Itís been two years since Harriet
Gardner was caught thieving in the home of one of the
notorious Boscastles. Rather than having her arrested,
Harriet is taken into Emma Boscastleís academy for young
ladies as a charity case. Hard work, sweat, and tears turn
Harriet from a thief of the streets to a gentlewoman and
instructress at the academy. All of Harrietís hard work
threatens to come crashing down when she meets Lord Griffin
Boscastle. The devilishly handsome duke infuriates and
arouses Harriet, making her want to break every rule sheís
Griffin Boscastle, Duke of Glenmorgan,
has come to his cousinís academy to drop off his niece.
Griffin has never wanted the responsibilities of the title
he unexpectedly inherited, especially not the duty of taking
a wife. Yet something about Miss Harriet Gardner makes
Griffin feel more alive than he has in ages. And when his
aunt hires Harriet to be her companion, the temptation of
living with the woman he desires becomes too much to
resist. Society would never find a woman known in Londonís
slums as the ďDuchess of St. GilesĒ to be a proper duchess.
But then again, when has a Boscastle given a fig what
The wicked Boscastle clan is out in
full force in this delightful story by Jillian Hunter.
The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife has become one of my
favorite stories in an altogether charming series about a
family of rakes, rogues, vixens, and mischief-makers.
Griffin is your typical Boscastle male. Heís dashing,
loyal, seductive, and protective. You canít not fall
for him, so itís no surprise Harriet does. As for Harriet,
she might just be my favorite of Ms. Hunterís heroines.
Sheís street smarts combined with kindness and gentility,
making her a likeable and somewhat unusual heroine. Thereís
also her affinity for Mary Shelleyís Frankenstein
which makes her character call to me. She fits right in
with the oft-unruly Boscastle clan, many of whom appear in
The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife.
One of my favorite things about Ms.
Hunterís Boscastle series is that every book makes me feel
like I am visiting with old friends. I finished The
Wicked Duke Takes a Wife eager for some of the
as-yet unmarried Boscastles to find their happily ever
after, Charlotte Boscastle in particular. Yet those new to
this series need not fear they will be lost; each book fully
stands on its own.
The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife
is a fast-paced adventure of a tale. Itís packed with
romance, tenderness, and fun. I adored every bit of this
book and cannot wait for Ms. Hunterís next Boscastle story.