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How to Deceive a Duke (Temberlay #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  576 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
When deception leads to desire . . .

When her stubborn sister runs off the night before her arranged marriage, Meg Lynton hardly hesitates before donning the wedding veil and walking down the aisle herself. It's the only way to save her family from sure destitution. By the time her wealthy groom discovers he has married the wrong sister, it will be too late to annul their v
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Avon
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Feb 29, 2016 Carmen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Women Who Love Assholes
I just do not understand when authors make jerk heroes.

This guy, Nicholas, is a duke. He doesn't want to get married but his evil grandmother is forcing him to. He's supposed to marry Rose, a destitute gentlewoman. But she is silly and shallow and has no sense of duty and she runs away before the wedding. Her sister Meg steps up to take her place, not telling anyone in the Duke's family, hoping to sacrifice herself by marrying "the Devil" in order to save her family from poverty.

Nick is an assho
Jess the Romanceaholic
I loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never even apologized to the heroine for any of it. This ended the book on a very sour note for me, and as a result, it's only 3.5/5 Stars.

It was still a good story though, and a full review is to follow.
BUR 2012
I was extremely excited for this book to come out. Really. Unfortunately, the excerpt and back blurb of the book didn't quite do the twists and turns in the book justice.

Marguerite Lyndon, daughter of the stiffy Earl of Wycliffe, had grown up learning how to be a virtuous wife to a member of the nobility. She is the second oldest sister in a family with 5 daughters, but is the most responsible and sensible among them. She is also the family's black sheep in a way; her dark looks considered infer
Huma Rashid
Aug 25, 2012 Huma Rashid rated it liked it
This is the first Lecia Cornwall book I've ever read, and at first, I was blown away. Well, that's not fair: for the first three-quarters of the book, I was blown away. I was ready to sing this author's praises from the rooftops and lovingly creep on her Twitter updates.

The story starts off with a bang - or rather, a tantrum. Marguerite "Meg" Lynton's older sister, the first Rose in the Lynton garden of beauties (Meg being a russet-haired weed, apparently), has been visited by the dowager duche
Nov 20, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Lady Marguerite Lynton is doing whatever it takes to protect her family from the poor house and when a duchess appears and asks her older sister to marry her grandson, the notorious Devil Duke of Temberlay, she feels like their fate in life is finally changing since her fathers sudden death. But her sister is not strong enough to deal the the devil and runs away and Meg does what she feels she must do...she marries the duke instead. After all, it is his fault he does not know the difference ...more
The Window Seat
Nov 16, 2012 The Window Seat rated it liked it

How to Deceive a Duke started off well for me in the initial set-up of the story. Lady Marguerite Lynton’s family has been skirting the line between impoverished nobility and flat out broke since the death of her father, with Meg’s ability to economize and her common sense rescuing the household from penury. The answer to her family’s prayers comes in the form of a marriage arrangement between Meg’s oldest sister Rose and an infamous rake known as the Devil Duke of Temberlay. When Rose runs away
Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temblerlay and notorious rake must wed by order of his grandmother. Nicholas has recently come into the title due to his brother’s murder and the only way his grandmother will supply funds to keep the family estate running is if Nicholas marries. He promptly suggests that his grandmother find him a bride, and she selects Rose Lynton, an admired beauty and picture of deportment. Unfortunately, Rose doesn’t want to marry Nicholas because of his reputation and runs off and ...more
Katie Michaels
Dec 15, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it liked it
I've got mixed feelings on this one. There was potential there. I liked it in the first half, but the story took a hard left turn in the last nine chapters or so, that just didn't gel with everything that came before it.

Meg and her family have been struggling ever since her father died, leaving them destitute. When the Duchess of Temberlay calls, trying to set up a wedding between her grandson and Meg's sister, Rose, it seems like a perfect solution to their financial troubles. But Rose wants no
Brandy Dorsch
Oct 16, 2012 Brandy Dorsch rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not. The idea that one bride can be substituted for another kind of left a funny taste in my mouth but I have to admit that this one actually made it seem real.

Meg has been the strong sister in the family since her father's death and has kept the family out of debtors prison. When the Duchess of Temberlay, asks her sister, Rose to marry her grandson Nicholas, the current Duke, she sees this as the answer to her prayers. Ros
Connie Fischer
Feb 02, 2013 Connie Fischer rated it liked it
Marguerite Lynton is a caring and strong young lady determined to find a way to care for her grieving, widowed mother and three sisters. Their father left them all with no money and they are about to lose their home as well. Her sister, Rose, is approached by the Duchess of Temberlay to marry her grandson, Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay. While the monies from this marriage would solve all of their financial problems, Rose is determined not to marry him, so behind a heavy veil, Marguerite ...more
Jul 22, 2016 kris rated it it was ok
Well. I can say with absolute certainty: that was not what I was expecting. I don't know if it's exactly a compliment to say that every time I thought I had some clue where the plot was going, it veered off in an entirely different direction.

