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How to Tempt a Duke

(The London School for Ladies #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  45 reviews
A lady’s lessons…

…in temptation!

When her almost fiancé proposes to someone else, Lady Eleanor is suddenly the talk of the ton! With her family in financial dire straits, Eleanor must marry before the end of the Season. Secret lessons with Charles, the dashing, infuriating—and devastatingly charming—Duke of Somersville, should help Eleanor shake off her shameful Ice Queen m
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Published December 1st 2019 by Harlequin Historical
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Barbara Rogers
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series: Not A Series, but several ‘associated’ books
Publication Date: 12/1/19
Number of Pages: 288

Add danger and mystery to a wonderful romance and you have…the perfect book! The writing, as always, is superb and the characters are complex and robust. The mystery is exceptional, there are a number of twists and turns that will keep you rapidly moving from page to page and there is a beautiful epilogue. What more could you want?

Lady Eleanor Murray is half-way through her seventh unsuccessful seaso
Elodie’s Reading Corner
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to Tempt a Duke
Madeline Martín
Release date ebook 12/01/2019
Publisher : Harlequin Historical / Mills&Boon Historical

Blurb :

A lady’s lessons…

…in temptation!

When her almost fiancé proposes to someone else, Lady Eleanor is suddenly the talk of the ton! With her family in financial dire straits, Eleanor must marry before the end of the Season. Secret lessons with Charles, the dashing, infuriating—and devastatingly charming—Duke of Somersville, should help
Maggie Whitworth
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

Returning from his travels to the news of his father’s death, Charles must now take the reins as the new Duke, not a role he relishes.
Many things have changed in the years he’s been on his travels, the most alarming is his friends circumstances.
Lottie is now not the sweet young daughter of the vicar but a courtesan who now needs his help to change her life’s direction.
That’s means helping her thaw the ice queen Lady Eleanor Murray the daughter of a man his family hates.

