USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell returns to the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series with a brilliant new novel about a scandalous duke and a wallflower with a secret.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a wicked duke who has gambled away his fortune must be in want of an heiress.
Scarred by a dark secret, Brandan Delamar, Duke of Westbury, must concede his misdeeds have finally caught up with him. With five younger sisters to support, he must marry for money.
Sunny and steadfast, Viola Beaton is no heiress. As music instructor to the duke’s sisters, she’s developed a genuine affection for the bright young ladies. Unfortunately, she’s also developed a forbidden passion for her wildly attractive employer.
It must be the way he inspires her to compose sonatas about moonlight and kisses. Or how his gaze smolders and lingers on her skin. Or because he makes her heart whisper impossible things.
When Westbury decrees that he’ll choose not only a bride, but grooms for his sisters, Viola can’t allow him to curtail their freedom. She strikes a bargain: if he allows his sisters to attend the Season, Viola will chaperone them and keep them safe from scandal.
Only…what if Viola and the duke are the ones most likely to cause a scandal?
Wicked and wild
Miss Viola Beaton crushed on Brandan Delamar, the Duke of Westbury for years, but West has been wild and wicked for many more in “Duke Most Wicked” by Lenora Bell!
The prologue gives us West’s emotional back story and I could not read fast enough!
I love how family oriented this book is and we also get cameos from the Belliverse. The previous books in the Wallflowers vs Rogues mention West’s numerous sisters and they are all different, but love pours out of the pages. The love from friends also shine through and it is heart-warming!
I love the character development of each main character! For West, he struggles to become better, but he is remembering what love is beyond his love for family. Then at the end, I love how he took advice to find peace in order to pursue. For Viola, I love how more of her passionate nature comes out, for friends and family, for music, and for self-care.
If you enjoy close proximity, different social class, forbidden, reforming and wallflower romances to name a few, then I highly recommend this book! If you played (me) or play the piano, then this book will compel you to make music!
Thank you to Net Galley, Avon, and Harper Voyager US for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.
4 Stars! This is book 3 in the ‘Wallflowers vs Rogues’ series & can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed West & Viola’s story. I didn’t like West at the beginning, he was a total ‘Richard’, although I did feel bad for him when he was a kid with a mean & abusive father. Viola is such a sunny and kind person and is the glue that holds Wests’ sister and staff together. I love seeing how both West & Viola grow throughout the book. Viola is stronger than I originally thought. At first I was thinking she would be a weak female main character but after West truly ticks her off, she surprised me & I loved it! Strong female romances are my favorite! A few twists in the story that I didn’t see coming! I’d love to know what happens with Wests’ sisters and Miss.Chandler & Ian!
*I received this at no charge & I voluntarily left this review.*