Like, there was an arranged marriage plot, a hidden identity plot, not one but TWO revenge plots, a horse plot, a war plot, a baby-making plot, an evil mother-in-law plot, an over-dramatic mother plot, an ugly-duckling-blossoms-into-a-swan plot, a rake-is-m
Ash Ash
Dec 21, 2012 Ash Ash rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, dukes
The Synopsis seems similar to The Husband Trap By Tracy Anne Warren was what i thought once i read the book i could see it was completely different. The continuous harping that the hero was unfaithful in the book by the heroine was really irritating. This story or the plot of the book could have been better.
*May contain spoilers!*

First, let me say, I opened this book with no idea if I would like it or not. I had heard of this author, but hadn't encountered anyone who had read her before or seen much discussion in my circle of blogs, so I was able to start reading with any expectations about it. (I hear some people scoffing at this, but it's true. How many books do you open with preconceived notions about the author or previous books in the series?) So I got to start a book from a frame of mind that
Jan 27, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
Meg Lynton is about to undertake the ultimate deception. When her sister Rose runs away before her arranged marriage to Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay, better known to all through the scandal sheets as Devil, she takes it upon herself to take her sister's place to save her family from destitution. So, she dawns a thick veil and steps in, and since the Duke has never met his intended bride she hopes that her deception won't be figured out until all was said and done. But what is not known ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
3.5 I stumbled across How to Deceive a Duke and while the cover whore in me was not impressed I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. How does a sister replace another at the altar to save her family from penury? How would the groom not know? I of course had to have some answers. Cornwall answered my questions while delivering a fast paced tale that had me laughing, banging my head and kept me reading late into the night.

The tale begins in the home of Meg and her sisters. The Duchess of Tem
Erica Chilson
I'm using my personal copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Stars

Genre: Historical Romance | Murder mystery | Suspense | Battle of Waterloo |

I've had this title on my Amazon wishlist for over a year, basically since I began reading Historical Romance. I was pleased to have found the paperback at a library book sale along with another in the series.

As is the standard in most His-ro series, How to Deceive a Duke starts out with the ugly duckling sister doing everything in her
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Meg was a great character though she did have some flaws. Flaws are good because if the character is perfect then they don't seem as real. Meg, I think was sort of a dreamer. She read the scandal sheets about the Devil Duke of Temberlay and seen his picture and thought she could make him a husband. Meg was always told she was the plain sister so after she marries Nicholas to save her family, she had a hard time with things when he seem to not want her. When he seemed to prefer every pretty woman ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Addictive rated it it was amazing
Lecia Cornwall is a new author for me. Now I know I need to expand my horizons and all that, but there is just something comforting about taking on a story with an author you know will give you a good ride. And I have to say my little nest of comfortable authors for me has just expanded by one!
I was more than skeptical about reading How to Deceive a Duke mainly because of the cover; I wasn’t too thrilled about a historical heroine in what appeared to be a modern day wedding dress looking out a
Jun 04, 2013 Charlotte rated it did not like it
This one is filled with cliches. I'll do a basic summary and score them if they hit the cliche-o-meter.
The less pretty(+1), but practical(+1) sister in an impoverished(+1), yet noble(+1), family must marry(+1) the duke when her more beautiful(+1) but silly(+1) sister runs of(+1). The man she marries is a duke(+1) and has the nickname 'Devil'(+1) and is described in the scandal sheets(+1) as a rake(+1). He is handsome(+1) yet tortured(+1) by his time as a soldier(+1) fighting Napoleon. Also, he s
Jun 04, 2013 Lesley rated it liked it
This book was good...until it wasn't. I loved the overall plot - desperate family needs money. The Duke of Temberlay's grandmother comes and asks the older daughter to marry her grandson and all money woes goes away. When the older daughter runs away, her sister steps in and marries him. In between all this is the mystery surrounding the Duke's brother's death. Great book - UNTIL the mystery is wrapped up and the hero and heroine independently realize they love the other and you think the book ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Tin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
To read my full review, visit: Love Saves the World

Truth and Deception are the main themes that Lecia Cornwall explores in her latest novel.

It is interesting how truth is viewed as something painful and we attach such descriptions to it as brutal, damning, awful, etc. The truth is something that needs to be sugar-coated and broken gently.

