If I Only Had a Duke
'If I Only Had A Duke' is Lenora Bell's second book in her Disgraceful Dukes series. The Disgraceful Dukes Regency series is a debut by Lenora Bell. It was definitely an escapist's delight in entertainment. The quick pace and pleasingly captivating combination of sensual romance, delightfully unconventional characters, witty dialogue, and fabulous humorous banter provides the tale with an overwhelming success
The duke ruined her plans and he'll just have to fix them ...more
This was my first read by the new historical romance author Lenora Bell but it's definitely won't be the last. I had a blast reading this one. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series and as I write this I'm already starting the first book in the series.
Lady Dorothea Beaumont likes living in Ireland with her aunt far away from London and the eyes of the society, this is would be her last season which means no more balls and parties, no more marriage tal ...more
I thought I'd try a new author, but Lenora Bell's not for me, I'm afraid. I didn't hate it. It did start off quite well - light and humorous and fresh. But, fresh started to quickly go stale.......... About a third of the way in the cute and funny banter was getting old, and there was a sameness about it all. I started to not care that much. By 2/3 way through I was skimming.......
I a ...more
Short review on just a couple points.
This had a pretty good story line, but at times got lost with all the side plots added to the mix.
I at times found some scenes to almost have missing parts. Jumped from one scene and then felt like I was in another and not sure how I got there (hoping this makes sense and I'm explaining myself here).
Both characters were likeable and good chemistry.
And by giving her this gift, Dalton was trying to tell her something as well. He believed in her dreams and her goals... and he wanted to be part of them.
(Easily a 4 star book. I will reconsider if it's a 4.5 or more ...more
If only If I Only Had a Duke had actually been about marrying a duke! Unfortunately, there are plots, subplots, tangents, overly complicated lead characters – he’s a hybrid secret vigilante/rake hero, she’s a timid and shy (but not really) heroine; supporting characters who are overly familiar and inappropriate (‘buddy’ manservants); extreme versions of common stereotypes (overbearing mothers and grandmothers); too perfect friends; and finally, so many liber ...more
Lenora Bell's The Disgraceful Dukes series is turning out to be a delightful historical series. If Only I Had a Duke might only be her second book, but already she has positioned herself among my favorite historical romance authors, Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas and Sarah MacLean. This book had me smiling, laughing, swooning and even shedding a tear!
I love how Lenora Bell crafts strong and independent female heroines. Thea was a darling of a heroine. I was curious about her in the previous book and w ...more
I loved this historical--it had a feisty and smart heroine, a devil-may-care sweet duke, an adventurous plot with a driven focus and flowing plot, a 'villain' that we learned to hate, and great secondary characters that worked to push the MCs together when ...more
Okay, so lets start of with the similarities of this and A Week To Be Wicked. A rake and normal girl(she's of the ton, but barely). Check. Someone in the story makes up wild tales. Check. It's a road trip romance. Check.
Now that we got that over with. Let's get on to the charact ...more
This started off brilliantly. Their letters back and forth, the way the hero misunderstood the heroine as a marriage scheming miss, the sparks when they met that first time on the dance floor of a ballroom. The flowers going back to him with that note. So good.
Somewhere halfway when they start to get along it loses some of its magic and steam. Dalton's mysterious alter ego was hard to believe. But I have never been into the whole (view spoiler)[secret second identity (hide spoiler)] tro ...more
Lenora Bell is an author you should be reading.
If I Only Had a Duke fulfilled all my (high) expectations! And let me tell you, I haven’t read a historical with such hot sex scenes in a good while. They were very well written.
I’m only confused by the title, because the heroine never wanted or needed a Duke as part of her life plan. So I suggest it could’ve been titled as “How to topple a monumental duke”! HA!
I was so sad when it was over. I want to read more by Lenora Bell ASAP! She’s got a new f ...more
If you like historical romance novels that feature:
+ Mouthy on-the-shelf heroine
+ Brooding duke
+ The-clash-of-wills romance
+ Intriguing side-mystery and quest
The If I Only Had a Duke will offer you a delightful, relaxing love story.
Lady Dorothea Beaumont was taught to be perfect. All of her family expected her to make an excellent debut and to marry well. Instead Thea had three failed seasons and was hidden away in Ireland, hoping time away would make everyone forget about her blunders. But Thea has decides she’s had enough of her family’s scheming and expectations. She doesn’t want to be the belle of the season, she would rather live in blissful freedom with her Aunt on her Irish estate. But all her plans are ruined when...more
Thea has a plan to get back to her aunt's cottage in Ireland where she can be herself and not ever have to worry about what other people think of her. She has no plans to get married. Her passion is finding lost paintings from female artists and introducing them to the world. All she has to do is not to ...more
Too many inconsistencies. Too many tangled storylines that were unnecessary. And I won't even begin on the anachronisms in this so-called historical. H/h are both apparently time traveling SJWs from the 21st century.
Perhaps I'll give it another try later when my tolerance is greater.
The Disgraceful Dukes series continues with If I Only Had a Duke featuring funny and endearing characters, reluctant romance and steamy interludes. The narrator, Beverley A. Crick, gave us an exceptional performance. She was a dab hand at Irish and Italian affectations (even when they were supposed to be bad), and was believable as both female and male personas. I will definitely look for more of her work in the future.
You may recognize the heroine of this story as Lady Dorothea Benton, whose na ...more
"Fate had been very clear about one thing - whether lingering or in one agonizing blow, love died.
Brothers drowned. Mother faded into wraiths.
And melting blue-grey eyes couldn't dull his pain any better than a bottle of brandy."
This was really sweet! There are several things that I really enjoyed about this.
First, it starts of great, with several correspondences send between Thea and Dalton, and you can just tell by those letters, that they would eventually be really good together.
That's anothe ...more
I found Lenora Bell's debut, How the Duke Was Won, to be entertaining and had high expectations for the sequel, If I Only Had a Duke. I was especially to excited to read it when I learned that the heroine would be Lady Dorothea, whom the heroine of book one spent much of the story impersonating. Though Thea was only in a few scenes in the first book, she made a real impression on me and I knew her story would be fabulous...and it was!
Despite her mother's efforts, Thea has never been a ...more
Lady Dorothea was bred to find a handsome duke to snag and marry, but what her mother failed to do was socialize her perfect daughter. Any time she's near a handsome man, Thea ...more