“Sins of a Wicked Duke” is Sophie Jordan’s latest historical with moderate heat about a young woman whose temperment and looks have made it hard for her to keep a job. So she does the unthinkable–cuts her long hair, disguises herself, and hires on as a footman!
Fallon’s life took a hard turn as a young girl when her father died. She was sent to a school where her flame-red hair earned her especially harsh treatment from the headmaster. She hated every moment, but did cherish the two friends she made and kept. After escaping the school, she’s had a hard time earning her keep as a servant, simply because she refuses to become a man’s toy and tends to speak her mind. After losing yet another job, Fallon comes up with the perfect plan…she’ll become a footman! But ‘best laid plans’ and all that since the house she hires out to is that of the licentious duke. If anyone can penetrate her disguise, it’s certainly a man who knows women as well as the Duke.
Dominic grew up with all the privileges of his station. He also grew up under the severe tutelage and control of his grandfather, who blamed Dominic’s father for the ruination and death of his daughter, Dominic’s mother, and was determined to punish Dominic for his ‘blood’. After being told so often that he was a devil, Dominic decided to live up to his name…and he’s done quite the bang up job of it ever since. Now he’s jaded and becoming bored with life, until he meets a beautiful servant girl he can’t seem to forget.
Not a bad read, just not very memorable. I had difficulty becoming attached to either of the lead characters and that affected my enjoyment of the plot. What was nice about this story is the lack of any danger or intrigue. This is purely a romance about two people who should be all wrong for each other…but discover that nothing levels the playing field like love.