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Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues) by [Smith, Lauren]
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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.

Warning: 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (7 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H54X8EY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 August 2016
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As outrageous a story line as could be this novel full of love, anger, strong wills and devotion kept me in suspense until the very end.
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134 of 141 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting book, ts for rape/attempted rape, don't read it 6 June 2015
By A Customer - Published on
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This book was incredibly gross. Five supposed gentlemen kidnap an innocent and keep her at the H house in the country. Could be a good premise until from the beginning to the end the H threatens the h with rape, keeping her as his mistress, ignoring her and everything she says, "punishing" her for escape attempts by forcing kisses on her and making her "pay" him for things such as having a book to read. At one point as hes forcing himself on her one of his friends comes running in at hearing her yell out. However, he finds out she lied to him so "regretfully" he leaves her with the H to suffer her fate cos he's so disappointed at her lie.

What makes this truly disgusting is that the next morning she can hardly look him in the eye because she's so ashamed of lying to him. When her only protection in the house left her to be raped.

The H commands all the servants to leave he alone after this cos if they hear a yell she's apparently getting what's coming to her, whether good or bad. And all her struggles are laughed off as her being a feisty vixen.

What's awful though is the h. She starts off amazing, fighting against them, running away, looking after herself the best she can against five powerful men but almost immidiately she falls in love with the H, who has given her absolutely no reason. He's damaged, so he keeps her locked in the house where she looks to him for permission to even stand from her chair, pushing her away from him by being rude and cruel and nasty.

whats really gross is that the author, probably in an attempt to differentiate the H rape threats with the villain, has the h melting as soon as he touched her, kissing him back, sleeping with him and apologizing as she attempts to escape. Every bit of agency is stripped from her and even at the end she is made promise not to escape though they are getting married. She's not even allowed to be angry at him, and she reluctantly admits that she likes them all, despite abducting her, taking everything away from her and being touched, ogled or manhandled whenever they feel like it.

Ugh, this book has made me so furious, I read historical romances for the independent women and men who fall in love, and I like the brooding hero trope when done well. But godric doesn't care about her at all, only how she relates to him as a possession. I skipped a good chunk of the middle but I wanted to read the end to see if the H changes his ways at all. He doesn't, instead saying he's not violent like his father despite his temper, but he will demand access to her body at any moment

One thing that I hated in the writing as well was how the author wrote the h, making her younger and younger. She started at about righter but by the end she seemed like a child to be constantly tucked in to bed, her cheeks stroked by every male, kisses pressed to her forehead. Perhaps it's good that the H plans for her involve the softest beds and finest gowns, because by the end of this book Im concerned that even getting out of bed herself will shatter her.

Misc stuff I hated was how often she was drugged whenever she tried to run or talk back BY THE HEROES. In any other book it would be the villains who repeatedly drug her and cart her around. She spent half the book scantily clad or baked in bed, with men wandering in and out of her bedroom at their will. This is totally incongruous with the period to have the H and his five closest friends all having seen her naked. The only other woman in the book, a maid, thought it terribly romantic that she had been kidnapped and held against her will. The men discussed seducing her as they had rules for their club, and if she turned them down they weren't allowed to try again. The h apparently wanted to keep her options open though as though she never once wanted anyone other then the H, she never said no to the others. They called her kitten, further emphasizing her increasing helplessness and child likeness.

Ugh, I could write forever since I basically hated every sentence of this book. Don't bother wasting your money.
78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible and stupid characters, romanticized Stockholm syndrome and misogyny 9 April 2015
By Victoriana - Published on
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This has got to be one of the worst so-called romance novels I've ever read. The so-called "hero" and his rake-hell friends abduct an innocent young woman, drug her, ruin her reputation, all to get back at her uncle for money. Not only that, but the hero who is a manho and misogynist of the first order, thinks of her and treats her like a piece of meat, leering and fondling her while she's unconscious, tricking her into letting him grope her, thinking how he could easily take her despite her protests (it doesn't occur to this lowlife that would be rape) but won't because he "prefers" seduction. And does she think what a creep he is and try to run for her life? For the first 10 pages sure, but then she starts thinking she wants to get him to fall in love with her and marry her because he's so handsome (she seems to be completely lacking in brain cells) and there's a requisite sob story about his childhood past and how it turned him into the cold hard man he is today, so all his adult actions should be forgiven and forgotten, even though he barely apologizes and keeps treating her like crap throughout the book. He has the gall to get upset when she later leaves him (and not because he's a d-bag creep who treats her like something on his shoe when he's not treating her like a piece of meat but because she self-sacrificially wants to protect him from a threat her presence causes. Ugh) and treats her even more like crap, and says he'll return her to her uncle who he knows will sell her to an old pervert who wants to abuse her. She faints at the idea of returning, but when she wakes up, she rushes to forgive him, when even the d-bag hero says he doesn't know if he can forgive himself. No grovel, no apology, nothing. It made me so irritated and angry. I'm still seething over it. Why does the author and so many like her hate their heroines and women so much? This is not romance, this is romanticized Stockholm syndrome with extremely dumb characters. Glad I got it from the library, but it was still a complete waste of my time and emotions.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Woman, Five Lords 28 September 2014
By Kiltsandswords - Published on
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Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues Series) by Lauren Smith

