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Finishing school failed to turn them into proper society ladies. Now these four friends vow to remain single until they find suitors worthy of their love and devotion... Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspici Finishing school failed to turn them into proper society ladies. Now these four friends vow to remain single until they find suitors worthy of their love and devotion... Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspicions are aroused when she learns that he has recently returned from France. Is he a traitor to his country? The truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network. After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s deceptive investigation. How can he wed a woman who doesn’t trust him? But a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicholas that they are a true love match but his past catches up with them when three French spies come to exact revenge. Surviving rather than wooing has become the order of the day.


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Finishing school failed to turn them into proper society ladies. Now these four friends vow to remain single until they find suitors worthy of their love and devotion... Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspici Finishing school failed to turn them into proper society ladies. Now these four friends vow to remain single until they find suitors worthy of their love and devotion... Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspicions are aroused when she learns that he has recently returned from France. Is he a traitor to his country? The truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network. After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s deceptive investigation. How can he wed a woman who doesn’t trust him? But a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicholas that they are a true love match but his past catches up with them when three French spies come to exact revenge. Surviving rather than wooing has become the order of the day.

30 review for Misleading a Duke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    Whew, I feel like I'm still coming off of a slight high after reading A.S. Fenichel's Misleading a Duke. Talk about ACTION. PACKED. This book is way more dramatic than the description lets on, and the French spies it alludes to aren't just cartoon villains; they're actually terrible people. This novel almost plays like an action movie as much as it does a romance, and it's truly unlike anything I've read in historical romances recently. It doesn't quite reach the level of thriller, but there's de Whew, I feel like I'm still coming off of a slight high after reading A.S. Fenichel's Misleading a Duke. Talk about ACTION. PACKED. This book is way more dramatic than the description lets on, and the French spies it alludes to aren't just cartoon villains; they're actually terrible people. This novel almost plays like an action movie as much as it does a romance, and it's truly unlike anything I've read in historical romances recently. It doesn't quite reach the level of thriller, but there's definitely seat-of-your-pants tension. Think of it like the film The Princess Bride in terms of how it runs the emotional gamut. My only real issue with this novel was that it was way more intense that the description let on, and I could see some people being turned off by it being so different from the usual historical romance. Content warning: There's some violence depicted that's more graphic in nature, which may leave a few folks squeamish. Just a warning if you don't like that in books or in romances.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Wallflowers of West Lane #2 Publication Date: 9/29/20 Number of Pages: 240 This is an exciting, action-packed, fast-paced, well-written book that is populated with exceptional characters and some really vile villains. This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I always look forward to her next book. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but you won’t have as deep an understanding of the relationships between the characters if you miss that fir Series: The Wallflowers of West Lane #2 Publication Date: 9/29/20 Number of Pages: 240 This is an exciting, action-packed, fast-paced, well-written book that is populated with exceptional characters and some really vile villains. This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I always look forward to her next book. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but you won’t have as deep an understanding of the relationships between the characters if you miss that first book. But – why would you miss it, it was a great read. We first met The Wallflowers of West Lane in The Earl Not Taken. They were four young ladies who had problems following society’s rules, so their parents sent them to Switzerland to attend Agatha Wormbattle’s School for Young Ladies. While the parents all viewed it as a punishment, the young ladies – Aurora, Faith, Poppy, and Mercy – viewed it as the best thing to ever happen to them. They formed a strong, unbreakable bond and they’ve allowed nothing to separate them since. However, they do all have one very real fear and that has been the driver in these first two books, and I suspect in the next books as well. Aurora was married off to a man she’d never met and he was exceedingly cruel – both physically and emotionally. When that man died, they all vowed they’d never let that happen to another one of them. In the first book, Rhys and Poppy get together because they are investigating the man to whom Faith has become betrothed. While Rhys and Poppy got their HEA, Faith’s betrothed wasn’t happy with being investigated and asked Faith to call off the betrothal. Thus – we now have our second book featuring Faith and her betrothed. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, spent years on the continent as a spy for the crown. He has many secrets and he’s not proud of any of them. However, to protect his country, he’d do all of it again. He is incensed when he learns that his betrothed and her friends are investigating him! He doesn’t question why they would be doing it, he just tells her that she needs to call off the betrothal. He doesn’t want to ruin her by calling it off himself. Yet she hasn’t called it off yet. He’s attracted to her, but he cannot share his secrets and will not be questioned. Lady Faith Landon has convinced her uncaring parents to allow her to live with her widowed friend Aurora only because she is betrothed. If she weren’t betrothed, they would force her to move back into their home and they’d be shopping for a husband for her. Faith isn’t sure she wants to call off the betrothal, but she does want to get to know Nicholas better. He just won’t cooperate. He’ll hardly speak to her. So, she and her friends come up with a plan to force him to spend time with her. All they need to do is trick him into coming to someplace remote and then stranding him and Faith together for a few days. Good plan until it all goes horribly wrong and Nick’s past comes back to haunt them. With their lives in peril, they’ll have to learn to trust each other. Can they learn to trust each other? Can they learn to love each other? Can they even make it through all of it alive? OH! It is an exciting fast-paced, story that I’m sure you’ll love. I sure did. I, of course, wish there was an epilogue because I always LOVE epilogues. I also love Author’s Notes and I would have loved to see some author’s notes on Special Licenses and also Joseph Fouche who was a real-life villain of the French Revolution. Now, I can hardly wait for the next book, Capturing the Earl, which will feature Mercedes (Mercy) and Wesley Renshaw, Earl of Castlewick. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge agreed to marry Faith. The only problem is he wasn’t prepared for her level of conniving. Nicholas has left espionage behind in France but wasn’t prepared for Faith and her friends Wallflowers of West Lane who have uncovered who he is. Faith regrets spying on Nicholas and wants to make amends. She decides to using trickery again to get Nicholas but people from Nicholas past come looking for him and Nicholas and Faith must work together. I would advise to r Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge agreed to marry Faith. The only problem is he wasn’t prepared for her level of conniving. Nicholas has left espionage behind in France but wasn’t prepared for Faith and her friends Wallflowers of West Lane who have uncovered who he is. Faith regrets spying on Nicholas and wants to make amends. She decides to using trickery again to get Nicholas but people from Nicholas past come looking for him and Nicholas and Faith must work together. I would advise to read book one as felt I missed half of the story before this book (I didn’t know this was a second book in a series when requesting it). Both characters are quite stubborn and both don’t want to give in. I must admit I found some of the wording made me laugh a bit but maybe because it is set in the past the author choose to use words that would fit in the time the characters were living in. At times I was more interest in mystery parts than the romance side of the book. Overall a historical fiction with romance and a bit of mystery. I received a ARC from Netgalley and Kensington Books for an objection.

  4. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    West Lane Wallflowers--a step too far? I really wanted to like this next in the Wallflowers series. Unexpectedly I found myself not at all in sympatico with Lady Faith Landon, even though she's found herself betrothed to a man she's hardly ever met Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge. Of course she wants her fellow Wallflowers to help her investigate the mysterious Duke. The problem is that Nicholas is a secret agent and has been on a dangerous mission in France. Faith and her sister Wallflow West Lane Wallflowers--a step too far? I really wanted to like this next in the Wallflowers series. Unexpectedly I found myself not at all in sympatico with Lady Faith Landon, even though she's found herself betrothed to a man she's hardly ever met Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge. Of course she wants her fellow Wallflowers to help her investigate the mysterious Duke. The problem is that Nicholas is a secret agent and has been on a dangerous mission in France. Faith and her sister Wallflowers' actions put him in peril. Nicholas is furious. Hoping to mend the situation they lure Nicholas to an isolated castle in order to give Faith the time and space to make amends. Of course that goes pear shaped faster than you can take a breath. I tried several times to come to grips with the situation. I just ended up losing patience with Faith putting herself and others in danger. That I found hard to forgive. And she admitted that. Really? I know it all ended up ok but this title was not for me. Faith annoyed me immensely. Personally I felt Nicholas should've moved on. I must say that the cover of this Wallflower title is once again both attractive and interesting. A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was taken by surprise by how quickly this historical romance throw us into action plot-wise but also with the romance between Lady Faith and the Duke of Breckenridge, Nicholas. I haven't read the first book in the series so I can't help but think you might have an insight as to their beginnings in it. It didn't bother me too much not to know everything but I still felt like their first kiss, and proposal happened very quickly (even though they were technically already betrothed). Now, the fact I was taken by surprise by how quickly this historical romance throw us into action plot-wise but also with the romance between Lady Faith and the Duke of Breckenridge, Nicholas. I haven't read the first book in the series so I can't help but think you might have an insight as to their beginnings in it. It didn't bother me too much not to know everything but I still felt like their first kiss, and proposal happened very quickly (even though they were technically already betrothed). Now, the fact that they got captured/kidnapped by three spies might be the reason why their romance developed quickly. Overall, this was a nice read but unfortunately for me I didn't love it. My problem was that after reading an intense and immersive book about spies not too long ago, I couldn't help but feeling detached from this plot that didn't feel very convincing. I was not convinced by the plot or romance. I'm sure many other readers will love it more than I did though! (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    After her dear friend’s disastrous marriage, Lady Faith Landon is terrified when her parents announce her betrothal to a man she’s never met. Her fiancé is cloaked in mystery and not long returned from France, causing Faith to wonder about his loyalties and if he could be betraying his country. Faith couldn’t be more wrong, as her fiancé is indeed a spy, but has just returned to England after infiltrating Napoleon’s network of spies in a very dangerous mission. Nicholas Ellsworth, the Duke of Bre After her dear friend’s disastrous marriage, Lady Faith Landon is terrified when her parents announce her betrothal to a man she’s never met. Her fiancé is cloaked in mystery and not long returned from France, causing Faith to wonder about his loyalties and if he could be betraying his country. Faith couldn’t be more wrong, as her fiancé is indeed a spy, but has just returned to England after infiltrating Napoleon’s network of spies in a very dangerous mission. Nicholas Ellsworth, the Duke of Breckenridge, is just happy to be home and longs to settle down into a peaceful life with his new wife. But when he learns Faith has been lying to him in order to investigate him, he’s infuriated by her deceit and uncertain he can abide a marriage without trust. Despite their rocky start, there is a definite connection between Faith and Nicholas and when she realizes she’s misjudged him, Faith arranges a secluded, if forced, getaway with Nicholas to explore their chance at a loving marriage away from prying eyes. But her plan has dire consequences when three French spies, former connections of Nicholas’, take advantage of their seclusion to exact revenge on Nicholas. Though their love seems more assured than ever, surviving to see it through seems increasingly unlikely. This book is an improvement on its predecessor by leaps and bounds. The writing was good once I settled into the style and the wallflowers were much more likable and endearing. This story jumps straight into the middle of things as the estrangement between Nick and Faith comes about because of the events of the first book, so I’d definitely recommend reading this series in order or you may be confused. We’re light on the steam here, but several scenes feature torture and some pretty dark scenes, more so than a typical historical romance. Along those lines, I would’ve liked to see more on page scenes between Nick and Aurora as they discussed their shared experiences, so I’m hoping that was plugged in this book to be revisited later in the series. I thought Faith and Nick were lovely together and so sweet, especially Nick, but I would’ve liked to see each of them have more confidence in the other’s feelings. After everything they went through together, it took them entirely too long to be completely forthright with each other. Their repeated encounters with the French villains got to be a bit much as well and Nick was put in several situations that were rather unbelievable given his rank as a duke. I also wanted punishment for the villains that was not forthcoming, but maybe that’s also being saved for later. This ending was also just a bit abrupt (I’m an epilogue fan), but I’m guessing that’s because the next book will again pick up immediately after this one and hopefully leave me feeling more satisfied as I really wanted to see Nick put Faith’s parents in their place. Complaints aside, I really did enjoy this book and this couple, and I’ll look forward to the next book in this series now and I’m glad I gave it another shot. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advanced review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    This book was a first time read by this first time author, A.S. Fenichel. What can I say about this book....not too much as it did not appeal to me about a quarter way in the book. I did not finish as I thought some of the characters were superficial and shallow. The main characters did not capture my interest and I found myself just putting the book away. I am not discrediting this author but just this story. Will I read something else published by this author, I say yes as I would like to give This book was a first time read by this first time author, A.S. Fenichel. What can I say about this book....not too much as it did not appeal to me about a quarter way in the book. I did not finish as I thought some of the characters were superficial and shallow. The main characters did not capture my interest and I found myself just putting the book away. I am not discrediting this author but just this story. Will I read something else published by this author, I say yes as I would like to give them another try at another story. A modest two stars on the direction of what they author was trying to plot although I did not finish the book. Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tehyah C.

    **** I received an e-ARC through NetGalley **** September 29th is about to be a date to remember. Too many sensational releases will be coming out by that time. One of them is A.S. Fenichel's Misleading a Duke. Misleading A Duke is the second installment of the "The Wallflowers of West Lane" series. Our heroine is Lady Faith Landon, one out of the four eccentric members of the aforementioned Wallflowers. Much to her dismay, she has become engaged to the Duke of Breckenridge without her knowledge **** I received an e-ARC through NetGalley **** September 29th is about to be a date to remember. Too many sensational releases will be coming out by that time. One of them is A.S. Fenichel's Misleading a Duke. Misleading A Duke is the second installment of the "The Wallflowers of West Lane" series. Our heroine is Lady Faith Landon, one out of the four eccentric members of the aforementioned Wallflowers. Much to her dismay, she has become engaged to the Duke of Breckenridge without her knowledge and consent. Wary of her bewildering engagement, Faith recruits her friends to hatch a plan to get to know the Duke better before committing to the match after a botched investigation on her fiance'. Little does she know that she is in for an adventure of a lifetime... Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a man of mystery and intrigue, but even an ace of action wants a life of tranquility. While trying to achieve some peace and stability, he has one last case to solve: Why does his fiancee' not trust him? Just when he thinks that he has solved it thanks to being roped into an outlandish scheme by his future wife, another threat is around the corner. This time, his life is on the line. Of all of Fenichel's novels to start with, I'm glad that this was my first! The journey I experienced while reading was phenomenal. My heart was racing as I delved deeper. My worry grew for these characters as if they were real people. The story gripped my attention from the start, and the reigns tightened as I continued reading. Something in my gut told me that this novel would become a favorite; thank goodness I paid attention. Faith was the perfect heroine for this book. The defining trait of all four Wallflowers is strength. Throughout the story, Faith's growth was a welcome one, as she discovered her true potential through pain and pleasure. She is headstrong yet empathetic, which allows her to thrive in even the direst situations. She held her own when necessary. Nick is a superb foil for Faith. Dashing and dangerous, he sparks interest in Faith that neither of them expected. He is friendly at his core, but due to his line of work and past experiences, he has become quite jaded. While exhausted, he is not relentless to the point of boorish. He's a gentleman at heart, which creates a lovely balance regarding his character. Nick treats Faith with kindness at every turn, respecting her enough to trust the decisions she makes for herself. I cannot forget about the Wallflowers! I smiled from ear to ear whenever they were on-page. They remind me so much of my friend group. They are not friends; they are SISTERS. The sisterhood between the four of them is a huge highlight as they are all treated as well-rounded individuals. Their interactions felt natural as much as the romantic relationship in the novel. I could feel their love for one another radiating off the page. Overall, I will continue to sing high praises for this novel. I even bought the first one, so that I can become more acquainted with the rest of the Wallflowers! Misleading a Duke is a must-read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    4.5 Stars Lady Faith Landon is one of the self-proclaimed four Wallflowers of West Lane & has found herself engaged to the Duke of Breckenridge through her mother’s machinations. So the Wallflowers investigate Nick. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network. After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Unti 4.5 Stars Lady Faith Landon is one of the self-proclaimed four Wallflowers of West Lane & has found herself engaged to the Duke of Breckenridge through her mother’s machinations. So the Wallflowers investigate Nick. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network. After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s investigation & trust flies out of the window. However a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. This is the second book in the series & does follow on from the first one, I’m not sure if it could be read as a stand alone. I loved this fast paced read, which had spies, revenge, torture & of course romance. I loved both Nick & Faith , the chemistry between the pair started off lukewarm but increased & increased throughout the book the more they got to know each other. Faith is unconventional feisty but also lacking in self esteem, Nick starts out as an enigma but as he gradually reveals more of himself the more I loved him. The book had me often at the edge of my seat but the pages flew by & I read it in a couple of sittings. My only quibble was that the ending seemed rushed & there wasn’t an epilogue & I do so love an epilogue even for books that are part of a series. Overall a well written book that flowed extremely well & had me engrossed from cover to cover My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Veronica (Honey Roselea Reads)

    My Blog | My BookTube | My Book Club | Instagram | Twitter Book One: [ The Earl Not Taken ] I have a blog review going up on my blog on January 14, 2021 at 10 am CST and will update here once it is published. For now, here is a preview of what it will look like: Update: Here is the link to Misleading a Duke 🌼 four wallflower stars 🌼 Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review Lady Faith Landon is betrothed to the Duke of Breckenridge, Nicholas Ellsworth, but with th My Blog | My BookTube | My Book Club | Instagram | Twitter Book One: [ The Earl Not Taken ] I have a blog review going up on my blog on January 14, 2021 at 10 am CST and will update here once it is published. For now, here is a preview of what it will look like: Update: Here is the link to Misleading a Duke 🌼 four wallflower stars 🌼 Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review Lady Faith Landon is betrothed to the Duke of Breckenridge, Nicholas Ellsworth, but with the amount of secrets that lie beneath his exterior, Faith remains suspicious of his actions. She can't help but wonder what those secrets are, even if the truth is far from what she expected. Nicholas Ellsworth, the Duke of Breckenridge, has a strong attraction to Lady Faith and he can't seem to take his eyes off her, even if her past actions in trying to discover who Nick truly is has irritated him. Nonetheless, attraction always beats irritation and for this instance, Faith and Nick fight to discover this attraction. I gave Misleading A Duke four stars, enjoying the intense plot that Faith and Nick go through to truly find the love that they hold for each other. I found that the hardships that they both went through was quite...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/... First of all, I didn’t know this was a sequel but I read somewhere that it could be read as a standalone and since I was really excited about it I picked it up. However, as soon as I started reading it I was so over this whole thing. This is a standard insta love story and maybe I got this feeling because I didn’t read the first book. Still, the main characters fell from hate to love in the first I would say 10% of the book and honestly, I hate that and fin https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/... First of all, I didn’t know this was a sequel but I read somewhere that it could be read as a standalone and since I was really excited about it I picked it up. However, as soon as I started reading it I was so over this whole thing. This is a standard insta love story and maybe I got this feeling because I didn’t read the first book. Still, the main characters fell from hate to love in the first I would say 10% of the book and honestly, I hate that and find it ridiculous. It is full of cliche tropes such as: I’m not like the other girls, I’m a monster who cannot be fixed and She is the one who warmed up my cold heart. I can easily name at least 30 other books that have those exact same themes in them. Everything went downwards from that. The whole plot was a bit stale and boring to me and I wasn’t feeling it at all. I wasn’t into the love story either and to be honest this was painful to read. I just couldn’t wait for it to be over. I’m rating it 2 stars only because it’s my fault because I haven’t read the first book and maybe I would’ve found it more enjoyable if I did read it. My biggest problem is that there is nothing that differs this from a million other romances and I must be cruel but honest and say that even though I usually love regency romances, this is the worst one I’ve ever read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    janel

    Another book I was so excited to read, and sad to realize it wasn't for me. I realized pretty early on that this was a #2 in a series, but I took this the way most regency novel series do this - there will be slight spoilers for the couple from book 1, there might be some discussions that would be better if you'd read the first book, but other than that, it would stand on its own with some added development for the group overall. This was not the case here, so I have learned not to assume and to a Another book I was so excited to read, and sad to realize it wasn't for me. I realized pretty early on that this was a #2 in a series, but I took this the way most regency novel series do this - there will be slight spoilers for the couple from book 1, there might be some discussions that would be better if you'd read the first book, but other than that, it would stand on its own with some added development for the group overall. This was not the case here, so I have learned not to assume and to always start with a #1. I assumed the plot as it pertained to the couple this book revolves around would start here - but we jump IN as if this is a new chapter of book one, not a start to book two. I was thrown, and I considered heavily grabbing book one to be as fair as possible, but it became apparent to me over the next few chapters that I just wasn't going to connect to this story at all. I'm leaving off a rating until release at LEAST because some of my issues might have been solved if I'd known this wasn't a typical regency series and really needed to be read in order, but I do have a few other concerns. I'd been drawn to this book because it reminded me of Bringing Down the Duke which has a strong female friend group tied together by feminist ideals and a desire to see change happen. I didn't feel the same magic with the women in this book, and it was a big reason for why I didn't connect. They felt like they could have used more dimension, more facets to their lives and motives that would have made me root for them. I will say that this cover has such charm and I really hope more regency novels go with an illustrated cover - I have no shame about bodice ripper covers but I love illustrated so much more! 2/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamice Robinson

    When I first read the synopsis of the book it sounded familiar but it wasn’t until I read the first couple pages that I realized I had read the first book and was now even more excited to read the sequel. I am so glad that I was picked to do a review of this book because I loved it so much. I loved Poppy’s story but Faith’s story was even better in my opinion, I read the whole book in two hours because I could not put it down. If you haven’t read the first I would read it first just because I lo When I first read the synopsis of the book it sounded familiar but it wasn’t until I read the first couple pages that I realized I had read the first book and was now even more excited to read the sequel. I am so glad that I was picked to do a review of this book because I loved it so much. I loved Poppy’s story but Faith’s story was even better in my opinion, I read the whole book in two hours because I could not put it down. If you haven’t read the first I would read it first just because I love the characters so much but even if you hadn’t I think you would throughly enjoy this book. I absolutely cannot wait to read Mercy’s story now.

  14. 4 out of 5

    BJ

    Read this book out of order, so there was quite a lot of backstory to catch up. The H is a spy, engaged sight unseen to the heroine. He is tortured but he's a plucky Englishman so keeps his stiff upper lip. She's controlling and contrary, and at first he's amused by her, then grateful as she cares for him. There are too many themes, spies, mean fathers, brutal husbands and a not so sweet group of ladies trying to survive society's expectations. It was good if a little messy. Read this book out of order, so there was quite a lot of backstory to catch up. The H is a spy, engaged sight unseen to the heroine. He is tortured but he's a plucky Englishman so keeps his stiff upper lip. She's controlling and contrary, and at first he's amused by her, then grateful as she cares for him. There are too many themes, spies, mean fathers, brutal husbands and a not so sweet group of ladies trying to survive society's expectations. It was good if a little messy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nabiha Tahsin

    3.5 Stars Misleading a Duke is an outstanding Regency Romance. I enjoyed reading this book, the writing style charmed me a lot. When I started this book, I found myself turning pages after pages in this book. The MCs have strong personalities, when we meet Faith in "Earl Not Taken" she was one of the most optimistic, rational thinking, thoughful, opinionated young woman. Her character was so intriguing and I instantly liked her. We don't get to see much of Nick's personality in that book, so I wa 3.5 Stars Misleading a Duke is an outstanding Regency Romance. I enjoyed reading this book, the writing style charmed me a lot. When I started this book, I found myself turning pages after pages in this book. The MCs have strong personalities, when we meet Faith in "Earl Not Taken" she was one of the most optimistic, rational thinking, thoughful, opinionated young woman. Her character was so intriguing and I instantly liked her. We don't get to see much of Nick's personality in that book, so I was quite excited for learning about him. Nick is a compassionate gentleman. He reminds me of Classic Heros. He has a mysterious past which happens to be one of the interesting plot of the book. My advice is to read the first book before picking up this one, as most of Nick and Faith introduction happens there. I am a sucker for Contract Marriage/Fake Dating tropes. Though this doesn't have it, but Faith and Nick did had their marriage arranged by their families, so there's that very tiny glimpse. The first book dealed with spying on Nick, but this one we get some firsthand takes on Nick and Faith's romance. I loved their conversations. I am glad there wasn't any dragging around the plot, and enjoyed this lighthearted quick-read. But please note, this is not all lighthearted read, this book does has some intense and dramatic scenes which also has few amount of violence portrayed in it. Which honestly I didn't expected at first, but it served to my thrilling experience reading this. From the first book of the series, Nick and Faith are engaged, but only on arranged terms, after observing her friend's disastrous marriage, Faith finds it hard to just marry a man without knowing him. So, she and the wallflowers hit upon a plan and try to gather information about Nick's character. But all these doesn't end well with Nick. By the end of the first book, Faith comes to realise Nick's good character and reasons for his secretive life. In this book, we find some closer look at their relationship. Faith invites Nick to meet her at one of her family estates to get to know her Fiancè a bit better and clear up all the misunderstandings. But the thing don't go as per plan, Nick's shady past invades their private meeting and soon they are taken hostages. But one dear friend saves the day. The days in captive becomes the intitation of Nick and Faith's blooming love story. The characters had a striking chemistry which I absolutely fangirled. The protagonists had strong personality traits and were straightforward with each other which impressed me. Wallflowers of West Lane are a 4 woman club, who met while attending Finishing school, which turned them into strong and confident woman instead of just a dedicated "bride". I loved their bond since the first book and loved it even more better this time. Some points worth mentioning- • Faith's character development was realistic and well-written. She finds her true self through various ups and down • Nick is another amazing personality. He has got this aura around his character. He's patriotic, charismatic, strong willed. • The sisterhood of Wallflowers is the major highlight of the book. • Faith was a young woman who didn't bow down to society rules and took her life decision on her own hand. • I loved Nick' s personality and his devotion to the Crown. And ofcourse, his adoration to Faith. I am a bit upset about Nick not having enough scenes with the Wallflowers. Overall, it was a good book.I wanted to give it 4 stars, but the ending was too rushed for me and I found myself all over the places at the last couple of chapters. I felt like too many dramatic subplots kept happening and all of a sudden a rushed happy ending didn't interest me. Also, there wasn't any amount of character development in this book. It's more of a follow through of the first book, and a more closer look at the development of Faith and Nicholas's relationship. But that too happend on the first couple of chapters, the rest chapters went on in dramatic adventures and confusion. So, I'm gonna end up giving it 3.5 stars. *I was provided an ARC by the Publisher via Netgalley all opinions listed above are unbiased and honest.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Misleading A Duke by A.S. Fenichel is book Two in The Wallflowers of West Lane Series. This is the story of Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge and Faith Landon. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Faith and her friends have formed the Wallflowers of West Lane to help them protect themselves within the marriage mart. So when her future husband is very secretive she feels that she has to investigate him. Nicholas is a secret agent for th Misleading A Duke by A.S. Fenichel is book Two in The Wallflowers of West Lane Series. This is the story of Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge and Faith Landon. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Faith and her friends have formed the Wallflowers of West Lane to help them protect themselves within the marriage mart. So when her future husband is very secretive she feels that she has to investigate him. Nicholas is a secret agent for the English Crown but is now looking for peace and to settle down into the marriage. But he learns of Faith's investigation which has broken his trust with her that she didn't trust him. But his on spying comes back for revenge that throws them together.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Misleading a Duke The Wallflowers of West Lane #2 A.S. Fenichel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lady Faith Landon has been betrothed to a man she has barely met. So what does a wallflower do? Why she calls upon her three best friends the other self proclaimed Walflowers of west lane (and Poppy's new husband) to help her uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancè. Her suspicions seem truer by the moment when she learns that he has recently arrived back from France. So now she has a question. Is he a traitor to his country? Misleading a Duke The Wallflowers of West Lane #2 A.S. Fenichel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lady Faith Landon has been betrothed to a man she has barely met. So what does a wallflower do? Why she calls upon her three best friends the other self proclaimed Walflowers of west lane (and Poppy's new husband) to help her uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancè. Her suspicions seem truer by the moment when she learns that he has recently arrived back from France. So now she has a question. Is he a traitor to his country? But she cant just jump to her first conclusion because the truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenrige, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon's spy network. Nicholas, Duke of Ellsworth craves the peace and quiet of the country after all of his adventures and settling into a sort of domestic bliss with his new bride. That is until he discovers Faith's deceptive investigation which irks him to no end. How is he supposed to marry a woman who so obviously doesn't trust him? But beyond either one of their control a powerful spark has ignited between Nicolas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. At this point Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicolas that they are a true love match, but before that can happen Nicolas's past catches up on him when three french spies show up ready to exact revenge. So now it seems survival rather than wooing has become the order of the day. A.S Fenichel writes and incredible book of love and happiness. The main characters were absolutely perfect for each other. Neither of them wanted to bend for eachother in the beginning which was really cute. I really like it that Ms. Fenichel brings a story to life. I believe that Nicolas is the perfect man for Faith. He seems to really care about lady Faith and wants to make her happy, but what he really needs to learn is to let her be herself. She is an inquisitive lady and won't stop until she has an answer. Right off the bat there there is action with Lady Faith caught in the middle of it all, but amazingly enough it brings them closer. Her fellow wallflowers are always there for her and will go along with what ever Faith wants. Slowly Nicolas let's his walls down and starts to tell her about her past and faith is determined to keep those walls down what ever the cost. Having their friend Geb Arafa there is a very good thing as he helps Nicolas immensely. Nicolas has a lovely sister and Faith and her hit it off right away. The book has Villians in it and all I wanted to do was strangle them myself. The Villians even have the utter gal to attack the rest of the wallflowers in their own home, but the wallflowers show no fear and send them running from the house. They then decide it's time they go to Scotland to marry because the laws are different and they can forgoe the posting of the bans. These two become madly in love throughout their ordeal. Finally after they are married one of them says "I will love you for a hundred lifetimes and shower you will all the love you give me in each one." I found this book to be utterly enchanting. Ms. Fenichel you have once again outdone yourself and this has become my favorite series. I can't wait to read about the next wallflower. Thank you for all of the hard work you put into a book so that we the readers can enjoy it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. Misleading A Duke is the second book in A.S. Fenichel’s Wallflowers of West Lane Series. I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one (the heroine in the first one has some really annoying verbal tics) but I do think you should read the first book as the heroine and hero of this book meet in the first book and it will help you understand why they are in conflict at the beginning of this book although I have to say I really don’t unde I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. Misleading A Duke is the second book in A.S. Fenichel’s Wallflowers of West Lane Series. I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one (the heroine in the first one has some really annoying verbal tics) but I do think you should read the first book as the heroine and hero of this book meet in the first book and it will help you understand why they are in conflict at the beginning of this book although I have to say I really don’t understand why the hero reacted as he did because goose/gander? Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge became betrothed to Lady Faith Landon with out even having met her. Faith was understandably shocked to find out that her parents had arranged for her to marry a stranger and so she and her friends sought to investigate Nicholas to ensure that he would be a good husband. Nicholas has spent the last number of years undercover as a spy and he was incensed to have the tables turned on him and wished to end the betrothal just as Faith began to feel something for him. Wanting to see if their relationship can be salvaged Faith arranges for them to spend some time alone together only things go horribly wrong when Nicholas’s past comes back to haunt them and they must learn to trust each other if they are to survive. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: September 29, 2020. #MisleadingADuke #ASFenichel #HistoricalRomane #RegencyRomance #KensingtonBooks #LyricalPress #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tarra

    Don't judge a book by it's cover. Cutesy cartoon cover, with a puppy! From the blurb and the cover, I was definitely expected something a little more light hearted. For some readers this book should come with content trigger warnings, which I'll post below. The book opens and we are smack dab in the middle of the relationship of Lady Faith Landon and Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge. Apparently their meeting, betrothal, and subsequent shenanigans to try to end the betrothal all happen in Don't judge a book by it's cover. Cutesy cartoon cover, with a puppy! From the blurb and the cover, I was definitely expected something a little more light hearted. For some readers this book should come with content trigger warnings, which I'll post below. The book opens and we are smack dab in the middle of the relationship of Lady Faith Landon and Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge. Apparently their meeting, betrothal, and subsequent shenanigans to try to end the betrothal all happen in book one. If you read book one's blurb, it revolves around the group of female friends spying on Nicolas to make sure he's a good, solid, upstanding fit for their friend Faith. That book centers around an entirely different couple, even though the plot appears to center around Faith and Nicolas. So back to Misleading a Duke. We start in the middle of Faith and Nick's relationship, and it doesn't appear that they know each other very well at all, certainly no affection (even though they are both lusty after each other). There was a lot of telling and not showing to catch the reader up to an entire previous book's worth of story. Faith and her friends still want to make sure the duke is a good guy before they call off the engagement. They suspect him of being of spy. Of course, they are right. The friends (and I did like the female camaraderie) scheme to get Faith and Nick alone at another friend's house to talk. This is where there is an abrupt shift for almost half the book. They have a few tender moments together, then all hell breaks loose. Three men from Nick's past hold Faith, Nick, and their small group of servants hostage. A lot of violence ensues. Trigger warning: on page torture, very graphic at times, talk and threats of rape. This was not for the faint of heart. I will say, this was written very well. You could feel the pain, smell the blood. It was quite gory. Faith was an awesome character in how strong she was through this ordeal. Of course, this horrible experience brings Faith and Nick together. But what I lacked still was the actual chemistry between the two. If it wasn't for this violent episode, would they even like each other? So the bad guys were bad. They did not get their due and did not get punished. I'm assuming that they will make appearances in subsequent books to play havoc. So, arranged marriage, enemies to lovers, stressful and violent situation for the main couple. I was engaged with the book, but I didn't love it. But I think I'll definitely read book one to see where this one began. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and freely given.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This series is about a group of girls that all went to the same finishing school due to misbehavior. They make an oath to remain single until they find true love. I haven't read book 1, and I definitely think it should be read prior to this one. I rather felt like I had jumped into the middle of a story by just starting book 2. Faith and Nicholas already are engaged and somewhat estranged due to Nicholas' anger over her spying on him trying to find if he's a worthwhile husband. Nicholas is trying This series is about a group of girls that all went to the same finishing school due to misbehavior. They make an oath to remain single until they find true love. I haven't read book 1, and I definitely think it should be read prior to this one. I rather felt like I had jumped into the middle of a story by just starting book 2. Faith and Nicholas already are engaged and somewhat estranged due to Nicholas' anger over her spying on him trying to find if he's a worthwhile husband. Nicholas is trying to come to terms with the fact that his fiance doesn't trust him and is allowing her to break off the engagement. Faith is hesitant to do so, however, and she only wanted to find out if he was a decent man. The book picks up with them still dancing around each other, trying to get to know each other better. Give this book a try if you are in the mood for A spy hero Lighter steam – there are open door kisses and sex but it's very short and not very descriptive Darker themes – on page scenes of torture, threats, talk of death A bit of an arranged marriage – it was put together by Faith's mother, who also wrote letters to Nicholas, though he thought many were from Faith herself. Full figured heroine – there's some talk about her curves and how she loves food This book surprised me a bit. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't the level of violence that is here. And that's not a turn off for me, but I'm going to get pure violence I need gritty, mind blowing sex. That wasn't here. The sex is quite short, not as descriptive as I like. There's a lot of danger and plot points about the hero being a spy. That combined with walking into the story half started (or at least that's how I felt) left me feeling lackluster about this book. I think you will like it more if you read book 1 in the series first, so I definitely recommend that. I will say a big kudos to the author for including some diverse characters in the story. I found Geb Arafa absolutely fascinating and may possibly read his story if it's coming up in the series. Thanks NetGalley for the arc. All thoughts and opinions regarding this story are completely my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    2.5 stars Unfortunately this was a miss for me. When I requested the ARC, there was no indication that this had to be read as part of a series. Although the first book in this series is about a different couple, we start this book half way into Nick and Faith's story. It took me until 20% to figure out who everyone was, how they knew each other, how Nick and Faith ended up engaged, and why Nick was mad at her. The other major issue I had was that the book was much darker and more suspenseful than 2.5 stars Unfortunately this was a miss for me. When I requested the ARC, there was no indication that this had to be read as part of a series. Although the first book in this series is about a different couple, we start this book half way into Nick and Faith's story. It took me until 20% to figure out who everyone was, how they knew each other, how Nick and Faith ended up engaged, and why Nick was mad at her. The other major issue I had was that the book was much darker and more suspenseful than I expected based on 1) the synopsis and 2) the cover. In fairness the synopsis on Goodreads has now changed to reflect the spy plot, but originally it mentioned Faith luring Nick to a castle and "fancy meals, games of chance, and the saddest puppy in all of England." I just wasn't expecting well over half of the book to involve two separate hostage situations, torture scenes, and an overseas spy mission. The romance in this book was decent and one of the things I actually enjoyed about this, but it could have been so much better if we knew the whole context of their relationship to begin with. I also enjoyed the friendship dynamic between Faith and her 'wallflower' friends (their little society was sweet and I liked the story of how they all met), but it also suffered from not knowing who the heck these people were for the first 20%. I do think the writing was pretty good and I enjoyed the romance for the most part, so I wouldn't rule out reading more from this author in the future, but I think there's some serious issues with how the book was marketed (as a light, fluffy standalone) that left me feeling disappointed overall. *Thank you to the author, publishing team and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book for review*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia David

    The Wallflowers are great, especially when they go up against a French spy. Faith just wanted to know the real person behind the facade. Nick just won't talk about what he has been doing for the past few years. So she resorts to tricking him into talking to her. Nick has wanted Faith since the first time he saw her. But he won't talk about his life as a spy to anyone, especially Faith. She doesn't need to know any of that. He just wants to settle down and have a family. When he is called to the The Wallflowers are great, especially when they go up against a French spy. Faith just wanted to know the real person behind the facade. Nick just won't talk about what he has been doing for the past few years. So she resorts to tricking him into talking to her. Nick has wanted Faith since the first time he saw her. But he won't talk about his life as a spy to anyone, especially Faith. She doesn't need to know any of that. He just wants to settle down and have a family. When he is called to the country to meet a friend, he doesn't realize that Faith will be there waiting for him. When some French spies appear to get some information from Nick, he finds that Faith is probably the bravest woman he knows. Will she still want him when all of this is over? How can she still want him when he has put her life in danger?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lail

    Misleading a Duke (The Wallflowers of West Lane 2) By A.S. Fenichel 4 Stars! An entertaining and intriguing spy novel! Great characters including a handsome Duke and his fiancé who is an intelligent and feisty member of the Wallflower club. Her intelligence and feistiness comes in handy when she finds herself caught in the middle of enraged spies set on getting information and revenge. The storyline is engaging and loaded with intrigue, spys, duplicity, danger, revenge, kidnapping, torture, angst Misleading a Duke (The Wallflowers of West Lane 2) By A.S. Fenichel 4 Stars! An entertaining and intriguing spy novel! Great characters including a handsome Duke and his fiancé who is an intelligent and feisty member of the Wallflower club. Her intelligence and feistiness comes in handy when she finds herself caught in the middle of enraged spies set on getting information and revenge. The storyline is engaging and loaded with intrigue, spys, duplicity, danger, revenge, kidnapping, torture, angsts, and topped off with a steamy romance! I enjoyed and recommend this book. Happy Reading♥️ Content: Adult content. Some explicit steamy romance descriptions 3-4 out of 5 flames.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    Misleading a Duke: A Thrilling Historical Regency Romance Book The Wallflowers of West Lane Series #2 A.S. Fenichel https://www.facebook.com/A.S.Fenichel/ Release date 09/29/2020 Publisher Kensington Lyrical 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Fans of Mary Jo Putney and Sabrina Jeffries will fall for this delightful story of a high-spirited lady determined to marry for love—but betrothed to a tempting spy whose work has put them both their hearts…and their lives…on the line.   Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Lando Misleading a Duke: A Thrilling Historical Regency Romance Book The Wallflowers of West Lane Series #2 A.S. Fenichel https://www.facebook.com/A.S.Fenichel/ Release date 09/29/2020 Publisher Kensington Lyrical 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Fans of Mary Jo Putney and Sabrina Jeffries will fall for this delightful story of a high-spirited lady determined to marry for love—but betrothed to a tempting spy whose work has put them both their hearts…and their lives…on the line.   Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspicions are aroused when she learns that he has recently returned from France. Is he a traitor to his country? The truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network.   After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s deceptive investigation. How can he wed a woman who doesn’t trust him? But a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicholas that they are a true love match but his past catches up with them when three French spies come to exact revenge. Surviving rather than wooing has become the order of the day.   𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 When his past catches them up, what will they surrender... I must say I had my doubts about this one, as I was far from fond of the heroine from the previous book, I was a bit dancing on my feet trying to decide if I would read the sequel. But I could not pass an author because I didn’t like a character or I would draw a line on too many persons. And hopefully I did not. I loved both hero and heroine, they have their flaws, they make mistakes but I loved them in full. Faith is no badass nor harridan, she only wants to seen and appreciated from who she is. So who is this estranged fiancé, is he a kind man or a wolf in sheep clothes. She just wants time to know him because she refuses to go blindly in an arranged union without certainties for her own security. And while she is attracted to him, can she trust him with her body and life. Her own parents often disparage her for her appearance, will he play the same game or will he see more past her curves. Nick has devoted his last years to the crown, he is not very proud of his work but it saved life. Now close to retiring, he does not know any more if he wants to go forward with his betrothal as his fiancée and her friends decided they have every right to sneak into in life to prey on him. Still he has his sorrows at the things he saw or did, it was done under duress of war but he feels like it weights on his soul. While he was at first upset at Faith, the more he gets to know her, the more her kind personality smooths his scared self. The more he falls for her, the more he feels he does not deserve her. I loved how their relationship progressed, it is a slow paced journey with some peaks as they walk on tiptoe around one another, asking questions, being rebuffed until they have no other choice than to trust the other. But when life goes back to its normal course, what about them together? Nick never followed the easy path, and while he is not after revenge, he wants to fulfill his duty even if it might cost him the woman made for him. Will Faith be able to wait for him knowing he is in danger. This is a tale full of actions but some dark moments, but the tenderness and selflessness of Faith and Nick’s surrender and will to protect her at all cost lighten this story. I just hope Geb will have his own story one day. 5 stars I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Kensington, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: The home of Geb Arafa, a mile outside of London The last person Nicholas Ellsworth expected to find at his good friend Geb Arafa’s dinner party was Lady Faith Landon. Yet there she was, Nicholas’s fiancée, maddeningly pretty and equally aggravating. She fit perfectly with the lush décor and priceless artifacts in Geb’s parlor. Premise/plot: Misleading a Duke is the second book in the series. The heroine of this one is Faith Landon; the hero is Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenr First sentence: The home of Geb Arafa, a mile outside of London The last person Nicholas Ellsworth expected to find at his good friend Geb Arafa’s dinner party was Lady Faith Landon. Yet there she was, Nicholas’s fiancée, maddeningly pretty and equally aggravating. She fit perfectly with the lush décor and priceless artifacts in Geb’s parlor. Premise/plot: Misleading a Duke is the second book in the series. The heroine of this one is Faith Landon; the hero is Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge. The two are engaged before the novel opens, but not happily engaged. Apparently a good bit of their story is told in book one--though I don't think Faith is the main character of book one? Long story short, it's an arranged marriage and Faith doesn't want to marry a stranger. Since he is not as forthcoming as she would like him to be, she sets out to manipulate him into a situation where there really isn't much of an escape: a secluded country home with just two or three servants. But unfortunately for them all his past isn't just haunting him emotionally but quite physically leading to a dangerous, hostile situation where all their lives are endangered. Will this couple live long enough to wed? My thoughts: Are plots necessary to smutty romance novels? Is characterization a must? Would I find the characterization completely lacking if I'd read book one? Would I find their romance more believable if I'd read it from start to finish instead of middle to finish? Perhaps. Though I will say this, whether I'd read book one or not...I would find the graphic what-goes-where-ness of this novel to be not to my taste or preference. That's me. I get that. I completely and totally get that every romance reader has their preference: completely clean, mostly clean at least until the 'I do's', a bit off-screen but obvious, a few scenes in graphic detail BUT plenty of characterization and story and wit and charm, graphic details and the plot and characters are of secondary importance, a LOT of graphic details and names don't matter as there isn't any bother at all about making heroes and heroines at all unique. It's not my job to judge other readers for their personal preference as far as smut level is concerned. This may be a five star read for other readers. But for me, it definitely is not. If anything it proves how stubborn this reader can be that I'll finish just about anything no matter how much it's not working for me. Is that a good thing? a bad thing? a thing thing? I will definitely not be reading other books by this author now that I know her idea of romance. But check out other reviews (higher reviews) to see if her books might work for you.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Duckworth

