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To Pleasure a Duke (The Husband Hunters Club #3)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  230 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The Husband Hunter’s Club is back in session! To Pleasure a Duke is the third installment in author Sara Bennett’s delightful historical romance series set in England’s Victorian Era, where the girls at Miss Debenham’s Finishing School believe the only husband worth having is a husband they have hunted themselves. The intended husband the determined heroine of To Pleasure ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Avon
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New running joke with my mom and me:

Finding the title for a romance novel that makes us laugh the most and then giving it as a gift for a birthday/christmas.

This was the book my mom got me.
I'm so excited.

By the way, the whole deal is what makes me or my mom laugh the most. If you don't laugh at the title, I'm not gonna care. Just saying...
Karyn Gerrard
May 26, 2012 Karyn Gerrard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read. Reminded me very much of a Lisa Kleypas historical with the quirky heroine and her eccentric family. Sinclair St. John made a fine hero. Yes, he was haughty, duh, he's a duke! But I liked how we got to know Sinclair and the real man underneath. This was eminently readable and sensual. I recommend~
How disappointing... I didn't hate it but I could care less about ever reading it again. The "hero" was far from likable. He was a snob! He insulted her every step of the way: asking her to be his mistress because she wasn't good enough to be a wife! Making love to her even though she said she wouldn't be his mistress and he had no intention of make in ghetto his wife.
Unfortunately, the "heroine" wasn't likable either. She had a whiny disposition that made my skin crawl.
The family!!! Her brothe
Jun 27, 2012 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This is my first ever book by this author, and my last, sad to say.

I honestly don’t know where to begin. It’s really not that easy for us reviewers to talk about books we couldn’t connect, let alone talk about the ones we outright didn’t like. However, as much as we don’t like talking about it, we nevertheless, must.

After reading this book, I wanted to figure out why I didn’t like it, and ultimately it fell to poor writing, or more specifically, poor characterizati
Shh I'm reading!
It was really hard to enjoy a hero who thought himself so far above the heroine that the only option he could see for the majority of the book was to make her his mistress. Even harder to enjoy a hero who insisted on seducing the heroine into becoming his mistress after she says no. And no. And no. The miserable excuse of his mother was flimsy at best, especially in light of the epilogue. Eugenie's dedication to her family was commendable, and her only moments of idiocy were continuing to see Si ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Daisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Goodreads summary: "It has taken Eugenie Belmont but a moment to decide whom to marry...
Unfortunately the gentleman in question, the Duke of Somerton, hasn’t yet offered — a mere formality for a confirmed member of the Husband Hunters Club of Miss Debenham’s Finishing School. Like her friends, Eugenie is unwilling to wait demurely until the perfect mate happens by. And, despite the handsome duke’s imposing reputation, she can feel his heated glances in her direction are charged with desire... an
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Book No. 3 in the Husband Hunters Club.

Eugenie Belmont has decided on the Duke of Somerton. She pretends to her friends that they are acquainted and have even exchanged letters.

The truth is that Eugenie is from a different class to the Duke and the Duke, although is taken by Eugenie and wants her as his mistress, marriage, in his view, can not happen to someone such as Eugenie, not without causing scandal to the Dukes name.

Again, as with previous books, an adventure takes place when the Duke's s
Dec 15, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

TO PLEASURE A DUKE by Sara Bennett is an interesting historical romance set in England.This is a fast paced story of Eugenie Belmont and Sinclair St. John, the Duke of Somerton. It has romance,love,sweet sensuality,witty banter,strange family members,a game of seduction,a sexy,handsome hero of a duke, and a demurely, irresistibly,witty,and bewitching heroine.A wonderful story of love,and family. A must read for any historical readers who enjoy wit,sweet sensuality,a powerful family and a not so
Feb 03, 2012 Eve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was alright. I did not like the male lead very much at all. His arrogance/haughtiness lasted way too long into the book and really began to frustrate and annoy me. She also started to get annoying, for example he keeps insisting she will be his mistress, and she keeps saying no. Like four times in a row. But she still keeps meeting him in secret locations and eventually making out/doing it. And with her (mostly) annoying family and his annoying family also added to the mix, it just didn't add ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Caitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Horrible title and cover art, but a solid story.
Sep 09, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, to-own
Another gem from Sara Bennett. Not as good as Sin with a Scoundrel, but better than Led Astray by a Rake. The heroine is lovable and spunky; the hero is a little daft, but comes around. The plot is a somewhat unbelievable - Eugenie would never have a realistic chance of snagging a duke - but if you are look for realistic, try another genre. For a better justification of marrying below station, look to Julia Quinn or Kinley MacGregor. Otherwise, Bennett just provides a fun, enjoyable romp.
these characters seemed unreal to me. esp the male lead. wat even?
Mousumi Bhattacharya
The duke has flaws and the Eugene thinks too highly of herself. This is a regency romance without the ton. So if you are looking for the balls and soirees that we have come to expect from all regency romances, you will be disappointed. This story takes place in a village. The storyline also is quite predictable. Nothing in the story makes it memorable.
Yvonne Boag
Mar 26, 2012 Yvonne Boag rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Eugenie is determined to win herself a Duke, one Sinclair St John but he is so far above her station it is an impossible task. Sinclair is very taken with Eugenie but wouldn't dream of marrying beneath his station. How can love survive with everything against them?

This was pretty bad and the romance unlikely.
Don't remember much but I noted that, both the hero and the heroine were irritating, as was the overall story, but at some stage the hero obviously did something bad cause I wrote, "I hope she flogs him". Almost makes me want to go back and re-read but I've already gotten rid of it :D
Danette Steward
Decided on a whim to buy this at the used book store. Liked the cover. Never heard of the author. Fast paced. Not as descriptive as my favorite authors. Pleasantly surprised how much it did draw me in. Pretty good. Heat index= warm.
Billie Jo
Nov 11, 2011 Billie Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zread-2011
Good story line but something was missing. I never got swept away by the characters. It seemed a bit forced and more like reading words on a page rather than a story. Found myself skipping through lots of pages.
Mary Vilarino

I'm trying to think what should I say about this book - arrogant and misunderstood Duke meets stubborn Hayden with stars in her eyes an enjoyable read but could have been better.
Feb 21, 2013 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-ebook
She said no to being his mistress, he proceeded to seduce her anyway. Meh.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 19, 2015 06:59AM  
  • Duchess of Sin (The Daughters of Erin, #2)
  • To Marry the Duke (American Heiresses, #1)
  • Every Scandalous Secret (Scandalous Lady, #3)
  • A Matter of Temptation (Lost Lords, #2)
  • Dusk with a Dangerous Duke (Lords of Vice, #6)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • The Seduction of Scandal (Scandals and Seductions, #5)
  • The Art of Duke Hunting (Royal Entourage, #2)
  • The Duchess Diaries (Boscastle #12; The Bridal Pleasures, #3)
  • Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke (Scandalous Brides, #3)
  • Why Dukes Say I Do (Wicked Widows, #1)
  • When Marrying a Scoundrel (Victorian Soap Opera, #2)
  • The Runaway Duke
  • A Little Bit Wild (York Family, #1)
  • What a Duke Wants
  • All I Want For Christmas is a Duke
  • Too Wicked to Love (Brides of Nevarton Chase, #2)
  • The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, #1)
Also writing paranormal as Sara Mackenzie, Mills & Boon as Deborah Miles and for a number of Australian publishers as Lilly Sommers.
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Other Books in the Series

The Husband Hunters Club (5 books)
  • Led Astray by a Rake (The Husband Hunters Club, #1)
  • A Most Sinful Proposal (The Husband Hunters Club, #2)
  • Sin With a Scoundrel (The Husband Hunters Club, #4)
  • Wicked Earl Seeks Proper Heiress (The Husband Hunters Club, #5)

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