How the Duke Was Won

How the Duke Was Won 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

  • Title: How the Duke Was Won
  • Author: Lenora Bell
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  • Page: 193
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 theThe 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.

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    Lenora Bell

    Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award winning author of historical romances She grew up in a small Alaskan town that still has no traffic lights and she blames those long, dark winters for turning her into a lifelong bookworm She has lived and worked on five continents but can currently be found in an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger striped rescue kitties In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical and her first Regency romance was published by Avon Books in 2016.

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    • If you've looked this title up at and seen all the "puff" from really good authors like Courtney Milan, Sarah MacLean and Lorraine Heath, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a good book. I know the marketing people are out to sell books, but having people like that endorse duds like this can't but tarnish them just a bit for their fans.I gave it a D at AAR.I was only a few pages into reading this début novel from Lenora Bell when I had to ask myself why I’d requested a review copy in [...]

    • Buddy read with the fantastic Emma!How the Duke Was Won wasn't able to win us over, I'm afraid, because both my pal Emma and I ended up rating this book two stars. (By the way, if you want to read her review, you can just click here.)Emma and I agreed that there were certain elements in the story that seemed farfetched, contradictory, and just downright unnecessary. For example:1. Charlene's mother was operating a bawdy house or a brothel. And yet, it was stated that:Lulu [Charlene's sister] was [...]

    • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest🎃 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge for the category of: a romance with a masquerade/costume party 🎃This is a Nenia and Sarah BR brought to you by Kindle Clean Out Club Productions. Tired of hoarding ebooks and not reading them? Now, in 200-550 easy steps, you can! No, but seriously, if it weren't for this forum, I'd be way more behind on my to-read list. It is The Best. If your Kindle is also out of [...]

    • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      5 STARS I enjoyed this book so much! From the moment I read the blurb I knew this book would be fun! And I wasn't wrong, the plot was so good and once I started I couldn't put it down! How The Duke Was Won is a refreshing, funny, sweet, fast paced and sexy story!I loved the plot and how the story developed with Charlene pretending to be her half sister Dorothea! And James doing whatever he could to resist her. But Charlene's personality was so amazing that no one could resist her! James is irres [...]

    • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      I think I have finally figured out what kind of historical romance work for me: rom-com just like with movies. Well, in this case, it's a historical rom-com (a his-rom-com?). Anyway, How the Duke Was Won turned out to be quite good just because it was so bloody funny now and then. I quite liked the part of the book when the four ladies and their mothers (or three ladies and their mother, and Charlene and her half-sister's mother) tried to win the Duke's favour and at the same time attacking each [...]

    • As Sarah MacLean likes to say, "this reviewer is highly unreliable" :) This is my debut romance novel and the "book of my heart." It's very loosely inspired by the classic tale of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (with a dash of The Bachelor and a sprinkle of Cinderella). If you read closely you'll catch some subtle nods to the classic tales. For example, my heroine's name is Charlene Beckett (get it?) and her duke is obsessed with creating the perfect drinking chocolate and he needs an heir to [...]

    • Mandi Schreiner

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      Favorite Quote: "I'm going to kiss you," he breathed in her ear. "You have exactly three seconds to leave. I advise you to leave."He waited a moment. "Please leave."(She doesn't leaveere could be hot kissing that follows)Debut author alert! Adorable book alert!With his brother and father dead, James has found himself with the title of duke - title he never wanted. As a young adult, escaping London for world travel, he eventually lands in Trinidad and discovers a passion for cocoa beans. After wi [...]

    • Add another to the dnf pile.This book was hard to believe from the moment I started it but I plodded on untill I just couldn't take it any more,wasted 88 pages of utter unbelievable nonsense. 1Star for the 88 pages read.

    • THIS REVIEW IS SPOILERS ONLY!!!!I read this as part of my, and Nenia's, plan to clean out our Kindles (except that I actually borrowed this from the library just so that I could take part in another BR, I love BRs).23/10 - This was very 'Regency Bachelor' in plot. The hero, James, Duke of Harland, needs to marry because he's unexpectedly become the duke, rather than the spare he was born as, and the duke can't be wife or heirless. He can't decide which of four eligible ladies to choose - they al [...]

    • Lover of Romance

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance SummaryJames, the Duke of Harland needs to find a bride so that he can have a mother for his illegitimate daughter and return back across to America and what he believes to be his home. So he comes up with a plan, for a party involving four potential debutantes that will be all proper and what he needs. He never planned on one of those women being someone he can't resist. Charlene is shocked with a member of nobility offers her security an [...]

    • 4.5 starsThis was an amazing historical read. Think "The Bachelor" set during historical times with cravats, corsets and bonnets.Charlene Beckett, a cast-aside illegitimate daughter of an Earl is desperately seeking ways to divert her sure-path as a courtesan and the one way is to find a different career i.e. open up a boarding home for teens seeking refuge and teaching them life skills. She needs to settle her debts with a perverted duke, pay for her little sister's art apprentice and find a go [...]

    • I moderately enjoyed this book, but in the end skimmed through. I thought it became a bit trite and too perfect towards the end. Main characters: Philanthropic, heart-of-gold heroine who knows jujitsu and grew up in a "bawdy" house. Philanthropic, abolitionist chocolate-making Duke with an illegitimate Trinidadian daughter. This sounds pretty good, but the characters didn't really break many molds for me. The plot-muppet daughter exists to be adorable and make the heroine look like a paragon, th [...]

    • I read this in one sitting, staying up till 2 AM to finish it. It isn't a perfect debut but it's a gripping premise--the illegitimate half-sister of a lady poses as her sister to win a duke!--and the sexual tension is off the charts. I especially enjoyed that there were many historical references in this novel, from issues of child labor to slavery and labor laws explored relatively in-depth for a historical romance. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a new historical romance author--I su [...]

    • I REALLY wanted to love this book but I just didn't. Maybe I shouldn't have read this straight after Lorraine Heath's new book, who knows. I thought it was way too silly and I understand that this is fiction and you have suspend reality a bit but it was just way too unrealistic for the times. When I read a Historical Romance book even though it's fiction I want it to be written so that I'm almost transported back to how things were then.

    • Aly is so frigging bored

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      3.5*It was a good debut novel. I liked most of it, though there were some scenes with purple prose and the heroine and hero deserved some smacks over their heads.

    • 3.5 stars. Great characters, good plot twist and a fun book to read!

    • Coffee Dates with How the Duke Was WonFirst Date: James the Duke of Harland requires a bride of impeccable reputation to handle his estates and to protect those in his keep. Along with the aid of a friend, and his trusted butler, they select four eligible women and invite them and their mother’s for a three-day stay. One of those women is abroad and well a mama has to do what a mama’s has to do. Right? Charlene Beckett is the illegitimate daughter of an earl and a courtesan. The Earl's wif [...]

    • Surprisingly an easy-feel good-hits the spot kind of read and I've learned that this is the debut novel of the author. I loved her writing style - she reminds me of Tessa Dare and she goes up on the list of the authors that I'll watch out for. Thanks to Avon for the free eBook from RWA16!

    • (Nat) Reading Romances

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      Outstanding!Lenora Bell pens a fascinating story with ease. The progression of this plot was very natural, but never predictable. James and Charlene are fascinating characters, I was hanging on their every word. As a plea and a note to secondary characters, Alice was my favorite, I’d love to see her HEA. Maybe while she's trying everything not to seduce the hero but he ends up falling in love with her anyways. Would't that be a perfect story for her? I absolutely loved How the Duke Was Won. A [...]

    • This book was so good I don't even remember reading it. Its like, I accidentally left my account up on a computer at work and a snarky coworker added it to my book shelf. All in all I guess I'd say I enjoyed this book very much.

    • What a lovely and thoughtful historical romance this was! How the Duke Was Won wasn't a book on my radar, but when I came across it while browsing , I immediately went ahead and purchased a copy. This was so much more than just a historical romance and I loved every minute of reading it.James, Duke of Harland, is in immediate need of a respectable society lady as a wife. So what does he do? He sends out an invitation to four society ladies, with their mothers, to spend 3 days at his house so he [...]

    • Al *the serial series skipper*

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 09:29 AM)

      You would enjoy this book is you love drama in HR and don't get bothered by implausible scenerios. I really wanted to like this one. I love reading debut books, it's fun reading something from a new author and seeing different writing styles and characterizations. It's even better when the said debut author writes a masterpiece. It's hard to enjoy a debut novel when it seems as though the author has taken parts and pieces from all her favorite books and mashed them up together and hope for the b [...]

    • 3.75 StarsHow the Duke Was Won involves Charlene, the daughter of a courtesan being offered a large amount of money to masquerade as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, at a house party being thrown by a duke. Charlene's goal is to get the Duke of Harland to propose to "Dorothea" so that she can gain her reward and get out of the London underworld. Of course, things get complicated when Charlene meets the duke and realizes that he is not your typical British aristocrat, but someone that she is comin [...]

    • Really enjoyed this book a lot! Great Narration by Beverly Crick. (audible review)This was such and fun book. Very entertaining all the way through.I loved Charlene and James, the disgraceful Duke of Harland. The chemistry and attraction between these two was great. It felt real and genuine. There was a couple very well written sex scenes. Not erotica not rated G, but steamy. Very strong female lead character. No simpering whiny heroine here. A great hero in the disgraceful duke. The story line [...]

    • 2,5 stars for an interesting debut. For me it’s just not hitting the mark as a fulfilling romance yet. It's a nice beach read or a book for those moments you're not to focussed on character development.Before I go into explaining my rating, just a little side story. Last weekend my friend and I went to a meet and greet in London with one of our favorite authors: Sarah MacLean. At this event we would also meet Lenora Bell. So we decided to do a buddy read on the train to London and had great fu [...]

    • This review may come across as negative, but that's not how I mean it. The book has some great elements (chocolate, lots of chocolate!) and one of the minor characters is even Dutch. Moreover, I had the opportunity to meet the author last week (she's lovely in case you're wondering) and she signed my copy of her book for me. It was even the first book she'd ever signed. So please keep that in mind when you read my review:This novel was recommended to me by several people, but unfortunately it di [...]

    • I really enjoyed this! Lots of humor and I loved the writing style!

    • I am not a fan of this plot line. I do not like deception.

    • What a wonderful debut! Can't wait for more from this author.

    • Several unfavorable reviews that I read talked about how implausible the set-up of this book was. Since I didn't have enough references to make comparison it didn't bother me much. There were a number of things though that should've annoyed me to death. How these girls were made into some sort of auditions to win the Duke's heart. How the mothers seem to sell their daughters just to gain duchess title. There's a reason why I don't like reading historical regency MF in the first place, where ever [...]

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