Wicked Designs : League of Rogues

  • by Lauren Smith
  • Narrated by Heather Wilds
  • Series: League of Rogues
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple: find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books. It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes. Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with.
He has no plans to marry anytime soon - if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler's niece, the difficult debutante's blend of sweetness and sharp tongue makes him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love. Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric's shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard - and to rob him of the woman he can't live without.

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What the Critics Say

"Smith's fast-paced historical keeps [listeners] on their toes as they're taken hostage by a whirlwind of characters and an unforgettable romance." (RT Book Reviews)

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Interesting Premise for a Story & Nice Romance

When I read a regency novel, I go into it expecting something great from the heroine since women were already at a disadvantage in this era. I look for a heroine who will be a maverick and surpass the confines of that time period and shine through. In that respect, I thought Lady Emily Parr did a great job of showing cunning, restraint, intelligence and charm as she was kidnapped by 5 rogues. --Whoa, now talk about a testosterone rush!!! I loved it when Emily fought the men, especially when she fought Godric St. Laurent, the Duke of Essex. Together these men composed the infamous "League of Rogues." All were men of high societal standing and quite dashing, but the kidnaping of Emily Parr was solely Godric's idea which, for me, seemed an idea not very well thought out by these rogues. Godric planned to ruin Emily as a way of getting back at her uncle, but the man and his faithful friends end up being something else to Emily entirely…that is, they become her friends and protectors. And, that sexy duke with green eyes ended up being the love of her life (Ah, I love a good HEA). The villain in this story is sleazy and vindictive, so I especially found satisfaction in seeing him defeated in the end. This story was further enhanced by the gifted narration of Heather Wilds, who was perfect. OMG, and I couldn't help but think that the name "Godric" sounded so sexy pronounced with an English accent!!!

Overall, this was a good story, but my only note of dissatisfaction was that the sex life between Godric and Emily felt unfinished, and I didn't like that. I want to know that each will be equally fulfilling to one another. Maybe it wasn't meant to be a big deal, but after a few of the other men came back from a tryst with some "ladies of the night" well they tell Godric about some interesting new techniques (mild bondage etc.), when Godric mentions this to Emily she begs him to never do that to her. Yet, Emily was so new at sex that I thought Godric could have had fun exposing her to new things, I mean the girl did really love sex with him…ugh…I don't know…it just seemed like an unfinished thought from the author because it was never touched upon late in the story. The writing came across, to me, as being from a young writer. This is good because it means the writing is only going to get better with opportunities and time. In that respect, I look forward to the other books and hope more depth and density is inserted into the lives and background of the characters.
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- Yvette

2nd listen and still wicked! (yummy rogues!)

The creation of the league of rogues is a stroke of genius. I see all the places off shoots were planted for other rogues stories.... well done too! This is a twisted path with several heart stopping moments, some good laughs, some evil betrayal and lots of sexual tension. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

NARRATOR : Not my favorite. She has a slightly hushed way of speaking with a weird accent or cadence as well. Her voices are distinctive and she does carry the storytelling well. I highly recommend you listen to the snippet or that of several of her performances before deciding.

CREDITWORTHY? I'd say yes if you like the narrator. This was my 2nd time listening and STILL enjoy the book, overlooking the slightly weird narrative.

HEAT FACTOR: A hearty building boil without any moments of crudity.
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- Susynne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio