The Duke’s Wicked Wife by Elizabeth Bright
Publication Date: March 16, 2020 Entangled Scandalous Series: Wicked Secrets, Book 4 Genre: Historical Romance
Sebastian Sinclair, the Duke of Wessex, is not in love with Eliza Benton—nor anyone else, for that matter. But he must marry and produce an heir, and love is not required for either. His future duchess must be of high birth and good nature, a lady unlikely to snipe at him over breakfast. In short, the complete opposite of Eliza. So who better to help him find a bride?
Eliza Benton is not in love with the Duke of Wessex. He’s infuriating, arrogant, and an ass of the first order. Not that she has any intention of marrying anyone now that her secret dream is on the cusp of becoming reality. A husband would ruin all her careful plans. But she’s all for finding her nemesis the perfect bride, anything to get him from underfoot so she can focus on her writing.
Sebastian Sinclair, Duke of Wessex, sees his life pass before his eyes as he almost chokes while eating a strawberry. If he should die without an heir, his title and properties would pass to a distant American relative, something he doesn’t want to happen. That means it’s time to choose a wife and work on producing the future duke. Who better to help him pick a wife, than his knowledgeable friend, Miss Benton?
Eliza Benton has no plans to marry, and when she reaches her next birthday, she plans to move to a cottage with her friend, Riya, and live a contented and quiet life writing. When her irritating friend, Wessex, asks her to select candidates to possibly become his duchess, she readily agrees. She chooses three eligible ladies, and makes plans to attend the duke’s houseparty to watch the action.
Eliza and Wessex met three years ago. He was impressed with her lack of fawning over him and her direct manner. They developed a quirky, teasing friendship – one where they don’t hesitate to say anything to each other, oftentimes needling the other, but clearly affectionate. Wessex’s good natured charm is a cover for a long ago wound that has made him determined never to love – hence, the reason for his casual approach to marriage. Eliza is determined to remain single, as she watched her mother and her stepmother die in childbirth.
The houseparty allows Wessex to interact with his three potential wives, all who appear to be excellent choices. So, why is Wessex caught in an embrace with Eliza? When it appears they are indeed compromised, Wessex does the honorable thing and announces their engagement. Realizing that she is between a rock and a hard place, Eliza agrees to the marriage, but she has certain conditions. Can a man who doesn’t want love, and a woman who doesn’t want to bear children possibly find common ground? Especially when Eliza is hiding something else from Wessex..
THE DUKE’S WICKED WIFE is my first introduction to Elizabeth Bright, and I was genuinely delighted. I love the character of Wessex! He is full of charm and humor, while hiding his genuine intelligence and caring behind his machinations to bring his schemes to fruition. His supposed self importance is very tongue in cheek and totally smileworthy. Eliza is not about to let Wessex’s exalted status overwhelm her. She knows her own mind, and she’s not afraid to let him know exactly what she thinks. It seems that everyone around them saw how they favored each other, something they didn’t see for themselves. There are wonderful side characters, some whose stories I’m going to have to go back and read, though I didn’t feel lost at all by reading this book first. I love how their romance developed, taking them both by surprise. I particularly enjoyed how throughout the book, Wessex kept thinking that there was something that he needed to say to Eliza, but he could never remember what it was. When he finally does realize what it is, and tells her, it’s a sweet moment. THE DUKE’S WICKED WIFE is a fabulous, entertaining, romantic read, which left me smiling and with the feeling that I’ve found another author to add to my must read list. ~Rose
About the Author:
Elizabeth Bright is a writer, lawyer, and mother living in Washington, D.C. Her debut historical romance, Twice As Wicked, was published October 2017 with Entangled Publishing. Stay tuned for more of the Wicked Secrets Series!
Elizabeth loves large dogs and large coffees. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and when she’s not writing, lawyering, or mothering, she can be found as high in the mountains as she can get.
She firmly believes that love is the greatest adventure of all, but rock climbing is a close second.
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