Eleanor is deal
Tracy Emro
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Because living the humiliation wasn’t enough, Lady Eleanor Murray reads the words in the Lady Observer that truly place her firmly on the shelf – Ice Queen. Seemingly thrown over by Hugh, Lord Ledsey, the only man who had ever seriously courted her, she thinks she is out of options. But to her surprise, her mother the Countess of Westix has another idea. She makes it clear that their funds will not allow for another season, she explains the financial mess her father left and that that her brothe ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
When the man who was courting her quickly becomes engaged to someone else, Lady Eleanor Murray becomes the talk of the ton, and not in a good way. She was trained by a harsh and demanding father to never show emotion and now that stoicism has earned her to moniker "The Ice Queen." With no suitors in sight and tight finances making it necessary for Eleanor to be wed by the end of the season, her mother, the Countess of Westix, sets up a shocking arrangement: Eleanor will take lesons with a courte ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Tempt a Duke by Madeline Martin is a delightful and wonderful Regency Romance.
Well written with superb, engaging and believable characters. The storyline flows seamlessly and effortlessly with all the right things for a great romance. Filled with sex, lies, secrets, betrayal, treasure, danger, and surprising twists and, turns, the reader can't go wrong.
Follow, Lady Eleanor Murray, dubbed the "Ice Queen" and Charles, Duke of Somersville, the dashing, and charming gentleman Eleanor turns
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When her almost-fiancé Lord Ledsey proposes to someone else, Lady Eleanor Murray is suddenly the talk of the ton! With her family in financial dire straits because her brother is missing, Eleanor must marry before the end of the Season. So her mother arranges for the Ice Queen to have lessons from Lottie a courtesan to help shake off her moniker. When Eleanor arrives Lord Charles is there to help, unbeknown to Eleanor he's the Duke of Somersville & her family’s enemy.
Both Eleanor’s father the Ea
Jessica Grogan
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’ll just read How to Start a Scandal again instead.
Lori D
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I think Madeline Martin cannot possible write a better story, she does. There are several layers to this wonderful story of trying to find oneself and shedding the burden of living up to someone else's expectations and approval.
Yes she wanted his opinion. "You are cold, as they say. Polite? Yes, but you have no Joie de vivre...your delivery is without feeling. You have no... passion. You will go through life in an endless routine of changing gowns and attending luncheons and soirees u
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to Tempt a Duke is the author’s first book for Harlequin Historical. It was an amazing book and a great way to start off. The book was fast paced and had wonderful characters.
Society had labeled Lady Eleanor Murray as the Ice Queen when the gentleman that had been courting her proposed to another women. She had been raised with the understanding that showing emotions was a weakness, Murrays were strong, and they did not show fear. Her father belonged to the Adventure Club and when he passed,
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to Tempt a Duke by Madeline Martin is a magnificent work of romance that explores the depths of the human spirit. Martin pushes her characters to their limit. She layers them, and they spring off the page with vitality and vulnerability. Lady Eleanor Murray is not the typical Regency heroine. She is emotionally shut down and earns the name Ice Queen among the ton. I think Martin does an astounding job of peeling back Eleanor’s layers to the woman deep within. Her hero Charles Pemberton the D ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adventure, danger, and love! That's what you'll find in this book. Our hero, Charles, is stubbornly holding on to his quest to fulfill his late father's last request. Many times I justed wanted to smack him and scream at him to open his eyes and see what's right in front of him. Our heroine, Eleanor, is so much more than just an 'Ice Queen'. I loved watching her 'melt' and show her true self. I liked that she was so persistent in becoming the woman she really wanted to be. There is also a sudden ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How To Tempt A Duke By Madeline Martin. 5 Stars!
My Perfect Date Companion!
This is a beautifully written historical romance with vivid and engaging characters, fun and exciting plot, surprising twist, mystery, secrets, treasure, and an awakening romance. I really enjoyed the interesting details of the journals, the secret code key, the mysterious archeology treasure club their fathers belonged to, and the details of the political, financial, and extraction red tape of the treasure/artifacts busi
Sandra R
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written - as per usual for this author. It's a traditional M & B Regency historical romance set around 1814 with good historical details. There are some steamy romance scenes after a slow burn start. An interesting book that I enjoyed. ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Eleanor Murray was dubbed “The Ice Queen” by a newspaper destroying her reputation. Her almost fiancé breaks their betrothal and Eleanor is not one that is welcome at any of the ton society events. Lastly, Eleanor’s family is facing financial ruin especially since this marriage would save them from Eleanor’s cousin. Eleanor only recourse is to take training lessons from a courtesan and the Duke of Somersville, Charles Pemberton. Charles also has his own secret agenda to use Eleanor to find ...more
Amy Alvis
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor has been dubbed the Ice Queen when her almost fiancé proposes to another and she shows no emotion. She has been coached from birth to not let others know what she is feeling and she doesn't know any other way to act. With her father gone and her brother missing, she must marry or she and her mother will be destitute.

Eleanor's mother arranges for her to visit an old friend, Lottie, to get lessons on how to make herself more appealing to men, since marriage is the only thing that will sav
Maxine Wilson
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Temptation at its best, engrossing, massively compelling romance, filled with intrigue, suspense with a dash of sexual tension.

Loved this book, if only they would take the 5 stars away, I give it as many as I could, that’s probably why they have to do it.

Lady Eleanor Murray has been rejected for the very last time, no more for this lady, until mother gets involved to the extent that she will send her daughter off to a courtesan to learn how to appeal to a man.

Charles Pemberton, Duke of Somersvil
Diane DuBenske
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story grabs you from the beginning. Lady Eleanor Murray has lived her entire life holding her feelings in check, as she was taught from a young age by her unloving Scottish father. She becomes known in society as the Ice Queen. Her mother arranges lessons for her from a courtesan so she will be able to overcome her Ice Queen moniker. With the help of Lottie, the courtesan and Charles Pemberton, the Duke of Somersville, she learns to be able to bring out the warm and caring person s
Stephanie Herron
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eleanor is publicly dumped by Hugh at a ball. The embarrassment of being called an Ice Queen is difficult to overcome so her mother hires a courtesan, Lottie, to teach her how to flirt. Lottie wants nothing more than to find a new way to make money as she was a vicars daughter before being ruined so she asks her friend Charles to help her out. Charles becomes intrigued by Eleanor even though all he really wants is the set of journals Eleanor's dad had from the Adventure Club. He is certain that ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story. I began this story when I went to bed thinking I would just get it started and finish it the following day, well there was no putting it down once I began. It was so captivating and the characters just drew me in. It was quite a unique and creative story for regency times with an interesting twist near the end. I loved Charles, Eleanor and Lottie and there are other interesting supporting characters as well. I am hoping we will get their stories at some point. I do ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have thoroughly enjoyed most books by this author. She keeps a story moving, the men rugged but not too obnoxious and the women strong. Although I did enjoy this book, I had a hard time getting sucked in this time. The characters at first seemed dull and the story took a minute to build up. However the once story started to change, there was a turn that I had not expected. I was not expecting the plot to turn into a 'who done it' and treas
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
I have always loved Madeline Martin's writing style but I have to say that How to Tempt a Duke has got to be the best yet. This is a story of intrigue, treasure hunting, and a distant enemies to lovers story. Lady Eleanor has been given the moniker "Ice Queen" after her stoic reaction to a failed expectation of engagement. She starts secretly taking lessons from a courtesan to soften her image. Charles, the Duke of Somersville, agrees to help his childhood friend give lessons to Eleanor in the h ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor is so uptight; it really makes you feel sorry for her. Her stiffness makes her misunderstood and you can feel how much she wants to be accepted and loved. I understand how she is left out because she is so unapproachable.
Charles can’t think about anything except completing is father’s last request and even if he is handsome, hunky and sexy on the outside, I just want to shake him at times. I felt sorrier for him than I did for Eleanor at times.
I really enjoyed the book. It really did thr
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The characters in this book took some time to reveal themselves to me. The story became real to me once I understood the relationship with their past and how it manifested itself into their daily lives.
The book was very enthralling because each character brought a different perspective and emotions to the story. I needed to continue to read in order to bring together the strings and make it come together into the fascinating tale that is this book. This author is one of my all-time favorites, sh
Jennifer Yeakel
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Eleanor, known as the Ice Queen needs to find a husband soon. So her mother hires Lottie, a known courtesan to help her daughter melt her icy disposition.

Charles, recently inherited the title of Duke, after his father passed away. Charles is in search of a Ruby stone.
He thinks Eleanor's late father has the location hidden in a journal. He is desperate to get his hands on these journals.
Charles agrees to help his childhood friend Lottie, in Eleanor's training.

What will Lady Eleanor do when
Anna Holmes
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Madeline Martin made me visit all the emotions in this book. I laughed, cried, cringed, and fell in love with Charles and Eleanor.

Eleanor is a red headed, ice queen. She has to visit a courtesan to learn how to be open and friendly. Enter the hot duke, Charles. Add a treasure hunt, a jerk Of an ex, and a little bit of true love and there is an amazing book.

I say this all the time, but this is my favorite Martin book. She is an amazing author
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She had it in her the entire time, she just didn't know it!

I have this book 5 stars, and I would have given it more if I could! Madeline Martin is such wonderful author, I buy every book she writes! She is that good. I know I'm going to love the book before I start reading. And I always do! It's not often that you fall in love with the two main characters in a book, but to fall in love with a third also! I loved Charles, who wouldn't, and Eleanor, so brave. I also fell in love with Lottie! Such
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heart of Fire

Lady Eleanor's mother hires a courtesan to train her daughter in the art of flirtation. Lord Charles, Duke of Somerville, is asked to help. Lessons and flirtations aside, there are the journals that hold the secret of finding the Coeur de Feu. He has the key, but he needs the journals that belonged to Eleanor's father. Somebody else wants them, too. A few twists and turns lead to surprises. Nice plot!
Kacy Rozier
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my Goodness! Madeline has been a favorite of mine for a few years now... I love her style of writing and the strong women she writes about! This book was so intriguing for me! The twist near the end was unexpected but loved it all the same! Read it in one night.... couldn't put it down! When Eleanor takes all of her "coldness" shield away.. I wanted to fist bump her! HAHA! I really don't like giving much away in my reviews.. so just pick this book up and enjoy the ride! ...more
Roslyn Stillman
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice change from the medieval stories, Ms Martin has been writing lately although I enjoyed them too. We all need a change and this one fitted the bill nicely. It was filled with drama, adventure and romance. It was lovely to watch the ice queen melt and find love. As usual, the characters had depth and feeling. I loved the secondary characters who bring more life to the story. I received this as an ARC and was happy to do a review.
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Madeline Martin is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London as well as historical romance that spans from medieval castles to regency ballrooms.

Stay posted for her next WWII historical fiction coming out in 2022!

She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), one incredibly spoiled cat and a man so wonderful he's

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