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Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers #3)

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There is no telling where a scandal might lead...

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s mo
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Avon
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This book has it all! Two wonderful main characters, a great story, witty dialogue, sensual and hot love scenes, swoony and break-my-heart emotional moments and a beautiful happy ending Photobucket

A great story:
Running away from a drunken idiot trying to maul her, Juliana tries to hide in a carriage. But she is soon discovered, not by the drunken idiot, but by the Duke of Leighton, aka The Duke of Disdain. He thinks she's there to trap him in marriage, and that only lessens
Aug 20, 2014 Shawna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any historical/regency & 'opposites attract' romance fan!
Shelves: favorites, i-read-own-faves-keepers, historical-romance, hero-im-gaga-over, heroine-i-adore, hero-alpha‎, best-top-favorites, favorite-romance-series, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, historical-romance-regency, brothers-sisters-cousins-family, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, author-sarah-maclean, rt-book-reviews-top-pick, cheating-hearts-fidelity-issues, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, hero-or-heroine-italian, love-triangle-vying-courtships, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, sweet-romance-left-smile-on-my-face, hero-darcy-paragon-haughty-staid, wager, hero-or-heroine-illegitimate, favorite-hottest-love-scenes-nookie, heroine-beautiful-bombshell, hero-attractive-handsome-heartthrob, hero-gentleman, hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty, star-crossed-lovers, series-love-by-numbers-scoundrels, 2011-reads, best-fave-reads-of-2011, 5-stars-plus, steam-2-warm, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, hero-duke-heir-to-dukedom, hero-brooding, hh-across-the-tracks, heroine-badgirl-improper-scandalous, best-wittiest-banter-dialogue, heroine-commoner-lower-class, hero-titled-wealthy-lord, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, heroine-in-pursuit, heroine-plucky-lively-feisty-spunky, hero-marriage-wife-hunting, hero-starchy-loosen-up-buttons-babe, a-all-time-best-top-50-fave-dik, hh-banter-bicker-sparring-foreplay
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Eleven Ways to Adore the Book That Made Me Want More
Eleven Ways to Admire a Heroine With Such Fire
Eleven Ways to Croon Over the Duke Who Made Me Swoon
Eleven Ways to Rave Over a Heroine Most Brave
Eleven Ways to Gush About My Latest Crush
Eleven Ways to Be Naughty to Tempt a Duke Who’s Haughty

Okay...there’s no way I can come up with eleven of those, but you get the jest.

There just aren’t enough words or ways to convey how much I loved this book. I had very high
May 13, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romance
This book was very, very, good, but I must admit the hero, Simon Pearson (the Duke of Leighton) at times drove me absolutely crazy! All that worrying about his family's reputation...his position...finding the perfect wife...avoiding any hint of scandal...arrgh! God, was he frustrating! At times I wanted to throttle him the way he continually hurt Juliana, and Juliana...I don't know why she didn't give up on him! But...I'm glad she didn't! It took over 350 pages for Simon to finally get a clue, b ...more
Sarah MacLean
Jan 20, 2011 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, historical, mine
yeah, i like it. :)
Laura the Highland Hussy
May 14, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
I received this wonderful book as an ARC from

I adored this book. I fell in love with Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and in Eleven Scandals, the young woman she becomes does not disappoint.

When we first met Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, we met an impetuous unsure young lady who wasn’t sure she wanted a place in society. Juliana was fantastic, and passionate, and so desperate to prove she didn't care what the ton thought of her. But too
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

"You are beautiful and brilliant and bold and so very passionate about life and love and those things that you believe in. And you taught me that everything I believed, everything I thought I wanted, everything I had spent my life espousing--all of it…it is wrong. I want your version of life…vivid and emotional and messy and wonderful and filled with happiness. But I cannot have it without you. I love you, Juliana. (…)"


5 scandalously shiny stars!

Scandalously entertainin
His eyes narrowed on the marquess, a man he barely tolerated on a good day. This was not turning out to be a good day. “I’m not marrying the girl.”
“There’s no way I’m marrying him!” she cried at the same moment.
Well. At least they agreed on something.
She didn’t want to marry him? She could do a damned sight worse. He was a duke, for God’s sake! And she was a walking scandal.

Every once in a while, a historical romance comes along that makes all those other cliched and unabsorbing HRs, if not

Simon, the Duke of Leighton is described as being enormous, but he’s not going on my “hero is a mountain” shelf. He doesn’t deserve it.

