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

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  589 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Pocket Books
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Mary Chen *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!
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
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
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.
Melody May
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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
Amy *Rawr*
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.
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
Cocktails and Books
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
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
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!
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
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.

*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
Barbara Blanc
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
Cherie Jensen
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
With the tenacious pugs by her side, the Duchess of Roxburghe once again takes on a matchmaking mission. Her goal this time is to pair two of her godchildren in the final installment of the Duchess Diaries. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast done with a flourish and the most challenging union for the duchess in her vast experience.

When Lord Alasdair Kirk’s face is scarred and his leg is maimed in an accident that killed his wife, he retreats to his estate in the countryside away from the
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I LOVED this story! Set in historical Scotland, it is a Beauty and the Beast story with Dahlia Balfour as the Beauty and Lord Kirk as the Beast. Kirk and Dahlia have been neighbors for a long time but they never noticed each other until they literally bumped into each other as Kirk was carrying home parcels of his new books, recently purchased. Kirk, a widower, lost his wife seven years ago in a fire that also caused a large scar on his face and a scar on his leg which causes him to limp. Dahlia ...more

Karen Hawkins' latest book in the "Duchess Diaries" series, doesn't disappoint on any level.

There's heat, humor, misunderstandings and finally, love. A hero who claims love is for the young and a heroine who will settle for nothing less, but who has to learn that while love is a grand passion, not every gesture of it is huge.

Lord Kirk is a recluse, has been since the accident that claimed his first wife during an incident on a ship they were traveling on. He has a scar on his face and a limp. He
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Kirk has spent the past seven years mourning his wife and staying far away from society and manners. Now he feels he is ready to marry, and the one woman he wants is Dahlia Balfour. He knows that it won't be easy, considering she refused his proposal a short time previous, but he is determined. He knows that they would be a good match. So he goes to the Duchess of Roxburghe, and gains her help. For two months, they transform him into a gentleman (somewhat). When Dahlia sees Kirk again she is out ...more
Virginia Campbell
An appealing curmudgeon of a hero enlivens "How to Entice an Enchantress", the third entry in "The Duchess Diaries" series from author Karen Hawkins. As a young man, Lord Alasdair Kirk's upbringing had much been left to the care of servants. He lacked most of the polish usually denoted by his societal class. Married at a young age, Alasdair was widowed in a horrible accident at sea, which left him scarred and crippled. He retreated to his familial estate, contenting himself with his books and mu ...more
It’s always a good day when I check out the book shelves and find a new release by Karen Hawkins staring back at me!

HOW TO ENTICE AN ENCHANTRESS, is the third book in Ms. Hawkins brilliantly entertaining The Duchess Diaries series and this time around the youngest Balfour sister, Dahlia is the subject of the Duchess of Roxburghe’s matchmaking plots, with a most unlikely candidate anxious to win her hand.

Reclusive Viscount Kirk, horribly scarred by a tragic accident that stole the life of his bel
How to Entice an Enchantress started off with Lord Kirk seeking help to court his neighbor Dahlia. Kirk and Dehlia have been getting along until Kirk in his bluntness offended Dehlia. When Kirk has called in the loan that he made to Dahlia's father at the request of the Duchess of Roxenberg (who is also his godmother), was the intolerable to Dahlia.

Dahlia having broken up her relationship with Kirk, wanted the Duchess of Roxenberg, who is her godmother as well, to find a suitor who would romance
Karen Hawkins in one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and I have followed this series from book one! I always get so excited whenever I realize there is going to be a new Karen Hawkins release, and so I should. Karen has the ability to make worlds and the characters in them come alive like no one else I know. In this book, we are given a story featuring the youngest Balfour sister, Dahlia, as the Duchess of Roxburghe is once again up to her matchmaking schemes. Dahlia does not expect t ...more
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The Duchess of Roxburghe is known for her matchmaking skills. With her sidekick Lady Charlotte and her pack of pugs at her side (six pugs! OMG!) she meets her biggest challenge yet… her godchildren. Can she make this match happen?

Dahlia Balfour is a beautiful bookish young lady. She is the youngest sister to two of the Duchess’ matchmaking successes. Also, she is one of many godchildren to the Duchess. Dahlia intelligent and practical with a romantic heart. She wants to f
Karen Hawkins has done it again in her latest of The Duchess Diaries, How to Entice an Enchantress. In this installment, the Duchess of Roxburghe plays matchmaker again with her godchildren, Lord Kirk and Dahlia Balfour. Lord Kirk is not the perfect hero. He is scarred from an accident where he lost his first wife and he has a way of saying things as they are, which many times comes across as being rude. Dahlia, on the other hand, is a romantic at heart. She wants everything that romance has to ...more
Elis Madison
We learned in previous books in this series that, because the Balfour family was in tight straits financially, Dahlia was reluctantly considering the proposal of Lord Kirk, a neighbor who had loaned her father money, but when Dahlia rejected his ham-handed proposal, he'd called in the debt—in other words, if Dahlia would not wed him he would ruin the whole family.

The Duchess of Roxborough is holding her annual Christmas ball, and has invited two more of her ubiquitous godchildren, Dahlia and Lor
Really fun, funny story that feels a like a Beauty and the Beast retelling, one of my favorites. Viscount Kirk was scarred in an accident and has been living as a recluse since. He opened his home, and his library, up to Dahlia, his beautiful neighbor. Dahlia only sees Kirk as her older neighbor and when he wants to try and take their relationship to the next level, he goes about it all wrong. Dahlia feels like Kirk has threatened her family and that’s something she will not stand for. She tries ...more
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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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