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The Worst Duke in the World

(The Penhallow Dynasty #5)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A wayward duke must choose: will he be the bad hero in a love story gone awry, or the brave and clever hero who risks everything for true love?

The acclaimed Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this fresh, fun, funny tale!

Life's no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2021 by Avon
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Michelle Rupe
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I recieved an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I had never read Lisa Berne before, but I saw this cover and it looked sweet. The heroine was smiling, and I just felt compelled to read it. Unfortunately, this book did not work for me.

Jane Kent comes to find out that she is an illegitimate relation to a good family, and since she has been struggling decides to pay a call on them. They completely welcome her with open arms, literally n
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
After surviving a miserable arranged marriage, Anthony Farr, Duke of Radcliffe, has no interest in entering into another matter how many debutantes his sister parades in front of him. When Miss Jane Kent arrives at the Duke's neighboring estate and befriends the Duke’s son, Anthony struggles between his bachelorhood and his growing attraction to Jane.

This is the fifth book in the Penhallow Dynasty series. It can be read alone, but it helps to have read book one. I found these chara
Lori D
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I usually love stories by this author and this one did not disappoint. It was a sweet story of Anthony, Duke of Radcliff, a widow with a son, who really does not want to marry again. His sister parades endless ladies in front of him to try to get his interest.
Jane Kent, finds she is a relation to the Penhallow family and arrives at their illustrious home. She soon gets to know the son of the neighboring Duke, while studying at the vicarage and eventually the Duke himself.
A delightful story of an
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the heroine Jane who is a poor girl who finds herself a long lost relative of a rich and powerful family. I did not like the hero, Anthony, who is a duke who takes way too long to appreciate Jane. He seemed too stupid and, I thought, was indeed not good enough for her! I received an ARC from NetGalley and Avon for my honest review.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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This is a slightly odd book in tone, and I truthfully didn't like that. It's lighthearted in some places, but never goes full madcap hijinks. I don't mind when a romance novel doesn't take itself too seriously, and I have definitely read ones that have jokey little cultural references etc, but there were so many moments where it felt like it was trying very hard to be culturally relevant and funny and cute and it just didn't work or feel right for a Regency novel. I don't want the hero to say "r ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I hadn't read Lisa Berne before so I am not sure is she was trying to do something different here or this is her general style. If it is, she is not for me. the story itself is ok, the characters interesting enough but the way they interact is just downright robotic. If she was trying to make them seem shy and awkward it would explain things a little but they ought to still snap out of it after the first few kisses. I did not feel ...more
Heather Clawson
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Berne's The Worst Duke in the World is the latest in her Penhallow Dynasty series, following the illustrious Penhallow family, and it's fantastic! Jane Kent is a long-lost Penhallow relative, and arrives at Surmont Hall where she finds the family she never knew she had. She also meets Anthony Farr, Duke of Radcliffe, who might be the worst duke in the world. His primary interests are his son, his prize-winning pig, and NOT getting remarried, regardless of what his sister has to say.

The way
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Although the authors writing is intriguing, I found myself lost in some of dialogue/ communication between the characters. In some areas there should be a pause to give the reader time to reflect on what the characters have discussed. Fill the pause with background knowledge of the characters perhaps. The writer has chosen a great plot. I did find humor in the conversations between the characters. I also like the characters. This book will do well among the writers followers. voluntary reviewed ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. Jane is a sweet, sympathetic heroine who is mature and centered, unlike a lot of young heroines. She is a practical, straightforward young woman and very likable. Anthony is certainly likable as well, but not very mature and rather foolish. His eccentricity is refreshing, compared to a lot of toxic masculine heroes, but he occasionally comes off as stupid because he does not know himself. He also avoids his problems, rather than handling them. Still, he's a fun protagonist, if ...more
Marianne Denning
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well this was quite an interesting book. Sort of like a fairy tale! Jane was such a sweet girl, but determined to have love in her life. Anthony was just a second son who suddenly was a Duke. He loved the land, his son, his tenants and live as he knew it. His first marriage was he never would marry again! Yup, you're getting the picture! I hate spoilers so I won't ... but I loved this story. All the characters are interesting - Margaret, Wakefield, Mr. Pressley, and especially Bunc ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very surprisingly, this syrupy sweet romance full of awkward and quirky banter between the Duke, his son Wakefield, and Jane Kent was both original and refreshing. The Duke's insecurities were endearing for the most part until it led to him hurting Jane's feelings. It was disappointing that it took him so long to see the light but at the same time, it did fit his personality. Again, not what I am used to reading but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lisa Berne is a new to me author. I loved this story. Jane was a wonderful main character. I thought that there was good pacing and plot development. I would read more books by this author.
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