Suzanne Enoch’s Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke was a delightful historical romance. It’s the second book in Enoch’s The Scandalous Brides series, and it deals with two characters that were introduced in the previous book.
Sophia White is the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of the Duke of Hennessy, who has been scorned and shunned her whole life. The first time she meets her father, he threatens her livelihood and her friends if she doesn’t marry the man of his choice, something that Sophia knows will doom her to misery. In order to have one last golden memory, she accepts the Duke of Greaves’ invitation to spend the Christmas holidays at his estate.
The Duke of Greaves is also going to have to marry immediately, due to terms in his late father’s will. He invites a number of eligible women to his party, and also Sophia, purely to thumb his nose at society and his family. When an unexpected accident causes Sophia to be his only guest for much of the holidays, Adam and Sophia have a chance to realize that their brief impressions of one another are inadequate. Sophia is intelligent, loyal, caring, principled and resilient. The Duke is also intelligent, damaged, strong and caring.
Watching these two characters open up to one another, fall in love, and overcome the obstacles in their path is satisfying, and I thoroughly enjoyed their love story. Furthermore, the secondary characters are also well drawn. All in all this is a well written, and moving romance.