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The Wicked Duke

(Wicked Trilogy #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 ratings  ·  181 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 anonymi
Kindle Edition, 382 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
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 a ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 world
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Manda Collins
My favorite of the trilogy.
Cocktails and Books
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tracy Emro
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

With The Wicked Duke Madeline Hunter concludes her Wicked trilogy, solving the mystery of the previous Duke of Aylesbury's mysterious death and giving the current duke his happily ever after.

Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, is rusticating while the rumours that he was involved in the death of his older brother calm down. While in the country, Lance crosses paths with Marianne Radley, a young woman that has returned to the area as a dependent of h
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wicked Duke completes Madeline Hunter’s trilogy neatly. Each book can be read as a stand-alone as the author has supplied enough background information in each one to enable the reader new to the series to be able to understand what is going on.
As this story begins, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury is living under a cloud of doubt and suspicion following the sudden and unexplained death of his elder brother, Percy. His brothers, Gareth (His Wicked Reputation) and Ives (Tall, Dark and W
Make Kay
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THE WICKED DUKE by Madeline Hunter is book 3 in the Wicked trilogy. I have read the first two books in the trilogy, His Wicked Reputation (#1) and Tall, Dark and Wicked (#2) and found myself lukewarm regarding them. However, Hunter has been a perennial favorite of mine, so I soldiered on to book 3 in the series. Alas, this book was very much not my cup of tea at all.

Lance Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, has been rusticating in the country because he is widely suspected of killing his older broth
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-2016
Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury is trying to avoid not only society, but people in general. There are whisperings that he killed, poisoned, his older brother so he could inherit. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember much of that night. He is rusticating in the country hoping the rumors will die down or a new scandal will grab the attention of the ton.

Marianne Ridley is on the shelf and relatively happy. She and her mother are dependent on her Uncle Horace for their living since both her bro
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another highly enjoyable read from Madeline Hunter, who is an auto-buy author for me and has rarely disappointed me.  
This is the third book in a trilogy which features 4 brothers - a dead duke Percy, his two full siblings Ives and Lance, and his bastard half-brother Gareth. Percy was a very nasty man and there are rumours that he was murdered, although no cause of unnatural death has ever been determined. Lance (short for Lancelot), who takes over the dukedom, has never hidden the fact that h
Jessica Howard
I received an ARC from

I can sum up this book in one word: meh. I did not click with any of the main characters. I did not strongly like or even hate any of them. I was annoyed that Marianne was attracted to the Duke yet believed that the Duke raped her cousin. It would have been better is she had confronted him directly instead of alluding to it – with him not understanding what she was talking about. I just cannot fathom how you would be attracted to someone you even thought was a
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Individuals Whose Romantic Partners are Rapists
The heroine falls in love with her cousin's alleged rapist. Her beloved cousin who is actively trying to kill herself because of this traumatic event. But no, it's cool you guys, because the heroine asks for the cousin's permission to mack on her rapist before she makes any moves on him. considerate!

How the hell are we supposed to recover from that, Madeline Hunter?! There's no coming back from that to redeem the heroine. This is a ROMANCE novel! There's nothing romantic about fall
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lance is going crazy away from London but he spies some fun through the trees in the form of a neighbor's niece. Marianne hears the rumors but does not believe them. Both are determined to find out the truth.

After a slow start, Lance and Marianne become less predictable. The neighbor makes a bargain with the Duke for Marianne's hand. She does not want to fulfill the bargain after her uncle tells her his tale of the Duke but her choice is taken away by the uncle. I liked them especially Marianne.
Anne Morgan
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As we have come to expect from a Madeline Hunter book the pages sparkle with wit and humor, and smoke with the heat between Lance and Marianne. A fun and fast read, Wicked brings back characters from the rest of the series in the Hemingford brothers and their wives. Much of the humor in scenes between the brothers comes as Lance teases his brothers on their "domestication" and Gareth and Ives share their newfound wisdom on handling wives- all of which Lance, unfortunately, ignores.

Woven alongsi
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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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Wicked Trilogy (3 books)
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