How the Duke Was Won
Booklist Reviews 2016 April #2
*Starred Review* Lady Desmond's proposal is the answer to Charlene Beckett's prayers. Lady Desmond wants Charlene to impersonate her daughter, Dorothea, at a house party being given by James Edward Warren, the Duke of Harland. The duke is "auditioning" ladies for the role of his prospective wife, and Dorothea is one of four candidates he will be "interviewing." The problem is Dorothea is onboard a ship returning from Italy and won't be back in England in time. Since Charlene could be Dorothea's twin—which isn't surprising since Charlene is her illegitimate half sister—Lady Desmond is positive Charlene can fool James long enough for Dorothea to return home, and in return, Lady Desmond will give Charlene enough money to take care of her mother and her sister, Lulu. Capturing the duke's interest turns out to be surprisingly easy for Charlene, but the one thing she didn't plan on was falling for him herself. 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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2016 March #2
Debut author Bell begins the Disgraceful Dukes Regency series with a winning tale in which disreputable but charming protagonists bond over a shared passion for righting social injustices. Charlene, the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of an earl, longs to save herself and her sister from prostitution by opening a boarding house for impoverished girls. James, a second son who unexpectedly inherits a ducal title, arrives in London prepared to marry an impeccable bride, produce an heir, and return to the West Indies to run his fair-wage cocoa farms. When James invites four women to audition for the role of duchess, Charlene is hired to stand in for her look-alike half-sister, Lady Dorothea, until Dorothea returns from abroad. Charlene's spirited manner, martial arts skills, and instant rapport with James's biracial daughter (whose existence and acceptance by her father are absolutely scandalous to most of the London elite) immediately put her at the top of the list, but soon James's suspicions of trickery dampen his ardor. Meanwhile, Charlene reluctantly cedes her place to Dorothea, certain a duke would never marry an illegitimate woman. Colorful supporting characters, plentiful plot twists, and the trials of star-crossed lovers make for a sizzling and heartwarming page-turner. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC