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Sins of a Wicked Duke (Penwich School for Virtuous Girls Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Jordan
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Book Description

She works to live . . .

One would think the last place a beauty like Fallon O'Rourke could keep her virtue was in the Mayfair mansion of London's most licentious duke, the notorious Dominic Hale. Yet Fallon—who's endured nothing but lecherous advances since her father's tragic death—is perfectly safe there . . . disguised as a footman! Beneath the notice of the dark-haired devil with his smoldering blue eyes and sinful smile, Fallon never imagines her secret will be discovered. But how long can her deception last when she begins to wish she is one of the many women traipsing in and out of the sinful rogue's bedchamber?

He lives to sin . . .

Most men envy the duke, never suspecting his pleasure-loving ways are a desperate attempt to escape, however briefly, the pain of a past that's left him with a heart of stone. Only one woman can break down his defenses. Only one woman can win his love . . . if she reveals her secret and succumbs to the sins of the wicked duke.

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A beautiful working-class girl finds true love with a licentious rake in the promising opening of a new Regency romance series. Orphaned heroine Fallon O'Rourke is one of a trio of resourceful young women who have moved from the Penwich School for Virtuous Girls into household service to the ton. Fallon dodges several lecherous employers and finally finds safety in male disguise as a footman, working for the notoriously decadent Dominic Hale. As Fallon fights her growing desire for her new boss and Dominic puzzles over his unusual interest in his young employee, their growing closeness endangers both Fallon's secret and her virtue. Jordan (Surrender to Me) only sketches the Regency setting, keeping a tight focus on Dominic's household, but sizzling sexual tension between the leads makes for a thoroughly satisfying romantic romp. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061579173
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL4D2
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!! March 31, 2009
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Okay, I admit I'm a huge fan of historical romance in general and Sophie Jordon in particular. Once again, she's written a wonderful, original story I couldn't put down.

The beautiful Fallon O'Rouke has been in service since leaving school. Unfortunately, she's finding it impossible to keep both a position and her virtue in a world where men of privilege expect more than housekeeping from comely servants. After fleeing the insistent son of her latest employer, Fallon decides to apply for her next position disguised as a young man, only to find herself in the employ of the Duke of Damon, the most notorious rake in London.

Dominic Hale has come by his reputation honestly, flaunting his libertine behavior most outrageously. Lately, however, he's become restless until even alcohol and women in copious quantities and combinations no longer distract him. His thoughts keep drifting to a lovely red-h aired woman he'd met briefly one evening. Now his new valet's obvious disapproval is ruining the little pleasure Dominic still takes in his vices.

Being Dominic's valet gives Fallon the chance to see behind the duke's public mask . As her attraction to him grows, poor Dominic is puzzled that he cares what the naïve young man thinks of him. He never suspects the valet is really the red-haired beauty he can't forget. Then one night in the dark, a case of mistaken identity changes everything for both of them.

One of the things I love about Sophie Jordan's's books, is her heroines are as charming and flawed as her heroes. Fallon is smart and feisty but she carries around a grudge that taints her view of the world in general, and male aristocrats in particular.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Must-read! April 1, 2009
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Her father dead a world away, Fallon O'Rourke spends her formative years at Penwich School for Virtuous Girls, where the headmaster takes perverse delight in attempting to beat the sass and spirit right out of the statuesque, fiery-haired miss. He fails miserably, and so it is no surprise that the virtuous Fallon cannot seem to hold a position for any length of time among the blue-blood households that would employ her. She attracts the sort of attention that demands she defend herself and subsequently finds herself sacked time and again. With no other options she chops off her hair and garners a position as a footman in the home of the notorious Demon Duke.

Having endured a painfully strict childhood himself, Dominic Hale, Duke of Damon, credits it--at least in part--for his nickname. Of course it doesn't help that he spends his days soused in liquor and sin, a different woman parading through the house each night. But he has come to terms with his life, the numbness and the loneliness, and refuses to answer to anyone. When the agency sends a disturbingly disapproving footman to his home, he can't quite figure why he is so affected by the lad--until he discovers the lad is a lass and sets his sights on seducing her. Let the battle of wills begin.

