Sebastian Sinclair, the Duke of Wessex, is not in love with Eliza Benton—nor anyone else, for that matter. But he must marry and produce an heir, and love is not required for either. His future duchess must be of high birth and good nature, a lady unlikely to snipe at him over breakfast. In short, the complete opposite of Eliza. So who better to help him find a bride?

Eliza Benton is not in love with the Duke of Wessex. He’s infuriating, arrogant, and an ass of the first order. Not that she has any intention of marrying anyone now that her secret dream is on the cusp of becoming reality. A husband would ruin all her careful plans. But she’s all for finding her nemesis the perfect bride, anything to get him from underfoot so she can focus on her writing.

Thank goodness Sebastian and Eliza aren’t in love. That would be disastrous.

Titles in the Wicked Secrets series include –  Twice As Wicked – Lady Gone Wicked – Wicked with the Scoundrel – The Duke’s Wicked Wife

Title:  The Duke’s Wicked Wife
Series:  Wicked Secrets #4
Author:  Elizabeth Bright
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 16, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

The Duke’s Wicked Wife brings the Wicked Secrets series to its conclusion – and what an adventure Sebastian and Eliza have in store for us.  We met them in the very first story of this series, and their bantering, one-upmanship relationship has become a mainstay of this series.  Now we get their own journey, a slow burn, almost enemies to friends to lovers story that wraps up so much and answers questions quite perfectly.

Unlike the earlier books you won’t find some huge secret this couple is hiding from the world, their secrets are more like issues from their life experiences that have set them on a certain course in their lives and neither can willingly, without some emotional direction, change who they are at their core.  I’ve chuckled at their antics in previous stories, this time I fell in love with them as individuals, I liked them even with their issues and stubbornness.

The cover description really tells you all you need to know before picking up The Duke’s Wicked Wife – I would, however, gently suggest that you consider reading the entire series (if you haven’t) because there are glimpses of who they will become early on, and the earlier stories are well worth the time and effort to enjoy.  I’ve enjoyed the Wicked Secrets series and it’s a bittersweet moment to come to the ending of this story.  We’ll meet up once again with many of the couples, get some closure, but mostly this story is all about Sebastian and Eliza – it’s a love story with an edge that I adored and would not hesitate to recommend.  Now comes the wait to see what this author will surprise us with next.  I happen to love the anticipation, so I’ll be keeping an eye out.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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