After numerous failed seasons Lady Dorothea Beaumont is
ready to live a comfortable and independent life in Ireland
with her spinster aunt. However, when the scandalous Duke of
Osborne chooses her as his partner for the first waltz, she
suddenly becomes the most popular woman of the season.
Determined to force the duke to fix the mess he created,
Dorothea insists he take her to Ireland with him. It is a
journey that will change both their lives forever.
IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE is the second book in Lenora Bell's The
Disgraceful Dukes series. The romance is sweet and charming,
and the plot well-written creating a vibrant and enjoyable
story. Thea is a wonderful heroine who starts out vulnerable
and unsure, but grows into a determined and out spoken lady
who makes her own choices. Dalton is a unique hero with a
Robin Hood like second life, and a backstory that is both
heartbreaking and key to both his personas. Thea and Dalton
together are a great mix of chemistry, tension, and passion.
The letters between Dalton and Thea starting the story is a
unique idea that started IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE very well.
Bell's secondary characters are fantastic. Dalton's
manservant, Con, adds witty repertoire to the dialogue that
otherwise would have been serious and dull. Molly is a
breath of fresh air, with her dangerous ideas and wild
nature. Thea's spinster aunts are funny, and at first
somewhat pitiful, however, at the end readers will be
cheering them on as they fight for their independence.
Dalton's enemy creates conflicts that keep the story
exciting and moving forward. The setting is easy to picture,
especially the Irish cliffs, and the surprise twist at the
end is gloriously shocking. IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE is a truly
After four failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady
Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her
familyâ€™s scheming. She wonâ€™t domesticate a duke, entangle
an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to
her auntâ€™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
The duke ruined her plans and heâ€™ll just have to fix
Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for
debutantes or marriageâ€”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 heâ€™s losing it to Thea.