If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes book 2) written by Lenora Bell, publisher Piatkus is available in ebook and paperback format from 30th August 2016.
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After three failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season.
Well, the duke ruined her plans and now he’ll just have to fix them.
Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage – he uses dalliances to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might just be discovering that he has a heart . . . and he’s losing it to Thea.
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the second novel written by Lenora Bell. I adored Lenora’s debut novel ‘How the Duke Was Won’ and was so excited to hear of another story in The Disgraceful Dukes series. I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.
It was so enchanting to travel back in time to Regency England and Ireland. This second Regency Romance by Lenora Bell was as good as her first. I was captivated straight away with the characters. The young Lady Dorothea (Thea) is a young woman loving her new found independence and vows to not be dictated by her family anymore. I loved this fierce self-determination from Thea, especially in a time were women were designed to act ladylike and responsible and marry into a parent approved family. Thea was learning new strengths and feelings every day. The devilishly handsome and rather arrogant Duke of Osborne (Dalton) is a cheeky fellow you can’t help but fall in love with. Dalton holds a deep dark secret which he has held for many years in hope for retribution for a terrible act in his childhood that has traumatised him ever since. This secret he holds I believe has left him a little vulnerable especially to matters of the heart. The sparring between the couple was brilliant especially in the letter writing, arguments took so much longer to resolve when it was undertaken via a letter in the regency era but this also felt more romantic as the story flowed along. The letters to me held a huge significance in the story. The attraction between Thea and Dalton is quite magnetic and the Duke’s desires for Thea are very difficult to keep restrained.
Can the lady’s innocence, beauty and intelligence be enough to break the wall that the Duke has built to protect his broken heart?
This was a ravishing regency romance that brought rhythm and heat to your heart but it held a purity that is overwhelmingly beautiful. There is a scene towards the end of the novel that was just so tender and beautiful it was impossible to not shed a tear. A dark and dangerous past and present colliding with beauty to give hope for the future. 5/5*
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About the Author
Lenora Bell grew up in a tiny town in Alaska with no streetlights, no movie theater, but a very well-endowed library.
A graduate of Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, she has lived and taught English on five continents. Lenora currently shares a cabin in Switzerland with her husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties.
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