    Review of Misleading a Duke Four young ladies were sent to Switzerland to go to school because they had caused trouble. They developed a strong friendship and called themselves the Wallflowers. Faith's mother is trying to find her a husband. She finds the Duke. He induces himself to Faith at a dance but doesn't tell her much about himself. The Wallflower start to spy on him and the adventure begins. Review of Misleading a Duke Four young ladies were sent to Switzerland to go to school because they had caused trouble. They developed a strong friendship and called themselves the Wallflowers. Faith's mother is trying to find her a husband. She finds the Duke. He induces himself to Faith at a dance but doesn't tell her much about himself. The Wallflower start to spy on him and the adventure begins.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    2.5 First off, I should not have read this book without reading book one. I don't think it stood well on its own. But what's done is done and that's not the book's fault. Outside of that issue, I simply didn't care for the book. I think I liked what the author was attempting to do (create a group of sassy, self-reliant women going after control of their lives) but not what she actually wrote. I found the whole thing repetitive, contradictory, and overly sappy. I'll break that down a little more. 2.5 First off, I should not have read this book without reading book one. I don't think it stood well on its own. But what's done is done and that's not the book's fault. Outside of that issue, I simply didn't care for the book. I think I liked what the author was attempting to do (create a group of sassy, self-reliant women going after control of their lives) but not what she actually wrote. I found the whole thing repetitive, contradictory, and overly sappy. I'll break that down a little more. I lost track of how many times the characters' internal thoughts ran the same rail. Nicholas was especially bad about this, but certainly, Faith thought the same things over and over too. Tying into this was what Nicholas actually thought. I hated the way every other paragraph was interrupted for either thoughts of how badly he wanted Faith (how attracted he was to her, etc) or how much he disliked her (or both). I get that the author was trying to show that he was conflicted. But instead, it just felt like waffling. But it also made the first half of the book REALLY choppy. Similarly, as the book and relationship progressed the characters went from obviously wanting each other to thinking about how the other was about to leave them or not want them, etc. Over and over and back and forwards. The sappiness is on an objective scale, but this tipped over into too sappy for me. There were just too many passages about how amazing one or the other was, how much they loved the other, too many declarations of adoration, etc. In my experience, this is a symptom of a particular sort of blunt romance that I just don't enjoy very much. I do love that cover though! Edit: I have just now (after posting this review) realized that I read another book by this author several years ago. I didn't like that one either, but I will grant that this one is an improvement on it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review! Faith and Nick have had a rocky start to their relationship because of miscommunication and misunderstanding, so in an effort to get to know him better, Faith works to get him alone for a few days. But Nick’s past catches up with them, leading to unexpected danger. I love the premise of this series and enjoy all of the Wallflowers of West Lane! The characters and situations are interesting and there Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review! Faith and Nick have had a rocky start to their relationship because of miscommunication and misunderstanding, so in an effort to get to know him better, Faith works to get him alone for a few days. But Nick’s past catches up with them, leading to unexpected danger. I love the premise of this series and enjoy all of the Wallflowers of West Lane! The characters and situations are interesting and there is enough humor to lighten the darker subject matter of this installment to make sure it doesn’t get too heavy. I also liked how much of the novel was told from Nick’s perspective instead of Faith’s since it gave the story more balance than is usual in romance. And of course, all of the secondary characters - including Rumple! - make the story three-dimensional and also makes the reader interested in knowing more about them, which is great for a series! I would have liked to see more development of the relationship between Nick and Faith - the way it is set up makes their relationship feel rushed and less genuine because they seem to go from mistrust of one another to love unrealistically fast. Granted, the situation they get put into might lead to a faster attachment than normal, but it ends up feeling a little forced. Likewise, the pacing of the action also felt uneven with a quick plot climax in the first half of the book and then weeks of nothing in between the next bit of action. Overall, I would give it a 3.5 - it was an enjoyable read with likeable characters, and I look forward to the next installment of the Wallflowers of West Lane!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book took awhile to get into but once the story actually started I enjoyed it. That being said, I was probably a 1/3 of the way through before that happened. I’m not exactly sure what genre it was supposed to be. Romance? Historical fiction? Something else? I felt like it was more of a story about a French spy vs. a story about the romance between the two main characters. I thought it would be more of a love story. I wish we could have gotten more of Nick and Faith’s journey at the end. I fe This book took awhile to get into but once the story actually started I enjoyed it. That being said, I was probably a 1/3 of the way through before that happened. I’m not exactly sure what genre it was supposed to be. Romance? Historical fiction? Something else? I felt like it was more of a story about a French spy vs. a story about the romance between the two main characters. I thought it would be more of a love story. I wish we could have gotten more of Nick and Faith’s journey at the end. I felt like it was a bit rushed and the author skimmed over some parts. Overall, a solid 3 star story. I could have done without the beginning, it was a little confusing and didn’t really “fit” the story very much. But the middle to end was great! A good amount of action and romance. It was a fairly fast read. Thanks to the author, NetGalley, and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review! #MisleadingADuke #NetGalley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cassidee Lanstra

    This book started out promising. I do like a good regency romance, especially in Rom Com form and I even enjoyed the little thrilling twist it took — at first. The Duke is a spy and got captured by old enemies and though this offered excitement, it dragged on way too long and was of little consequence to the overall story. It just seemed unnecessary at the end. The enemies to lovers trope completely dissolved almost as quick as it started. The writing itself was enjoyable but the story felt a bi This book started out promising. I do like a good regency romance, especially in Rom Com form and I even enjoyed the little thrilling twist it took — at first. The Duke is a spy and got captured by old enemies and though this offered excitement, it dragged on way too long and was of little consequence to the overall story. It just seemed unnecessary at the end. The enemies to lovers trope completely dissolved almost as quick as it started. The writing itself was enjoyable but the story felt a bit short.

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