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How the Duke Was Won

Book 1, The Disgraceful Dukes - The Disgraceful Dukes

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 14, 2016 – Debut author Bell begins the Disgraceful Dukes Regency series with a winning tale in which disreputable but charming protagonists bond over a shared passion for righting social injustices. Charlene, the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of an earl, longs to save herself and her sister from prostitution by opening a boarding house for impoverished girls. James, a second son who unexpectedly inherits a ducal title, arrives in London prepared to marry an impeccable bride, produce an heir, and return to the West Indies to run his fair-wage cocoa farms. When James invites four women to audition for the role of duchess, Charlene is hired to stand in for her look-alike half-sister, Lady Dorothea, until Dorothea returns from abroad. Charlene's spirited manner, martial arts skills, and instant rapport with James's biracial daughter (whose existence and acceptance by her father are absolutely scandalous to most of the London elite) immediately put her at the top of the list, but soon James's suspicions of trickery dampen his ardor. Meanwhile, Charlene reluctantly cedes her place to Dorothea, certain a duke would never marry an illegitimate woman. Colorful supporting characters, plentiful plot twists, and the trials of star-crossed lovers make for a sizzling and heartwarming page-turner.

Customer Reviews

How the duke was won

Great new author. Humor and romance! Can't wait for her next book.

Her Own Heroine

From the get-go, How the Duke Was Won had me. This is a book that tucks you in the character's coat pocket and transports you from a London bawdy to the English country side, bearing witness to a ducal attempt at arranging his own marriage of convenience.

Loved this book for so many reasons - the plot moved at great pace with turns that not only kept me completely and totally invested. I loved the characters - not only Charlene & James, but the supporting cast who ranged from an artistic prodigy to a perfect villain. They helped give this story it's vibrancy and made me want to get to know them better.

Charlene Beckett is the one of those heroines who is a woman before her time. In society's eyes, she is less-than, but within the first pages, it is clear she has more strength and courage than all the members of the Royal Army. Her so-called rough surface belies her amazing heart, which beats for her mother and sister, to give them a better life, away from the Covent Gardens.

James is fascinating in his own right. He is the antithesis of a high born nobleman. Though motivated by money, it's not necessarily to
line his own pockets, but to broaden worldview and improve lives. He has vision that doesn't align with his peers, but he is willing to take steps to change minds and hearts. Not to say that James is all work -- it is impossible not to fall in love with him -- much like Charlene, the rough edges are mere walls around a heart that are easily scaled by a equally determined soul.

Do get your hands on this book and be prepared to get lost. Happy reading!!

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How the Duke Was Won
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Apr 26, 2016
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Disgraceful Dukes
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