‘How the Duke Was Won’ by Lenora Bell

htdww lbSTORY: The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

REVIEW: If I had only one word to describe this story it would be “fun”. And that’s very good for a debut. I thought the above blurb was a perfect peek into the story. It’s what attracted me to this new author.

I usually gravitate towards brooding and dark heroes/heroines, so once in a while I’d look for a bit of lighthearted fun in my romance and this is just such a story.

This is a first book in a Disgraceful Dukes series and in it we meet James, Duke of Harland, who is in a dire need of a bride. But not just “any” bride. He has a list of her atributes, and there are four ladies that he’s about to meet and see which one fits his “bill”.

My heart went out to Charlene, our heroine. She is one of those strong and determined women that take on themselves too much. She is stuck between a rock and a hard place. In order to help her family, she accepts an offer to pass herself off as her half-sister Dorothea and trap a Duke in a marriage for that sibling. This wasn’t a light decision she made, and I sympathized with her inner battle as she realizes that the price she’s to pay for this just might be too high.

I also loved the secondary characters. They all were interesting, entertaining and pure fun. From James’s friends to the four women vying for Duke’s attention.

I highly recommend this debut and I’m looking forward to the next story If I Only Had a Duke in which the “real” Dorothea gets her happily ever after, and then there’s Blame It on the Duke!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the author

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