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The Duke I Tempted

(The Secrets of Charlotte Street #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,279 ratings  ·  408 reviews
He’s controlled. Meticulous. Immaculate. No one would expect the proper Duke of Westmead to be a member of London’s most illicit secret club. Least of all: his future wife.

Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he mu
Published July 31st 2018 by NYLA
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Jen Davis
There is more to cheating than just having sex with someone. I say this because other readers might argue with me when I say there is cheating in this book. But there is. And for me, it ruined what was otherwise a very well written, sexy, and angsty read that was so cracktacular, I had to fight the urge to open my Kindle app while I was driving home from work. IT RUINED IT. And it’s the kind of spoiler I don’t feel bad about writing, because if I had known this was going to happen before I start ...more
Though this came highly recommended, THE DUKE I TEMPTED just didn't work for me. What seemed like an interesting storyline, with interesting if perhaps not entirely unique personas, totally failed to keep me interested or engaged; instead it outright frustrated me. I was bored or annoyed the entire time I read this. I feel like this could've worked had it been written by someone else, or maybe just written differently, but alas here we are. Sadly (though unsurprisingly) I have no interest in rea ...more
Alexis Hall
This is fascinatingly ... flawed.

There's so much I admire about this book, the heroine is great, the writing is smooth, it's fucking bold for taking histrom is a rarely-taken direction. I loved the fact that sex-work isn't shamed, I loved that the heroine got to be passionate (both sexually and in her life in general) and I loved the fact that the hero's relationship with his mistress (in the BDSM sense here) was always treated respectfully.

I think the things that didn't work for me were sort o
Maria Rose
Fabulous debut by Scarlett Peckham! It's a BDSM themed romance, with Archer feeling he needs to atone for a loss in his life by experiencing pain. No one knows of his secret, and when he's faced with having to marry and produce an heir, he ends up with a most unlikely woman - the female botanist Poppy whom his sister hires to make a lavish forested setting for her ball. Poppy discovers Archer's secret desires and finds that rather than repel her, they fascinate her.

This historical details are w
This was actually a very rare DNF for me.

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
THE DUKE I TEMPTED by Scarlett Peckham is the First book in the Secrets of Charlotte Street series. This is the story of Poppy Cavendish and Archer, the Duke of Westmead.
Poppy is happy to be unmarried and working on her botanist designs and pursuits. When she goes to help set up a design for a ball she meets Archer. Archer feels the guilt of a painful lost that he hasn't forgiving himself for and likes to be a submissive in the BDSM scene. It helps him to cope with his inside pain. But it has no
Corinne Michaels
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. Wow.

I read this book on the recommendation of Sierra Simone and I was obsessed with the cover and blurb. I absolutely loved it. The writing was flawless and the way she handled the hero was brilliant.

I devoured every word as the story was unraveled bit by bit.

For those who love historical and want a bit of an edge, this is the perfect book.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: published-2018, dnf
I'm mostly just baffled by this book. The plot is interesting enough on the surface, and I'm enjoying the heroine's passion for horticulture and botany. However, both main characters are too puzzling to comprehend their feelings and motivations. The hero is charming and kind one minute to the heroine, and distant and arrogant the next. Likewise, the heroine is hostile one minute and loving the next. They have secrets that are on the verge of being revealed, and then suddenly one or the other pul ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a historical romance with a major twist; the hero is a tortured type who finds emotional and physical release in subjugation. Hence, his membership at an exclusive club where he is regularly whipped. Being a duke, he must marry, however, and as soon as possible in order to get an heir and secure the line of succession away from a cousin who will certainly not see to it that his younger sister Constance is taken care of.

Intending to offer for the first young woman who will take his ring a
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2019, stars-4-0, romance
A very interesting and entertaining historical romance, featuring a woman fighting for her independence and horticultural passion, and a man who has had more than his fair share of suffering but is still devoted to meet his responsibilities.

The author really invests in these two characters, their dramatic experiences, and the ways in which each found some measure of solace in their lives. Before carrying on, a word of caution. If you prefer stories without sexy moments, or an element of BDSM, th
Mandi Schreiner
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
The Duke of Westmead,who also goes by Archer, is in need of a wife. Aren't all dukes?? Archer doesn't want a wife, he doesn't even want a lover. He hasn't kissed or slept with a woman in thirteen years! (Are we perking up now?). After tragedy strikes all those years ago, Archer doesn't know how to handle his grief and turns to a woman who runs a very secretive business in her house - she whips, strikes, hits him and brings him the pain his mind and body need to focus and live his life. Archer vi ...more
Em Wittmann
I gave this BRILLIANT début an A at All About Romance. My full review is here: The Duke I Tempted.

As we all know, début novels are notoriously hit-or-miss, so I’m delighted to tell you The Duke I Tempted fits squarely in the ‘hit’ column. Deeply moving, tender, and romantic, this is the first novel in Scarlett Peckham’s Secrets of Charlotte Street series. Charlotte Street is home to an exclusive, secret club where – if they’re willing to sign a confession of membership, and can afford the exorbi
Ivy H
Sep 23, 2018 marked it as will-never-read

I guess I'm too old fashioned but this hero doesn't conform to my personal vision of what a sexy duke is supposed to be. He gets sexually turned on when he's whipped by a domme ( dominant female in a D/sub relationship ).

