What a Difference a Duke Makes
Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have chased away half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.
Lost: One heart to a ...more
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I used to read a lot of Historical Romance but stopped because sometimes even a good thing can become too much. I'd gorged myself on HR and it started to bore me. A couple years later the books I read are so diverse that I savor each HR even if it's not a complete winner.
Mari is in a bit of a pickle - after all her belongings were stolen her delayed arrival to an appointment costs her a potential job as a governess. She relies on the agency owner's charity since Mari's...more
What A Difference A Duke Makes is a fun romance that really surprised me. I have been impressed with this author, her writing is superb and so easy to get into which isn't always the case with regency romances lately. Now I won't say she is the best regency author, some of her books are more moder ...more
⭐⭐2 STARS ⭐⭐
A friend no sooner brought this book to my attention that I was already one-clicking. The reason?
A single dad—A Duke at that!— falls for the —Mary Poppins inspired— nanny?
Overall a cute story peppered with light banter and a couple engaging plot lines but I felt disappointed by the lack of romance built up between the characters. It was more lust at first sight than anything else and I prefer my HR with a good slow burn or at least some kind of teasing. A chase even.
What a Difference a Duke Makes was an easy read and the pacing was well done. I got sucked into the story because the characters were well written, and the writing was good.
Miss Mari Perkins needs to find a job fast! She arrives in London for an interview to be a governess for just about anyone. She just needs a job in order for her to do research to find out who she is since she’s an orphan.
She gets to her interview 15 mins late and doesn’t get the position that she originally applied ...more
This is not an overwhelmingly amazing book but it isn't bad either. It's a pick-me-up in a chaotic week and a little way to smile at the end of the day. It was comfortable to read and easy to finish.
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Finalllyyyyy a book that took me out of my crappy reading slump! Wow, this was REALLY REALLY good....My first read by Lenora Bell and she has impressed me with her writing style, her characters and her historical research! Highly highly recommended and an absolute keeper! If you are looking for a read that is all about the couple and their relationship...look no further!!! I am literally frot ...more
First Date: We meet Miss Mari Perkins at one of her lowest moments. She has been bamboozled and arrives late to the employment agency where she has been promised a governess position. Her tardiness makes her lose the position. Fearing homelessness, she overhears another governess who wants nothing more to do with the Duke of Banksford’s heathen children. Mari seizes that information and heads to the Duke’s home. While, she may not be qualified by ...more
I liked Mari and Edgar well enough. They’re both good people, smart, and they have excellent banter. The kids were pretty cute and I enjoyed their interactions with everyone. And Edgar’s sister India was probably the best part.
Plot wise, it was sort of meh. There are a lot of moving pieces and some of them didn’t feel necessary. The very small bit of conflict was more of an annoyance and w ...more
Mari's comparison to Mary Poppins is apt because she is capable and amazing with the twins Michel and Adele. I love that she's bold and de ...more
Adorable kids, portrayed as way above their author-claimed age, but hey, who cares.
Overall a bit of a ridiculous fun read.
Lines I Liked
“Maybe this guilt isn’t something you’re supposed to carry. Maybe you don’t need to wallow in it.”
“Wallow? Pigs wallow. Dukes never wallow.”
“I chose my ...more
What a Difference a Duke Makes was the perfect book for me this week. “Anything broken may be mended. While we breathe there is yet hope.”
It’s an enchanting, witty, and romantic story.
It may seem odd or redundant to call a romance book romantic, however Lenora Bells’s witting really touched me. I loved her scenes at the seaside, I truly could imagine myself there.
The story did seem a bit light on any conflict for me, however all the nods to Mary Poppins more than made up for it.
I am sorry I don't usually quite on a book especially one I paid $5.99 to read but I tried 3 times to read this too modern update of a previous classic such as J ...more
The main characters, Edgar and Mari, were dynamic and interesting and richly developed ...more
Lenora Bell has easily become one of my favorite historical romance authors. Her stories are empowering, charming, and have the perfect balance of romance and real-life-issues. What a Difference a Duke Makes was another fantastic new novel from her – I was delighted through and through.
Lenora always writes headstrong and confident heroines. Mari was no different. She has grown up in very unpleasant conditions as she was abandoned as a very young child, but she was one of those women who was dete ...more
So utterly charmed with this one! I love Edgar and being in his head, but I confess I adore Mari-rhymes-with-starry more. She's young but very wise, and I love her sass, wit, and her ability to put people in their place. Mari handled herself brilliantly despite the initial snafu with the governess agency, and she was wonderful with Edgar's kids. I also love the relationship building between her and Edgar. I love that she knew her own mind and didn't let Edgar take the lead just because ...more
It's the kind of writing I don't like, where the focus is constantly on the lustful thoughts the protagonists have for each other. Somehow I am more forgiving of that in contemporary romance or fantasy, but not in HR. In this case, I was a mere 7% into the book when the Duke, Edgar, meets the new governess for the first time and is already thinking about how he wants to lick crumbs off of her fingers. I mean … really?
It's sad because I did find the very beginning promising and the ...more
FINAL DECISION: I was disappointed in this one as the hero didn't seem heroic to me but rather a milquetoast who was dominated and dictated to by the heroine.
THE STORY: Mari Perkins is desperate when she arrives in London, has her baggage stolen and is late for an appointment with her agency. Rather than getting the governess position she was promised, she is turned away. Mari, however, is never going back to the orphanage wher ...more
Despite the fact that none of the books in Lenora Bell’s The Disgraceful Dukes trilogy had earned better than a D from the team at All About Romance, I nonetheless decided to give her new series a try. New year, fresh start and all that. Unfortunately, What a Difference a Duke Makes, is – if at all possible – worse than the previous three books. From its odd Mary-Poppins-meets-Jane-Eyre premise (that doesn’t even make any sense; and there’s ab ...more
To be honest, the book didn't offer something original, but the content was good. It has a lot of cliches. I mean, you have the duke who is closed off and the heroine who slowly warms her way into his and his children's hearts. I liked reading how Edgar learned how to show his love for h ...more
I had a fun time reading this book. Edgar was well-written and I really appreciated the way he handled his position as Mari's employer. Mari was interesting and I wanted good things for her. I thought the children were adorable and realistic. I did find the pacing to be a little slow at times, but, overall, it was really good.
I received an eARC of this book from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
A governess, a duke, two cheeky children and a rabbit!
“The starry-eyed Miss Perkins was precisely what he did not require—a small, yet dangerous, bundle of crackling energy ready to burn through what little remained of his sanity.”
I'm a fan of Lenora Bell's books, I've read them all, but after checking the blurb I wasn't sure if I would be engaged. I honestly didn't expect to enjoy What a Difference a Duke Makes as much as I did.
Mari and Edgar first scene together was what hooked me to this boo ...more