Aug 10, 2016

If Only I Had A Duke by Lenora Bell Review

If Only I Had A Duke
The Disgraceful Dukes #2
By: Lenora Bell
Avon Romance

After four 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.

The duke ruined her plans and he’ll just have to fix them.

Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage—he uses dalliances and public spectacle 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.

Don't let the name of the book fool you, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has no intention of getting married! After the scandal, last season, when she called a halt to her own marriage in order for the Stranger that she was being forced to marry (Harland), could marry her half sister…which is yet another reason Thea doesn't want to get married. You see, Thea's father has many more illegitimate children by his many mistresses, that it's a horrific embarrassment for her mother and a source of pain for Thea herself. So Thea had decided that unless there was love, she wasn't getting married.

During Thea's banishment (after being "Jilted" at the altar) to Ireland, she discovered a priceless painting at Balfry House, she contacts the Duke of Osborne with a plea that she might be allowed to catalog the rest of his collection, which would conveniently keep her in Ireland and away from her overbearing grandmother and her disinterested mother. But as her appeals to the Duke go without headway, a summons for her to return back to London comes and Thea decided to use that to her advantage; but then Dalton, Duke of Osbourne makes Thea the toast of the Ton, with just 1 dance! Thea vows retribution, which is how she finds herself in his bedroom about to embark on an adventure, which she hopes will give her everything she wants.

But as their adventure continues, they find highwaymen, betrayal, and love! And you are left wondering if Thea will ever be able to forgive?

WOW! What a book! What a ride! And oh my goodness! What surprises!! Now I will be honest, I hadn't read a Lenora Bell book before (not even book 1 of this series), but boy did that change before I was even finished with this book! And now the author is on my auto-buy list! Her writing gripped me from the first chapter and I was so caught up in the story, that I refused to put it down! I needed to know the ended! I needed to know everything! And WOW! What an ending! It was nothing I was expected, but better than my wildest dreams.

The characters are in the story are magnificent! You can't help but love both Thea's character and Dalton's. Thea's for being so firm in her belief of wanting more than her parents had, even if that means being alone for the rest of her life. Dalton's for being so much deeper than the rake persona he put on. For avenging his brother's death, for caring for his mother and for becoming an unwanted hero. Con, for being so much more than just a manservant and on a side note, I loved that he found everything he thought he had lost by the end of the book. Molly, for being driven and wanting more than just her life in Cork, though I hope her story and Patrick's might be entwined in the future. There were honestly SO many interesting characters in this book, I could literally go on forever.

With all of that being said; If Only I had a Duke is a truly wonderful book and one that I encourage you to run out and buy, which is why I give it 5 stars!

Lenora Bell is a third generation Alaskan and her hometown still has no traffic lights or fast food, but the public library is going strong!
An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties named Dorian Gray and Percy Shelley.
In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical. She’s thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!

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