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One Fine Duke

(School for Dukes #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 ratings  ·  186 reviews

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny's dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There's only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe's brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.


This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Avon
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Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b
***4 Stars***

Mina Penny longs for adventure. Raised in the English countryside she longs for the hustle and bustle of London and to become a sophisticated, worldly wise woman. She is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goal, even if that means turning away a proposal from a Duke.

Andrew, Duke of Thorndon, loves the country and detests London. He only comes to the city because he receives an ominous note threatening the safety of his youngest sister due to his wastrel brother Rafe. He m
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Lenora Bell's writing when I read her Disgraceful Dukes series. I had no idea she had a new series out, so I jumped at the chance to read One Fine Duke!

Mina Penny knows she must find herself a husband, and one of the Dukes her uncle picks out for her is not happening. Mina longs for a life of adventure and espionage, so she knows only a rakish man will give her what she wants. But when Mina ends up dancing with the brother of the man she has set her eyes on, the man her Uncle
Lover of Romance
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Fine Duke is the third book in Lenora Bell’s latest series “School For Dukes”. This book took me so long to read, and to be honest I was very close to DNF and I can’t believe I am saying that for a Lenora Bell novel because I have really adored her work in the past. But this book was a story t
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2020
2021 review: so in 2020 I gave this a 2 stars but after reading two of Lenora's books I wanted to give this one another go. Sadly, it only boosted 1 star in my ratings and it wasn't for me. It felt too zany and too loosey goosey with no solid foundation. The characters existed and things happened for comedic effect. So it's not my fave. ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This was my first book from Lenora Bell and it definitely won't be my last! I adored Mina, Drew, and their story. Mina is headstrong young woman who wants the freedom and adventure she never had growing up under her overprotective uncle. Drew suffers from PTSD from when he was kidnapped and held for ransom as a boy, so he lives in seclusion in the country. They couldn't want more different things in life, but somehow, these two just click together. One Fine Duke is sweet, sexy, hilarious at time ...more

Mina Penny longs for adventure and to live the life her parents did as spies. Raised in the English countryside she hungers for the shine and energy of London, order to achieve her goals she has decided that Rafe, a rake and the younger brother of Andrew, the Duke of Thorndon, would be the ideal husband.

Andrew, the Duke of Thorndon, loves the country but with his sister under threat, thanks to whatever his brother is involved in, he find himself in the one place he had no wish to be -
Barbara Rogers
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: School for Dukes #3
Publication Date: 7/23/19
Number of Pages: 384

** 4.5 Stars **

I read this fast-paced, fun, steamy book in one sitting – and the pages just flew by. I loved the humor and found myself chuckling on numerous occasions during my reading. It is well-written, well-plotted with interesting characters and scenarios.

Miss Wilhelmina (Mina) Penny has been chafing from the overprotective, restrictive, lonely existence she has lived since being orphaned. Her guardian (and uncle) is S
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally !
I have read a book by Mrs Lenora Bell, as I say, too many talented authors and so few hours in a day. I probably might have an other book lost somewhere on my kindle shelves, but there nothing better for me than a new release to get an opportunity to read an author’s work. And I just loved this book.
It was a witty, clever, full of actions and wicked read, from the beginning I was entranced, impossible to put it why I finished it in a day.
Despite it being the third installment in a seri
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Read 12 chapters

I've been a fan of Lenora Bell's, and I'll continue to be I have no doubt. However, sadly, One Fine Duke isn't working for me. It's trying for comedy, I believe, but it's missing the mark a bit, largely due to the hero's past trauma. Rather than being madcap and humorous, it's coming off as thoroughly ridiculous and implausible. I think this one will work for you if the voice and humor click, but they didn't for me.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars. This was all desire and no romance for me. I didn't understand the motivations of either character (and felt they kept changing), didn't think the leads were a good fit, and thought the spy/thrilled backplot was silly and predictable. I'm bummed. I think Lenora Bell is not my cup of tea - there is too much telling instead of showing and she relies on the attraction element to a point where it becomes the sole focus of the plot. ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this better than For the Duke’s Eyes Only but not as much as I liked What a Difference a Duke Makes.

I found myself laughing loads of times throughout reading this title. Lenora Bell’s humor is delightful and comes when you least expect it.

There was some instalust going on between the H/h but it wasn’t so much as to detract from the romance (I know, I know, I hate instalust and have said so in many reviews). So much happened that the romance still worked despite the instalust.

Tracy Emro
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars rounded up

Wilhelmina “Mina” Penny has been sheltered for most of her life, she went to live with her uncle Malcolm Penny, who is a spy master, after the death of her parents (who were also spies). She longs to become a spy, but her uncle is very protective and refuses to train her for the field. So ever resourceful, Mina comes up with a new plan – she will convince Lord Rafe Bentley to marry her, he is a disgraced spy, she will help him restore his standing with her uncle in exchange f
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When his father died, Andrew became the new Duke of Thorndon and did the exact opposite of his hell-raiser brother. He retired from London society to live an orderly life in Cornwall and rumors says he became a recluse. But when his brother's behavior cause serious problems, Andrew have to come back to deal with it.

Girls want to marry Duke. That's usually how it goes. Well not for Miss Mina Penny. She find them too arrogant, vain and controlling, and after living her life, trying to be the perf
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I just got bored??? The description of this didn't super cool out to me, but I liked the first two, so I checked this out. And it did have moments where I was more interested, enough that I kept reading, but . . . by the end I was very very bored. ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Fine Duke has everything you’re looking for in a summer read. A heroine who wants freedom and adventure, and a reformed rake looking for a sturdy country bride with an interest in crop rotation. Wait, what? Don’t worry, it totally works.

Lady Wilhemina “Mina” Penny is the niece and ward of one of Britain’s greatest spymasters, which is not as exciting as it sounds. Sure, her uncle lets her build inventions and modify weapons for his agents (think Q from Bond), but all from the safety of the c
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, this book really took me by storm and is so well deserving of huge 5 stars! We first start off with a man running for his life bare naked down the streets of London, it is no other than rake Rafe the brother to the Duke of Thorndon who happens to be coming by in his carriage. Seeing his brother he scrambles him inside and they get to his townhouse and Drew (Thorndon) inquired about a letter he received regarding their sister. Rafe, of course, gets upset and off he goes, not revealing any ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded to 5.

I loved most of this story! I dove right in and found it just hilarious, sexy and fun right from the beginning. Mina has been sheltered her whole life by her uncle, but she desperately dreams of adventure like her spy parents. Drew suffers from his past and has retreated to his Cornwall estate to work with turnips and sheep. I was worried this book would be extremely action filled and spy centered (similar to the last book in the series) which really isn't my thing. But, I
Sep 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance
Lenora Bell’s School for Dukes series continues to be a wild, hilarious, and fun ride. I’ve loved the first two installments, and this week I eagerly dove into the third. Miss Mina Penny is determined to prove to her spymaster uncle that she can handle a dangerous life of adventure and espionage, but he’s determined to see her quietly married off to a duke instead. Luckily for Mina, Drew (the Duke of Thorndon), has a brother in trouble and he needs her expertise in code-cracking and weaponry mor ...more
Norah Gibbons
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell is the 3rd book in her The School for Dukes Trilogy. It can be read as a standalone but I very much enjoyed the first two books and recommend reading them all. After her parents died Mis Wilhelmina Penny (Mina) came under the care of her Uncle who devastated by the loss of her parents and his wife and daughter has been very overprotective and now that she has a chance to have a L ...more
Catherine Stein
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Lenora Bell. I don't think it can beat out For the Duke's Eyes Only as my favorite, but it was close. Lots of hilarious scenes, a dash of intrigue, and a sexy romance. ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 3 in The School for Dukes Series. I am a big fan of Lenora's books. I don't know how I missed the first two books in this Series. I really enjoyed this story, read it in one day, could not put it down. I was hooked from the first sentence "Stop the carriage!" roared Andrew, Duke of Thorndon, pounding on the ceiling with his fist". This story is almost exclusively character driven with a stunning plot with moments of heartbreaking emotions, hair-raising danger, and steamy love scenes ...more
The first 200 pages of this book was ok. The ideas for the plot was new (never read historical spy romances) even though the dialogue was too modern. However, after the halfway mark, it dragged with outlandish modern day scenarios in 1830’s setting.

Plot- Wilhelmina Penny (nicknamed Mina- so when you read it fast it’s almost like Money Penny, but it’s Mina Penny instead!) is the ward of her uncle, Sir Malcom, a spymaster who trains men to become spies for the crown. The H of book 2 (I haven’t rea
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
>>>>> My Synopsis (Review follows): <<<<<
Ms. Wilhelmina 'Mina' Penny has been raised in a guarded and controlled environment by her uncle, Sir Malcolm. While she knows her rigid upbringing was because her uncle wished to protect her, she has had enough. This is her first season and she intends to make it her last. Her uncle's plans, which involve her marrying a Duke, do not mesh with hers. She has grand plans which involve freedom, revenge, and adventure. She does not want to exchange one contro
Lilly Charysma
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy! I have this feeling that you get when you read a book that exceeds your expectations. I had predicted my rating immediately after seeing the sign up document from Pure Textuality. I may have been the cover or the author, it may have been the title that called to me, but I tell you, I was right.

The blurb is more than accurate when describing our main characters. Mina is like a ticking bomb. She has been protected all her life, sheltered. All she wants to do is explore the world, fo
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 7/19/19.

Mina's story!

I really enjoyed the relationship between Drew and Mina--whether they were getting along or not, their chemistry was great and their banter was a lot of fun. Ms. Bell put them in a lot of ridiculous situations--many were a bit OTT but they were still so entertaining to read. The two of them on the page were such magic that I could have read a dozen more chapters of the two of them getting into scrapes and doing...other things. ;)

The on
Lori D
Sometimes what we longed for was not what was best or what we ended up with. Such was the case for Miss Mina Penny. Having grown up sheltered, she wanted adventure, to be a spy like her parents had been and her uncle was now. She had listened and learned through the years and she knew just what she needed to do in her when she got to London for her season. Focus on finding her perfect match who could be none other than Lord Rafe Bentley who she knew worked as a spy under her uncle. Easy Peasy, r ...more
I did enjoy this book and the characters as well. I liked Mina's unconventional upbringing and personality and how she really brought Drew out of his shell. I enjoyed their instant connection and the way they kept getting in each other's way. I also liked that Mina didn't just come out and tell Drew she was trying to be a spy, but kept that to herself. Made the climax more emotional and interesting. Drew's backstory was tragic and sweet in a way in how he closeted himself to protect his pain. Th ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: avon, historical, romance, arc
Miss Mina Penny had it all planned out. Kiss the secret spy employed by her over-protective Uncle. Convince him to marry her, live exciting life of intrigue and travel, finally free of the walls that have held her confined her entire life.

What Mina's plan wasn't counting on was the spy's oldest brother being so handsome. So intriguing. So totally not for her but so totally the one she wants.

Reclusive Rafe Bentley only wanted to find a wife suitable to live with him on his remote estate. One who
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Lenora Bell is a 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!


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