The third in the “Love By Numbers” series is the one I most wanted to read. I was intrigued by the starchy Duke who had become interested in the beautiful Italian Juliana -- and then rejected her when he discovered her sketchy background. (By the way, although the characters were introduced in the earlier books, I think one this would stand alone just fine.) I lo
3.5 Stars

I was really uncertain about whether or not I would like this book. The first book in the series was a big hit for me, but the second book was a letdown. I loved the tension between Simon and Juliana in the first book, but in the second Simon crossed over from being cold and arrogant (which is not necessarily a bad thing) into an outright ass. His behavior of a certain family member severely dropped his appeal in my eyes. I was hesitant to start this, but the first chapter sucked me in
Jun 26, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

*Warning: Some spoilers may not be tagged*

I was hoping for a fun bodice ripper, and this one had so many glowing reviews that I thought it would be a good choice.
Unfortunately, I didn't like the Simon or Juliana.
In my opinion, the title could easily have been The Ass and the Idiot .
And, really, if you don't like the characters, what are you left with?
I finished this in one day, so the problems I had with the book had nothing to do with readability.

Trashy Romance novels are a g
6 stars!!!!

After reading Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rakeand Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord I was excited to hear about the third book in Sarah MacLean’s “Love By Numbers” series called “Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart” and man was I totally blown away by this awesome romance novel! Full of excitement, forbidden pleasures and pure love making scenes, this novel will definitely stand the test of time!

Juliana Fiori, the Italian half sister of Nick and Gabriel R
Another great installment in the Love By Numbers Series. I love the way Sarah MacLean weaves her story around intelligent, witty characters and their banter always holds my attention from the first page until the last. I also like it when a romance novel makes me laugh, and there were some laugh out loud moments for me in this one!

This is the 3rd installment and I loved it! Juliana Fiori is full of spunk and character. This beautiful young Italian is bold, impetuous, intelligent, quick witted, a
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake simply stole my heart. I LOVED that book. Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord was okay but didn't wow me. In fact, I didn't know if I wanted to continue with this series after book 2.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart made me love this series all over again.

If you haven't read book 1, or book 2, there might be small spoilers in my review. You have been warned.

Before the book:

Simon is a jackass. He is a snob, a jerk, thinks he is better
After hating the previous book I never even wondered about this one.
If there were not some funny statuses from a dear gr friend I would never have read it.
And that is horrible!
I would miss out a lot!
This book is one of those book that give you back fate in to a genre.
I read a lot of HR and to be frank it was becoming a strain. Most of the time there were no new themes,and the same old way things are narrated are ever present which make me bored even with the sex scenes.

I was tired of rakes. So w
Finally....Juliana and Simons story, and what a story it was! We first meet the lovely, feisty, bold, impulsive Juliana Fiori as she is thrust in London society into the care of her twin half brothers, whom she had no clue existed and vice versa, in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and we get a couple glimpses of Simon, Duke of Leighton. Simon is known as the Duke of Disdain as he has no tolerance for anything but a pristine reputation. So when he learns that Juliana is barely a respect ...more
Beanbag Love
Apr 08, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it liked it
I can't stand the romance heroine who's hot-headed, stubborn, self-centered, childish ... it's a character type in novels that I simply hate. I knew from the prior two books that I would have a problem with Juliana and boy did I ever.

I have issues with this character type for a few reasons. 1) They're selfish and annoying, 2) It's the kind of thing historical romance authors always do to women who are not English. Especially to French and Italian women. They're always brash and calling everyone
Milica's Bookshelf
Mar 29, 2016 Milica's Bookshelf rated it it was amazing
I ADORED this book. Hands down, one of my favorite books of the year. Even now, after having read this several hours ago, I cannot stop thinking about it or the many emotions I experienced while reading it.
I love a good strong heroine, and Juliana was all of that and more. I felt for her as she so desperately tried to fit in with the crowd and was consistently mocked and put down. She handled it with such poise and grace, that in turn, she was more of a lady than those that put her down. I espec
Aug 04, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This was my first time reading Sarah MacLean. I’ll admit that when I started this book, and saw where the story was going, I felt an eye-roll coming on. Well, it didn’t take long for that feeling to change. Juliana captured my heart quickly, the daughter of a fallen English marchioness, and an Italian merchant, she is considered by the ton to be a mere commoner. Her mother took off when she was a child, and after the recent passing of father, she was shipped off to London to live with her half b
Angela James
Jan 29, 2011 Angela James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves, historical, arc, 2011
First disclaimer: I got an ARC of this book from Avon via NetGalley and I'm so grateful to them for it! Also, I'd like to note that it's often SO much harder to tell why you loved a book than why you didn't, so forgive me if I babble.

How much did I enjoy this book? I devoured it in 2 1/2 hours this morning. I do read fast, but still, I couldn't tear myself away from Juliana and Simon's story. You know that feeling you get in your stomach and throat, when you're enjoying a book so much, and want
May 04, 2016 Majo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mi opinión del libro es completamente personal, y aunque me encanta como escribe la autora y sé que seguiré leyendo sus novelas, deteste ésta.

¿La razón? Esta pareja.

Odie a Simón, es prepotente, arrogante e indeciso. No sabe si quiere a Juliana, pero no puede dejar que sea feliz, se la pasa censurandola y diciéndole lo que es mejor para ella, cuando eso no es ni remotamente la verdad. Al menos no es la verdad que Juliana parece buscar.

Juliana, ¿qué te paso? En el primer libro te adore, eras un es
Apr 29, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing
Simon Pearson, the Duke of Disdain is arrogant, proud and as the gossip proclaims way too aware of his status as a duke. That doesn’t make him sound loveable, now does it? But underneath the mask of an aristocrat hides a passionate, funny, loving man. He spent his entire life following the rules, being proper, but life throws a curveball at him. His sister, his unwed sister, is having a child. His brilliant plan – marry and marry well, so that when the scandal hits it would be easier to survive ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Sophie rated it it was ok
Reflecting on this book, I don't know who annoyed me more. The hero or the heroine? But by golly, I think there were moments I wanted to smack them both because they were so repetitive. But getting down to it, it's probably the hero that gets to me the most.

I don't necessary hate Julianna. But out of the three heroines from the series, I find her the weakest. Sure she's running around yelling and screeching demands and holding her head up high. But at some point her level of maturity was so stag
Apr 29, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, maclean
5++ stars. Wow, wow, wow. What a book! It put me through an emotional wringer. This is one of the best books I have read in a while.

To watch Simon change from something so cold and arrogant into a man that is worthy of Juliana's love was so amazing. I couldn't even dislike him in the beginning because I knew he would turn it around. Even though he kept rebuffing her the audience could feel his longing for Juliana.

Every time Juliana had to face someone gossiping about her I got a little hitch in
Apr 09, 2016 Olga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Por fin acabo la trilogia y vaya final... me encanta el personaje de ella tan fresca y tan viva en contraste con el ,que es un estirado y como van cambiando poco a poco. un final 10 para una trilogia 10!!!
Mandi Schreiner
May 03, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quote: “You are a scandal waiting to happen.

Although this is the third book in the trilogy, it’s the first I read and it works perfectly as a stand alone. This book is so well written, I don’t see how it won’t capture your heart.

Simon, Duke of Leighton or nicknamed the “Duke of Disdain” made my insides flutter. He is the cold, impenetrable duke who lives his life as he was raised – emotionless and bred for his title. His lineage is perfect and he portrays the perfect duke. But he has a
Boy, if you thought that Sarah Maclean's first book to this series, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was amazing... then this book is going to blow it straight out of the water. I've been anticipating Juliana and Simon's relationship ever since book one. Remember the scene where they met each other while Juliana was looking for a gift for her brother? Starting right there and then, that was their beginning! I had high expectations for this book because while I loved Callie's story with ...more
May 27, 2011 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
For the most part it’s a good read. The pages keep turning and the book is hard to put down up to about page 300 and then it gets repetitive and boring. Juliana and the supposed scandals attached to her were getting old especially because every second word seemed to be Juliana scandal!, Juliana scandal!!, Juliana scandal!!!. The Duke was more of a two-dimensional character, whereas in book 2 he exploded off the page and I was dying to read his story. Something about the two of them together at t ...more
May 01, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous follow-on from the other two books in the series. Juliana and Simon make a great hero/heroine combination, and the plot is also excellent.

My only criticism is that it's a plot that has been worked before - stiff, gorgeous hero is simultaneously attracted to and repelled by scandalous heroine, who isn't so scandalous after all, but I have to say that I didn't have a problem with this. The story is well-written, and the slow twist from the heroine's scandalous behavior to the
5 Big Stars

I'm sorry I can't give more stars, because I'd give this book 20 if I could. IMO, this is by far the best one in the series and one of my all-time favorite books.

Warning: Minor Spoilers. If you mind please don't read further.

Juliana and Simon, Duke of Leighton, were introduced to us in book 1 and they felt an instant attraction for one another, that is before Simon learned about her identity and decided that she's not good enough for him. So the story starts with the h/h already a
Jan 10, 2016 Daniella marked it as hr-purgatory
Welcome to my HR Purgatory shelf !

In Roman Catholicism, the purgatory is where the souls of the dead wander in an indefinite state. They stay in such a state unless they "become fit for heaven" at some point. Similarly, this shelf is where books that I am warned about stay—untouched and unread—unless a very compelling reason forces me to read them.


Reason(s) for putting Eleven Scandals... in this shelf:
Both the hero and the heroine behave abominably. *whispers* Die, you motherfuckers.


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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

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“He called me a pie!” she announced, defensively. There was a pause. “Wait. That’s not right.”
“A tart?”
“Yes! That’s it!”
“Juliana?” the words were low and far—too calm for her husband, who had found that he rather enjoyed the full spectrum of emotion now that he had experienced it.
“What are you doing twenty feet in the air?”
“Looking for a book.”
“Would you mind very much returning to the earth?”
“What are you thinking, climbing to the rafters in your condition?”
“I am not an invalid, Simon, I still have use of all my extremes.”
“You do indeed—particularly your extreme ability to try my patience—I believe, however, that you mean extremities.”
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