Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Blame It on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #3)” as Want to Read:
Blame It on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Blame It on the Duke

(The Disgraceful Dukes #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,870 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Have you heard?
The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!
The delicious details thus far...

Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry—nor add to the “mad” Hatherly line—but now he must honor his father’s debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate.

A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Avon
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Blame It on the Duke, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Blame It on the Duke

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.77  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,870 ratings  ·  234 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Blame It on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #3)
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This year I’ve been taking time out to go through my shelves. I’m much more organised these days! This was sent to me by the publishers LittleBrown books back in 2017 unsolicited.

I fancied reading something different. And.....I’ve found my review notepad which I’d lost! So I can now do “catchup Reviews’

Onto the book

Although this is book 3 in a series I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on anything by jumping right in.

It seems that the heroines father has lost a bet and up for grabs is his headstro
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was a decent book to escape to because of the rain. It rained all weekend and I wanted something fun that would have a happy ending.

Lenora Bell does a great job with her characters. Alice had charm, independence, intelligence and I really enjoyed her. Nick was also a great character. I enjoyed his bond with his crazy Dad and eccentric servants.

With great chemistry, beloved side characters, and an interesting mystery plot, this was another successful addition to the series!
Apr 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Yeah, I can't even round this one higher into the "It was OK" category. We need a star rating for "It was a hot mess"

Full review now posted on All About Romance

The premise for Blame It on the Duke is silly; however I’ve read other books where a blushing virgin gets lessons in love from an experienced rake that make the formulaic plotline work. If that had been the extent of the problems in this story I would have been content to grade it a C and then move on to other things. Unfortunately th
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 This was not truly engaging. Pacing, both emotionally and event-wise, was slightly off-kilter. Characters were lighty sketched, rather than fully formed they had promise but no real impact. Read like draft 1 out of 5.

There was also no need to bring Aunt Sarah into matters as a character. Maintaining that relationship was unrealistic for the times. Sarah was unnecessary to the plot and did little but raise reader eyebrows at the unlikeliness of any interaction with her by a family interested
✨ Gramy ✨
** Contains mature themes **

Blame It on the Duke was the third and final installment of The Disgraceful Dukes series. The characters were quirky and funny. The plot was unconventional. The madness of the mind is rarely referred to in historical romance, but it appears it could have been a relevant part of the times.

Have you heard?

The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!

The delicious details thus far...

Nicholas, the future of Duke of Barrington, L
Apr 03, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
White heroine (in a book written by a white author) is translating a text, and, well:

"The Sanskrit fragment she'd been translating had proven surprisingly naughty. The Kama Sutra described in great detail the sixty-four arts of pleasure."

It also happens to be a missing fragment of it, and she wants to go to India and, I don't know what. Also, every chapter opens with a short quote from the Kama Sutra, and I have lost all willingness to just wait and see if it gets better, because there's really
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

I feel like with every new release I fall just a little bit more in love with Lenora Bell. This is the third book in the Disgraceful Dukes series and in my opinion the best yet.

Nick, better known as the Marquess of Hatherly, would rather spend his time indulging in imported wines and liquors, while eating rich food prepared by his French chef and watching opera singers and actresses perform in his home. Watching his father fall
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Historical romance, hey? It’s not a genre I would often read and I’m hardly an expert at reviewing this genre but I will do my best. Thing is, with a blurb like that, it was pretty difficult not to want to read what promised to be a fun experience.

I am sure you’re all sitting in suspense, wondering how this review is going to pan out… Let me enable you to take your finger off the pulse- I enjoyed the book immensely! I did!

Getting myself stuck into the 1820s+ was a delightful experience. Respectf
Jen Davis
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first book from Lenora Bell and my feelings for it is pretty lukewarm. I found the premise a little intriguing: The hero is a sexually experienced rake who refuses to fall in love because he is afraid he is going to go mad one day like his father. And his match is the smart, independent lady who only marries him for the freedom to live her life as she pleases. Together, they agree to a short time together –basically to get it on– and then go their separate ways to live their lives mar ...more
4 Stars

Why I Read It...
I liked the first two books in the series and received an advanced copy from Avon via the Avon Addicts Program.

What I Liked...
1. The hero got "gambled away" rather than the heroine. Nice change of pace.

2. I am a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope so I was sold from the beginning. I love seeing couples have to navigate the normal issues with marriage along with getting to know one another.

3. The heroine was awesome with her intellect, determination, and kindness.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Blame It On The Duke is the third book in the Disgraceful Dukes series. I have had such a great time discovering the author and her new work because she is quite talented and is guaranteed to suck you into a story....and her writing voice is very similar to some older romances that are heartwarming (AKA ---Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath and Gayle Callen). I was actually pretty excited to pick this one up and I have to say overall it was a gre
3.5 Pleased Stars

Nicholas, the future of Duke of Barrington, Lord Hatherly is more than a little notorious, and has vowed to never marry. He plans for the madness that consumes the Hatherly line to end with him. What he doesn't count on is his father who has descended into madness, wagering his hand in marriage to Miss Alice Tombs.

Miss Alice Tombs has happily spent the last 3 years avoiding marriage, chasing off her suitors. When she realises what her father has done she's more than a little pee
Sheila Melo
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"She's insulted him, lied to him, and done everything in her power to repel him...and somehow ended up completely charming him."

FINAL DECISION:  Loved, loved, loved this one.  Quirky and funny with incredibly serious and heartbreaking turns, this book ended up being my favorite of the series.

THE STORY:  Nicholas, the future of Duke of Barrington intended to never marry but rather enjoy his debauched life until the madness that runs in his family claimed him as well.  When his father gambles him
Blame It on the Duke is book three in The Disgraceful Dukes series. I've really enjoyed both of the previous books in this series and was excited to get this one! LBell has a unique writing style that grips you from the first page and adds humor in just the right places. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite Historical Romance authors.

Rather unconventional, we start off with Nicolas, Lord Hatherly finding out his father lost while gambling and promised his son's hand in marriage to the winne
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
I wanted to like this more than I actually did. The setting was interesting, and I love a scholarly heroine and a hero who respects her and does everything in his power to support her. Because of the plot surrounding an ancient manuscript with chapters out of the Kama sutra it was quite logical that so much of the story took place in the bedchamber. So I cannot complain about that. Anyways, it just never came entirely to life for me. I wanted to know how it would all be resolved, and am kind of ...more
Noped out at the beginning of chapter 3. The "teehee, I'm translating the Kama Sutra, it's super naughty, my lady parts are tingling, teehee" thing was RIDICULOUS.
I believe that this book is the best one in the series. MMM I think this says something.
How have we all been reading romance all these years without the imagination and wit of the inimitable Lenora Bell?

I was charmed by How the Duke Was Won, with its Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-meets-The Bachelor setup, and its social justice soul.

I grinned non-stop while reading If I Only Had a Duke, the Wizard of Oz-inspired road trip romance between an opera singing, Renaissance art loving runaway debutante and the gruffly determined duke whose carriage she hijacks.

And I loved -- just LOVE
Avid Booker
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like the Rakiest of Rakes
I didn't like it. I knew I wouldn't. I dont really like this author, I didn't like characters, or the couple. And I dont like Alice in all. So I don't know why I set myself up for this failure.

The heroine was a bit selfish in her desire that she didn't think of anything else for a while. She tended to do what she wanted. And I'm not going to lie, listening to an ebook rather than reading and taking breaks I don't have a strong memory for this book. I didn't like her though.

The he
Secretly Reading
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This author is my new favorite. I loved the first two books in this series and waited on pins and needles for this one--and it lived up to my expectations!

The characters are absolutely charming. It's so rare in romance for me to fall in love with the heroine as well as the hero but this is truly a case of that. Alice has heart and a brain with plans for herself that don't include a libertine like Nick. Nick is the classic wastrel in romance novels but he has an effervescence to him that many her
Juliette Cross
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant historical romance retelling of "Alice in Wonderland." Bell had me literally laughing outloud. This is my first Lenora Bell book, and I could kick myself for not reading her sooner. Absolutely wonderful! Truly adored this one. Can't wait to dive into more.
Dec 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
i managed to get through the first 2 in this series bc there's so much kissing so it felt worth it for the undeveloped romance and bad character development. not so with blame it on the duke! we have not only badly developed characters, but a badly developed romance, the revelation that our starring rake is only misunderstood and pretending, bell's take on race in the victorian era yet again (which is always bad like please spare me from your enlightened 19th-century not racist dukes and duchess ...more
Erin Kelly
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-historicals
Having previously enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy by Lenora Bell, I was looking forward to this one. Let me tell you: I was not disappointed. Bell brings her signature whimsical storytelling and combines it with a heart-touching trip "down the rabbit hole" with a little kama sutra thrown in for good measure.

The Story-
Nick avoids the reality of his potential future by being a pleasure-seeking rogue, but when his father gambles him away to be married, he will have to come up with a pla
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
Loved this book - a lot. Knowing that this book took its inspiration from the Wizard of Oz endeared the story and its author to me all that more. Coupled with a gender flip take on a parent betting away an adult child in marriage, you’ve got one heck of a story.

Alice and Nick are a divine pair, while each has been let down in some way by their respective families, it’s their pairing that gives them a chance at something new, if only for a little while.

It’s in the supporting cast where you find
Jenna Friebel
Another 5 star read from Lenora Bell! <3 ...more
Rose Blue
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Heiress Alice Tombs has perfected the art of getting rid of unwanted suitors and fortune hunters. Her dreams for the future don't include marriage, but rather traveling to India with her brother and returning an historic manuscript which she has translated. (Interestingly enough, this manuscript is part of the Kama Sutra, which has led to some hot imaginings on Alice's part.) Alice has just dispatched another unwanted earl, when she
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Loved "Blame It On The Duke". Lenora Bell did not disappoint in the 3rd book of the Disgraceful Duke series.

We met Miss Alice Tombs in bk1 How the Duke was Won. She was a bluestocking and even then I was anxious for her story. Alice is translating the Vatsayayana's Karma Sutra book into English. She wants to travel to Indian.

Nicholas/Nick is The Marquess of Hatherly and the Heir to the Duke of Barrington know as the Mad Duke. Nick thinks insanity runs through his family and refuses to ever ha
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars;

I have been looking forward to this book and while I didn't love it as much as If I Only Had a Duke, this was still a sweet and fun read! Our heroine Miss Alice Tombs is bright, bold and sassy. Our hero Nick, Marquess of Hatherly, is roguish, charming and secretly has a heart of gold. I really enjoyed their chemistry and all their adorable and banter-y moments!
If he had to be locked in a library with a lady, she might as well make him laugh. And he might as well make her blush. He was
Tracy T.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable story and narration by Beverly Crick (audible review)

I really enjoyed this story. I liked Alice and NIck. They were great together. Alice is a strong female character. She was funny, witty and I loved her.

The story line and plot was very good. All Alice wanted to do was have an adventure. Her forward speaking and sarcasm was very funny. I found myself laughing out loud several times. And Nick being gambled away by his father was kind of funny to me, usually its the ladies that ge
3.5 stars


I always adore Lenora Bell's heroines. They're always really direct and logical and have unique personalities that you can't help but love. Her heroes are more mehh, although that also might have to do with how many gosh dang "rakes" and "rogues" I read about in historical romances. The duke in this one is no different, who eventually realizes he wants something more from the intelligent, adventure-bound heroine. With smoldering chemistry, beloved side characters, and an intri
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 04, 2016 09:44AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Lord Holt Takes a Bride (Mating Habits of Scoundrels, #1)
  • Say Yes to the Duke (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #5)
  • The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls, #2)
  • Love in the Time of Scandal (Scandalous, #3)
  • Ten Kisses to Scandal (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #2)
  • What a Rogue Desires (Reece Family Trilogy, #2)
  • Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels, #6)
  • Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #2)
  • Dawn with a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #9)
  • Daring and the Duke (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #3)
  • Forever Your Earl (The Wicked Quills of London, #1)
  • The Virgin and the Rogue (The Rogue Files, #6)
  • The Duke's Stolen Bride (The Rogue Files, #5)
  • How to Forget a Duke (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #1)
  • This Scot of Mine (The Rogue Files, #4)
  • The Wicked Duke (Wicked Trilogy, #3)
  • The Rogue to Ruin (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #3)
  • Project Duchess (Duke Dynasty, #1)
See similar books…
Lenora Bell is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances with Avon Books. A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has lived and worked on five continents. She currently lives in New Zealand with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. She loves to hear from readers! Sign up for her mailing list to hear about new books, sales, and giveaways ...more

Other books in the series

The Disgraceful Dukes (3 books)
  • How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1)
  • If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2)

News & Interviews

In most historical romances, love and marriage go together like...well, a horse and carriage. But what if the girl part of the girl-meets-boy...
36 likes · 15 comments