Book Talk: Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Talk: Blame It on the Duke by Lenora BellBlame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell
Series: The Disgraceful Dukes #3
Published by Avon on April 18, 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Have you heard?
The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!
The delicious details thus far...

Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry—nor add to the “mad” Hatherly line—but now he must honor his father’s debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate.

A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game of cards, is the very last thing Miss Alice Tombs wants. She’s spent the last three seasons repelling suitors in spectacular fashion so she’d be at liberty to explore the world. She’ll just have to drive this one away as well.

Until Nick proposes an utterly tempting arrangement: one summer together to prove the legitimacy of their union, then Alice is free to travel while Nick revels in the time he has left before the Hatherly Madness takes hold.

It will be easy to walk away after a few months of make-believe wedded bliss—won’t it? Alice and Nick are about to find sultry night at a time.

This ought to be fun . . .

Though I didn’t review them, I enjoyed my initial foray into Lenora Bell’s books with the first two Disgraceful Dukes books. Though I had some hesitations with both, I knew immediately that Bell was an author I needed to read exhaustively because of her humor and her fresh twists on tired romance tropes. Basically, I want to read any romance author who’s hilarious. Blame It on the Duke, though, is the first Bell book that I have straight-up adored, which is why I need to tell you all about it.

Lord Hatherly, heir to a dukedom, doesn’t ever wish to marry. That’s nothing new, is it? He has his reasons though, namely that he would hate to pass on the madness in his family line to offspring. So he tries to enjoy life and to shut himself up in his ramshackle estate where he can take care of his aging father. (Side note: his father is completely adorable despite thinking that his orchids talk to him.)

Okay, I know what you’re thinking (if you read a lot of romance): you’ve heard this plot before. Yes, you have. I’ve totally read a book exactly like that. Or five. To be fair, though, Blame It on the Duke does set it up very well and convincingly, and it’s actually dealing with mental health issues. However, what was new was the fact that his addled father gambles away his son’s hand in marriage!!!!!

There are so many romance novels about women being bartered, stolen, sold to men, and shockingly those are not my favorites. However, I am absolutely delighted to see this trope flipped on its head and a man put in this position. Hell. To. The. Yes.

Also, for all that he was sold, there’s choice involved, which is also really nice. There’s so much consent in here, and it makes me smile. Initially, neither Nick nor Alice wants to wed, but they agree that it might be mutually beneficial and go through with the plan, with the following terms, as set by Alice: she will stay for one month, during which he will educate her in sex, she will be free to travel, and neither one of them will fall in love.

Holllaaaaaa! Even better, the reason that Alice wants to learn about sex is because she’s been working on a translation of the Kama Sutra. There are so many scenes where she blindsides people with this, because they all think they know what women are about and they are all wrong. Alice has been my favorite since book one when she played up her dorkiness to avoid landing a Duke, and she’s even cleverer and funnier than she seemed in How the Duke Was Won. Nick’s nowhere near that clever, but he admires her for it and supports her, which is the absolute best.

The Disgraceful Dukes series is a lot of fun, and it finishes perfectly with this charming treat of a book. If you love Tessa Dare and Julia Quinn, you should absolutely be reading Lenora Bell!

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2 responses to “Book Talk: Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell”

  1. lenore says:

    Is this written by me? Hmmmm
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