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The Devilish Duke

(Saints & Scoundrels #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,412 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune good-bye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his cha ...more
Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by Entangled Publisher (first published February 2nd 2018)
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Ivy H
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Stacey is Sassy
Not so Devilish in the end...

I was extremely satisfied with my listening experience of The Devilish Duke. The characters were engaging, the storyline kept me captivated from start to finish, and the love that bloomed between Devlin and Sophie was believable. I was convinced I knew who was causing mayhem and murder, then found myself doubting myself towards the end. A new player came to the front, and I knew my doubts were well-founded. I just never expected him to be as dastardly as he ended up
Sammy Loves Books
Adorable read and much better than I expected. Devlin Markham has worked very hard to earn his a reputation as a rake. He's afraid to love and has a scarred past!

The Devil Duke


I absolutely loved his interactions with Lady Sophie. She's a bluestocking with no desire to marry. But everyone has a price, and the Devil Duke knows what Sophie wants most in life.

Looking forward to more books by this author.
ARC provided by NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating 3.25-3.5 (wrestling with the actual rating)

Lady Sophie is climbing a tree determined to spy on the man she's been infatuated with for years. She had seen him with another woman headed into a room. Well she was determined to see what the two were up too and was unhappy to see him down on one knee proposing. Saddened bu
Jacqueline's Reads
5 Stars

This is my first Maddison Michaels book and oh boy did this one take me by surprise. I will admit I don’t take chances on historical romance authors. I’m very picky on how I like my stories to be told, but Maddison Michaels surprised all my expectations.

The Devilish duke is a perfect read. It kept me interested from the very first page to the very last page. I was sucked into the story and although it is a meaty book I never wanted it to end. When I finished reading it, I wanted to read i
Unfortunately this was a 1 star read. It was full of cliches in the worst way and I can’t count how many times my eyes rolled while reading. Our heroine is “not like other girls” and while some how is adored by every man around yet unmarried and so “independent”. Sophie was irrational and selfish and I found her character impossible to like. The plot holes were glaring with the dialog being very forced and unnatural. This started out interesting but was a case of the reader being told and not sh ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
Pretty good debut. My first by the author, and I thought it had good pacing and compelling characters overall. 3.5 Starts.
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4.5 stars (I am in love with the Heroin star)😊😊

When I read the first scene, a rake as a Hero and a heroine who is ready to fall for him because "he is just so handsome", I mentally groaned. But then the plot evolved and we see a hero who has past baggage and acute trade knowledge. An intelligent heroine who is a spinster by choice and runs an orphanage. Both are going to be in a marriage-of-convenience (read Engagement) Sounds familiar, I know. But the plot development was so good and the sub-p
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having just watched the series ‘Victoria’, I was delighted to see the Queen’s appearance in “The Devilish Duke”. The Queen has insisted that Devlin Markham, who is known as the “Devil Duke” of Huntington, must marry if she is to agree to his plans for the Transatlantic telegraph cable, an event that actually took place during the reign of Queen Victoria. When this demand is made, he instantly thinks of Lady Sophie Wolcott. Sophie accepts his proposal in order to save an orphanage that she has lo ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Devlin and Sophie were made for each other, and their dialogue was sparkling and witty. The secondary characters were fab - especially loved Aunt Mabel (she made me laugh) and Sophie's brother Daniel was rather dishy (hope he gets his own book). The pacing was great and the murder/mystery had me guessing who the bad guy was right up to the end. This was a wonderful read from a debut author, and I will definitely be looking forward to her future books. This ARC was provi ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
I absolutely adored this book. It had some of my favorite elements. Contract marriage, romance, mystery, a strong female lead, and a sexy alpha male.

I honestly sometimes forget how much I like historical fiction/romance. Because I don't read it that often, but when I do I almost always enjoy it. Victorian England specifically seems to be a very choice setting for me.

Also, totally Plausible Alternative Title: Lady Sophie and The Rake 😂 Because by the end of this you're going be hooked on this t
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune goodbye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm...
When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage on Grey Street is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it.
I was dra
Minerva Spencer
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love a devilish duke? Especially one who has a butt like the guy on the cover of this book!? And there is nothing I like more than a businesslike marriage of convenience that quickly skates over the edge into pleasure.

Anyhow, I hugely enjoyed this Victorian romance and found the mystery that is skillfully woven throughout the story an added bonus. Excellent chemistry between Devlin and Sophie and just enough bickering and tension to keep me turning pages, but not make me want to thr
Carol Bisig
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible story! It is heart poundingly scary! It is an Awesome Romance, it is a Wonderful First Book! I am amazed, that I want another one, with these same people to go on! This is like the Sebastian St. Cyr Novels!
Maddison is brilliant, thorough, and extraordainarly kind! I will be the first one, buying her books!
I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!
carolintallahassee 👒
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
NEW AUTHOR, and WORTH TRYING!!! also only 99 cents on Amazon rn

I loved this, because I was looking for something short and sweet, not too emotional, and I honestly didn't know the whodunnit lol. Sometimes authors really suck at that but here I was like was it him or him or him??

The dialogue needed a little working on, but otherwise I truly loved it! Probably won't re-read but I will definitely try her again!!
Maggie Whitworth
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved , loved the chemistry between these two , wow what an adventure this book Takes you on .
Devlin, my type of hero , reformed rake , ladies man , needs the love of a good woman .
Enter the good woman and he hasn’t a clue what to do with her .
This is an exceptional book and is at the top of my list for great authors at the moment .
Lori D
A marvelous debut novel for Maddison Michaels!!! Skillfully plotted and full of romance and a mystery to be solved, I really could not put this one down. Using the setting of the Victorian era, there is even a meeting with Queen Victoria and our hero, Devlin Markham, the (Devil) Duke of Huntington. When a story starts out and I find myself laughing out loud pretty quickly, I know I am in for a great read. Lady Sophie Wolcott is in love and she finds herself up in a tree spying on her beloved pro ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Devilish Duke is one of those books which have everything, romance, intrigue, suspense, mystery, rakish hero, independent and strong heroine, and a lot more. It's a really well-written historical fiction, the kind of book which has the ability to make you fall in love with the genre. I genuinely enjoyed reading it, especially because of the characters. They are all amazing and fun to read about.

Devlin and Sophie's first encounter was a year ago, and it wasn't something either of them could f
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Debut romance and adventure....

I really liked this book, it was a bit slow in parts but for the most part it was an enjoyable read....

We first meet our lovely heroine Lady Sophie up a tree. Truly. Spying on a proposal. She literally falls to the ground in front of our Duke. It’s quite the meeting....

It’s a meeting they both think about often after.

Flash forward, the Queen wants Devlin married. As his reputation as the Devil Duke, Queen Victoria has had it with his reputation. He cannot do h
Candace N
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a tremendously amazing book! I really can't begin to praise this book enough! This book is incredibly well written and had me hooked from the very beginning... well the cover to be honest! The characters are fantastic! There are many characters and they all seem so real! Sophie and Devlin are completely captivating characters. I loved them both.  The story is perfectly paced, easy to follow and unpredictable! There were many parts that had me laughing, and the writing was so vivid that I fe ...more
Deb Diem
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Devilish Duke is my first book by Maddison Michaels, I look forward to reading many more. Ms. Michaels has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded it with amazing, lovable characters. Sophie has dedicated herself to teaching and training the young people at the orphanage she helps with. Devlin has been told he must marry by the queen if she is to endorse a business plan. Sophie and Devlin's story is packed with drama, humor, suspense, action and sexy bits. I enjoyed every page of th ...more
4 stars - Historical Romance

I really enjoyed this and look forward to more from this author. I listened to the audiobook, and Justine Eyre's narration was fabulous, as always!
Norah Gibbons
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels is the first book that I have read by this author and it most certainly will not be the last. I was hooked from the moment our intrepid heroine catches our hero’s attention by falling out of a tree to land at his feet interrupting his assignation with a Lady who is someone else’s wife. Lady Sophie Woollcott has decided not to marry, the one man she thought she loved has mar ...more
Randee Green
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

When a romance novel (or really any novel) opens with a Victorian-era, bluestocking, just about old enough to be considered a spinster female protagonist falling out of a tree because she climbed it to spy on the man of her dreams propose to another woman…well, you know you’ve got one interesting, captivating, and convention breaking main character. And then, a few chapters later, an Earl and a Duke exchange in fisticuffs in said female protagoni
Up All Night With Books
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by the author for an honest review**

Absolutely captivating and witty, The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels was a great historical romance! I loved it, couldn’t put it down. She had me from the very first chapter, this book was engaging and entertaining. It had me laughing out loud, but it was also heartfelt and at times suspenseful. I think Maddison did an excellent job bringing these characters and their story to life.

Lady Sophie Wolcott is hard not to love. She is very strong
Suze Lavender
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Queen will only give Devlin permission for a very important business transaction if he finds himself a wife. Devlin has to make sure all of his hard work wasn't in vain. He's a rich duke and he's proud of what he's achieved. The woman he's supposed to marry is lady Sophie, a headstrong woman who cares more about the orphans she's looking after than anything else. By supporting her charity Devlin can make his first move. While he can have his choice of women, Sophie isn't as easily persuaded. ...more
P Leslie
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinion stated are solely my own and no one elses*

The Devilish Duke was a fantastic read and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. This book has it all; romance, wit, humour, danger, mystery and suspense - lets just say there was never a dull moment.

The book was written beautifully but quite slow paced.

The beginning with Sophie hiding in the tree was extremely funny especially, when she fell out of it and ended up in front of Devlin. You could
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page I was hooked. I loved the character of Sophie, strong, determined and she knew what she wanted from life. And it wasn't marriage, but well life happens and she was determined to make the most of a new challenge. And Devlin, well delish is the word that comes to mind. Who wouldn't be prepared to meet that challenge! It was engaging, suspenseful and had some very funny moments. I was totally immersed in the book and didn't want it to end. This is definitely a book I could ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG I just read this book via netgalley and I couldn't put it down.
The chemistry between Devlin and Sophie was electric, I had to keep reading to see their connection building. Sophie is a feisty and spirited character who does what she needs to do. And well, Devlin, wow.. he is the type of man that you would imagine sweeping you off your feet with brutish charm and charisma that is just a little bit wicked.  
The story kept moving and kept me wanting to find out what was happening next. I’m sti
Tracy Emro
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4.5 stars - there was a lot to like about this book and I really enjoyed the author's writing style, she was able to change the tone of the book going from fun and flirty to down right terrifying and back to fun without disrupting the flow of the story, which in my experience is quite impressive, especially from a debut author!!

Lady Sophie Wolcott and Devlin Markham, the Duke of Huntington meet when Sophie falls out of tree after spying on the man of her dreams and seeing him propose to an
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Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was a teenager and picked up her first ever Amanda Quick novel, Maddison Michaels has been a prolific reader and writer of historical romance ever since. She is the award winning author of THE DEVILISH DUKE (which won the 2019 RUBY Historical Romantic Book of the Year), THE ELUSIVE EARL, THE MISTLETOE MISTRESS, and the THE S ...more

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