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Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke (Scandalous Brides) by [Enoch, Suzanne]
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and her bestselling romances

"A joyride of a novel...a sensual romantic caper sure to win applause."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

"Reading a book by Suzanne Enoch is like stepping into a time machine. She so adeptly transports readers...."--"New York Journal of Books"

"A highly gifted author."--"Romantic Times"

"With her carefully drawn characters and plot chock-full of political intrigue, greed, and scandal, Enoch has put a nifty Regency spin on the Beauty and the Beast story." --"Booklist"

"Suzanne Enoch has a gift for piquing a reader's interest."--"Sun Journal"

"Ms. Enoch provides an entertaining read...an often amusing and just as often dangerous battle of the sexes that will delight fans."--Harriet Klausner

"Dazzling, delicious, and delightful."--Karen Hawkins

"Always an eagerly anticipated pleasure."--Christina Dodd

"Indulge and be delighted!"--Stephanie Laurens

"Dazzling, delicious, and delightful."--Karen Hawkins

"One of my very favorite authors."--Julia Quinn

"With her fascinating characters, lyrical prose, and whip-smart dialogue, Enoch has created a novel to be cherished." --Lisa Kleypas

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Sophia White knows she will never marry into polite society. The illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, she works at the Tantalus Club, a discreet establishment for gentlemen--and her only suitor is a pastor who wants to save her soul. So when Sophia is invited to spend the holidays at the estate of Adam Baswich, the devilishly handsome Duke of Greaves, she is delighted--and determined to enjoy her last nights of freedom before surrendering her hand...


Inviting Sophia for Christmas is a daring courtesy on Adam's part, but he soon finds the pleasure is all his. Sophia is beautiful, courageous, and stubbornly self-sufficient despite her scandalous circumstances--and not at all the kind of woman he could possibly marry. Adam knows he must find a wife by his thirtieth birthday or he will lose his fortune. But can he defy convention--and convince Sophia--to risk it all in the name of true love?

"One of my very favorite authors."--Julia Quinn

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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (25 Sept. 2012)
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Gave me a few hours' enjoyment, what more is there to say? I read purely for entertainment and escape. Can't handle serious literature or big drama anymore, too exciting and tiring. So all I ask is that a story is reasonably well written and is more or less plausible, which is harder to achieve than one might think. But this author did so.
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Just not as good as her other series. Will try one more in the series but definitely prefer the other series
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She's a great writer
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing 30 May 2013
By Elisabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so looking forward to reading Adam and Sophia's story once we were introduced to them in Taming an Impossible Rogue. But the duke who was known for getting his way without question and who was a scoundrel and supposedly master of his home turned out to be a giant wuss for most of the book. And either he was insulting Sophia or he was allowing his guests to do so. And while I'm no expert on the lives of the servants of this time I find it hard to believe that the housekeeper of such a huge house had the time to serve as a personal maid. I also had to suspend belief in order to buy that Sophia did not realize early on that those gowns so handily found when she needed them with an exquisite fit every time in the latest fashion and perfectly preserved did not come from Adam.

I had some issues with Sophia as well. While I admired her for wanting to be who she was I had a hard time thinking she really thought it was a good idea to frolic in the snow wearing footman's garb in full view of any guests who might be looking out a window.

I should have realized I was in for some disappointment when early on Adam and Sophia had an extended conversation with her in the tub but I was willing to give it a go; I finished the book but was sorely tempted to skip to the end.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was wonderful. 26 Sept. 2012
By Minicheerios - Published on Amazon.com
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SPOILERS)))I just finished reading Ms. Enoch's latest and it was so worth the wait.!! I stayed up half the night to finished it because I was very intrrigued by Sophia and Adam. The setting sounded beautiful and their dialogues witty and funny. The interaction between Sophia and Graves was sexy and infused with humor. I loved how his servants loved her, the attentions he had with her and the way he treated her without never dismissing her for her consequence of birth. It was overall a beautiful story.

