Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues Book 1) by [Smith, Lauren]
The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?
For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books.
It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.
Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love.
Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without.
Warning: This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into. AMAZON 3 STARS

 I have mixed feelings on this book.  I did like Emily, she was facing a terrifying future when it comes to the repulsive man her uncle has basically sold her to in order to cover his debts.  The man who lusts for her will have her no matter what, marriage or as his mistress.  And he plans to be cruel and abusive to her.  So then she gets kidnapped; another terrifying situation.  But she is one clever young lady and gives them a run for their money.   Godric St. Laurent, was charming and scheming but he also had moments of being a gentleman.  But his thoughts of holding Emily to ruin her uncle soon turns to thoughts of seduction. There were times I liked him, he was loyal to his friends and sometimes kind to Emily.   However there were also times when he arrogantly thought he had the right to do whatever he wanted with her.  Then, he rubbed my last nerve.  I did like the League of Rogues, their friendship and how closely they had each other's backs.  And it was amusing to watch Emily begin to wind them around her little finger.
There is also a  few twists and turns towards the end of the book.  But other than Emily's attempts to get away from Godric, not a huge amount of surprises.    

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