Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “To Desire a Wicked Duke (Courtship Wars, #6)” as Want to Read:
To Desire a Wicked Duke (Courtship Wars, #6)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

To Desire a Wicked Duke (Courtship Wars #6)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,215 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Passion ignites in Nicole Jordan’s delectable, dazzling conclusion to The Courtship Wars.

Two years after losing her beloved fiancé to war, Tess Blanchard feels ready to chance love again. Thus she’s aghast when a threatening scandal forces her to wed her longtime nemesis, Ian Sutherland, Duke of Rotham. The impossibly arrogant, irresistibly seductive nobleman is the last m
Published by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about To Desire a Wicked Duke, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about To Desire a Wicked Duke

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,289)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
1.50 Stars - Regency/Historical Romance!

Oh god! Oh god! Oh god! What an agonizing read! I’m sorry dear readers but I found this last installment of the much celebrated series to be very, VERY frustrating. Let’s state the reasons why. Well, for one thing, I found the heroine Tess Blanchard to be one very annoying, infuriating heroine.

(view spoiler)
May 05, 2011 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
I have rather mixed feelings about this book.

What I Liked:
The actual plot is pretty good, and there's a nice twist at the end that I probably should have seen coming, but didn't. The hero, Ian, the Duke of Rotham, is suitably alpha with a bad boy reputation that covers a good heart. He's been in love with Tess for years, but hid it behind a combative attitude because she first fell in love with his sweet and saintly cousin. Their verbal sparring is enjoyable for the first third of the book, bu
Carrie Olguin
Feb 20, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it it was ok
Okay story with irritating romantic content. Too much recipe sex without an increase in emotional intimacy. Sex became like a weapon the H/h used to shield themselves from emotional pain.

Really had a hard time with the heroine's logic. Years before, she was engaged but her betrothed died at Waterloo. She dons mourning garb for two years and throws herself into charity work.

Finally, she decides to reenter society and search for true love again, a family and all that female stuff. (Can someone fin
Apr 05, 2011 SidneyKay rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 02, 2012 Netha rated it liked it

Miss Tess Blanchard, 2 tahun setelah Richard, sang tunangan, meninggal siap untuk memulai suatu petualangan..lha apesnya baru aja mau mencoba petualangan tersebut dengan patrick hennesy - pemilik theather - eh ketahuan oleh Ian Sutherlan, Duke of Rotham - sepupu Richard.

Rotham jelas jengkel berat melihat tess berciuman dengan hennesy (kl ga salah namanya :D), lha bukannya menarik Tess eh Rotham malah menawarkan dirinya jika Tess ingin mencicipi petualangan....wakakakakka Tess melongo aja ap
Jan 11, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it
This review was first available on and

The Courtship wars continue! If you have followed this series by Nicole Jordan, I’m sure you highly anticipate its release. The sixth and final book of the series explores the story of Tess with a secondary story that wraps up ties for Fanny Irwin who has played a role in each novel to date. In this final installment, Tess gets a second chance at love! This time around it is with the wicked Duke of
Feb 11, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This was my first Nicole Jordan book, and I enjoyed it immensely! The opening is fabulously tense. The chemistry was thick, and the hero reads like a man who could crush you with one look, and make you swoon with another. He screams alpha. Loyal. Protective. Deadly. The heroine is kind hearted, innocent, but independent and quick with her tongue. I loved the dynamic of the two together. They disarmed each other at every turn, each losing the grip they tried so desperately to keep on their hearts ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Society’s rules in Regency England, during the early nineteenth century, mixed with Tess Blanchard’s desire for passion and the Duke of Rotham’s long-denied desire for Tess make a captivating romance that propels the reader along with both internal and external conflicts, humor, and an irrepressible primal connection that engenders an exquisite love.

