Accidentally Compromising the Duke by Stacy Reid
Series: Wedded by Scandal #1
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Publication Date: May 30, 2016
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Historical Romance
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Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she’d hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.
Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to—a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.
Adeline Hays was once attacked by an Earl. When she went to her father, expecting him to be furious, he ends up promising her hand in marriage to the bastard. How could he?! She has a fondness for a man, Mr. Atwood, who will one day be a barrister. Unfortunately her father won’t accept his suit, even though he’s asked several times. Adel knows that she has no other choice but to take matters into her own hands. While at a house party Adel gets the keys to Mr. Atwood’s room from her best friend, and with a bit of liquid courage heads off to do some compromising.
Adel only planned to be caught in Mr. Atwood’s room, but after tripping she ends up in bed with him. He’s much more muscular than she thought, and wow, he smells better than she remembered, too. They end up kissing but when she realizes that she is not, in fact, kissing Mr. Atwood, she tries to get away. Too late, they are discovered, as Adel had planned, but instead of just her best friend’s mother, it’s half of the people in the house!
The Duke of Wolverton, Edmond, thoroughly enjoyed kissing this mystery woman and though he’d had a list of women to check out to be his new bride and mother to his children, he decides to do the honorable thing and marry her. His first wife died in childbirth and while the Duke needs a mother for his children, he doesn’t want any more children. He has no plans to consummate the marriage, nor fall in love with Adel.
Can Adel break through the hurt of Edmond’s past and make him see that she’s not his previous wife? Can Edmond keep his distance from Adel? You have to read the book to find out! 🙂
This was a good story. I really like the Reid books that I’ve read so far and this one is included in that list. In this story I really liked Adel. She was straightforward and knew exactly what she wanted (his love) and how to get it. She was honest (for the most part) and just a lovely person. How could Edmond not fall for her? There was a part of the book where Adel isn’t completely honest with Edmond and I had an issue with this. It was just so not in her character that it was hard for me to believe that any of it would have happened. Luckily Reid did a great job of making everything right for me.
Edmond was cold at first, then very warm…hot actually, and then a right bastard. I liked him for a portion of the book and felt his pain, but I thought he took things a little too far. The author did a good job of making me dislike/like/hate/like him in turns. Lol
When my friend, Nikki, first told me (and our friends, while on a Zoom call) about this book I laughed at the title and didn’t plan on reading it. Accidentally compromising? Really? I said, “What, they’re in a carriage that hits a bump and the heroine accidentally falls on his dick? Oopsie.” Lol We then affectionately retitled this book Accidentally Falling on the Duke’s Dick. Of course, after Nikki shared the premise with us we were all intrigued and I ended up reading this Reid story as well as another. I’m glad I did and definitely recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I’m quite happy it’s already out (this one was published 4 years ago).
Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5