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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

Third in the roguishly intriguing series by the New York Times best-selling 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 quiet country living. So, when an opportunity arises to clear his name in exchange for proposing to the niece of a neighbor, he sees no choice but to accept. Plus, seducing the reluctant maiden will be a most intriguing challenge.

As Marianne Radley is dependent on her uncle, she must accept the Duke's marriage proposal at her family's request, despite her belief he is irredeemably wicked. But along with marrying him, she intends to sniff out the duke's unsavory secrets and expose them to the world: a plan that would be flawless were it not for one minor detail - even she, with all her determination, is not immune to the charms of a rakish duke.

©2016 Madeline Hunter (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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It's okay...

The story is good, but the reader's voice for the duke's character was so draggy and affected, that I almost returned it. The rest of her reading was good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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great story. terrible performance .

This story of Lance was the perfect ending to the wicked trilogy. his character is quite a character throughout the book. You have to read every chapter all the way to the end to not miss anything . The performance is regrettably awful and takes away from the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good story. Horrible reading.

I liked the story but couldn’t stand the performance. I probably wouldn’t have listened if I hadn’t already listened to the first two books. It was hard for me to like Lance because of her interpretation. I was hoping after hearing her performance on the last story that she would have changed his voice since he was the lead. He sounded like the overdone villain. At least she’s consistent, unfortunately.
I don’t usually write reviews but I don’t think I can listen to another book by this reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well, I tried, but ...

In my review of "Tall, Dark, and Wicked" I complained about the narrator but said I would give this book a try in hopes that the narrator would improve. She did not! In fact it got worse. I can't even stand to get through it and will return the book.

I really like Madeline Hunter's books. The stories are excellent and, usually, a little different from the run-of-the-mill historical romance. But I will never purchase another book that Lulu Russell narrates.

Here again, the characters, both men and women, tend to sound the same. However, in this book two stand out from the others as being different - but definitely not in a good way. Lance is not only arrogant and bored, but has no character that appeals at all. There are no layers to him, nothing that indicates he is at all concerned about his danger, and, worse, that he has any interest at all in Marianne. He just sounds like a spoiled little nebbish with no personality or redeeming value whatsoever.

Although she is not the heroine in this book, Eva does appear continually, but she sounds like she takes nothing seriously. Her voice is a continual laughing smirk. Again, other than Lance, all the men are indistinguishable, and, without phrases such as "Ives said" or "asked Gareth," which aren't used (and in print isn't necessary due to proper punctuation) conversations often don't entirely make sense.

Message to producers: Please! Please! Be careful about your narrators! Stop destroying series by letting a narrator learn at the expense of the listener!

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Duke brings Wicked Trilogy to satisfying conclusion

His brothers may have found love but Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, still lives under the shadow and scandal of the alleged murder of his brother. A battle of wits between Lance and his chief accuser escalates as do the stakes. Marianne Radley holds the key to the truth - and Lance's personal redemption.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Third time, still charming!

I loved the first book, lovely characters, excellent story, made perfect by the narration. I was kinda glad someone else was narrating book two because I couldn’t imagine hearing Ms. Wells voice being used for Ives and Padua, Her voice is just so unique, it was Garrett and Eva.

Unfortunately, Ms.Russell’s narration just about ruined book two for me. Luckily, the story was too good to abandon the book, so I kept on listening, it was not easy. That being said, Ms. Russell did a much better job on this book. No, not perfect, but I didn’t spend the whole book cringing every time she did any male voices. Eva and Garreth’s voices were still overly giddy, but not near as bad as the last book.

When we pay so much for audible books, we have a right to expect a certain level of excellence and the last two books were just too good to not get the narrator they deserved, they should be re-recorded.

The Wicked Duke was such a good story, bringing all three brothers together, and another smart, no nonsense woman, this time for Lance. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Lance going into this last book. Although I did feel sympathy for his plight, he seemed to approach the situation so irresponsibly, letting his brothers babysit him all the time. I this book you get to understand who he is and how lonely he has been trying to live with the murder charge hanging over his head for almost a year. When he first sees Maryann it was the first sign of light in his life in a long time, bringing him out of his depression, allowing him to gradually take charge of his problems. Madeline Hunter does an excellent job as usual, writing funny, touching, love stories that ride on the backbone of solid stories with, interesting secondary characters who have their own background stories. I like that just when I think I got it all figured out, here comes another (believable) twist. And it was just that good for all three books, so much fun. So, if you can muddle thru book two’s narration, book three’s narration ain’t (so) bad.

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Worst reader

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different reader.

What was most disappointing about Madeline Hunter’s story?

Didn't finish.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lulu Russell?

Almost anyone else. This reader doesn't have a clue how to use her voice and intonation. She singlehandedly ruined this book.

Any additional comments?

This story was ruined by the reader who read like a third grader reading bad poetry. She drops the ends of sentences of male characters. Could not finish.

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Entertaining

An entertaining book and a fine end to the trilogy.

I still don't understand how Marianne could overlook the wrong that was done by marrying the Duke. (Not really a spoiler.) Poor Nora.

I like the brothers and they all have fierce wives. Fierce in a good way.

The epilogue surprised me so that was a positive. I don't like this narrator's characterizations at all.

While I listened to the Audible version I hated to look at the book's cover. It's not the same as the one normally shown and it was pretty ugly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I enjoyed the plot and even though it was very predictable the storytelling was great!

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Wicked makes good

The story of Lance and Marianne is a wonderful combination of mystery and the impossible dreams of a well-spoken, yet innocent girl who considers herself pretty well seated on "the shelf". When reading book 1 and book 2 in this series, the character, Lance, always seemed so illusive that I was naturally intrigued I fully enjoyed listening to Lulu Russell's narration of "The Wicked Duke" as she is a very talented storyteller. Madeline Hunter is always a joy to read, or listen to, since there is always a good plot, well developed characters, and a talent for making you wish you were there, standing on the sidelines with her devilishly handsome men and the particularly independent and self assured women who tamed them. If you haven't had a chance to read these yet, you really must add them to your reading repertoire. They are well worth t g e price of the book and the audio version. Don't miss out on this great read!

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