The Duke of Rotham, known as the Devil Duke, seizes the opportunity to kiss Tess after four years of wanting her while keeping his distance. Male p
Lady Darcie Guenon
Mar 09, 2011 Lady Darcie Guenon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: courtship wars #5
Tess is a women who has suffered and put that suffering into her charity works. After the death of her beloved Tess never thought to find someone to love again and be loved in return until her beloved;s cousin Ian walks back into her life and turns it upside down all over again (by that I mean she has always had a strange connection with Ian and doesn't know what to make of it for he is a big time Rake)
Ian haws secertly loved Tess since the moment they danced together at her coming out ball, but
Amy Grossman
Mar 23, 2011 Amy Grossman rated it did not like it
This plot had so much potential for a romance novel - lonely widow, notorious rake, a ghost mystery. I got bored not even 1/4 of the way in. The main character, Tess Blanchard, came off as whiney and annoying. I kept expecting the husband to just say forget it and move on. It was unrealistic and just plain annoying to read. I'm surprised, since Nicole Jordan is usually a really good author. Ughh.
I hadn't read the other books in the series but didn't feel like I was missing anything.
Tess Blanchard doesn't love the Duke of Rotham. In fact, she really doesn't like the cousin of her now-dead fiance. So when they're caught up in a passionate embrace and then caught in said embrace, she's not really stoked to get married. But at least she can help hook up some of her friends with his haunted castle. And maybe help get them together.
Ian, the duke, never wanted to get married. But he has had s
May 21, 2012 Sammy rated it liked it
Ok, not remarkable. The plot was very slow and by the end I was extremely frustrated that the heroine had not realized how great the hero is by the first half of the book.
2 Stars. Public Library 3/22/15. This is my first book in the series (and by this author). I'm sad to say it was disappointing. The h rubbed me the wrong way carrying on a pity party when life didn't go her way. I liked the H but spent the majority of the time feeling bad for him. I found the description to be inaccurate another reason the book left me with vague dissatisfaction. Perhaps if I'd read the other book I would've enjoyed this book more but I doubt it. I might try another book by this ...more
Rin ♔
Nov 28, 2014 Rin ♔ rated it it was ok
(Things you don't do at four in the morning while having your period: Read books and make reviews.)

I was so fucking livid I had to write this one. (Again, with the hormones during period. You're a girl and you know how it is.)

The whole thing was dragged and there were unnecessary things like that Castle Ghost shit. I thought something would happen there that would greatly affect Ian and Tess's relationship. (Say, Tess would be kidnapped or Ian would get shot.) But no, the suspense factor ended i
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 09, 2011 Marilyn Rondeau rated it really liked it
*** Book number six in Jordan’s Courtship Wars was so worth waiting for. From previous books in this series, especially book five TO TAME A DANGEROUS LORD, Ms. Jordan gave mouth watering delights as to just how wicked the Duke of Rotham really was. So having Ian Sutherland as the hero in TO DESIRE A WICKED DUKE was like finally getting to the dessert after a five course meal!

After two years of mourning for her fiance who was killed in the battle of Waterloo, Tess wanted to see what it was like
Oleta Blaylock
Dec 22, 2013 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always when you read the final book in a series there is a filling of sadness at having to say good bye to the characters that you have come to love. So we have come to the end of series with the marriage of Tess Blanchard. This was an unsuspected ending. There has been no mention of the Ian Sutherland, Duke of Rotham, in any of the previous books. Certainly not in connection with Tess or with Richard her deceased betrothed. This story starts off with both parties being antagonistic to each o ...more
Lynne Tull
Mar 15, 2011 Lynne Tull rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
SPOILER ALERT...I don't think this gives anything away, but proceed with caution...
Actually I am glad this series has come to an end. I really liked the hero, but the heroine was not my favorite. She has a part in all of the other books in the series and was portrayed as a quiet "fade into the background" woman who was mourning her fiancée. Of course, he had been killed in the war two years ago. Now she turns out to be a rude, shrew who is comprised when she is caught kissing her fiancée's cousi
Dec 27, 2012 Marlene rated it it was ok
Shelves: public-library
Tess Blanchard, and Ian, Duke of Rotham. Another stupid heroine intelligent and caring except when it comes to romance. Too irritated to review this properly. Again a premise that suspends belief, Tess leaves husband after one wedding night at the estate to go match-making in one of his castles. And he lets her go?

As a result of this series, I realize I that I like intelligent pragmatic heroines, one who are not so stupid to see the being the wife of a kind good looking wealthy nobleman has many
Erin H
Apr 01, 2012 Erin H rated it liked it
Shelves: rpo
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
It kept me interested enough to actually read it until the end. But like other reviewers, I found Tess to be an annoying shrew who was bratty and unappreciative. I could also not find it in myself to like Fanny that much. She seemed quite holier than thou when it came to telling Tess her 'carnal knowledge' and it was annoying when she would tease Tess about relations with Ian, telling her not to make a big deal about it. Then Fanny turns around and goes ON gushingly about a kiss with her boyfrie ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Éowyn rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed all of Nicole Jordan's Courtship Wars series and this one has been no exception - all along I've been itching to know what happens with Tess - and of course the burning question on Fanny's fate needed to be resolved!

