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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

How The Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell

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.
'A debut that reads like an instant classic. Message to my readers: You'll love Lenora Bell!Eloisa JamesNew York Times bestselling author
'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
'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
'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 JordanNew York Times bestselling author
'Hooked me from page one with its humor, emotion, and captivating characters. Lenora Bell is a true delight to read.' Lorraine Heath, USA Today bestselling author
'A winning tale in which disreputable but charming protagonists bond over a shared passion for righting social injustices....Colorful 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
'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.' Starred review from Kirkus
Review: I love historical romances with characters that surprise me, and this was definitely one! I loved Charlene, and her unexpected attitude. Her journey had me gripped right until the end, and I already cannot wait to read more of the series. 

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