If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2) by Lenora Bell

If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2)

After three failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season. The duke ruined her plans and he’ll just ...

Details If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2)

TitleIf I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2)
Release DateAug 30th, 2016
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency Romance, Adult

Reviews If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2)

  • Lenora Bell
    I wrote this! What? Sometimes I still can't believe I'm a published author. This takes some getting used to, you know? I spent years doubting myself and thinking that I could never finish a book much less sell one. So you know what...I'm giving myself five stars. Why not. You only live once :) Why should you read this book? Well...Heroes and Heartbreakers said it was: "full of funny, sexy crazysauce" and I think that about sums it up. This is a w...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    If I only had a Duke is the second book in The Disgraceful Dukes series. I read the first book, How the Duke Was Won, earlier this spring and I found it quite good. I'm very pleased to say that If I Only Had a Duke is just as funny to read as the first book in the series. I chuckled aloud several times during the first 1/3 of the book. Also, I really like this series heroines. They are all so bloody funny and feels refreshingly stubborn and indep...
  • Jenna Friebel
    Thea is the best.
  • Jan
    It was OK. Pretty forgettable. I've already forgotten the MC's names, and I only finished it yesterday :( Oops. I thought I'd try a new author, but Lenora Bell's not for me, I'm afraid. I didn't hate it. It did start off quite well - light and humorous and fresh. But, fresh started to quickly go stale.......... About a third of the way in the cute and funny banter was getting old, and there was a sameness about it all. I started to not care that ...
  • Izy
    Rating ~ 4-4.5 starsThis was my first read by the new historical romance author Lenora Bell but it's definitely won't be the last. I had a blast reading this one. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series and as I write this I'm already starting the first book in the series.Lady Dorothea Beaumont likes living in Ireland with her aunt far away from London and the eyes of the society, this is would be her last season which means n...
  • Esther
    I would give this a 3.5 rating.Short review on just a couple points.This had a pretty good story line, but at times got lost with all the side plots added to the mix.I at times found some scenes to almost have missing parts. Jumped from one scene and then felt like I was in another and not sure how I got there (hoping this makes sense and I'm explaining myself here).Both characters were likeable and good chemistry.
  • Shannon Gallagher
    Definitely deserving of 5 + STARS. Simply wonderful! Lenora Bell is a master storyteller! This book made me laugh and cry and was altogether quite satisfying. I will be reading more.
  • Natalie
    Artmesia was trying to tell her something. the mask Dalton wore had slipped and shattered. She knew the real man now. And her own mask wasn't needed anymore. The timidity. The nervous giggle. The fear of failure. In such a short space of time she'd become something wholly different.And by giving her this gift, Dalton was trying to tell her something as well. He believed in her dreams and her goals... and he wanted to be part of them.(Easily a 4 s...
  • Em
    I gave this a D- at All About Romance.If only If I Only Had a Duke had actually been about marrying a duke! Unfortunately, there are plots, subplots, tangents, overly complicated lead characters – he’s a hybrid secret vigilante/rake hero, she’s a timid and shy (but not really) heroine; supporting characters who are overly familiar and inappropriate (‘buddy’ manservants); extreme versions of common stereotypes (overbearing mothers and gr...
  • Ginger
    Decent characters, plot was good and fun book to read!
  • nick
    Lenora Bell's The Disgraceful Dukes series is turning out to be a delightful historical series. If Only I Had a Duke might only be her second book, but already she has positioned herself among my favorite historical romance authors, Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas and Sarah MacLean. This book had me smiling, laughing, swooning and even shedding a tear!I love how Lenora Bell crafts strong and independent female heroines. Thea was a darling of a heroine. ...
  • Amanda
    This was a very fun, cute read. It featured a lot of tropes I tend to love: bantering leads, classic road trip shenanigans, a matchmaking man servant, a grumpy duke, a spirited wallflower, sexy times on a ship, etc. Thea for me was the standout though. I identified with her feelings of inadequacy and admired her journey to self assurance, aptly rubber stamped by Dalton’s total awe and confidence in her and her dreams. I also liked how she drew ...
  • Stephanie (Jump)
    4 stars This started off brilliantly. Their letters back and forth, the way the hero misunderstood the heroine as a marriage scheming miss, the sparks when they met that first time on the dance floor of a ballroom. The flowers going back to him with that note. So good. Somewhere halfway when they start to get along it loses some of its magic and steam. Dalton's mysterious alter ego was hard to believe. But I have never been into the whole (view s...
  • (Nat) Reading Romances
    Lenora Bell is an author you should be reading.If I Only Had a Duke fulfilled all my (high) expectations! And let me tell you, I haven’t read a historical with such hot sex scenes in a good while. They were very well written.I’m only confused by the title, because the heroine never wanted or needed a Duke as part of her life plan. So I suggest it could’ve been titled as “How to topple a monumental duke”! HA!I was so sad when it was over...
  • Dragana
    If I Only Had a Duke reminded me why I fell in love with historical romance genre. While it needed maybe a bit more editing since sometimes some phrases and words were repeated too often, the fun it provided made up for it.If you like historical romance novels that feature: + Mouthy on-the-shelf heroine + Brooding duke+ The-clash-of-wills romance+ Intriguing side-mystery and questThe If I Only Had a Duke will offer you a delightful, relaxing love...
  • Erin Kelly
    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Ok, so it is only fair to mention that I teach fine arts, so when this heroine longs to give props to Artemisia Gentileschi and mentions Elizabeth Vigee LeBrun, I am all in. Oh, and she pretends to be an Italian opera singer. Our Duke is a vigilante, and they are soooo swoonworthy. Full review to come, but Lenora Bell has now become a preorder author for me.
  • Jo
    Lady Dorothea Beaumont was taught to be perfect. All of her family expected her to make an excellent debut and to marry well. Instead Thea had three failed seasons and was hidden away in Ireland, hoping time away would make everyone forget about her blunders. But Thea has decides she’s had enough of her family’s scheming and expectations. She doesn’t want to be the belle of the season, she would rather live in blissful freedom with her Aunt...
  • Jaci
    Lenora knows how to craft a wonderful tale of a Duke who hides his true self behind a facade of the decadent rake and the debutante who is a disaster in Society who hides her passion and strength.Thea has a plan to get back to her aunt's cottage in Ireland where she can be herself and not ever have to worry about what other people think of her. She has no plans to get married. Her passion is finding lost paintings from female artists and introduc...
  • id!l
    I really enjoyed the first book, but I wasn't really sold here. I found the premise and plot a bit far fetched, and to be fair that was also an issue in book 1, but at least the love story was more compelling. I think there wasn't enough of a build up and so it came across as insta love.
  • Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
    The second book in the series definitely had a rom-com vibe and the storyline flowed better than the first book. My favorite parts were the flippant banter between the Duke and Thea! Their notes had me in stitches and I loved the chemistry between the two. Good read.
  • Bambi Unbridled
    The Disgraceful Dukes series continues with If I Only Had a Duke featuring funny and endearing characters, reluctant romance and steamy interludes. The narrator, Beverley A. Crick, gave us an exceptional performance. She was a dab hand at Irish and Italian affectations (even when they were supposed to be bad), and was believable as both female and male personas. I will definitely look for more of her work in the future.You may recognize the heroi...
  • Inshirah Kamal
    And your heart? she wanted to ask. Was it stolen as well? Because mine’s lost forever.
  • Avid Booker
    First OFF, lets not EVER compare this to the glorious magnifiecence of A Week To Be Wicked. I'm sorry, this story just didn't have that kind of charm or humor. That's first. 2nd, it was good, but some things left me dry.Okay, so lets start of with the similarities of this and A Week To Be Wicked. A rake and normal girl(she's of the ton, but barely). Check. Someone in the story makes up wild tales. Check. It's a road trip romance. Check.Now that w...
  • Sorina
    "Fate had been very clear about one thing - whether lingering or in one agonizing blow, love died.Brothers drowned. Mother faded into wraiths. And melting blue-grey eyes couldn't dull his pain any better than a bottle of brandy."This was really sweet! There are several things that I really enjoyed about this.First, it starts of great, with several correspondences send between Thea and Dalton, and you can just tell by those letters, that they woul...
  • Jennifer
    4.25 StarsI found Lenora Bell's debut, How the Duke Was Won, to be entertaining and had high expectations for the sequel, If I Only Had a Duke. I was especially to excited to read it when I learned that the heroine would be Lady Dorothea, whom the heroine of book one spent much of the story impersonating. Though Thea was only in a few scenes in the first book, she made a real impression on me and I knew her story would be fabulous...and it was!De...
  • Jessica
    Historical romances always put a smile on my face, especially when they're actually done right. Lenora Bell has mastered the art of taking unique women who go against the norms of society and tame the rakes who were previously untamable and quite irresistible to any women who crossed their paths. Can you say, yes please?!?!Lady Dorothea was bred to find a handsome duke to snag and marry, but what her mother failed to do was socialize her perfect ...
  • Alba
    Originally posted on: http://www.albainbookland.com/2016/08...This was such a fun book and I enjoyed it immensely. The story revolves around Lady Dorothea, who turned out to be a fantastic heroine. She had been brought up with a sole purpose: marry a duke. But her family hadn't counted on something: she was prone to disaster and no one seemed interested in her. Thea though had other intentions, she had no interest on dukes, her heart belonged to ...
  • Heidi Rice
    So it's official, I've found a new auto-buy author in Lenora Bell… She has the same wit and sexiness of Tessa Dare, but with a charm and charisma in her characters that is all her own… this is the second in the Disgraceful Dukes series, and we met both Dalton and Thea in the first book. But here the two of them really come into their own. Thea is one of those great historical heroines who is determined to be more than the sum of an advantageo...
  • Melanie
    If I Only Had a Duke in which the “real” Dorothea gets her happily ever after, is as much fun as was How the Duke Was Won. Here are the reasons behind my love of this story. The excerpt below is of our heroine sneaking in the hero's room, pretending to be a masseuse, while he's half naked waiting for his massage..."And then the true enormity of her task became clear. She was meant to climb. On top. Of a duke. She should have brought a rope an...
  • ExLibris_Kate
    I enjoyed the heroine, Thea, in this book. She was over being put on the marriage mart and who could blame her? I loved that Dalton thought he was doing her a big favor, when in fact he ruined everything. That premise not only told you a lot about Thea, but it was a great initial conflict for their relationship. Their dialogue was funny and witty, with Dalton’s ego being taken down a notch by Thea’s anger over her newfound popularity. As she ...