Book Review, Entangled Publishing, Friends to Lovers, Historical, Romance, Series

The Duke’s Wicked Wife (Wicked Secrets #4) by Elizabeth Bright


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

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

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


Still, he held his breath, waiting. Her angelic head tilted. “What are your preferences in a lady?” He looked at her before turning again to his tea. “Such as?” “Such as hair, for example.” “She should certainly have hair.” The corners of her mouth trembled, but she did not yield to a smile. “Fair? Dark? Red?” “I like them all,” he said after a moment of consideration. She pursed her lips. “What of height?” “Truly, I care not. Whatever a woman’s hair and height and shape, it is no matter to me. Short or tall. Slim, plump, and even more plump. I enjoy them all.” And why should he not? Women were such enjoyable creatures.

Sebastian Sinclair, Duke of Wessex, Earl of Badington, and Knight of the Garter’s life flashed before his eyes…while choking on a strawberry. What if he had died? He would not have an heir to carry on his name. Therefore, he must find a wife in a fortnight and Miss Eliza Benton will help him.

Eliza sighed. “Of course I’m not in love with him. I never intended marriage. I just wanted a kiss, is all.” Wanted was a pale, flimsy word to describe her feelings at that moment. She had needed a kiss with such overwhelming ferocity that for a moment, nothing else mattered. She had needed his kiss more than her solitary mornings, more than Hyacinth Cottage, more than the air she breathed.

Eliza had her life planned out. No marriage. No children. Just freedom to write…but she kissed the Duke of Wessex and she liked it.

Miss Eliza Benton met the Duke of Wessex, at a ball three years ago while she made a bet that he could discover what she wanted most at the ball and he could make it happen for her which was a dance with another man. Their wit and teasing are what make them such good friends, but they aren’t in love with each other. They want different things, but then there was the kiss that was seen by all and so they are married with conditions to save face. 

This is my first Elizabeth Bright novel and I love the wonderful witty banter between these two complex characters.  Sebastian loves to annoy Eliza and she loves to admonish him. The supporting characters are lovely as well and there is a bonus side romance as well.  

Overall, this is a friends-to-lovers historical romance that has so many LOL moments beginning with the Duke’s introduction with the strawberry incident.  Recommend highly!

Thank you to Ms. Bright for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Elizabeth Bright is a writer, lawyer, and mother living in Washington, D.C. Her debut historical romance, Twice As Wicked, was published October 2017 with Entangled Publishing. Stay tuned for more of the Wicked Secrets Series!

Elizabeth loves large dogs and large coffees. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and when she’s not writing, lawyering, or mothering, she can be found as high in the mountains as she can get. She firmly believes that love is the greatest adventure of all, but rock climbing is a close second.

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