The Duke is Wicked
by Tracy Sumner
“The Duke is Wicked” is the third book in the wonderful ‘League of Lords’ series from Tracy Sumner. After experiencing the excellent first 2 books in the series, I have been eagerly awaiting this one. And I learned what is now my new favorite word for tipsy or inebriated: Sozzled. I hope you’ve already had the pleasure of reading the previous book in this series, but if you haven’t don’t worry because you can definitely enjoy this story as a stand-alone. I will warn you that you’ll want to go back and read those other books when you’re done with this one.
This series blends Regency romance with all different types of characters possessing supernatural abilities. Sebastian, the Duke, has been blessed/cursed with the ability to start fires, but it is an ability he struggles to control. He was such an intriguing character already in the series, another we get to learn so much more about him he becomes even more compelling. Such a beautiful but tormented soul. Delaney, a young American woman in England for mysterious reasons to do with her astounding brain, turns out to be the woman who sets his shielded heart on fire – much to his dismay. She is unabashedly unconventional, yet ironically she yearns for very conventional dream of having a husband who will loving and devoted to her.
The complicated and passionate relationship that develops between them reveals closely guarded secrets, fears and dreams. I found a little bit of the crisis surrounding Delaney somewhat confusing, but aside from that I thought this story was terrific. Sebastian and Delaney much each face their own respective demons and decide if the path forward is one they will take together. The secondary characters add lots of vibrancy to the story, and I thought the ending was excellent. The set up for the next book in the series show may give you chills! I’m looking forward to it already.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.