Tess Blanchard as decided she needs to stop mourning her fiancee, who was killed at Waterloo 2 years previously, and move on with her life. She certainly does move on when she is discovered in a passionate embrace with Ian, her former fiancee's cousin and a duke t
Feb 29, 2012 Deanne rated it did not like it
This was my first Nicole Jordan novel and when I read the summary about a lonely widow, notorious rake, and a bit of a ghost mystery. I thought this story could have potential and was loving the idea of the plot somehow when i was 1/8 into the novels the plot starts to go down and I got bored . Tess the main character in the novels is the most bratty , ungrateful and annoying heroine I have ever read!!!!

I kept expecting the husband would happily move on with his life and find his own happiness
May 28, 2012 Regina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This last installment of the Courtship Wars series was long anticipated, but it turned out that it didn't quite live up to its hype. The story was rather bland; sweet but unexceptional. The forced marriage, the "haunted" castle, and the the couple's determined fight against their sexual attraction are staples in the romance genre. It wasn't until Ian honestly confronted his love for Tess and his determination to win her that the story became interesting. Unfortunately, you have to read through m ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it
Finished with the Courtship Wars series. This was another decent installment for Nicole Jordan. I really enjoyed how Ian as portrayed in this story, but I was a little disappointed with Tess. She has been a character appearing in the other novels and I thought, yay, high time we get her tale...but it left me disappointed. For all her laments about trying to find true love and giving herself up to it...she really fought her way through this one. I think if she would have blinked and truly look
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Mar 18, 2011 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
I loved this book from the very first pages. Tess and Ian are my very favorite type of couple, a beautiful spunky woman who has suffered and a handsome rake who finds that he is not immune to love. The plot is fast moving and involving and there is a wonderful subplot involving Tess’s friend, Fanny, and Fanny’s unlikely suitor. There is also a haunted castle, villains, and a roller coaster love story that will have you turning the pages avidly until the end. Fans of the Courtship Wars series wil ...more
May 22, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm not a fan of Jordan's recent work, but having loved her older novels I decided to give it another go. Although parts were entertaining and interesting I was bored at times and almost quit 2/3 through. I found the haunted castle and Fanny subplots uninteresting, although perhaps if I had read some of the others in the series I would have cared more about this character. Upon finishing, I wasn't sure if it was Jordan's book or just that I am not in a romance novel mood. However, I've started M ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Andita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Deserves someone who loved her after all the sorrow she had. I'm glad it was someone strong and caring. It was a good exciting story.
Feb 18, 2016 Berit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
REALLY likable main and some secondary characters!

Plenty of "scenes"; would like to see them a little hotter.
Rea K
May 04, 2015 Rea K added it
*insert eyeroll here* It was kind of lame, man. I may have contemplated throwing this book when I got to the ending.
Imania Margria
May 22, 2016 Imania Margria rated it it was amazing
This is definitely in my top ten of favorite romance novels.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 76 77 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Duke's Captive (Winter Garden #4)
  • Till Dawn with the Devil (Lords of Vice, #2)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • If You Give A Girl A Viscount (Impossible Bachelors, #4)
  • Guarding a Notorious Lady (Devine & Friends, #3)
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
  • Never Dare a Duke (Sons of Scandal, #2)
  • Dance of Seduction (Swanlea Spinsters, #4)
  • Scandal in Scotland (Hurst Amulet, #2)
  • An Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family, #2)
  • My Only Love
  • In Scandal They Wed (The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls #2)
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)
  • A Duke's Temptation (Boscastle #10; The Bridal Pleasures #1)
  • My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club, #2)
  • A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Somerhart, #2)
  • The Naked Marquis (Naked Nobility, #3)
  • Duke Most Wanted (Heiress Brides, #3)
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan spins delightful tales that simmer with passion and sensuality. In her former life, Nicole grew up as an Army brat, moving frequently and attending high school in Germany. She later earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech and spent eight years as a manufacturing manager making disposable diapers and toilet tissue! Currently Nicole lives i ...more
More about Nicole Jordan...

Other Books in the Series

Courtship Wars (6 books)
  • To Pleasure A Lady (Courtship Wars #1)
  • To Bed a Beauty (Courtship Wars #2)
  • To Seduce a Bride (Courtship Wars, #3)
  • To Romance a Charming Rogue (Courtship Wars, #4)
  • To Tame a Dangerous Lord (Courtship Wars, #5)

Share This Book