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

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: The Dangerous Duke’s #2

Source: Received for an honest review from Edelweiss 

  • Publication date: August 30, 2016
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0191FVGBG
  • Length: 384 pages

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After four 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 have to fix them.  
Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage–he uses dalliances and public spectacle to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might just be discovering that he has a heart . . . and he’s losing it to Thea.

 My Thoughts:

If I Only Had a Duke “The Disgraceful Dukes” Book 2 in the Series, by Lenora Bell, but can be read as a stand alone. See, Book 1, “How the Duke was Won”.

Emotional, humorous and captivating characters. Flirty, dangerous, suspenseful, fraught with peril, secrets, challenges, suspense and wildly entertaining. As well as a twist of mystery and entertaining secondary characters.
Thus is the story, of Lady Dorothea Beaumont “Thea”, a jilted, scandalous, innocent young lady. And, Dalton, Duke of Osborne, heartless, arrogant, and on a quest to find the person who destroyed his family. He hasn’t time for innocent ladies, what he’s looking for, are dallances, not lifetime commitments, to fit into his plans of retribution. Thea enlists, to use a kind word, the help of Dalton to take her to her Aunt’s Irish estate. After much wrangling, he agrees. Actually, he learns his query is in Ireland, as well.
The biggest peril these two may face, may well be their hearts. Can Dalton let the past remain in the past and move on to find his and Thea’s HEA?

Well written with a fresh eye toward Historical Romance. Wildly entertaining, the humor is genuinely woven into the story, but not meant to be a comedy, witty and masterfully written. Fans of witty Regency Romance, a bit of suspense, some mystery and entertainment, as well as captivating characters, will find “If I Only Had a Duke”, just the ticket, for their next reading experience.
A great Regency Romance read, with a romp from England to Ireland. Strongly recommended!
Received for an honest review from Edelweiss. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR