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Publisher's Summary

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.
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.
©2016 Lenora Bell (P)2016 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Colorful supporting characters, plentiful plot twists, and the trials of star-crossed lovers make for a sizzling and heartwarming page-turner." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy T on 02-27-17

Really enjoyed this book a lot! Great Narration!

This was such and fun book. Very entertaining all the way through.

I loved Charlene and James, the disgraceful Duke of Harland. The chemistry and attraction between these two was great. It felt real and genuine. There was a couple very well written sex scenes. Not erotica not rated G, but steamy.

Very strong female lead character. No simpering whiny heroine here. A great hero in the disgraceful duke.

The story line and plot was fun. The were some fun characters. Great dialogue throughout the entire book.

I totally recommend this book.

As for the narration it was great. Beverly Crick did a fantastic job! She does great with the men's voices. She reads with emotion as called for ie, laughing, crying, yelling etc. She has a nice reading voice too.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lady M on 02-13-17

The Unconventional Bride Hunt

If you could sum up How the Duke Was Won in three words, what would they be?

Eccentric love story!

What did you like best about this story?

His invitation to four eligible debutantes and their mothers to visit his estate with the objective of choosing a bride. Pretending to be a Footman the handsome Duke wants to see his prospective brides when they were not being pretentious. His meeting with his four prospective brides as the "Footman" was hilarious.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Duke first met Lady Dorothea (Charlene Beckett) flirting with her as the Footman. To say he was surprised by "LADY" Dorothea's reaction is putting it mildly. Forming a mental picture of the scene still puts a smile on my face.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Trouble = inviting four prospective brides and their hopeful mamma's to the Ducal Estate to compete for the position of Duchess.

Any additional comments?

This is Lenora Bell's debut novel but you'd never know it. I enjoyed "How the Duke Was Won" more than many books I have read/heard from seasoned authors. It was fresh, well written entertainment. Beverley A. Crick gave a great performance. I highly recommend it.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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