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Sins of a Wicked Duke (The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2009
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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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The book had all the ingredients to be a really fabulous story with well-shaded characters but I felt it just never followed through on its potential nor connected all the dots that the author put in place. It felt like major plot points were put in place but never really re-visited or easily dispensed with. I'll admit, this is a personal preference, but when an author introduces a serious topic, like abuse, I like it to be followed up thoroughly and sensitively. In this book, the author created fairly dark back-stories for the hero and the heroine that weren't fully addressed in the overall character development and final, happy ending. I think it interferes with my emotional connection to the characters and I fail to really get involved with the story.
As I am a late-comer to this book, I won't bother to summarize the story except those plot points that illustrate my review.
I thought the book spent a great deal of time and description on the back-stories of its hero and heroine but never really followed through on fully incorporating all the back-story plot points into the overall character development. When the hero and heroine triumph over their past adversity, I like to be totally along for the ride. Both the hero and the heroine suffered physical abuse in their back-stories. This abuse, to a certain extent, formed each of the characters. The heroine was wary and distrusting- especially of peers. The hero was emotionally stunted. The hero, especially, had terrible back-story. He was abused by someone he had to depend on at a young age. He had no escape. His abuse was tolerated by someone close to him. His abuse impacted his self-image. On the one hand, his character was presented to us as never having dealt emotionally with the abuse. He drinks, gambles, and acts promiscuous as a direct result of the abuse. He is aware that it ruined him. On the other hand, he has moments of obvious and observable decency. It is obvious to the reader that he is a redeemable hero. What didn't seem to connect, for me, is his own role in his redemption and conquering his own demons. He was totally consistent until the very end of the book. He was angry towards those who had harmed him. But, he reversed a decision of a lifetime based upon one sentence from the heroine and confronted one of his abusers for the heroine, though he didn't expect her to know. There was some disconnect, for me, there. The moment felt unfulfilled. The hero got his due from the abuser but the reader got an incredibly short time in the hero's thoughts about this revelation. This is potentially one of the hugest moment's in this hero's life and the action in the book immediately turned to something else equally important. It felt like his entire abuse back-story was resolved with a simple, brief speech. Like I said, there was something unsatisfying about how that was resolved and there wasn't enough of the hero's thoughts about this resolution.
There are other more superficial examples of this introduction of something that felt like it should be important but ended up not being very important at all. The hero was a painter and it was introduced as if that was a vital part of his character- the one thing that wasn't destroyed by his past abuse. But, that was all. The reader got to infer all the importance because it was a very tiny portion of the hero's actions and occurred almost entirely outside of the narrative. The hero rescues urchins. Again, the reader was mostly left to infer what all this meant to the hero because very little of it happened inside the hero's head. There is a scene where you wonder whether the hero has an actual death wish but it is not really explored. It just seems like the author implies that the hero is this really deep and complex guy suffering all this emotional pain but most of the reader's interaction with the hero has a wall around most of his genuine pain and emotion. He likes to behave superficially with everyone. In his own head, he is uniformly down on himself. It is just a disconnect between the disillusioned and emotionally scarred rake and the sweet, adoring husband. Sure, he can be both but I like a little more insight into the journey.
The only other main problem I had with the book was the tone felt a little off for me. On the one hand, the book has these very dark implications. On the other hand, it has all this superficial lightness. The heroine dresses as a man. The silly valet. The urchin going to live with a sweet Willy Wonka. It is hard to articulate this point but it felt like the author had some indecision over the overall tone of the book. That taking the really dark back story and the somewhat nihilist hero into account, she deliberately tried to inject some levity. Yet, the back-story is just too dark for the levity to really take. Perhaps, that is just me, but I thought the back-story was too dominant to make all the grimness fade.
I think some people will absolutely love this book. I really do. Like a house, the book has excellent bones. I'm just not sure it lived up to its potential. But, then, I can be a fairly serious reader who takes some subject matters very seriously and it really does impact my personal enjoyment of a book. I have no illusions that everyone has the same taste. That is a long way of saying, don't let my review discourage you.
known among the ton as a demon duke.
Dominic Hale, Duke of Damon had no morals.
His grandfather, Rupert Collins did not want
his grandson turning out like his father.
Dominic's father was a rake, a gambler and
Dominic's grandfather, a vicar, and a nanny
Mrs. Pearce, raised him after his mother died.
The trustees charged Rupert Collins to raise
his grandson. Dominic's father, the Duke, nearly
drove the dukedom into the ground with his
gaming. Mrs. Pearce was very abusive toward
Dominic. It caused years of being rebellious
behavior toward his grandfather and his nanny.
Fallon O'Rourke's father worked as gardener for
Viscount Lord Hunt. Lord Hunt sent Fallon's father
to Seychelles to find a flower, but he contacted
a disease and died. Fallon was thirteen when her
father died. Her mother died when she was very
young and now Fallon has no living relative. Lord
Hunt sent Fallon to Penwich School for Virtuous girls.
The two main characters Fallon and Dom were
totally opposites in English society. Yet, these
two lost souls had much in common. The Duke
had a warm side. He would bring home urchins,
feed them, and find a home for them to live. Fallon
and two other girls ran away from Penwich School
to escape the headmaster who enjoyed beating
and starving them.
I enjoyed reading Sins of A Wicked Duke. The
hero and heroine were easy to like. There were
other characters in the story line such as Marguerite
and Evie, the two girls who ran away with Fallon
from Penwich School.
I highly recommend.