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Duke of Depravity

(Sins and Scoundrels #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Book One in an exciting new Regency Historical Romance series from bestselling author Scarlett Scott...

A duke with demons and a governess with secrets collide in this passionate tale!

Crispin Ashforth returns from battle the newly inherited Duke of Whitley with two sisters under his charge. Publicly lauded as a hero, he is haunted by the bitter mission that nearly saw him
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published December 14th 2018 by Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
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Ivy H
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I definitely can not do any better than Ivy's review so am not going to recap...

Gorgeous cover, by the way.

Just a couple of thoughts. The Duke is a gross, arrogant, rude pig for much of the story. I have a feeling this creation is much closer to real Duke's in Regency England than the fictional ones we read about. But as with all bad boys, there is something about him that is compelling. Not charming but compelling. Although alcohol and women (view spoiler
Debbie DiFiore
Another hard to rate

I really liked this story. The first chapters however bothered me as did the hero. I didn't like him at all. I almost quit the book but I am glad I didn't . This would actually be a five star book if not for the beginning, the overuse of the 'q' word (disgusting) and him taking her to a Cyprians ball. I expected her to be repulsed by it and disgusted that he took her there but she really wasn't. I was more offended than she. I didn't like that the room he took her to was one
Maggie Whitworth
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Duke can be Depraved with me anytime , *hot
A brilliant read and a great storyline to boot .
Yes it’s steamy , yes it has some bad language, but to be honest the story is so good it’s not an issue , and I don’t mind anyway , but you have been warned.
It’s a great story of love , betrayal and redemption. One that is just so good .
Any steam is totally part of the story , he’s depraved , it’s his way , but can Jacinda tame him , bring him back from the brink .
She’s there to find evide
Debby "Piene Raven"
This was a first time read by this author and I really don't know what to think. The H was practically mean to the heroine most of the book so I chalked it up to it being part of his character for the story and title of the book.

Did not really get into this but I trudged on to finish. A bit disappointed and will need to think about reading other novels by this author.

Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt so bad for Crispin Ashforth, Duke of Whitley. He was suffering from PTSD after witnessing all the horrors of the Napoleonic war in Spain. He has been sent home because his brother the Duke is dead and he is now the new Duke of Whitley. The things Crispin saw during the war and what he believes has happen to his best friend Morgan the Marquess of Stearle made me gag.

Jacinda Turnbow is a decipher working with her father to decode massages from France. She is forced by the Earl Kilros to be
Candace N
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Scott is a new author to me and boy have I been missing out! I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. Duke of Depravity kept my attention from beginning to end and the characters were entirely fascinating. Alpha males are my favourite and Crispin makes a completely swoon worthy alpha male hero. Jacinda is a intelligent, witty and completely loyal heroine that you can’t help but love. This story had a fair amount of humour in it, the story is unpredictable and very steamy! A very enjoyabl ...more
Kari Maass
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Depraved Duke meets Governess spy

Crispin has been in hell since he came home from the war. He is called the Duke of Depravity and he needs a governess to subdue his wild sisters. Jacinda is being forced to work as governess in the Dukes household to save her father and herself from Dunn territory. He is accused of being a traitor and she is to find the proof. But as they get to know each other, they discover that all is not as it seems and Jacinda can save him in every way. This is very well wri
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duke of Depravity
Sins and Scoundrels Book One
By Scarlett Scott

Crispin Ashforth has returned from battle with the newly inherited title Duke of Whitley and two sisters to take care of. The public is calling him a hero, but he is haunted by the mission that nearly killed him and took the life of his best friend. All he wants to do is drown out the demons that torment him by any means possible, regardless of how depraved.
All he needs to do now is find a governess for his sisters that are
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crispin Ashforth returns from the Peninsula the newly inherited Duke of Whitley with two troublesome sisters under his charge. Publicly lauded as a hero, he is haunted by the bitter mission that nearly saw him killed and cost the life of his best friend Morgan. He’s desperate to drown out the demons tormenting him by any means, regardless of how depraved.
All he needs to do is find a proper governess for his hellion sisters so he can drink and wench himself into oblivion. Enter Miss Jacinda Turnb
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m not a huge fan of heroine/widow books, but this was definitely a good & steamy read. So winner-winner for changing my mind Scarlett Scott!

