Duke Most Wicked

Avon. (Wallflowers vs. Rogues, Bk. 3). Sept. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780062993489. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The third book in Bell’s “Wallflowers vs. Rogues” series (following The Devil’s Own Duke) features the rogue Brandan Delamar, Duke of Westbury, who seems well on his way to ruining his life beyond repair. Only the realization that his self-destructive behavior is beginning to affect his sisters’ prospects—and a stern dressing down from their music instructor Viola—serve to wake him up at last. Viola isn’t the heiress that Brandan will need to save his estate and his sisters’ futures, but she refuses to sit quietly by while he makes disastrous choices for her charges. She harbors her own secrets as well, including the fact that her employer might have inspired her to compose the odd sonata or two in the wee hours of the night. As they spend more time together trying to repair his reputation and fortune, this duke most wicked no longer finds the idea of salvation via a wealthy wife palatable. Can Brandan save his family’s fortunes and still follow his heart?
VERDICT Bell’s latest book features a hero with an impressive redemptive arc and a heroine who believes in him. Perfect for readers who binged Bridgerton.
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