How the Duke Was Won (Disgraceful Dukes Series #1)

How the Duke Was Won (Disgraceful Dukes Series #1)

by Lenora Bell

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062397720
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Disgraceful Dukes Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 132,783
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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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How the Duke Was Won 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful surprise! Ms. Bell's first novel and it was funny, heartwarming, and true to each character. She didn't use any cliched misunderstandings to keep the h/h apart and she gave time for them to get to know each other. I read it in one day and am looking forward to the next book in the series! Definitely worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny too. She has a fascination with roman wrestling bahahaha.. loved that she knew self defense! Awesome woman:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2 thumbs up
Anonymous 12 months ago
So glad I took a chance on this book and author! This is my first read by Bell and it won't be the last. I cannot wait to make my way through the rest of this series. I was skeptical about liking this book since it was only three days for a romance to form, but I read good reviews about it and Sarah MacLean's review on the cover sealed the deal for me. This is a phenomenal book all the way around. It is multi-faceted with great character depth and a lot of humor. This book made me laugh so much! Sometimes stories can become confusing with too many characters and is hard to follow. Even though this book had four debutantes, four mothers, and a few other secondary characters it is written in a way that is not confusing and you learn about each character in depth. Both main characters are unconventional in the historical romance genre. Charlene is an amazing character! Loved her as the heroine. She is strong, brave, fearless, and kickass. Any woman in the 19th century that knows self-defense that flips a duke on his arse, amazing! James is disgrace to the dukedom but he is not ashamed of his ways. He is not the typical rogue type but a duke that makes his own money, investing and creating his own business. He was a lovable character that didn't go on long rants about how he wasn't good enough for love, or too scared of it. His reasons for wanting a loveless marriage were explained in a concise manner without being droned on about. James and Charlene were both very lovable characters and I felt invested in both of them. Though they only had three days together, there were a lot of interaction which made the love story very believable because it felt like they knew each other forever. You can not go wrong with this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read will not be disappointed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a awesome book. I read 8 reviews, one was bad hate to say it but she is crazy for not liking this book so glad I read this . I'm still smiling. Happy reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
How the reader was won?! That's what this book does. I adore this book and must find time to read more from this author and this series. While some may judge romance books as scandalous or meaningless reading, they would simply never understand the power of this book. Romance books, and this historical one in particular, have a way of making right the wrongs and giving hope where there is none. This book hits the very reason I am a reader squarely on the head. When my own life doesn't feel like a place I want to be, I can hide in the pages of a book where even the impossible can be possible and the hopeless can find hope. I love reading books with that much power and this book has it. The characters in this book are also powerful. Not comfortable doing what everyone else does, both James and Charlene belong in a different world than they occupy. James, the disgrace of a Duke, and Charlene, the unacknowledged daughter of an Earl raised to be a courtesan, are drawn to each other. And it makes no sense for either of them. And it can't possibly work. And they both have secrets. But the heart becomes involved and changes things. The story is masterful. I adore the righteous that both James and Charlene have towards slaves and working girls. Those types had to exist at the time or things would have never changed. I love that aspect of the story. I love that this ends up being a pretending story that neither of them even understand. He doesn't want a love marriage. She's not looking for marriage at all, not for herself. Both are trying to do the right thing but breaking each other's hearts to do it. There was this feel of "the bachelor" and reality TV that skimmed the surface of this one. So much fun. The writing is sinful. Kissing has never been so yummy. The bursting of bodices has never been so hysterical. The Duke on his arse has never been so deserving. I enjoyed every word, every page. Combining the powerful characters, masterful story and sinful writing, this one needs to be consumed! Haven't read historical in a while, let this one break that trend! You will definitely not regret it.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