Both Nick and Meg are tired of living with the lies in their lives -- at first, Nick didn't care about the gossip written about him in the newspapers but, afte
Tam B.
Jan 31, 2013 Tam B. rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this book.

Yes our hero, Nick and heroine, Meg would have greatly benefitted from an open and honest conversation. But in this case it was understandable why they didn't. They were each being manipulated by a controlling b*tch, they each had others depending on them to make the situation work and they were insecure regarding the other.

I loved that Meg made the decision to "stand by her man" and head to Brussels and whilst there more than proved her worth. (And I loved the touch
Jun 19, 2013 Mimi rated it it was ok
I loved the plot of this book. I really liked the beginning and how it was all set up and then it crashed and burned.

Meg is really that oblivious to what she looks like. Does no one have mirrors in these books? The major flaw though was trust. Even a marriage of convenience needs trust and Meg believes all the ridiculous things she's heard and Nick really doesn't help at all. He never explains any of the misconceptions. At the end they both realize they love each other desperately (of course...t
Mar 04, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
`How to Deceive a Duke' lived up to its full potential, and then some!

In Marguerite Lynton, we have a heroine whose dedication to her family goes beyond love and sacrifice is nothing new to her when it comes to protecting them all from scandal.

In Nicholas Hartley we have a hero that holds his honor close to his heart and only a few know him well to vouch for it, as the rest of the world around him and especially his Grandmother, think him a womanizer, scoundrel and a man lacking in honor.

In the
3.5 stars.

I liked many things about this one, especially the spunky heroine with a heart of gold. I didn't like some of the misunderstandings that kept stretching throughout. Just talk to each other people.
And towards the last quarter of the book it got a bit baffling to me. The actions of the hero were a bit of a turnoff. Somewhat redeemed at the very end.

But all in all I really enjoyed it. Strong characters, even the side ones. I really liked how it all started and how the heroine pretended
Deborah Vespo
Jan 11, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it really liked it
Meg and her family are about to lose everything, until one day when a Duchess appears and makes a stunning offer - that her son and Meg's sister Rose marry, saving the family fortune and their home and providing for the remaining children. Rose takes off before the wedding, refusing to marry such a rake as the Duke of Timberlay, and no one is able to track her down. So Meg decides to save her family and marries the Duke in her sister's stead, unbeknownst to the Duke and his mother. The Duke has ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Marcy rated it really liked it
When her sister ran off instead of going through with an arranage marriage to Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay, Meg Lynton covers her face with a thick veil and marries him herself. She's been the one to take care of her family for the last year since her father's death.

In order to obtain the money he needs to take care of his estates, Nick agrees to marry a woman of his grandmother's choosing. But the woman he weds and beds isn't who he thought she was. After finding out it was all legal, he
Dec 22, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
I guess I should have paid more attention to the title.. I didn't enjoy this book because there was too much deception. I would not have minded it if the deception had happened in the beginning of the story..and then the two characters managed to make up for it in the rest..but in the book various deceptions just keep occurring. I don't enjoy that in a novel.

I also didn't find any of the secondary characters to be likable. I enjoy a story where I'm just as interested in the secondary characters
Dec 03, 2015 Ada rated it really liked it
What a fun book. I quite enjoyed this book and it's characters. Meg was a delightful heroine, a mix of innocence and feistyness. And I loved how Nick fell so hard for Meg but couldn't figure out his attraction for her. I love how she kept him on his toes, kept him guessing.

I just wish her family wasn't so stupid. Aside from her godfather/uncle Hector, her mother and sister drove me batty with their ridiculousness. I wanted to reach into the book and slap them silly. And his grandmother was an ou
Gaylin Walli
May 27, 2014 Gaylin Walli rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I suspect there will be people gnashing their teeth near the ending of this novel based on the hero's "crisis of faith" moment. I also suspect that I will be in the minority who found it not only believable but understandable. Very nice read.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 12, 2015 08:56PM  
  • An Infamous Marriage
  • When She Was Wicked (Honeycote, #1)
  • The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)
  • Miss Winthorpe's Elopement (Belston & Friends #1)
  • Three Schemes and a Scandal (The Writing Girls, #3.5)
  • Lord of Temptation (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #2)
  • When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters, #2)
  • To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield (Wicked Wagers, #1)
  • How to Tame Your Duke (A Princess In Hiding, #1)
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)
  • Hint of Desire (Desire #1)
  • The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet, #1)
  • Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (The Duke's Daughters, #3; Windham, #6)
  • Your Wicked Heart (Rules for the Reckless, #0.5)
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • Wicked Promise (Clayton, #1)
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.
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  • What a Lady Most Desires (Temberlay, #3)

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