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How to Entice an Enchantress (The Duchess Diaries #3)

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The third sizzling novel in New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s Duchess Diaries series, featuring three unruly sisters and their headstrong godmother with a penchant for matchmaking.

Reclusive Viscount Kirk, horribly scarred by a tragic accident that stole the life of his beloved first wife, is a man defined by fury. For years he’s eschewed society, growing ab
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Pocket Books
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
4.5 Enchanting stars

Where Pride and Prejudice meets Truce (A book from R.L. Mathewson 's 'Nighbours from hell' series.

Hilarious,fun and a great weekend read !
Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
3.5 stars I didn't like this as much as the previous books. There is less of a story and more of the hero trying to change for the heroine - because he wants her as a wife and thinks they will both be content. However, not only does he never make a genuine effort to change (the heroine acts like a knight to him), but he fumbles and surprisingly starts to lust after the heroine. This is one of the few books for which I think the love scene is unnecessary and awkward given its location within the ...more
3.5 I-didn't-know-what-love-is stars

I actually liked it a lot. It was too slow for my tastes but then again,I know all love affairs should not have an insta love feel to it. I'm spoiled that way. It was a really nice pre-christmas book that left me all mellow inside.
Recommend to all!
Jan 01, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this Beauty and the Beast story. Kirk and Dahlia have been neighbors for a long time, but never had much to do with each other. Kirk had married young, then lost his wife in a tragic accident that left him scarred and limping. Avoiding society and its stares has turned him in a grumpy recluse at the ripe old age of 28. Dahlia is the youngest in her family. She has seen both her sisters marry for love and wants the same kind of passionate love for herself. She becomes good friend ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Issa rated it it was ok
Apparently this is a series and I haven't read the two preceding books, but the premise of this grabbed me. Had I understood more about its set up I would have stayed away as it's full of unoriginal story tropes.

Our hero is scarred and disdains society. He's blunt and rude and clueless to the point of ridiculousness but has his eye on Dahlia wants the Duchess to help him get her. Not for love of course, but because they are compatible. They make him over but he's still a curmudgeon on the inside
May 14, 2014 Keri rated it really liked it
Would have liked that ending to be a bit more beefed up. I wanted to see the h/h settled in their home and meeting the sister's with thei hubbies. The sisters had the wrong impression of the hero and that was never brought out that he was pressured to call the loan in.
Mar 03, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This one was not quite a 4 star read but a defenite improvement over the previous book in the series. It reminded me a some times of Beauty and the Beast and some times of Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility). It's a very lighthearted book. I wasn't very taken with Dahlia. I don't think I ever connected with her as I think she expected too much of lord Kirk and didn't have realistic expectations about love and relationships. I liked Kirk a lot. He tried so hard to change for the heroine
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Well, I just finished Karen Hawkins latest release How to Entice an Enchantress. By the way, I loved. I might love this book more than the Rose's story. I'm going to stress, you might want to read How to Pursue a Princess before starting How to Entice an Enchantress, because there's some paramount information. You could probably get by, but I think it would enrich your experience.

Well, we are now focusing on the last Balfour girl, Dahlia. Now Dahlia believes in fairyta
Karen Hawkins never fails to deliver. She’s one of my all time favorite authors and she can write a historical romance like nobody else can these days. I love that the hero in this story never says the right thing. Ever. His scar on his face and his hurt knee make him even more irresistible. I think that’s what makes him so human and believable in this book.

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HOW TO ENTICE AN ENCHANTRESS had me hooked on the first couple of pages. The Duchess is up to her old tricks again... matchmaking. It’s wha
Sasha Cameron
Jun 19, 2015 Sasha Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Having just completed all three Duchess books I can quite honestly say I am in a state of bliss. These stories are, as always, tender, funny, delightful, a little steamy, emotionally charged and deeply fulfilling. I smile a lot during and after each reading. This one is classic Beauty and the Beast. Lord Kirk is brash, difficult, damaged and only opens his mouth to change feet. But he is also well-read, strong, caring and completely enamoured with Dahlia Balfour. Dahlia is intelligent, natu
Perfect book to read when the weather's bad outside. I loved this modernish (haha) story of Beauty and the Beast. Sometimes Beasts make the best soul mates because they care.
Sep 12, 2016 tess75 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce dernier tome est le meilleur de la série, à mon avis.
Dahlia met un peu de temps à se décider mais j'ai trouvé sa relation avec Lord Kirk très touchante. Certains de leurs dialogues sont aussi très amusants :) ! Je regrette tout de même que la fin soit expédiée en un chapitre. J'aurais aimé que les choses soient moins précipitées ou que les trois sœurs soient réunies (elles ne sont jamais ensemble ou presque).
Mais bon, je me satisfait du mini-épilogue qui laisse présager - qui sait ? - un ro
Sep 18, 2013 Joan rated it it was amazing
This was so much fun! I thoroughly enjoyed the strong character of Dahlia, how she didn't whine or mope about. She was full of fun, life and never let others dictate how she felt about herself or others. It was fun to watch the changes and the struggles Kirk went through. The plot was great, moved along, good secondary characters to get to know, and you felt engaged through the whole book. I have to say again that I love a non-whining, say the same thing over and over female character. Thanks Ka ...more
Literati Literature Lovers
Apr 19, 2015 Literati Literature Lovers rated it really liked it
Say what you will about me, but there are times that I dearly love to read Regency Romance novels. You know, the ones with those couples in their beautiful regency gowns and get-ups. Might I add that those regency men look quite fetching in their 1800’s attire. Imagination is a wonderful thing ;-)

This was such a cute story, and I loved the comical tête-à-tête between the two main characters.

Lord Kirk is a complete hermit. He is a young widower who believed he was satisfied with the status quo. H
Cocktails and Books
Apr 28, 2014 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
How to Entice an Enchantress starts off with the hero, Viscount Alasdair Kirk being a beast of a man, and wanting to marry Dahlia Balfour. With a scarred face and a bum knee, both of which make him grump and unfit for society. Alasdair, doesn’t want love, he wants a wife for companionship and he believes Dahlia is perfect.

I did enjoy this premise, since it screams Beauty and the Beast to me. I hadn’t read past books in this series, but it was easy to comprehend the plot and figure out all the pl
Jul 30, 2014 Tonileg rated it liked it
It is rare that I give more then two stars for this type of Historical English second chances romance because it is all too often filled with stereotypes and tropes... but beware, this is a breath of fresh air. Some original situations mixed with familiar characters as this is the third and last in the Balfour sisters trilogy although based on the Beauty and the Beast story.
Viscount Kirk has a big disfiguring scar across his face from the tragic accident that killed his beloved childhood wife so
Sep 18, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling you get when you open your ibooks and you have a brand new pre-ordered book ready for you. Well, I love it and this one just came to me yesterday. First of all, so much better than Lily's story. I actually really liked book of the lead characters. It was a good read. There are some funny moments, some "aww" moments and just an all around good time. Looking forward to more from this author!
Barbara ★
A lovely Beauty and the Beast retelling. Lord Kirk was your typical tortured hero - moody, reclusive, brusk, etc. Understandable with this disfigured face and Societies love for perfection. Dahlia Balfour was the perfect heroine for him. They have so much in common and have fallen in love though neither actually realize this for quite a while. A rather romantic tale from beginning to end.
Jan 26, 2014 Trish rated it liked it
I was looking for a new historical/regency romance author to try and after reading a review of another Karen Hawkins romance that included the words "delightful" and "romp", I decided to read How to Entice an Enchantress. I'm glad to have a new author to read. I found her writing style refreshing, funny and witty. I liked her descriptions of the setting.

There was such build-up to the sporting event that when it never materialized and was only eluded to, I was let down. Then when the poetry scen
Oct 05, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
I chose this after it showed up on a Beauty and the Beast list. I love a good B and the B story. Although unoriginal in the extreme, this was a pretty good read. Strong B and the B elements dominate, but there are also in your face nods to Mr. Darcy and Col. Brandon. And by in your face I mean there are two scenes that are simply updated re-writes from Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. If Jane Austen were alive today she could sue for copyright infringement and win. Despite its unor ...more
Erin H
Jul 08, 2015 Erin H rated it liked it
Shelves: rpo
Although this wasn't as good as the first one it was still an okay read. I didn't like how Kirk was a widow (I'm not a fan of widow stories in general) and I didn't like Dahlia as much as her sister. I thought it took too long for them to tell each other how they feel.
Author: Karen Hawkins
First published: 2013
Length: 353 pages
Setting: Regency Scotland.
Sex: explicit, infrequent (once).
Hero: Widower who was married young and injured (scarred) when his wife died in an accident. Has previously proposed to Dahlia.
Heroine: Thought he'd come to care for her, but his brusque proposal said otherwise. Looking for love.
Includes: excerpt from How to Pursue a Princess

A nice romance of acceptance and love that isn't the kind in romance novels but lasts so much longer.

Jul 18, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
I found the story very likeable. I am a sucker for Beauty and the Beast stories. Viscount Kirk as been a recluse since the carriage accident that killed his beloved wife and left him scarred. But the neighbor, Dahlia has been coming to visit ever since she dropped an armload of books at his feet and her learned she loved to read. He invites her to come and browse his extensive library. As she continues to come, he finds her easy to talk to and becomes enamoured of her. But she only sees him as t ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
*I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads Giveaways.*

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in Regency Era Scotland, and the third in a series.

I've not read the first two books, and gather that some of the events mentioned in this book take place in one of the previous novels, but as the author recalled those events in this book with plenty of detail, the book worked just fine as a standalone for me.

I ended up enjoying this book way more than I thought I was going to, and it wa
Aug 06, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
I started off really liking his book, I still enjoy the premise of the house party and the entertainments, and the Duchess is a sweet woman and it was fun to read and Dahlia was also really likable. Where it went awry for me was with Kirk. I started off liking him as well. But then he... I hesitate to be crude, but really, there isn't any other word for it... he fucks her on a billiard table of all places! An innocent, fairly naive and romantic girl, and he can't even lie down on the carpet with ...more
Barbara Blanc
May 23, 2014 Barbara Blanc rated it it was amazing
The final book in the Duchess Diaries series. Loved this book. I loved the tortured hero Kirk and all that he had gone through. I also loved it that he was willing to change and try to win Dahlia for his wife. Dahlia had loved him a long time and then she became his champion. Didn't like the name calling and the two awful girls. But then they redeemed themselves in the end. I was really glad that Kirk was able to dance with Dahlia in the end of the story. The Duchess and her companion and the do ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This story worked for me even though it wasn't a page turner. Dahlia is sweet and innocent. I think that's the main reason Kirk is attracted to her. She balances his irascible personality. He is so analytical with his emotions I often didn't know whether to laugh or to cry in sympathy for his ineptness. Emotional intelligence? He is a bit dim witted in that department.

I found the story flowed well, no jerkiness or unbelievable behavior by the characters. Kirk was a challenging leading man due to
Jun 15, 2015 Melwasul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà une série que j’adore (même si le tome 2 était un brin en dessous), j’ai retrouvé dans ce troisième tome tout l’humour et toute la folie que j’avais aimé en lisant Rose. L’histoire entre nos deux héros avait parfaitement été introduite dans le tome précédent et j’étais vraiment impatiente de découvrir comment ils allaient s’en sortir. Cela ne pouvait qu’être délicieux, surtout si la Duchesse y mettait son nez et décidait de les « aider » ! Et en effet, ce fut succulent, grâce surtout à un ...more
Aurian Booklover
Feb 08, 2015 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
Alasdair Dunbar, Lord Kirk, married for love when he was very young. He lost his wife, Elspeth, in a boating accident, and he himself was crippled and scarred. He has been a recluse ever since. Until he met his neighbour, Miss Dahlia Balfour, when visiting the local bookshop. They became good friends over the months, but then he really bungled his marriage proposal to her, and she has shunned him ever since. And so he has come to his godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to ask for her help. Afte ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Belle rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
1) Kirk is a terrible person. Look, I'm socially incompetent. I know several people who are socially incompetent. It is not a synonym for rude. He repeatedly insults Dahlia, apparently without intending to. He avoids society supposedly because of his scars. And he constantly insults Dahlia's desires for romance. (This entire thing seems to be built around the fact that he finds them compatible). But he comes across more as a miser and a dickhead rather than socially incompetent.

2) Romance author
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  • Reclaimed: A Highland Historical Trilogy (Highland Historical, #4-6) (The MacKays, #1-3)
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, sh ...more
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  • How to Pursue a Princess (The Duchess Diaries, #2)

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