Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love by Numbers Series #3)

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love by Numbers Series #3)

by Sarah MacLean

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ISBN-13: 9780061852077
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Love by Numbers Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 115,305
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances, and the author of a monthly column at The Washington Post celebrating the best of the romance genre. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, dog and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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Wow, what a great book! I love it. One of the best wrenching-heart scenes ever...Fabulous!

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Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Miss Juliana Fiori has shown she can handle herself under any circumstances. She was raised to be independent by her Italian father after her scandalous English mother deserted them. She now lives with her brother in England after the death of her father with the only obstacle she can't seem to work around being English Society. Juliana tries to fit in but knows that she is never going to be one of them and the standard bearer of all things proper, Simon Pearson, eleventh Duke of Leighton keeps reminding her of this fact. He is scandal free and intends to make a perfect marital match with a quiet, demure woman who is biddable and with no reputation whatsoever, which is the complete opposite of all things Juliana. If there is a lake to fall into or a horse to ride however she chooses the fiery female inside Juliana is up for the challenge. Leighton is trying desperately to keep a mortifying secret from everyone that will bring his family shame and will forever destroy their reputation, so Juliana is a risk he can't take. Leighton is also aware that Juliana's mother has been scandalizing several continents with her behavior and the fear that her daughter will become her scares everyone especially Juliana. But even knowing that Juliana cannot be his choice for a wife the need for her makes the wanting of her more than he can bear and even though he knows better he cannot stay away from her. The problem for both Leighton and Juliana is that all the reasoning in the world and knowing they are the worst combination to attempt a relationship without a scandal for reasons unexplainable to everyone but their hearts they can't stay out of each other warm embrace. Juliana believes she is the woman to bring Leighton to the fun side of life and when the challenge is extended he accepts but with the knowledge nothing will keep him from marrying anyone but her or so he keeps repeating to himself every chance he gets but only after just one more kiss, a soft caress or perhaps a gentle whisper of affection. Love is tender and warm and should never be trouble in 16 layers of clothing but Juliana is and regardless the reader will love her. Potential husbands should be warm, loving and attentive to their future bride not worried about what people think, yet Leighton on all that and still you know he is more. Sarah MacLean 3rd book in this series is spectacular and trying to top the first two had to be a challenge but Juliana is wonderful and Leighton a surprise on all levels. Fabulous!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart is the final book in the Love by Numbers trilogy by author Sarah MacLean. After devouring the first two books I was excited to begin this one. McLean didn’t disappoint me, as she delivered another humorous romance with a headstrong heroine. I quickly consumed this while on vacation and found it to be delightful. Juliana Fiori is the Italian half-sister of Gabriel St. John, the Marques of Ralston whom we met in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake. She has been introduced to London society but they whisper about her. She feels like a fish out of water trying to live by the tons rules. When she is accosted, she hits the man and narrowly escapes by hiding in a carriage. This particular carriage turns out to belong to Simon Pearson, the Duke of Leighton. (otherwise known as the Duke of Disdain.) The tango, these two dance, is delicious and the tale kept me completely immersed. I laughed, cried and cheered these misfits on. Juliana and Simon could not be more different. He is all prim and proper; strictly adhering to all the rules of society. She can be bold and outspoken. The two have previously met and were immediately attracted to each other. When Simon discovered her identity, he was outraged. (for not disclosing this information immediately) Simon needs a prim and proper wife and discovers he must do something immediately to protect his reputation before a scandalous secret is discovered. He sets his eyes on the tons darling; Lady Penelope Marbury. Juliana has other plans and I truly adored her. She is refreshing and I loved how she could turn Simon upside down and inside out. She is exactly what this stiff, controlled, smexy Duke needs. I loved Simon, despite the fact that several times I wanted to slap him across the face and shout, “What are you doing? You blundering idiot! “ What a thrill watching Juliana peel back Simon’s layers to reveal the steamy, passionate man within. MacLean’s tales are captivating. I became invested in the characters throughout the series. Reading this novel has been both exciting and depressing. I truly did not want this series to end. While this is a historical fiction and the characters are trapped within the structures of the period; the author breathes such life into them that they became real. I love when an author makes this happen. MacLean weaves drama, suspense and humor into the tale making it a real page turner. I read this in a single day, and I am sure my family was very aware I was spellbound. The romance was wonderful and dripping with sexual tension. The interactions between Juliana and Simon sent my emotions on a rollercoaster ride.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Let it be known that Sarah MacLean is Queen of Romance! Nine Rules was an infatuation and Ten Ways really swept me away, but Eleven Scandals is in a whole another level of LOVE that I'm pretty sure that I'm still floating on Cloud 9 after weeks upon finishing it. I didn't think it was possible for Ms. MacLean's romances to burn any hotter, but holy fried-Twinkie-on-a-stick, the temperature of Eleven Scandals most likely rivaled the Sun's! I was surprised to see how hard I fell for this new couple since the Duke of Leighton proved himself to be a right bastard by the end of Book 2 and Juliana didn't really have much pagetime in the first 2 books! Simon still was a bit of a pompous jerk at first, but once the spotlight shone on his inner conflict between his upbringing and his desires, he has to be one of my absolute favorite male characters! Watching the Duke carry the weight of reputation and family scandal was fascinating - and he definitely redeems himself after giving us a poor impression in Nine Rules and Ten Ways. Juliana definitely sparkled in Eleven Scandals - and I have to commend Ms. MacLean for creating a character with such an adorable quirk of not quite mastering English idioms. My favorites include: "He called me a pie!" and "I would like to clean the air." Oy, it was just too cute for words! Juliana has a lot of heart, and I could not help but admire her strength and determination to teach Simon a lesson on passion and what "family" truly means. The most remarkable thing about Eleven Scandals is how it brought back beloved characters of the previous installments - Callie and Gabriel, Nick and Isabel, Leighton's sister Georgiana. I've read other romance series where prior characters make brief reappearances in the next book, but nothing of much substance. More like "hey, we're still here and together, but we've moved on and so should you." Not so with Eleven Scandals! Sarah MacLean gave her past characters an encore performance to further cement them into our hearts, which definitely makes me want to re-read the whole series again from start to finish. I definitely recommend that you don't start the series with Eleven Scandals - if anything, at least read Ten Ways first, but I strongly suggest that you read Love By Numbers in numerical order. I guarantee that you'll fall in love with each successive book! Sarah MacLean has written such an amazing series that will keep your heart nice and toasty!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your typical "Duke" story. I laughed out loud at times and cried at other times. My kind of story. I loved the way all the characters interacted and melded into an enjoyable story. I wish I had read the other two books in this series first, but it was still a very enjoyable story. Loved Juliana and her "un Duchess-like" ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because by reading the sample it was off to a great start.... However, as one continues reading and becoming more engrossed I noticed that most of the book had been spent in the Duke bring an a** and Julianna being pathetic by trying to gain his approval. All it's my personal opinion.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart is the third book in Sarah MacLean's Murder by Numbers series...which covered the two Ralston brothers and now their sister Juliana Fiori. Juliana has been a great character from the beginning, so it's so fun to have her finally take center stage (as she often does whether intentionally or not).If you've followed my blog long, you know that I absolutely loved the first book in the trilogy, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. Unfortunately, the second book didn't do so much for me. So, I went into this book hoping it would get things back on track - and it definitely did! While I still have to peg Nine Rules as my favorite, this novel was a lot of fun and I definitely enjoyed reading about Juliana and her Duke of Disdain.When they first meet, Simon the Duke of Leighton is immediately attracted to her. They have a few short - yet flirtatious - encounters before he discovers that she isn't part of the aristocracy. Well, the horror. Simon was raised to be a nose-held-high-snob-of-the-first-water so he immediately shuts down contact with her, feeling like she deceived him. However, before long, he gets roped into trying to help keep an eye on her for her brothers. She has a bad tendency to cause trouble, and throughout the book Simon has his hands full trying to keep her respectable. From rescuing her from a lake to helping her stowaway in his carriage, she leads him from one mess to the other. Before long, he realizes he is enjoying being around her a little too much, despite all the trouble.I divided my time between laughing like a loon at Juliana, wanting to punch Leighton in the face and wanting to lock them in a room together (sans clothing). If you're a fan of historical romance, this is definitely a book (not to mention a series!) that you want to pick up. I can't wait to see what Sarah has in store for us next!
tarenn on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
ELEVEN SCANDALS TO START TO WIN A DUKE'S HEART by Sarah Maclean is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is the third in the "Love By Numbers" series,but can be read as a stand alone. #1 "Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake", #2 "Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing A Lord".What a delightful story of love,romance,sensuality,scandal and finding happiness.Julianna,an impulsive,bold,sexy,passionate,trouble maker,who refuses to play by society rules,but is wrapped with scandal from her mother. Simon,the Duke of Leghton,who wants no scandal,keeps his family's secrets,is named the Duke of Disdain,must marry before his sister's scandal is found out,and is fully attracted to Julianna.When Julianna meets Simon a deal he never believes he could be so passionate.While Julianna is a talking scandal and can find trouble anywhere,Simon is trying to stay away from any and all scandal.But Simon can not deny his attraction to Julianna.Their attraction grows and ignites Simon's passion and scandal awaits them.This is a fast paced story of love,romance,passion,finding happiness and taking it while you can regardless of scandal.True happiness is only a scandal away.This is a must read with engaging characters who will capture your heart exspecailly the lovely Julianna who is also half French and half English.This truly makes for an exciting story where eleven scandals will win a Duke's heart.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher.Details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers and My Book Addiction Reviews.
lifeafterjane on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Respectable, well brought-up English ladies are not to call attention to themselves. They should be composed, presentable, restrained and modest at all times. There should never be a situation they can¿t handle with a cool, calm head and above all, they should never display an abundance of emotion or feeling. They are expected to always be on their best behavior. Miss Juliana Fiori is NOT a well brought-up English lady- and you¿ll please refrain from insulting her by calling her one, thank you very much! She would rather die than be considered amongst those stuck-up, cold, unfeeling, bores and she doesn¿t need their approval. As the daughter of an Italian merchant and a wayward, fallen English ex-marchioness, Juliana¿s parentage already has the ton¿s collective noses turned up when Juliana¿s brother, the Marquess of Ralston turns her loose on the unsuspecting English peerage. With a titled brother, a duchess for a sister-in-law and other assorted connections to members of the nobility, the ton can¿t really afford to shut her out, but they don¿t have to play fair. To her credit, neither does Juliana. Simon, Lord of Leighton, is an English gentleman. More over, he¿s a Duke and expected to exemplify the ideal English aristocrat. With an ancestry and family name unblemished and well respected, he is always on his best behavior. He will behave properly, marry the proper girl, produce proper children and live a very proper, if somewhat boring, life. What he will NOT do, is take part in any of the ridiculous schemes that a certain feisty Italian seems hell bent on dragging him in to. They once, briefly, found themselves in a nearly compromising situation that left them on none to friendly terms. Now, with his future so cleanly laid out before him, the little devil has tried to convince him that his life lacks color, lacks passion and she¿s somehow managed to trick him into agreeing to a little wager that could cost him not only his reputation, but his heart. It¿s no secret that I am a crazy Sarah MacLean fan girl. I absolutely adore her novels. At first this inadvertently shocked the hell out of me because they are romance novels and I¿ve always equated them with being silly fluff, but now I¿d like to go back and smack the past Me that thought that. Her books are fantastic. The writing is phenomenal, her characters so well crafted, the dialogue hysterically funny in parts and the whole shebang so very, very romantic. Eleven Scandals¿ is the third book in her Love by Numbers series, and it¿s rumored to be the last. I¿ve loved loved loved all three of them and I just don¿t want to imagine a world in which the series comes to an end. You still have some stories to tell Miz MacLean! A certain brother hasn¿t found love yet and you OWE him! But anyway, the series features a remarkably loveable cast of characters that will each endear his/herself to you almost as soon as you meet. Juliana is another one of the series unconventional characters as each of her leading ladies tends to engage in activities that are not considered common place or really even sanctioned at the time. Callie from Nine Rules was determined to be admitted into the inner world of men that was denied to women at the time, Isabel from Ten Ways¿ runs a home for wayward women who find themselves in less than ideal situations and Juliana in this book flat out REFUSES to conform to the expected norms of society. Not the stereotypical, ¿wild, untameable¿ heroines you would generally think of in a romance novel, but gutsy, pig-headed rebels who just simply refuse to listen to reason. I¿ve instantly rooted for each of them as they¿ve squared off against their shared opponent- expectation. Simon is a considerable challenge. He is so uptight and arrogant that I wanted to smack him from the moment he came on page. He was particularly man-stupid when he thought that he had a right to try to govern Juliana¿s behavior and I¿m glad she had the guts to continuously remind him
stephxsu on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
So I was definitely a little disappointed in this third and final installment of the beloved Love By Numbers historical romance trilogy. Namely because the two other books in this series--NINE RULES and TEN WAYS--were just so perfectly balanced in pacing, characterization, humor, and romance, that I felt like ELEVEN SCANDALS was lacking. Juliana and Simon's romance felt the most forced to me out of the whole series. The events in the book that would bring them together again and again felt orchestrated--not exactly the feeling you as a reader want to get while reading. I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two. It's been two weeks since I finished reading, and I simply don't remember much of what happened in this book. Ah well, back to rereading Nine Rules and Ten Ways!
blodeuedd on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
My thoughts:I do confess to believing one thing when I read the blurb but the truth was something else. Juliana¿s mother left her husband and twins and fled to Italy. Where she married a merchant and had Juliana, she later also left these two. Juliana is tainted by relation and she does not want to cause scandal or have people think of her like that. But what she does do is involuntarily cause scandals. May it be falling into a bush or something else. She does it by mistake. She also thinks the English are stuffy and that they only care about their stupid reputations. She is not afraid to speak he mind and one has to like her.The hero of the book is Simon, the Duke of Leighton. He is proper and does everything by the book. He is also looking for a perfect well-bred, gentle wife that will do what wives should do and nothing else. I did have my moments where I thought about him as Mr Darcy, because he was all pride and stood above everything else. This couple was totally different from each other, but there was this passion there, simmering beneath the surface. Juliana wants him, but she knows her reputation is too bad for him. Simon wants her also, but he knows that she is a common and too much of a scandal.There were moments where I wanted to shout his name and tell him too loose control. Who cares about the ton! He is a duke; he could win them over again. He made some mistakes, and yes I might have wanted to smack him over the head, but I also learnt the truth about some things. Not to mention that he wanted to do the right things. Perhaps it was Juliana I should have shouted at, but then I understand her too. Love is about trust, and mutual love. That is something to want.Conclusion:The book was humorous in ways and all thanks to Juliana, that woman has a habit of landing into trouble. Her family was great, and if this book hadn¿t made me want to read the previous two books then her brothers would have made me. Going by this fun book, then the two books about her brothers finding love must be just as good. And at the end I was hoping that perhaps Simon¿s sister will get a book of her own, now that would be fun.A fun book with a couple surrounded by scandals, romance to root for, and some great witty writing.Rating:Amusing
reesa00 on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Very enjoyable book; I think the conclusion to the trilogy? It was great learning more about Leighton and his fear of scandal; however, I feel a lot of his behavior was still unexplained. I loved that Juliana finally got her own book and to see what she experienced in the ton. However, there were a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book; I'm not sure if they are going to be resolved in future books but didn't like how they were just left hanging out there....
Anonymous 7 months ago
Maclean does it again! You can always count on fully developed characters and a HEA. Yippee!
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
How to melt the ice cold outer shell of a Duke? Throw a naughty, hot, hot, passionate Italian woman into his path. Our hero has had duty and respectability drummed into his head since birth, partly by his cold, rock-hard Mother. Passion cannot be denied, lust draws them closer, love will keep them dancing around each other until it can no longer be denied that they're made for each other. Reading the struggle unfold and the ultimate happy ending is a joy. Don't pass up this passionate journey, you'll thank me later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sucked in from the beginning. I knew it was coming from the encounters from other books. I was fun and sweet. I would have like the drunk from opening scene to get more punishment. I loved it and read it quickly
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Enjoyed the cultural twist that revealed the prejudices of the Regency Era. Very interesting story line. LORRAINE
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
Eleven ways to ‘tell’ versus ‘show’ a Duke Eleven scandals taught me how important well-rounded characters are towards a romance, particularly if one (or more) of your characters is not likable from the start.  Juliana is a wonderful heroine! She is trapped by English society’s rules and traditions and readers sympathize with her right from the beginning. Some readers thought she was too immature and her ‘scandals’ too unrealistic, but let’s not forget she was 20 years old and from Italy. With the critical eye of every member of the ton on you, she’d either have to revolt or cave under the tremendous pressure. I admired Juliana’s adventurous spirit and bravery towards the tonnish vice-like grip, but her anxiety about being like her mother grew boring and her refusal to marry Simon because she wasn’t good enough? Pul-leeze   But Simon? A number of reviewers have exclaimed that Simon is one of the worst heroes they’ve ever read. He insults Juliana, does not treat her as his equal, and gets engaged to another woman. Readers are introduced to a cold, passionless man determined to enter into a cold, passionless marriage and he does not thaw until the ending. We are offered very few reasons for WHY Simon is this way, but we’re sure his mother (and maybe his father who no one talks about) has something to do with it. I wasn’t sure whether Maclean had not thought about Simon’s motivation or personality or whether she decided not to include it in her story? I thought some familiar justification of his character would have provided some additional sympathy from readers, but it never materialized. Simon’s mother is in several scenes, but only to increase conflict between Juliana and Simon. I felt Maclean was ‘telling’ me how bad Simon was without ‘showing’ me with his past and experiences. I wanted some stories from his past woven in to make me like him, but they never materialized. One author who does this very well is Lisa Kleypas in “It Happened One Autumn” – Lord Marcus Westcliff is snobby and arrogant, but the pieces of his past woven into the story make us sympathize and cheer the romance between him and Lilian. Readers are ‘shown’ evidence to why Lord Marcus is the way he is – he becomes three-dimensional character while Simon still felt two-dimensional.  Another strike against Simon was that his sister, Georgiana, was truly the hero in the book. She sacrifices her reputation (and shockingly enough, her DAUGHTER’S reputation!) to give her brother a happy ending. “Thank you, mom for telling English society that I’m a bastard, so Uncle Simon can get his girl. What?!” – any critique partner worth her salt would have called for a plot time-out to discuss that maneuver.  Pacing was slow in the beginning and middle and I felt there was some repetition about her scandalous nature, being like her mother, her thinking that she wasn’t good enough for Simon, and his aversion to scandal. It became a broken record. The writing is excellent and I admire Maclean’s versatility with words. I also thought the sexual tension between Simon and Juliana was paced more appropriately than “9 Rules” and each love scene was necessary towards the plot. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, this book was quite boring. It took me several weeks to finish when I usually devour a book in a day or two. I just didn't get the chemistry with these characters. I like a book with a bit more witty banter. It's an ok read if you are really desperate for a regency novel.
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Great read
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