I once read that Jane Austen never wrote a single scene with just men. The rationale was that since she had never been alone with a man or men, she didn’t know what they talked about, therefore she couldn’t write about it. For many women in the Georgian and Regency eras, this would have been a very true fact. Women were highly chaperoned and moved in flocks, and however unjust it was men could do as they please, where women were held to very strict and high moral expectations
That is why I loved this book so much! This book was FUN! It’s not often you read a historical romance novel that has all the usual elements really well done, but on top of it, the book had you smiling and laughing.
Emily has been kidnapped by the League of Rogues. The kidnapping in itself was hilarious with blunders and missteps. She has been spirited away to one of the members, Godric’s country estate. The purpose is to compromise her in retaliation for the business dealings Godric has with her spineless uncle Albert. They do not plan on actually doing any physical harm to her and this is not a ménage type of story. Just a simple kidnap until enough damage has been done to her reputation that her uncle will suffer.
What made this book so enjoyable was the time Emily spent with the five Lords. They are all very different men and exhibit a lust for life. They take Emily under their wing and spend time with her as if she were one of them. They never treat her like a sister, as they talk about things in front of her that no well-bred lady should be privy too. They all have an interest in the beautiful young lady and it was fun to watch them all have a go at wooing her.
Emily is NOT happy to have been taken. Although she didn’t like her current situation with her Uncle as he was plotting to give her to his horrible business partner Blankenship, she is faced with an even more challenging position as captive. Her escape attempts are so funny. She shows really ingenuity and cunning to try to defeat the League men. She pretends she can’t speak Greek and eavesdrops on their plans, she pretends she can’t ride and manages to outride them all, and she manages to bribe the staff to do her bidding. Each attempt was charming and I was crushed for her when she would be dragged back each time. As a reader, you know it’s a great book you are reading when you are so emotionally invested in the lives of the characters. I wanted Emily to stay there because the alternative was a horrible situation. I liked that they guarded her and cared for her.
All the men try to woo her. One brings her a puppy (although it is more for the reason that the puppy will make noise if she tries to escape), one takes her fishing, one engages in conversations about her feelings and one tries to seduce her (well, they all try in some way).
Godric is the reason that she has been kidnapped. Since he laid eyes on her, he has been drawn to her. He knows the other men are interested, but once she shows some interest in return, she belongs to him. The other men are still protective, but watch the courtship between to two develop, intervening when necessary.
Godric is a lusty man. He desires her, but like most Lords he has a past that has given him a cold heart and a strong temper. He doesn’t believe in love and marriage is out of the question. However, seduction is definitely on the agenda. He slowly wears down her defences and like a flower blooming; he slowly awakens her to the beauty of intimacy. The love scenes were so well written. Emily has her first kiss and one of the Rogues tells her she kisses with her heart, so of course it scared the pants off Godric.
As time passes, Emily is happy in her situation. She enjoys the Rogues and the protection they are providing, as danger most certainly lurks. Blankenship wants Emily badly. He wants to degrade her and defile her sexually. He enlists various characters to spy and abduct Emily. She believes she must try for a final escape to save the Rogues and Godric from death by Blankenship. She doesn’t succeed, but it solidifies for Godric that he can’t live without her. He’s not able to choke out the love words she wants, but in his marrow he knows that he can’t live without her.
Eventually, Blankenship’s machinations get results. He is able to get Emily away from the Rogues. Godric and the League are her Knights in shining armour and save her from a dreadful fate. Emily is a smart woman. Before she will say any vows, Godric must willingly say those words that she must hear. He gladly does because he knows that she is the one.
This book had all the elements of a perfect historical romance novel. The hero and heroine at odds with each other. Evil men willing to do harm to innocent ladies. A slow, burning seduction that lights up the pages with hot love scenes. But what really made this book stand out were the humour and the comradery amongst the League. It was so enjoyable to read about them whiling away the hours as gentlemen friends with a lady in tow. There were no pretensions about who they were and it wasn’t as if they treated Emily as one of the guys, but rather as a partner in crime. This is a delightful read and I’ve already read the next book in the series and I hope the author hurries up and writes the third book as I can’t wait to learn more about these wonderful and charming Rogues and the ladies who love them.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars actually offensive 27 November 2014
By Trixie1 - Published on
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The H is a dreadful character who contemplates rape, but decides against it because it would be too easy. He and his friends kidnap a woman, and are offended that she lies to them and tries to escape. She must be suffering from Stockholm syndrome, because she's attracted to this boorish behavior
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my idea of a romance novel! 10 July 2015
By Romance reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When a group of 5 men abduct an innocent young woman and hold her hostage, they are not "rogues", even if they are nobly born, good looking , and charming. They are nothing but thugs. So much for the "hero". Having a traumatic childhood can only excuse so much. Would we want to read that he married the heroine and he beat his children but that's ok because he was tormented and he was beaten as a child? The heroine spends all but a few pages of the novel abducted, imprisoned, ill, injured, and generally humiliated.

I do not consider this a romance novel. I will not read this author again.

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