Blame It on the Duke (Disgraceful Dukes Series #3)

Blame It on the Duke (Disgraceful Dukes Series #3)

by Lenora Bell

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The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!
The delicious details thus far

Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry—nor add to the “mad” Hatherly line—but now he must honor his father’s debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate. 

A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game of cards, is the very last thing Miss Alice Tombs wants. She’s spent the last three seasons repelling suitors in spectacular fashion so she’d be at liberty to explore the world. She’ll just have to drive this one away as well.

Until Nick proposes an utterly tempting arrangement: one summer together to prove the legitimacy of their union, then Alice is free to travel while Nick revels in the time he has left before the Hatherly Madness takes hold.

It will be easy to walk away after a few months of make-believe wedded bliss—won’t it? Alice and Nick are about to find sultry night at a time.

This ought to be fun . . .

An Avon Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062397775
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Series: Disgraceful Dukes Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 2,114
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has lived and worked on five continents. She currently lives in New Zealand with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. She loves hearing from readers! Sign up for her mailing list to hear about new books, sales, and giveaways.

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Blame It on the Duke (Disgraceful Dukes Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this trilogy of three indepent women and the men who fall in love with them i am looking forward to reading about jane patrick and lear in their own stories. maybe even the good doctor has a romance in his future.anxiously waiting to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it, could not put it down,
ReadingGenie More than 1 year ago
"Blame It On The Duke" by Lenora Bell (May 2017) Nicholas, Lord Hatherly, decided to live for the day because his father, the Duke of Barrington, had gone mad and so had all his ancestors. Nicholas was just waiting for the day when he himself would go mad. He vowed he would never marry but his father somehow got out of the house and gambled "him" away. Now he was honor bound to marry. Miss Alice Tombs had plans to travel with her brother to India. She had saved a manuscript her grandfather was going to throw away. it was the missing piece to the Kama Sutra of Vatsydyana. She had been working on translating it when she found out her father had won the notorious Marquess in a game of cards and her parents expected her to marry him. During her meeting with the Marquess, Alice talks Nicholas into marrying her. The agreement is that they will live together for a month in which time Nicholas would show her the ways of passion and then she would go on her way to India and be able to travel as a married woman. Nicholas would be free to do as he pleases and her father would pay his debts. The story was going real well until about 2/3 ways through you have some detailed sex which I should have been prepared for since she had stipulated he teach her the ways of passion. The author does show how involved a woman can get when you put "marriage/love" into the mix. My mother once told me how the doctor in her small town warned her away from a fellow because insanity ran in the family. The modern thought on this is still pretty much the same - that the predisposition toward insanity runs in families but predisposition is not the same as determinism. It's just one factor. The other factor which is more important is the environment. The story is fun, happy and sad at the same time. Happy Reading!
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LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
A cute love story as a notorious rake becomes domesticated and a studious young woman turns into a lady rake! His father lost at a card game and the winner got his choice of the family townhouse or Nicholas. He picked Nicholas to marry his daughter Alice. As the son of a duke, marriage to Nicholas would ensure Alice’s place in society. Alice and Nicholas had other ideas and drew up their own contract.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really impressed with LB's work. This book was well written; solid and loveable characters with exciting chemistry between the lead characters. Could read this more than once! You'll love it.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Blame It on the Duke is book three in The Disgraceful Dukes series. I've really enjoyed both of the previous books in this series and was excited to get this one! LBell has a unique writing style that grips you from the first page and adds humor in just the right places. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. Rather unconventional, we start off with Nicolas, Lord Hatherly finding out his father lost while gambling and promised his son's hand in marriage to the winner's daughter. I can't say I've heard a Historical Romance start out that way before, but it had me quickly intrigued on where the story would go. Nicolas decides to dissuade his bride to be but winds up going along with it once he meets her. Theirs will be a marriage of convenience once all things are worked out. You see, Alice wants to go to India, she's been working on translating part of a book and wants to submit it. She cannot do so unless she's a married woman so she's game for their charade. Nicolas on the other hand wants to remain where he is and have enough money to take care of his ill father. It's a win win situation, but they didn't count on feelings growing during their marriage of convenience. Blame It on the Duke was a bit bittersweet to read since it's the last book in the series, yet it was such a great read. I'll just hold out hope that the series is extended in the future. The characters were refreshing and I enjoyed seeing what would happen next. I really enjoyed Alice's character, she is so unique. Nicolas was a good match for her, even though I wanted to shake them both on occasion and tell them to just admit their feelings. Another thing I enjoyed as a reader is that these books can be read as a standalone. While each leading lady has made an appearance in a previous book, you can get away with reading these out of order or choosing one that you think you'll like best. If you're a fan of Historical Romance with a healthy dose of humor mixed in you'll adore this series as much as I did. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful adventure to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.