Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review - The Duke's Stolen Bride

Author:  Sophie Jordan
Series:  The Rogue Files #5
Genre:   Historical Romance
Publisher:   Avon
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  384
Date of Publication:  October 22, 2019
My Rating:  3 Stars

An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety's sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian's proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can't tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage? 


Devoted to her family, Marian Langley comes up with an unusual idea in order to save them from the poverty they are suffering from. Simply put, she will become a mistress. Not so simply, she wants lessons. She wants to become the best in her planned endeavor, so she seeks out a tutor.

The Duke of Warrington, Nathaniel, seems like the best man for the job. The obvious problem? He is a duke after all. How in the world can Marian get Nathaniel to help? Meanwhile, Nathaniel is not a rake by any means, and he has always tried to keep propriety at the forefront in his life. When Nathaniel seeks out a woman, money is the ultimate prize. Now, his heart is at risk.

What changes Nathaniel's mind? What is it about Marian that makes Nathaniel take another look on his own desires to slake his lust? Well, when reading this book, I loved seeing how things changed for both Nathaniel and Marian. However, there was a bit of a strange change up towards the end of the book, thus my three star rating. I know that romance books in any genre must have conflicts in order to reach the happy ending, but the ones in this book threw me off a bit.

Nonetheless, this book by Sophie Jordan is a good addition to the wonderful Rogue Files series. The other books are While the Duke Was SleepingThe Scandal of it AllThe Duke Buys a Bride, and This Scot of Mine. I am hopeful for the next book, The Virgin and the Rogue, which will be out in April.

Many thanks to Edelweiss and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed a natural choice. After several years teaching high school students to love ANTIGONE, Sophie decided it was time to pursue her long-held dream of writing. Two years later, she landed her first publishing contract.

Her first book, ONCE UPON A WEDDING NIGHT, was a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical. Her second novel, TOO WICKED TO TAME, released in March 2007 with a bang - landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List. A few books later marked her first appearance on the New York Times bestseller list with the release of IN SCANDAL THEY WED.

And as if she's not busy enough, Sophie writes young adult fiction for HarperTeen and contemporary paranormals for Pocket. Sophie resides in Houston with her family and loves to hear from readers. To learn the latest information about Sophie and her books, follow her on facebook and twitter.


  1. You read such an interesting mix of genres, you are an adventurous reader and much better rounded than I am.

  2. Hopefully your next book will be a 5*. Romance novels do seem to throw a bit of conflict at the characters but I feel it's sometimes it gets a bit cliche.

  3. Historical Romance isn't my thing but great review.

  4. I hope your next read is even more fabulous. Have a great week ahead.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes