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Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues Book 1) by [Smith, Lauren]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H54X8EY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2014
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Five rich men kidnap one young debutante – I’ll admit, it’s not the most enticing of story lines for me. I think I was expecting more of a Georgette Heyer’s "Devil’s Cub" style of abduction, with a little hint of mischief in with the menace. Instead Godric manhandles Emily and one of the other rogues pours laudanum down her throat, then they lock her up and laugh at all her escape attempts. There was quite a lot about the early part of this book that made me uncomfortable.

Then there was Emily. She’s great. She’s feisty and spirited and refuses to be cowed. All right, so once past the first few moments of the abduction she never really has to fear she’s going to be hurt, but still, five men against one small woman? Those are pretty terrifying odds. Especially when Godric has a habit of slinging her over his shoulder, while the others just ignore what’s going on. But Emily keeps fighting, however she can, and she’s not adverse to lying either. Good for her!

Godric is a duke with a tragic past, he’s all dark and broody and has a terrible reputation, so it’s no surprise Emily – who does have a soft heart under her independent front – falls for him. Not that she wants to, and not that she gives in easily. I’m not entirely sure he ever deserves her, or does anything like enough apologising for the way he disregards her as a person in his original scheme. I probably would have liked him more if he hadn’t humiliated Emily so many times, without even realising that he was doing it.

As for the rest of the Rogues, well, Cedric and Lucien didn’t really do much, while Ash had no right to get offended when he found out Emily had lied about the Greek. Then there was Charles.
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This is a story of a young girl kidnapped by five men. Emily finds herself liking the kidnappers who are all wealthy titled men. The one she falls in love with is Godric. After she is kidnapped again and nearly dies Emily and Godric marry and go off on honeymoon. This is a lovely story of neglect hurt mistrust, friendship and love with a lot of romance I'm sure you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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5 - "Lucky for you, I seem to have developed a taste for rogues." Stars!

Lauren Smith in the space of two books has gone from an unknown, to an unforgettable author to me.

"Give me time and you'll never want to leave."

It is hard to fully put into words my reasoning for this, but on occasion a reader will connect with a writer, whether it be due to the subject matter they cover, the style of their writing, the characteristics of the individuals they bring to life, or just their vivid imaginations and the stories that they give you, but it all just clicks into place, and you know that you will forever now be desperately waiting for them to finish writing their next book so that you can eagerly devour it.

"Care for a noonday tumble?"

If there was ever a genre of romantic writing that I would laugh at you and say 'not likely' too, it would be Historical. I as I am sure a lot of my fellow readers read a fair few under the covers with a torch in my teens, and believe me the Mills & Boon/Harlequin type fiction I read in those times, formed the base of my voracious appetite for books now. But its notsomuch a genre I would want to willingly go back to now.

That is until I started the first book in Lauren's League of Rogues series, Wicked Designs is quite simply an absolute masterpiece of storytelling. I got lost in this book, I didn't care that I had been transported back to the Summer of 1820. All I cared about was the Characters (of which there are many and they are varied), the thrilling and fully engrossing story line, and the fact that I had been proved totally and utterly wrong with my assumptions.

"It wouldn't be so horrible to be the lover of a Duke.
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I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The League of Rogues has captured my interest! I loved the vibrancy of the cover and how it captures "the rogue" as we expect it. I definitely enjoyed reading this historical romance by Lauren Smith. Her writing voice is up to my my standards of quality writing. I think she has a great way with creating chemistry between characters and bringing out true emotions that the reader can easily relate to. The camaraderie between the men in the League of Rogues was my favorite part of this story. I love how their true colors shine past their reputations as rogues while they help miss Emily and Godric in their rocky romance. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of historical romance. I can't wait for the next installment. I just can't get enough of these rogues.

~Wicked Reads Review Team~
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I can honestly say that I lost myself in this book, for once I picked it up- it was almost impossible for me to put it down. Kidnapped by a league of rogues, Emily is whisked away to Godricks country estate, this being due to Godricks dealings with Emily's uncle. The story mainly focuses on Emily and the rogues. Emily is highly spirited, and tried the best she could to escape, though unfortunately for her, she was always caught and brought back- although with Blankenship on the horizon- who is a bad man, Emily is more than pleased to have the rogues as protection. I don't want to tell the story, as it really is one you need to read, with all its twists, turns and relationships, the author is an amazing writer- and I will defiantly read more of her books in the future- I love historical romance, and can honestly say this is one of the best books that I have read,
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