barbara michael
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Scott has given us an aspect into the world of the Duke of Depravity’s life of darkness; and how he transformed himself with the help of caring and loving people. Crispin Ashforth never wanted to be a Duke, let alone have two little hellion sisters to look after. He was a solider surviving some of the bloodiest conflicts of the war with France, while losing his best friend. Crispin had been left for dead; when he came to, all he found of his friend was his bloody hand and signet ring. H ...more
Lori D
Duke of Depravity is a highly charged love story with fantastic, passionate characters that held me spellbound until the end! This is one of my favorite storylines of the emotionally wounded hero who needs redemption in the worst way. Returning from the war and the awful experiences he had gone through, Crispen is determined to drown out his demons in whatever way he can. But what he finds is a governess he hires for his two sisters.
Jacinda is not all as she appears and has an agenda of her own.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crispen Ashforth, Duke of Whitley has returned from war, but not recovered from it. He suffers a heavy dose of guilt and the nightmares that go with it. Drowning himself in the bottle doesn't seem to be helping.
Mrs Jacinda Turnbow helps her father with his work of decoding messages for the war office. Unfortunately she has been ordered to act as a governess to catch a spy.
Our hero is basically a good man, but he can't cope with returning to a normal life and looking after his two young sisters
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it

The r is very little story as about eighty-five percent of the text is devoted to sexual thoughts and actions.
Amelia Reese
1 Stars. I can’t even with this book. I just… GAHH! This was disappointing. And look, I always feel kind of bad posting negative reviews. Because I am sure that Scarlett Scott is a delightful, wonderful, amazing human being who writes many a delightful book, and I don’t want to be a person who spreads hate or negativity, but I just have so many issues with this book.

So, right off the bat, we meet Jacinda. She is a widow of the war and lives with her father. Her father is an intelligent and succ
Joann Herley
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crispin Ashforth (Duke of Whitley) has returned from the war a broken man and lives a life of debauchery to deaden the pain of losing a friend. Jacinda is a new widow of the war and lives with her aging father. After he has lost everything to gambling, she is forced to take a position as governess for the sisters of the Duke. While there, she is to spy on the Duke and retrieve incriminating evidence for the man that holds her father’s vowels or suffer the consequences. This story is filled with ...more
Chelsea Downey
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sexy, but ridiculously rushed and contrived

This book is full of passion and deep emotion, but it fails to fully live up to that promise.

The writing is full of incomplete sentences and needless repetition. The characters were written well, the sexual tension was scorching, but it was all rushed.

I love a good Regency romance, but this had barely a toe settled in reality. From PTSD to marriage we barely cover two weeks. The villain comes out of nowhere with a hastily contrived motivation.

If you wa
Karen Llanes
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Scarlett. AMAZING!!!!
I absolutely loved it. The Duke of Depavity is broken and Jacinda brave and smart. Between them there is fire and passion. Its hot. The story builds its hard to put down. I found myself smiling in the witty parts and got anxious as it came to a close afraid to what was going plot to reveal its self and cried when it did. I didnt want the story to end. This is going to be one of my favorite books. Scarlett is an awesome storyteller!!! I want to read more of h
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too much, not enough.

Too many references to the hero’s excessive drinking, whoring and guilt coupled with too little development of a story beyond his obsessive desire to get into the knickers of the heroine who is herself, in a tight spot makes for a story that is just bloody boring.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hot and humorous...

