Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Tour + Review: Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith

Wicked Designs 
By Lauren Smith
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Source: Blog Tour
Summary: The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?

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 make 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 rob him of the woman he can’t live without. 

Product Warnings:
This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Review: I feel like the cover is the first thing I talk about every time I review a book, but I can't help but obsess over this one! I absolutely love the colors and it hints at the wicked historical romance held inside. And what a great historical romance it was. 

The members of the League of Rogues are used to doing what they want, but when they kidnap Emily Parr in order to punish her uncle for misusing Godric's investments, Emily isn't ready to let them get away with it. With her feisty attitude and persistence, Emily will do anything to escape the clutches of the five men who kidnapped her. But Godric isn't a normal kidnapper, and Emily finds herself falling for the man who constantly slings her over his shoulder when she acts up and has quite the naughty reputation. As the two spend more time together, Emily discovers his hidden past and finds they may have more in common than she thought…

I've never heard of Lauren Smith before, but boy does she know how to write a good historical romance! From the first page, you're thrown into Emily's kidnapping and her putting up quite the fight against the five rogues who take her. Emily is such a feisty character and I love how she's a go-out-and-get-them kind of girl instead of helplessly whining once she got kidnapped. I couldn't wait to see what Emily would do next, or what she decided to do once she started falling for Godric. 

Godric was quite the male lead for this novel. He had this bad boy, rogue exterior but he had some pretty deep secrets that showed a whole other side of him. Then, when he started to have feelings for Emily, it was so cute how he couldn't stand being away from her. Godric and Emily created the perfect couple for a thrilling romance full of kidnapping, stolen kisses, and a few attempted murders. 

Not only were the main characters great, but you also go to see a whole lot of the other four members of the League of Rogues. Each of them are so lovable in their own way, and I loved how their individual personalities showed throughout the story. I'm excited to see who the author chooses to write about in the next book of this series. I know I'll definitely be picking it up for yet another enticing historical romance about these devilishly handsome rogues.

For more info on Lauren Smith and her newest book Wicked Designs, check out the following links:  

Goodreads // Amazon // B&N // Website // Twitter // Facebook

Enter the tour-wide giveaway! Lauren is giving away of Wicked Designs!

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  1. I loved the cover and the story was brilliant! Emily certainly kept Godric on his toes! My favorite type of heroine! :)

  2. What a gorgeous book and the the trailer is fabulous, too. I'm looking forward to reading!


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