co-owner Diane), Sophia is by far my favorite. Despite being the unacknowledged daughter of the Duke of Hennessy, Sophia's got a positive, almost innocent, way of viewing life. She takes all her lemons and makes lemonade left, right and center.

However, bad daddy Duke decides that her livin
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Full review at the Incurable Bluestocking.

Well, this is one of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long time. I really mean that. I tore through this in about 24 hours because I just couldn’t stand to be parted from it.

Sophia is exactly the sort of heroine I have been yearning for: cheerfully independent, even in the face of difficulties; not a virgin and not ashamed about it; knows what she wants sexually and isn’t afraid of her passions; good-natured and forgiving but not a pushover; d
Another exciting, sexy tale from author Suzanne Enoch, the third book in her Scandalous Brides series. Taken from my review at

Sophia White knew that the Duke of Greaves had only asked her, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Hennessey, to his house party to stir up things, but she had been unable to turn down a chance to experience this one last magnificent holiday. She was looking forward to seeing her friend Camille Pryce Blackwood, whose husband was a good friend of t
A beautiful fire-haired Tantalus girl, Sophia, is thrown into the river and nearly drowns before being saved by Adam Baswich, Duke of Greaves, whose Christmas party she was traveling to. The party promises to be her last chance at happiness before her father has her, his illegitimate daughter, wed off to a cruel victor.

The collapsing bridge results in most of the Christmas party guests being caught on the far side of the river while Adam and Sophia make their way back to Greaves Park. Sophia lo
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i fell in love with the book from the first chapter. the story was woven so well that you just fall into the setting and feel the love story. although i dont ever get winter i love stories set like that. and winter is so nice in that way.

weve met adam and sophia in taming of a rogue ( which i loved! keating!) here we get to know more about them. sophia as we know works in the tantalus club formerly with cammy. her reputation is tainted and precedes her in that many think she's a walking scandal
Lord Rose
I have a decided soft spot for duke and serving girl stories. And for the most part, I quite liked this book. For the majority of the story, the solution to all dilemmas was pretty obvious (to the reader), though, so I kind of wanted to strangle the hero. A lot.

Why is it that whenever heroines (in historicals, at least, but often in contemporaries, too) have affairs, they usually think of them as mistakes, whereas heroes have long strings of mutually pleasurable experiences? (And where are all t
Sophia is an illegitimate daughter of a Duke who is neither a member of the upper classes nor fits comfortably in the lower. She finds employment with the Tantalus Club, a somewhat scandalous institution that employs women. But her father doesn't like notoriety and blackmails her into marriage with a zealous vicar - if she refuses, the club, which is a refuge for a lot of women, will get shut down. Sophia agrees, but allows herself a last indulgence - attendance at a lavish Christmas house party ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 04, 2015 12:42PM  
  • A Taste for Scandal (Sealed With a Kiss, #2)
  • Lord of Temptation (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #2)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)
  • The Seduction of Lady X (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #3)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • My Scandalous Viscount (The Inferno Club, #5)
  • Trouble at the Wedding (Abandoned at the Altar, #3)
  • Unraveled (Turner, #3)
  • When Marrying a Scoundrel (Victorian Soap Opera, #2)
  • What a Rogue Desires (Reece Family Trilogy, #2)
  • One Naughty Night (The Scandalous St. Claires, #1)
  • Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)
  • True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • A Winter Scandal (St. Dwynwen, #1)
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4)
  • Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)
Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most po ...more
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  • Taming an Impossible Rogue (Scandalous Brides, #2)
  • The Handbook to Handling His Lordship (Scandalous Brides, #4)
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