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The Wicked Duke

(Wicked Trilogy #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,440 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Third in the roguishly intriguing series by the New York Times bestselling author of Tall, Dark, and Wicked and His Wicked Reputation

She appeals to his wicked inclinations, but he never expects she might snare his heart…

Suspected of his brother’s murder, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, was forced to give up his hell-raising habits in London for the anonymity of qu
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Jove
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Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Oh I loved the so called 'Wicked Duke'. Lance is so very wicked (well naughty at least) and often finds himself in spots of trouble but currently? Well he's playing the "good" duke. His brother was murdered some months back and all eyes have been on him as the culprit. So he's got to behave himself and avoid all of his usual trappings. Including women. Alas, one captivating trespasser has caught his eye. Just so happens her uncle is one of the men who hol
Sammy Loves Books
I hate to say that this was a disappointment, because it was good...just not as great as I had hoped for.

Usually a badass hero makes me wanna be the heroine. This wicked duke was good in bed, but I was never envious of Marianne.
This is the final book in Madeline Hunter’s Wicked trilogy featuring the three Hemingford brothers; or rather two Hemingfords and their half-brother, Gareth Fitzallen. Running through all the books is the thread concerning the recent death of the eldest Hemingford brother, Percy, who was a thoroughly unpleasant person and who disliked his brothers so intensely that he would go out of his way to make their lives difficult. But Percy was the Duke of Aylesbury, so his death naturally attracted ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
He was a new duke who has filled his life with wild nights, wanton women and a little too much alcohol. Lance is the classic titled man with too much money and time on his hands to get in trouble, or at least be suspected of it. The perfect target to become the groom of a woman who is reluctant, to say the least, to be his bride. Will Marianne become another sexual conquest for the Duke or does she have her own agenda she hopes to unveil? It’s all in the game of love, lust, and winner-takes-all ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Did not enjoy very much.

Let me tell you a bit about the wicked duke in this story, okay:

Lots of rumors surround Lance, the most prominent one being the fact that he poisoned his elder brother to become the duke. It's a pretty common plot device as far as historical romances and their rakes and scoundrels go, right?

But he's not evil, no, he's 'wicked.' Which is much more of a seductive word to use.

Anyways, his character is actually good at heart and not very wicked. Lance is actually a decent
Sonya Heaney
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted HERE .

4.5 stars.

Madeline Hunter is a favourite of mine, because she can create a perfect atmosphere for her historical romances. She manages to keep social attitudes of the day more or less intact at the same time as creating female characters who are interesting and original.

This is the final book in a trilogy about three brothers: the illegitimate son of a duke, the second legitimate son, and now the young duke himself. Hunter does a great job of illustrating how the worl
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lancelot Heminford, The Duke of Aylesbury is as wicked as they come. A reputation as a hell raiser since he was a very young man, seducer of other men's wives, more comfortable in a Gaming Hell than a Drawing Room. He is now the Duke, due to his older brother's suspicious death from an apparent poisoning when Lance happens to be in residence.

Marianne Radley is the niece of Sir Horace who wants the influence of the new Duke of Aylesbury and revenge for what he believes the Duke did to his daughte
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Genre: Historical romance
Sensuality: R

A duke under suspicions of murdering his brother is blackmailed into marrying the heroine.

This was the first MH I was able to finish in 3 yrs. It was the last of a trilogy and I hadnt read the first two but I had no problems. A solidly written HR with a little mystery thrown in. It didnt sing opera but at least I didnt think it was a recycled previous work as I did with some of her recent novels.

Note: One of the GR reviews says that the heroine's mother is
Manda Collins
My favorite of the trilogy.
Meh, I don’t like to correctly guess the plot within the first few chapters, although, that’s really not the point of HR such as this.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a mellow, sweet romance that didn't really leave much of an impression on me. Very forgettable, this one.
Sherwood Smith
Copy provided by NetGalley.

This book, which reads as if it was part of a series, slides over to the cosplay end of the spectrum of Regency romances. The readership who will love it wants an alpha male with a high title, tons of dough, and an expert in bed because he and the passionate, modern-thinking heroine are headed for the silken sheets as soon as the story can get them there.

We’re introduced to our hero, Lance, the new duke, having sex with a stranger. We follow him in his crapulous, hung
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The last, but not least, of the Hemingford brothers gets his HEA. For Lance, that is not always easy, but always entertaining. Lance became Duke after the death of his older, cruel brother Percy. He is the prime suspect, although there is no real evidence. Justice of the Peace, Sir Horace Radley, refuses to tell the coroner to close the matter unless Lance marries his niece.

After the death of her father, Sir Horace's brother, Marianne Radley and her mother lost their home to Sir Horace. When the
Christy W
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

The not so wicked duke’s reputation preceded him in every way, but not always correctly. It was fun and eventful story where he was at worst only a slightly naughty blue blood, but all red blooded male underneath. There were also plenty of moments throughout the story that really solidified their bond, so I was easily invested in their HEA.

My heart melted during the cottage scene in the last chapter where he says “I miss you.. BADLY. And do not ask WHY again. Just give me a moment...” she waite
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, I've made it through Hunter's complete Wicked trilogy and have yet to find any behavior by any of the three brothers that merits calling them "wicked". They're just your basic handsome hunks with great sex appeal that know how to melt the knickers off a gal. It's all consensual, so what's the big deal? Don't use "wicked" to mean "preoccupied with sex", please. But, anyway, on to the review.