The only complain I have of the book and the reason I gave a four stars due to two things that bothered me a bit about the story. First, I found disliking a bit the open-mindness of Sophia. I do not require as a rule to only read about virgin heroines but Sophia had had two lovers before Graves, and for the time period the story was based on, I found it too liberal, she was considered a fallen woman, and well..... she sort of was in a way. This all contributed to Adam treating her the way he did I believe. Which brings me to my second point, I disliked Adam a lot by the end of the story, which bothered me because he had become a very lovable hero at the beginning. I hate it how he never really acknowledge her as at least a friend in front of his visitors, not until the very end did he publicly gave her a modicum of respect, and by then she had left him. I felt the ending was wayyyy to rushed. I would have loved to read about their wedding, how the preacher reacted to hear she would be marrying a duke and not him. I dont know, I loved the book but at the same time didnt really LOVE IT.
All said and done, Ms. Enoch has always, in my humble opinion, been an excellent story teller and I have so far enjoyed her books, some more than others, but still she is one of the few I run to buy books from as soon as they come out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally I am enjoying this series. This is a good book 28 Sept. 2015
By Biggi - Published on Amazon.com
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So, i read this one after I read the one with Keating and Camilla ( number 2 in this series ). I like this one so much better. You can read this book without reading the others, of course. But to fully understand these people here, you should read the previous one.
She does a better job of not mentioning this Tandalus club every two words and more, but she now has to mention over and over again how Sophia is the daughter of a Duke, but gee... not accepted etc.. Ok. i got that the first 200 times.That gets old that this author does it in each book, over and over again. I do not like that very much. But that is personal. The story begins with an action scene and the Duke become a hero right away. Loving it. She does have a way to show us how life was back then. She doesn't forget the candles that need to be light. the bridges that fall apart and well then no one could go anywhere and again and again the mentioning of power, rank and what not. I do like that, but I got it after a certain amount of time. But this one was a good story. Easy read. Sophia is really charming and witty. I love that she is aware of what is going on but is able to show the Duke the sides to believe in. Her future is a gloomy one thanks to the father of hers,that won't claim her. But she wants one more fun time before she is doomed to marry and priest. So, the time spent at the castle is interesting. She will not accept gifts etc. And finds ways to make things work for herself with what she has. Good girl. But the Duke of course has to fight against his feelings and being impressed and realization of what is about to happen between her and him. In the end, true friends show up and he knows who he can count on. His sister is a nightmare but I think she was thrown in for the protocol reason. As back then the single male had to have someone throwing those parties etc. He shows some weakness at one point. He drinks and he goes a bit crazy. Which surprised me because in the previous book and this one, he was always the one that held it together and helped others.. so it surprised me that she showed him to have this side. I would have chosen a different negative for him, if she needed to show a moment of not himself. But it works in the story. In the previous book he was mysterious and amazing for his friends, so I guess I was just a bit disappointed that she needed to show such a weakness. But in the end.. he is back to his usual self and strong. Sophia was a girl that I liked and respected and cared for. She did not take his way and let him know how she felt whenever he was messing up. Loved their snowball fight etc. The end felt as if so much was cramped into it. But she wrote a good ending for this book. I really enjoyed this book and the characters. I also read the next one. Loved that one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So, so, sweet... 24 Oct. 2012
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I absolutely devoured this book. Loved it and said "awwww" out loud at least three times and didn't care how cheesy I sounded.

Reviewed on The Romantical Skeptic

Big positives
1) Enoch took some risks with both h and H - both are highly "modern" characters in their attitudes. But this risks were well worth it because both h and H were so sweet, so lovable, that you can't help but root for them. I actually think the modernity of especially the h's behavior when it comes to sex was dealt with so well that every girl in 2012 could sympathize acutely
2) the H, as another reviewer said is "hard to pin down" - he is described as detached, unemotional, moody and an all-round ducal bad@ss but he is so nice to the h and to everyone else that it doesn't quite fit with the description - doesn't fit, that is, until you see that the dark descriptions are reflective of what he thinks of himself, not a true description of his character. He is, in reality an all-round nice guy - he is nice to dogs, his servants, ladies (even fallen ones) and his shrew of a sister.
3) I loved the setting. I don't often read Regency romances set in almost Wuthering Heights-like bleakness. It's winter and everything is cold and dreary and you can almost feel the warmth lit by these two people - its all very cozy and romantic. The lit majors can discuss the metaphors of the icy conditions of his heart being reflected by his surroundings but I shall only say that it was interesting and refreshing to watch the characters romp about in the snow and ice as opposed to walking in the inevitable verdure of an English garden

Mild negatives
1) I didn't really get the sister character. She seemed to have a serious motive for the H not marrying so not sure why she was pressuring him to wed anyone at all.... But ultimately I don't think it mattered that much. She was supposed to one of the villains so it's fine that she was not acting entirely rationally. Also, maybe she was also just terribly sad and embittered by her awful father and did a poorer job than her brother in coming out as a more graceful adult
2) grey eyes for H and green eyes for h - this is something of Enoch's calling card it feels.... I am a lover of this combination, true, but there are only so many times one can be entranced by these descriptions of grey and green. There is one point where she refers to the H and also a previous H from a prior book - and there is a slightly awkward tangle where she tries to come up with different ways to describe the color grey. It was slightly amusing but also maybe a bit overdone. Again this is a personal preference and does nothing at all to detract from the sweetness of the book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Anachronistic, but lovely, fantasy 2 Feb. 2014
By Rachael Ruby - Published on Amazon.com
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So - since this is a regency romance, I trust you know the hero and heroine end up together. And since the synopsis says that the hero is a duke, and the heroine is illegitimate and unacknowledged, you won't be surprised by my title that the anachronistic features of this book fly thick and fast. But the fantasy of love trumping birth, of self-development overcoming socioeconomic destiny, is a powerful and worthy one, in my estimation. Enoch provides a typical manic-pixie-dream-girl heroine, to entrance the stodgy, reliable hero, which is cliched enough that I couldn't give 5 stars. But the writing is strong, and the dream girl has her feet on the ground, which goes a long way. Unlike the preceding book in this series, the villains are pretty overwhelmingly villainous. **Spoilerish forthcoming** I found the going rather heavy-handed in the final chapters of the book, when the man the heroine was going to be forced to marry to save her friends turned out to be a cruel, judgmental preacher. Moreover, Enoch doesn't really put the preacher in his place. If I'm going to be forced to endure that kind of character, I want to see some comeuppance. But this is a slight irritation. The bulk of the book, with the heroine and hero together and falling in love, was lovely, and definitely recommendable.
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