How the Duke Was Won is book one in The Disgraceful Dukes series. This is a Historical Romance with a pretending to be someone else type trope with tons of humor mixed in. I was laughing like crazy at some of the antics in this book. I started this book thinking it sounded great (and was right) but wound up loving it and need to read more of Lenora Bell's work ASAP. We start it off The Bachelor style, James the Duke of Harland is in need of a bride and has limited time. He decides to invite 4 eligible ladies for a three-night stay and at the end, he'll decide which will become his wife. I mean, what could go wrong with a handsome unconventional Duke in a house with four ladies and their mothers? I'll tell you what, one of the ladies (Lady Dorothea) is on a trip when her family receives her invitation so her mother decides to pay Dorothea's courtesan half-sister that's unacknowledged by the father to play the part. She's nearly identical but doesn't have near the same refined manner. So we have Charlene Beckett posing as Lady Dorothea and it leads to some dress popping hilarious times. James (the hottie Duke) is instantly attracted to "Lady Dorothea" and wants her gone. But with only four women to quickly choose from and each outing narrowing down his choices I couldn't wait to see who he'd pick and if he'd figure out that Lady Dorothea wasn't really who she seems. How the Duke Was Won was a hilarious read that I couldn't put down. If I had to pick my favorite thing about the entire book, it would have to be the main characters! I loved Charlene's character, she wasn't shy to share her stances on anything. I wound up rooting for her even when things just kept going wrong. James was not your typical Duke and it was great that he was so different from the rest in this genre. If you're a fan of Historical Romance, you have to read this book. Especially if you enjoy humor added into your reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line drew you in from the very beginning. The characters had alit of dept. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know which girl he picked.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished it although it was not a favorite read
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
Known commonly as "His Disgrace," James, Duke of Harland seeks a reputable, proper, well-bred Lady to wed to rehabilitate his reputation in England, smooth the way for a few Parliamentary reforms, and bear his children. Having loved and lost before, he guards his heart carefully and wants his marriage to resemble a harmonious business partnership, with a wife everyone will publicly respect and that he can privately forget, particularly as he plans to return to his cocoa plantation in Trinidad as soon as he can beget an heir, and he plans to return to England only for the purpose of siring spares and settling business affairs. To secure this paragon of virtue and respectability, the Duke issues invitations to 4 prospective brides who meet his requirements on paper to visit his estate with their mothers for an audition of sorts so he can select one to marry. Eager to land a Duke for their daughters, all 4 mothers throw their daughters into the fray. But Lady Desmond's daughter Dorothea is in Italy at the time of,the Duke's summons. Refusing to allow Dorothea to miss out on the opportunity to land a Duke, Lady Desmond recruits Dorothea's half-sister, Charlene, the illegitimate daughter born in a brothel, to impersonate Dorothea in her absence. Wanting to escape the clutches of a cruel predator who seeks to brand her and her sister and use the, as sex slaves, the still virginal Charlene agrees to,the ruse to earn the money she would need to,close the brothel and set up a legitimate bording house and set her sister up with an artist's apprenticeship. But will a girl who is basically a housekeeper in a brothel be able to capture a duke? Will he believe the ruse? What of their hearts? The basic story progresses along predictable lines, but the anecdotal incidents are amusing enough to keep the story interesting. This was a quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking forward to more "Disgraceful Dukes" novels in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I loved all the characters & how they interacted! Can't wait for the next book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually laughed out loud a few times. Very entertaining and I loved the storyline.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good first book. I enjoyed it very much. James is unexpectedly the new Duke of Harland, having lived in the Caribbean for many years. He produces cocoa and has built a factory in England to produce and sell it. He has no plans to stay in England longer than it takes to find a wife and make sure the heir is conceived. He has a plan to pick the right wife in 3 days and invites 4 ladies to his estate. But are the ladies who he thinks they are? And what happens if they discover the other occupant of his home? Things get complicated and amusing and I do not want to ruin the story. I can easily recommend this book.
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
Well-Written Book With a Personal Dislike **SPOILERS FOR IDENITY REVEAL BELOW*** I liked this novel but it had a major personal sticking point that tempered my enjoyment of the book. I found Charlene and James to be wonderful and well-written characters, the supporting characters were fleshed out well enough that they did not feel like caricatures, and I was thoroughly enjoying the story until near the end. But I can't rate it any higher because Charlene did not reveal the truth about her idenity to James before they engaged in sex. He still thought she was Lady Dorothea and for me that is something I personally do not like in an "in disguise" story. However, I liked the writing style and the characters and will be reading Ms. Bell's next book.