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Peek Inside The Devilish Duke

If notorious rake Devlin Markham can’t woo eccentric bluestocking Sophie Wolcott within the month, he’ll lose his fortune. But he abhors marriage. And Sophie seems unmoved by his charm.

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Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune goodbye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm…

When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure. A man who’s everything she’s always feared most—but whom she reluctantly begins yearning for.

Then Sophie becomes the target of a killer lurking from the dark shadows of Devlin’s past. And they find not only their lives in jeopardy but their very hearts.

Each book in the Saints & Scoundrels series is STANDALONE:
* The Devilish Duke
* The Elusive Earl
* The Sinful Scot


“Maddison Michael’s The Devilish Duke reminds me of why I love historical fiction so much.  It was a masterful blend of historical romance with mystery and intrigue.” –Juanita B., Goodreads

Ms. Michaels weaves an engrossing tale. Told with mystery, angst, romance and sensual scenes. This is not-to-be-missed.” –Amary, Goodreads

“This was a delightful romance, with a charming heroine and delicious Hero.” –Pamela J., Goodreads

“Ms. Michaels has delivered an utterly fantastic read in this book where the pages flew by because of the intense chemistry between this couple and the delightful romance that had me loving these two together.” –Bec, Book Magic

“I really enjoyed this debut novel by Maddison Michaels. Sophie, the heroine is the witty, courageous friend I want in my corner, and Devlin is the perfect rake. The pace is quick, the author presents the Victorian era well, and I love a little mystery with my romance.” –Dianne F., NetGalley

“I really enjoyed this book. The relationships are well-drawn, and the dialogue is witty. I particularly enjoyed the verbal sparring between Sophie and Devlin. The mystery kept me guessing and I was surprised to learn who the murder it was. The story is well crafted and intriguing with heated romantic interludes.” –Rebecca, Wonderfully Weird

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633438
Series: Saints & Scoundrels, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 26, 2018
Page Count: 450
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical victorian, romantic suspense
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, marriage of convenience, opposites attract

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By Ivy October 01, 2018

3.5 stars.

I can't believe I'd forgotten that this book was on my reading list ! I had a marvellous time reading this story, that's set in 1855 Britain. This was a lovely debut novel by the author, with my favourite type of historical H: the rakish, rogue H who also happens to be a filthy rich duke. ...more

By Esther February 08, 2018

ARC provided by NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating 3.25-3.5 (wrestling with the actual rating)

Lady Sophie is climbing a tree determined to spy on the man she's been infat ...more

By Sammy March 09, 2019

Adorable read and much better than I expected. Devlin Markham has worked very hard to earn his a reputation as a rake. He's afraid to love and has a scarred past!

The Devil Duke


I absolutely loved his interactions with Lady Sophie. She's a bluestocking with no desire to marry. But everyone has a price

By Stacey is Sassy June 02, 2020

Not so Devilish in the end...

I was extremely satisfied with my listening experience of The Devilish Duke. The characters were engaging, the storyline kept me captivated from start to finish, and the love that bloomed between Devlin and Sophie was believable. I was convinced I knew who was causing ma ...more

By Jacqueline's Reads August 14, 2018

5 Stars

This is my first Maddison Michaels book and oh boy did this one take me by surprise. I will admit I don’t take chances on historical romance authors. I’m very picky on how I like my stories to be told, but Maddison Michaels surprised all my expectations.

The Devilish duke is a perfect read. It ...more

By Joanna Loves Reading August 01, 2020

Pretty good debut. My first by the author, and I thought it had good pacing and compelling characters overall. 3.5 Starts. ...more

By SH February 10, 2018

Having just watched the series ‘Victoria’, I was delighted to see the Queen’s appearance in “The Devilish Duke”. The Queen has insisted that Devlin Markham, who is known as the “Devil Duke” of Huntington, must marry if she is to agree to his plans for the Transatlantic telegraph cable, an event that ...more

By Jessie February 10, 2018

I really loved this book. Devlin and Sophie were made for each other, and their dialogue was sparkling and witty. The secondary characters were fab - especially loved Aunt Mabel (she made me laugh) and Sophie's brother Daniel was rather dishy (hope he gets his own book). The pacing was great and the ...more

By Cindy ✩☽♔ August 04, 2019

I absolutely adored this book. It had some of my favorite elements. Contract marriage, romance, mystery, a strong female lead, and a sexy alpha male.

I honestly sometimes forget how much I like historical fiction/romance. Because I don't read it that often, but when I do I almost always enjoy it. Vi ...more

By Carol February 16, 2018

This is an incredible story! It is heart poundingly scary! It is an Awesome Romance, it is a Wonderful First Book! I am amazed, that I want another one, with these same people to go on! This is like the Sebastian St. Cyr Novels!
Maddison is brilliant, thorough, and extraordainarly kind! I will be th ...more

By Janet February 24, 2018

Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune goodbye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenien ...more

By Minerva February 28, 2018

Who doesn't love a devilish duke? Especially one who has a butt like the guy on the cover of this book!? And there is nothing I like more than a businesslike marriage of convenience that quickly skates over the edge into pleasure.

Anyhow, I hugely enjoyed this Victorian romance and found the mystery ...more

NEW AUTHOR, and WORTH TRYING!!! also only 99 cents on Amazon rn

I loved this, because I was looking for something short and sweet, not too emotional, and I honestly didn't know the whodunnit lol. Sometimes authors really suck at that but here I was like was it him or him or him??

The dialogue needed ...more

By Maggie June 11, 2019

Loved, loved , loved the chemistry between these two , wow what an adventure this book Takes you on .
Devlin, my type of hero , reformed rake , ladies man , needs the love of a good woman .
Enter the good woman and he hasn’t a clue what to do with her .
This is an exceptional book and is ...more

By Lori February 21, 2018

A marvelous debut novel for Maddison Michaels!!! Skillfully plotted and full of romance and a mystery to be solved, I really could not put this one down. Using the setting of the Victorian era, there is even a meeting with Queen Victoria and our hero, Devlin Markham, the (Devil) Duke of Huntington. ...more

By Sangria April 22, 2018

Good Debut romance and adventure....

I really liked this book, it was a bit slow in parts but for the most part it was an enjoyable read....

We first meet our lovely heroine Lady Sophie up a tree. Truly. Spying on a proposal. She literally falls to the ground in front of our Duke. It’s quite the meeti ...more

By Fizza February 26, 2018

The Devilish Duke is one of those books which have everything, romance, intrigue, suspense, mystery, rakish hero, independent and strong heroine, and a lot more. It's a really well-written historical fiction, the kind of book which has the ability to make you fall in love with the genre. I genuinely ...more

By Candace March 26, 2018

What a tremendously amazing book! I really can't begin to praise this book enough! This book is incredibly well written and had me hooked from the very beginning... well the cover to be honest! The characters are fantastic! There are many characters and they all seem so real! Sophie and Devlin are c ...more

By Deb February 26, 2018

The Devilish Duke is my first book by Maddison Michaels, I look forward to reading many more. Ms. Michaels has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded it with amazing, lovable characters. Sophie has dedicated herself to teaching and training the young people at the orphanage she helps with. ...more

By Shawna January 28, 2020

4 stars - Historical Romance

I really enjoyed this and look forward to more from this author. I listened to the audiobook, and Justine Eyre's narration was fabulous, as always! ...more

By Norah February 18, 2018

I received an ARC of this book to read from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels is the first book that I have read by this author and it most certainly will not be the last. I was hooked from the moment our intrepid heroine catches our hero’s attention by ...more

By Up All Night With Books February 22, 2018

**ARC provided by the author for an honest review**

Absolutely captivating and witty, The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels was a great historical romance! I loved it, couldn’t put it down. She had me from the very first chapter, this book was engaging and entertaining. It had me laughing out loud, ...more

By Suze April 10, 2018

The Queen will only give Devlin permission for a very important business transaction if he finds himself a wife. Devlin has to make sure all of his hard work wasn't in vain. He's a rich duke and he's proud of what he's achieved. The woman he's supposed to marry is lady Sophie, a headstrong woman who ...more

By P Leslie February 26, 2018

*I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinion stated are solely my own and no one elses*

The Devilish Duke was a fantastic read and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. This book has it all; romance, wit, humour, danger, mystery and suspense - lets just say there was never a dull moment. ...more

By Molly February 12, 2018

From the very first page I was hooked. I loved the character of Sophie, strong, determined and she knew what she wanted from life. And it wasn't marriage, but well life happens and she was determined to make the most of a new challenge. And Devlin, well delish is the word that comes to mind. Who wou ...more

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Maddison Michaels

About the author

Maddison Michaels

Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was fourteen years old, Maddison Michaels is a prolific reader and writer of romantic suspense and historical fiction. She gets her daily dose of suspense from working as a police officer, prosecuting real-life villains in the Courts of Australia. A member of the RWA and RWA Australia, Maddison is as passionate about her writing as she is about her other two loves: her family and her cups of tea. Luckily, she gets a healthy dash of romance married to her wonderful husband, and her exercise regime is kept on track by her six-year-old daughter, who ensures Maddison is kept very busy chasing her around. Maddison’s debut novel The Devilish Duke is her way of time traveling back to Victorian London to experience a cornucopia of intrigue, romance, and debauchery all from the comfort of her living room!

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