Sins of a Wicked Duke is pure Sophie Jordan, with its irrepressible emotional pull and pull-out-the-stops sexual tension. Don't be surprised if, while you're cheering for Fallon's stand as a virtuous woman, you're simultaneously thrilling over the eventuality that Dom will topple it--and her. Right into his bed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah!! Sophie's back with a WINNER! April 5, 2009
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I struggled through this author's last book so I was so pleased when I picked this one up and couldn't put it down! The chemistry between the hero (a duke) and the heroine (a commoner) is just right as is the tension between the two. They are both strong characters who are a bit hardened by their childhoods - both lost parents at young ages and both suffered subsequent abuse. They meet as the heroine is trying to figure out how to survive on her own and only wants a home, and the hero is lost in numbness and emptiness and doesn't know how to feel alive anymore. This story is well written and grabs you from the start. Yes, the heroine has a stint as a male, but it in no way is the overriding theme of the book. When you finish, it will just seem like a small part. The book was over way too soon and has me anticipating this author's next release, (the last release is the only one by this author that I didn't recommend - the others are great reads). You love and care about all of her vivid and well-defined characters. 4.5
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Disliked The Characters April 14, 2009
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After reading multiple enthusiastic reviews at multiple sites I decided to pick this book up. Unfortunately this book didn't work for me nearly as well as it did for those other happy readers. The description of the book sounded promising and the details mentioned by the reviews were ones that I usually like. For some reason it just didn't come together for me in this book. I spent most of the book with one eyebrow cocked struggling to believe in the characters and their motivations.

For some reason I could never bring myself to like Fallon. I know that her pity party of one was supposed to make me feel for her, but it didn't work. I found her whiny and the type of person that would cut off her nose to spite herself. Her father died years ago following the demands of his employer. Fallon is unwilling to move past it and has a hatred for all noblemen (because her father's employer was one). The employer had paid for her to go to a school after her father's death, but that only deepened Fallon's dislike of him. The school she was sent to had a sadistic headmaster who got his jollies out of beating the girls enrolled there and watching them suffer.

This sounds like a nice background for character growth and the realization that it is narrow minded to blame a large group of people for the actions of one man. Unfortunately I didn't see that happen until the last few pages. When it finally did happen I didn't believe it. It seemed like she stayed mired in her bitterness the whole book until the author realized the end was coming up and had Fallon play lip service to character growth so that she and Dominic could get their HEA.

Very little was ever made out of the fact that Fallon was a servant and Dominic was a duke.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Though I thought it would be a stretch for a ...
Though I thought it would be a stretch for a woman to be able to quickly change herself to a man if she were as feminine as described and stay undiscovered in close quarters, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mom in nocal
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read!!!
I absolutely loved this book!!! Both Fallon and Dominic have demons in there past they must slay before happiness can settle in!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by police6369
5.0 out of 5 stars Sins of a Wicked Duke
I enjoyed reading this book very much and would recommend it to others to read. I look forward to reading more of her books and sharing them with my friends.
Published 4 months ago by JESSICA Knight-Catania
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
This book wasn't what I was expecting, but that doesn't mean I found it disagreeable. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Excellent story.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Love this book! I am typically a fan of the Fifty Shades type of realm, however, this was sexy, sexy, sexy, and I confess I pick this one up any time and re-read scenes or simply... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Skylarson44
5.0 out of 5 stars I really really liked this story.
This was a good story, it had lots of dialogue, a strong hero and heroine and plenty of sex. Worth the time and money for sure.
Published 7 months ago by Tracy T
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book..
Dominic was a horny degenerent when the book started out but Fallon nearly brought him to his knees, I loved that, even dressed as a man. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I fell in love with Dominic. that's all it take to get a five star. and I loved Fallon. Great.
Published 10 months ago by Alberta Abdu
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent HR, Spicy, With a Really Bad Rake
"Sins of a Wicked Duke" by Sophie Jordan. I loved this book and read it in one day as I couldn't put it down. The H&h were just right. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pearl Wing
5.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTIVE
I have always loved reading her books and she does not disappoint this time either.... her writing is almost lyrical and I for one fall in love with the characters each time!!
Published 13 months ago by nina
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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.


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