I don't EVER write these little notes to myself but I need to remind myself to stay far away from this book, because I'm always tempted by titles with the word "Duke" in it. Therefore, this note is not intended to spread any kind of negativity or hate fo
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I read this book with the impression that there was going to be some femdom in it, based on the reviews I saw I thought I would have to skip pages to escape it. Sadly that was not the case, there was barely any BDSM in this book, since I am a sucker for the ladies wielding the whips I am disappointed. It was a cute HR without it though.
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This debut romance by Scarlett Peckham is a wickedly addictive combination of a marriage of convenience plot and blisteringly hot sex. The Duke I Tempted is a brilliant, passionate story that's equal parts sexy and charming. I read it one sitting, and I definitely plan on reading it again. (To put it bluntly: I AM SHOOK.)

The Duke I Tempted begins pleasantly enough. Archer, a duke, has decided to renounce bachelorhood and beget an heir, so he directs his sister to host a massive ball on his estat
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I'm not usually a reader of regency fiction, but maybe I just needed to have more sexytimes incorporated into the story to make it interesting, because I enjoyed this very much. Many of my SFF reading friends on Goodreads also read a fair bit of romance, so I have been picking up a few titles that they have been talking about. I thought this one was pretty steamy, although because I haven't read a large number of adult romance titles I can't really say where it falls in terms of what is average ...more
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“I’m not looking for romance. I’m looking for a wife.”

This book has completely stolen my heart. It’s rare for a debut novel to leave this kind of impression on me, but Scarlett Peckham’s voice is truly exquisite—polished, incisive, yet tenderly rich in emotions—and I fell in love with her radiant prose within a matter of pages. She hits all the classic historical romance buttons—the Duke in need of a wife, the indomitable heroine set on preserving her independence, a marriage of conv
Milica's Bookshelf
4.5 stars!
*The Angry Reader*
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, historicals
I struggled to put this down. There are hundreds of books about the uptight duke - I liked that this one took it further. Plenty of edge to keep me interested. Well-rounded characters. At times I was completely lost in the book - unaware that I was reading.

It lost a star Bc it didn’t feel even remotely era-appropriate.

Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellently written historical romance with an independent would-be spinster and a tortured Duke who's found solace in an unusual and potentially scandalous way.

Poppy Cavendish is the daughter of a viscount, but circumstances have her working for a living with a small, but profitable plant nursery business. She's driven, deeply protective of both her independence and her business, but also in jeopardy because an unexpected lack of resources after her protective uncle passes away. The Duke of
Leigh Kramer
CW: grief, death of spouse and child

If you're into Gothic angst-fests, this is the historical romance for you! I've been anticipating reading this since before it came out and honestly I'm pretty proud it only took me 8 months to get around to actually reading it. Sometimes I do that with anticipated reads, like I'm worried they won't live up to my expectations so I just keep holding off. Bless my heart in this case because Scarlett Peckham rose to the occasion and then some with her debut.

Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, historical

Barring just one scene, this book was such a pleasant and wonderful surprise for me. I adored the characters and the writing. I think I've found a new favorite author!
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this was a surprise. A rather pleasant one. The Duke I Tempted might be a debut historical romance, but it's certainly an impressive one. There are some pacing issues that make the last third feel rushed, though. Still, I'm quite excited to read the next one.

Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was...frustrating.

I bought this because you don't read a lot of romance of with male submissives, let alone in historicals. I was also interested in the heroine being a botanist, and I am generally always interested in marriage of convenience turned more.

The submissive thing was fine. The botanist thing was great. The marriage of convenience was TERRIBLE.

I'm willing to accept a bumpy road to the hero and heroine finding happiness when one of them wants the marriage because he thinks he doe
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unconvincing-hea
Yeah, not for me. Orgasms can't cure your fucking trauma. And being traumatized doesn't turn people into masochists. FFS. This was problematic at every level for me and I feel like a total jerk, but seriously. I don't care if it's beautifully written, I think it has some pretty dangerous ideas. I'm pretty sure that it's terrible BDSM rep, I'm pretty sure Poppy would really hurt him badly, and I'm pretty sure these two will end up miserable together.
Cocktails and Books
I really enjoyed this one. I’m moving onto Constance’s story. Must see what kind of a mess she’s made.
Aly is so frigging bored
I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I'm actually more interested in the sister and her plots
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Duke I Tempted is the first book in Scarlett Peckham’s new series "Secrets of Charlotte Street" series. The series explores the dark side of desire with alpha heroines. I was glued to the pages from the first chapter to the end. Archer Stonewall the Duke of Westmead and is in need of a wife. Elizabeth Cavendish aka Poppy)is a determined spinster whose plans does not include children but plants and trees. This is definitely not your average Cinderella story. Well written and well excuted. Eng ...more
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Scarlett Peckham fell in love with romance novels as a child, sneaking paperbacks from the stash in her grandmother's closet. By the time she came of age she had exhausted her library's supply and begun to dream of writing one of her own.

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