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Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues Book 1) by [Smith, Lauren]
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"Smith's fast-paced historical keeps readers on their toes as they're taken hostage by a whirlwind of characters and an unforgettable romance. Readers will get their fair share of emotional outbursts, which includes laughter, lust, anger and sadness...it's action-packed, sizzling hot and readers of all genres will enjoy the scramble to the finish." -- RT Book Reviews Magazine
 
"Lauren Smith's debut League of Rogues novel is a fun, clever and wonderfully sympathetic read that will no doubt earn her a number of fans. Her insight into her characters and willingness to take risks with them is impressive...and brought a fresh voice and a heap of compassion, transforming it into something highly readable and quite enjoyable." -- The Romance Reviews
 
"The best thing for me was the quality of Lauren Smith's writing. I will read her again. She is a fresh voice to watch out for." --Romantic Historical Reviews


 "Her writing reminds me a lot of the brilliant Julia Quinn's work, and I can't wait to read more." Night Owl Reviews- Top Pick
 

 
"This witty and entertaining romance features an emotionally scarred hero, a smart heroine and a loveable group of rogues... Emily is a delightful heroine. She is smart, courageous and spirited enough to stand up for herself. I love her determination to outwit her captors and escape. She certainly keeps those five rogues on their toes!" --Rakes and Rascals.com
 
"The secondary cast of characters added depth to the story. I loved all the rogues... You could feel their camaraderie and genuine affection for each other. This story was the best of romance, friendship, and love. It was a quick, easy read that put a smile on my face." --Cocktails and Books.com

About the Author

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She's a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She's won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H54X8EY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues Series) by Lauren Smith

I once read that Jane Austen never wrote a single scene with just men. The rationale was that since she had never been alone with a man or men, she didn’t know what they talked about, therefore she couldn’t write about it. For many women in the Georgian and Regency eras, this would have been a very true fact. Women were highly chaperoned and moved in flocks, and however unjust it was men could do as they please, where women were held to very strict and high moral expectations
That is why I loved this book so much! This book was FUN! It’s not often you read a historical romance novel that has all the usual elements really well done, but on top of it, the book had you smiling and laughing.
Emily has been kidnapped by the League of Rogues. The kidnapping in itself was hilarious with blunders and missteps. She has been spirited away to one of the members, Godric’s country estate. The purpose is to compromise her in retaliation for the business dealings Godric has with her spineless uncle Albert. They do not plan on actually doing any physical harm to her and this is not a ménage type of story. Just a simple kidnap until enough damage has been done to her reputation that her uncle will suffer.
What made this book so enjoyable was the time Emily spent with the five Lords. They are all very different men and exhibit a lust for life. They take Emily under their wing and spend time with her as if she were one of them. They never treat her like a sister, as they talk about things in front of her that no well-bred lady should be privy too. They all have an interest in the beautiful young lady and it was fun to watch them all have a go at wooing her.
Emily is NOT happy to have been taken.
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This book was incredibly gross. Five supposed gentlemen kidnap an innocent and keep her at the H house in the country. Could be a good premise until from the beginning to the end the H threatens the h with rape, keeping her as his mistress, ignoring her and everything she says, "punishing" her for escape attempts by forcing kisses on her and making her "pay" him for things such as having a book to read. At one point as hes forcing himself on her one of his friends comes running in at hearing her yell out. However, he finds out she lied to him so "regretfully" he leaves her with the H to suffer her fate cos he's so disappointed at her lie.

What makes this truly disgusting is that the next morning she can hardly look him in the eye because she's so ashamed of lying to him. When her only protection in the house left her to be raped.

The H commands all the servants to leave he alone after this cos if they hear a yell she's apparently getting what's coming to her, whether good or bad. And all her struggles are laughed off as her being a feisty vixen.

What's awful though is the h. She starts off amazing, fighting against them, running away, looking after herself the best she can against five powerful men but almost immidiately she falls in love with the H, who has given her absolutely no reason. He's damaged, so he keeps her locked in the house where she looks to him for permission to even stand from her chair, pushing her away from him by being rude and cruel and nasty.

whats really gross is that the author, probably in an attempt to differentiate the H rape threats with the villain, has the h melting as soon as he touched her, kissing him back, sleeping with him and apologizing as she attempts to escape.
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The constant camaraderie between a group of dukes better known as the League of Rogues is hilarious. I found myself wishing I was in this book with these characters. Their loyalty and easy-going nature will appeal to anyone.
A kidnapping gone awry, turns a plan to settle a debt into a tennis match of love. The escape attempts are comical. Soon all these Rogues find a special place in their hearts for their spit fire captive. She’s just as captivated by each and every one of them as well. Yet only one holds her heart. Both love birds have a harsh history. Orphaned and alone. Both have built walls around their hearts to protect themselves.
This book conquers the aged old “fear of love”. Brings back the times of loyalty and reputations. While the plot thickens and takes unexpected twists and turns outside of the League of Rogues. There’s just as many surprises inside this legendary group of Dukes.
I couldn't put it down and when I had to, I cut everything short to sneak back and read. The author holds you captive from cover to cover. It’s a fun and charming read.
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This has got to be one of the worst so-called romance novels I've ever read. The so-called "hero" and his rake-hell friends abduct an innocent young woman, drug her, ruin her reputation, all to get back at her uncle for money. Not only that, but the hero who is a manho and misogynist of the first order, thinks of her and treats her like a piece of meat, leering and fondling her while she's unconscious, tricking her into letting him grope her, thinking how he could easily take her despite her protests (it doesn't occur to this lowlife that would be rape) but won't because he "prefers" seduction. And does she think what a creep he is and try to run for her life? For the first 10 pages sure, but then she starts thinking she wants to get him to fall in love with her and marry her because he's so handsome (she seems to be completely lacking in brain cells) and there's a requisite sob story about his childhood past and how it turned him into the cold hard man he is today, so all his adult actions should be forgiven and forgotten, even though he barely apologizes and keeps treating her like crap throughout the book. He has the gall to get upset when she later leaves him (and not because he's a d-bag creep who treats her like something on his shoe when he's not treating her like a piece of meat but because she self-sacrificially wants to protect him from a threat her presence causes. Ugh) and treats her even more like crap, and says he'll return her to her uncle who he knows will sell her to an old pervert who wants to abuse her. She faints at the idea of returning, but when she wakes up, she rushes to forgive him, when even the d-bag hero says he doesn't know if he can forgive himself. No grovel, no apology, nothing. It made me so irritated and angry. I'm still seething over it.Read more ›
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