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    Beverley A. Crick (narrator) Lenora Bell (author)(Author)

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'A debut that reads like an instant classic. Message to my readers: You'll love Lenora Bell!' Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

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.

'How the Duke was Won is exciting and emotional - evocative of the best of the genre. If you've been looking for a bold, new voice in historical romance, the search ends here. Lenora Bell is it!' Sarah MacLean

'Fresh, flirty, and fabulous! The new Belle of Historical Romance!' Kerrelyn Sparks

How the Duke was Won is exciting and emotional - evocative of the best of the genre. If you've been looking for a bold, new voice in historical romance, the search ends here. Lenora Bell is it! (Sarah MacLean)Colourful supporting characters, plentiful plot twists, and the trials of star-crossed lovers make for a sizzling and heartwarming page-turner (Starred review from Publishers Weekly)Everything that made me first fall in love with historical romances while still being new and different. Trust me . . . you've been waiting for Lenora Bell (Sophie Jordan,New York Timesbestselling author)Fresh, flirty, and fabulous! The new Belle of Historical Romance! (Kerrelyn Sparks)RWA Golden Heart winner Bell's debut romance, the first in her Disgraceful Dukes series, is a knockout with its seductive combination of breathtakingly sexy romance, a refreshingly unconventional hero and heroine, and clever writing infused with droll wit (Starred review from Booklist)Hooked me from page one with its humor, emotion, and captivating characters. Lenora Bell is a true delight to read (Lorraine Heath,USA Todaybestselling author)Fierce and full of surprises . . . this spicy romance will delight fans of the genre. Bell has found a new avenue to the happily-ever-after of the Regency era. Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list (Kirkus) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Alison10 on 11 May 2017

    This is an original story line, and I found myself not wanting to put it down as I couldn't think how it would all end! The writing was good and the characters were well drawn - I liked Charlene and James and wished a happy ending for them. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to other readers.The one thing that was like a piece of grit in my eye was Charlene's name. A lot is talked about the importance of getting the historical ambience right - over-modern expressions, obvious Americanisms, and a lack of understanding of the British titles and forms of address are usually the the main things which absolutely ruin the period atmosphere. But the wrong names are another major blunder. Charlene is not a name that would be known or used in the Regency period. It is a late twentieth century American import. The names used by the British aristocracy at that period - and the general population at large - were fairly limited and usually traditional. Charlotte would have been absolutely acceptable in this context - but never Charlene. This was what brought the book down from five to four star for me.

  • By twinsnana on 27 May 2017

    A Duke who does not believe in himself A Young girl with loads of opinions. Full of humour tears & a little spice. Loved this book & cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

  • By Anthony S on 17 June 2017

    All three books were a jolly good read.

  • By Guest on 15 June 2017

    A very good read

  • By Rachel on 8 May 2017

    On the surface this is a wonderful Regency romp; reluctant Duke, inappropriate but feisty heroine, Covent Garden brothel, over the top parties resplendent with chimps and peacocks and wannabe poets, a Percy Shelley cameo - it's got it all, in glorious technicolour.But HTDWW is so much more than that. Not only is it a clever homage to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlene Beckett... geddit??!!), it also addresses the social problems of the time. Slavery, working conditions, women's rights, or lack of them ("are you a bluestocking Lady Dorethea?") are all covered as is the problem with expressing an opinion that is seen to be outside of societal norms, especially if you were a woman (oh how little has changed!). It is the story of how strong women are when they work together (the scene at Lord Hatherley's party is just brilliant) and how much more can be achieved when we do (a lesson for us all there). Ultimately of course though it is a story of love - love really is all you need - my favourite kind of story!Leonora Bell is a shining star of a new voice in historical romance and I look forward to devouring the rest of this trilogy and (hopefully) many more to come!


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