Indie Flutters: Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith

Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues #1)

  • By Lauren Smith
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback
  • Published: January 7th 2014 by Samhain
  • Genre: Adult Historical Romance
  • Source: review copy
  • In a Flutter: A rakish good time!
  • rating-system5

    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.
    Product Warnings:
    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.

    ~ Goodreads

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    Wow I absolutely loved that novel! When I say I don’t usually read Regency type novels I mean it. I’ve read two, count ‘em TWO historical romance novels out of almost 800 other novels I’ve read. It isn’t something I usually, if ever, go for but I’m very glad I took a chance and read this wonderful story!
    This novel had all the makings of an awesome read. An evil old villain who wants to wed the heroine, a loveable dashing reform-able rouge, an unfortunate and inconsiderate uncle to complicate matters, and a feisty memorable heroine who will fight for what she deserves!!!
    I haven’t really loved a heroine in a long time and then all of a sudden Miss Emily popped up and started being awesome and taking names! Emily Parr has had a rough year. Her mother as well as father died and she was sent off to live with an uncle who was self-centered and indifferent. She longed to be her own boss and escape a seemingly hopeless situation. Then her situation turns from bad to worse. She is kidnapped by the League of Rogues!
    I absolutely adored Emily’s tenacity. She repeatedly tries to escape. She’s wily and clever and doesn’t roll over and let the men do what they will with her. I loved that she didn’t give them an inch. She always used everything in her arsenal to try to get one over on the guys and most of the time she succeeded! She was such a bull shitter but honestly it was refreshing to have a heroine that fought and wasn’t really swayed by the good looks or charms the men possessed.

    Godric St. Laurent enjoyed life as any man would who cares not for morals or what high society deems fit and who had an abundance of wealth at his fingertips. But underneath his devil may care attitude he unknowingly longs for someone to call his own. Yet being a part of the League of Rogues only helps to insure his scandalous and rakish behavior continues.

    I loved Emily and Godric’s dynamic. The regency/historical setting of the book gives another dimension to their relationship, everything is wholly scandalous and it is fantastic! I liked that throughout the novel you get Godric’s backstory bit by bit, it makes him seem more human instead of just a villainous rake that has no redeemable qualities and lacks heart.

    The League of Rogues, how I long to find out more about them!! These five men are best friends and would do anything to help each other out. The lot of them make you grin and shake your head at their antics. They are all naughty boys but not maliciously so. They’re playful and devilish! Each rogue I am hopelessly intrigued by. I can’t wait to find out all of their stories!!
    This novel kept me interested from start to finish. It was hard to put down even to go to bed! Everything happens in a short amount of time but it doesn’t feel like it. And the language was easy to understand, none of those humongous words they liked to use back then were present in the writing. I really appreciated the backstory on the villain. I’m the type of person that always wants to know why people do the things they do and thankfully my curiosity was able to be sated.
    All in all I’m really digging the start of this series! The characters jump off of the page and make you beg to learn more about them. I can’t wait to get started on the next novel! Lucien here I come!!!



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