RRSReview: How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell


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RRSReview: How the Duke Was Won by Lenora BellHow the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1) by Lenora Bell
Series: The Disgraceful Dukes #1
Published by Avon on April 26th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Pages: 384

The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.
James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.
Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?
She is not like the others…
Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:
* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]
* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]
* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]
* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]
When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.


This was a fun and cute adventure! I felt the fake/mistaken identity was done pretty well. And it was a lot funnier than I expected, especially with the four girls competing for the duke’s marriage proposal. I particularly liked Alice (but I can’t exactly tell you why, because spoilers!)

I loved Charlene (aka. the fake Lady Dorothea)! She’s bold and sassy, a little unconventional, full of heart and causes a lot of chaos in James’ plan to marry for business.

Lady Dorothea and her lush curves and lethal elbows had to go.

James kind of started of as a stick-in-mud. But really becomes the charmer when he falls hard for Charlene.

“There,” he breathed, brushing his thumb across her lips. “That smile. That blinding smile. A man could make that his life’s ambition, to produce that smile.”

It’s an interesting relationship, seeing it develop and play out since it’s basically built on both deceptions (Charlene pretending to Lady Dorothea) and truths (Charlene speaks and acts like herself).

Overall, a cute fluffy romance with a touch of fun humour.


And another thing. A six. He was not a six. That kiss had definitely been in a way-beyond-ten range.


“Let me tell you a story then, about a very foolish girl and a dangerous duke with broad strong shoulders and piercing green eyes.”

“Oh,” Flor breathed. “A romantic tale.”


Author: Cyn

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6 Replies to “RRSReview: How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell”

  1. I’m normally not a fan of mistaken identities but this one sounds so fun! I like the almost Bachelor-esque plot and the sound of Charlene. Plus it’s always entertaining to see a stick in the mud character loosen up a bit. Great review!

    1. Haha, you are right, it does have a Bachelor-esque feel! The mistaken identity trope worked pretty well in this.
      Thanks, Katherine!

  2. I loved the premise of this. Glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂

    1. It was a fun premise!

  3. oh I do love this trope but I tend to have issues with the “fluffy” HR’s. I am waiting on my library for this one. Great review.

    1. I hope you still enjoy this one! Good news is it isn’t all fluff! Thanks!

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