This last entry of the trilogy is Lance's story, oldest surviving brother of the family and now the D
Cocktails and Books
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

Madeline Hunter is a new author for me and I am so glad that I gave her, The Wicked Duke, a chance. Lance is a bad boy who has been elevated to Duke with the recent death of his brother, but there is a cloud of suspicion hanging over him due to circumstances. Marianne is the impoverished niece of his neighbor.

The story that follows starts slowly and initially feels fairly typical for a historical fiction work set in the period. Lance and Ma
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I loathed this book! I deserve better as a reader from Madeline Hunter. Full of crap.
Barbara Rogers
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE WICKED DUKE by Madeline Hunter is book 3 in the Wicked trilogy. I haven't read the first two books and this book was fine without having read the first two. However, I wish I had read them because those are some interesting characters in this book. So, now I'll have to go back and read the first two!!!

Lancelot Hemingford, the Duke of Aylesbury, has lead a wild, debauched life and is known as the Wicked Duke. Well, he's known as wicked anyway - because he has only recently become a Duke. He's
Tracy Emro
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite in the trilogy - I have a soft spot for unrepentant wicked heroes :)

Lance Hemingford is the new Duke of Aylesbury, he inherited the title when his older brother Percy passed away. Unfortunately for Lance, he is under suspicion of his brother's death and has been forced by his brothers to behave himself and lay low in his country estate.

He meets Marianne by chance and he is intrigued by her. When they meet again later and she finds out he is the duke, he is even more int
Jill Dunlop
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebook
The Wicked Duke is the third book in Madeline Hunter's Wicked Trilogy. This is Lancelot Hemingford's book. The first two books in the series involved his brothers, Gareth and Ives. I read both of those books (actually, Hunter is an auto buy for me). My favorite of the trilogy was Ives' story, Tall, Dark and Wicked. If you are going to tackle this trilogy, I recommend reading them in order because the mystery surrounding Percy's death and the brothers' circumstances are carried throughout all thr ...more
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I know I enjoyed the first two books in the series (though I only remember vaguely what they were about), but this didn't work for me at all. There were a few things I just couldn't get past. First of all Marianne believed Lance had seduced/raped her cousin and she still liked him and later even married him. She wasn't given much choice on the latter but before accepting his proposal she asked him if he had killed his brother but not if he'd ever forced himself on a woman.
Furthermore, I just cou
Gwyn Plummer
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was not previously familiar with Ms. Hunter, but how glad I am I’ve become acquainted with her work. What a tangled web of reading she’s written, and what an oh-so-good time I had reading it. Lance is just as sexy as his name suggests, and despite his situation of being forced to wed – he’s all alpha. He tempts and teases, and no one could blame Marianne for falling for him. I wasn’t at all pleased with her uncle, and my heart went out to her cousin. I did eventually figure out the truth of th ...more
Ivy H
This novel was kinda lame. Seriously. Where was the romance? It started off with potential but then just flatlined all the way to the end.
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: “Thank you for the lesson in county etiquette. Whatever would I do without you, Ives? No doubt just bumble along, embarrassing myself.”

Lancelot (lance) Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, has been languishing away at the family estate for nine months. Suspected of murdering his brother, his remaining siblings felt it best for him to stay out of sight and trouble until the inquiry is complete. A chance meeting with
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wicked in a good way, this duke finds himself in a spot of murder trouble and a bad reputation, but this has him less distracted than the intriguing lady he catches trespassing on his land. My first venture into the author's writing leaves me with a delicious taste for more.

The Wicked Duke is the third book in the Wicked trilogy and I jumped the gun and went straight to Lance's story bypassing his two brothers. It worked fine as a standalone, but for the sheer pleasure of getting the other broth
B. C. Booklover
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every so often, I really enjoy a good historical and this one was just that. Now that I've read this one, which I wanted to read since seeing this sexy cover, I'm very sorry I didn't get to read about ALL these brothers who it seems had their own amorous adventures in this series previous books. Seems I missed a lot of humourous banter between them all.. historical humor..pretty funny.

Marianne met Lance while out riding, didn't know who he was until later but by then, she was already suspicious
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apart from chapter 1 which seemed to add nothing whatsoever to the story, this book was actually a solidly enjoyable read. Unlike the last book I read (which by memory was The Reasons For Marriage) where the duke was such a borefest excuse of a rake, the duke in this one was actually naughty. At least enough so to warrant the amount of times the word wicked was used. Unlike the diamonds book by Hunter, this one was a little pg-13 in that it was more flowery prose to allude to the sexy times lmao ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. I like both leads. The mystery plot is compelling and more convoluted than I expected. The writing is excellent. Hunter knows how to write strong female characters without making them annoyingly feisty.

That said, this might be one of those "it's me, not you" books. By which I mean, all the ingredients are right, and work, but I might have been too burnt out reading too many books too quickly to fully appreciate how good this is. So I'd say, give this a shot and see what you think.
Olga Godim
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical
Not for me.
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Eh... not my favorite
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

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