Crispin, the Duke of Whitley, is living a life of complete debauchery as a result of survivors guilt. He came back from the war, but his best friend did not. He does have the responsibility of his estates and more importantly, his two unruly younger sisters, who are still in the school room.
Jacinda is a young woman, newly widowed, as she lost her soldier husband to battle. She lives and assists her aging father in his work as a message decoder for the English government. As h
Debbie Glenn Brown
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crispen Ashforth, Duke of Whitley has returned from war a broken man. He lives each day in the dark, drinking his liquor and inviting lady of dubious reputation to his bed. He’s tormented in his dreams and his best friend’s murder during the war. He needs to hire a governess for his two sisters. Enter Miss Jacinda Turnbow she’s come to apply for the position under duress to save her father. She needs evidence to prove wither or not the Duke of Whitley is a traitor. She’s come to spy on him and s ...more
Lana Birky
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crispin Ashforth, Duke of Whitley comes home from the war because his brother has died & Crispin is not only a Duke but no has 2 young 1/2 sisters under his care. He needs to find a governess for his hoyden sisters and into his life walks Jacinda Turnbow - but she has secrets, in order to save her father and herself from being thrown from their house into the streets,she agrees to pretend to be a governess while searching the Duke's house to find proof he is a traitor.

I liked the story; howe
Sandra Standefer
Crispin Ashford has returned from war scarred and damaged. Believing his friend was killed because of him has taken its toll. Coming home after his brother dies and the family responsibilities are now his along with his two wild sisters adds to his burdens. His life consists of drinking, gaming an women, lots of women to make him forget. Jacinda has been helping her dad with his work deciphering encrypted notes for the war and is blackmailed into working for the Duke as a governess for his two s ...more
Janet Denise Ross
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it

3 STARS for this S.Scott novel that is exciting with plenty of action beginning with war then switching over to spies building up suspense brilliantly for the reader. The Depravity is simply a Veteran home from War, with all that it is & was, just in the Historical Regency Era this Romance takes place in and the Duke uses alcohol & sex to drown the war noise in his mind & his friend a owns a Gambling Establishment; with sex of any sort availab
Greta Barnhouse
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Depravity (spoilers)

Haven’t read a governess book in a while and enjoyed this one! Sexy and sizzling yet dealt with post war issues, ciphering, and falling in love when you are trying to prove your love interest’s guilt is hard. Especially when someone is forcing you to do it while threatening your “life”. Trust and loyalty are hard to find so Cin (or “Sin” loved that also) being able to trust her heart and head that Crispin was really who she thought he was, was a breath of fresh air. Look
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed the storyline, characters, etc. in this book. It kept my attention throughout and even kept me awake reading "just one more chapter" ! The only thing I didn't care for was the use of some crude sexual terminology. The sex was tastefully done,I guess I'm just a little prudish went it comes to the vernacular used to describe body parts. However, as the plot progressed and the hero and heroine fell in love, the words were no longer used. I still greatly look forward to reading mor ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not all is as it seems in this story. Crispin and Jacinda have an up and down story. He is dealing with a sort of PTSD and Jacinda is having to do something she truly dies not want to, but she has little choice. What makes this story even more eventful are the two hellions who are Crispin's sisters. This gives us some funny moments. We also have passion as well as intrigue which definitely bode well for a well balanced story. No need for me to summarize the plot when all the other reviews have d ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title of this book states it all. The Duke is extremely depraved and not a sympathetic nor likable character. Crispin is wallowing in self loathing, self pity and is meeting his base needs. He has all but ignored his younger sisters, who have become a bit wild and unmanageable. Understanding that he must hire another governess for them, he advertises. What he doesn’t expect is Miss Jacinda Turnbow. She arrives under false pretenses, charms the sisters-and him. There is a betrayal, but by who ...more
Betty Ritcheson
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Traitors revenge romance

All make a great story line. Crispin is devastated by the death of his best friend. Someone is set against making the Duke suffer and sets about proving Crispin is a traitor to his country and responsible for the death of his friend. He sends in a spy to prove the Dukes guilt. What he doesn't bet on is the attraction between Miss Turnbow and the Duke that can't be denied or contained. Excellent story by 1 of my authors. Thank you for another excellent story with I hope mo
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