One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

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Posted August 2, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

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One Fine Duke by Lenora BellOne Fine Duke by Lenora Bell
Series: School for Dukes #3
Published by Avon on July 23, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Publisher
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A Mass Market Original--Also Available in a Hardcover Library Edition
USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell returns with her third book in the sexy School for Dukes series.

Ready.
Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny's dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There's only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe's brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.
Aim.
This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.
Desire!
But Mina is no damsel in distress. She's daring, intuitive, passionate...and halfway to melting Drew's cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Drew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

Reading the synopsis for One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell I was so sure that I was going to love so many things about its story. Even when the first few things that caught my attention and left me leery I still pressed forward because I wanted to give this story a chance. After a while I couldn’t deny that my assumptions and hopes were inaccurate and overreaching for what was given within this story.

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny’s dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There’s only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe’s brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.

One Fine Duke‘s synopsis via Amazon

From this snippet of the synopsis my first thought was the heroine would know her own mind and that the wishy washy actions of a lot of heroines found in historical romances would be absent. But sadly it was very early on that we find that Wilhelmina, while knowing her own mind, initiates a game with the hero that sort of throws you off. Plus, the fact that her infatuation with Drew’s brother, Rafe, seems sort of immature since he’s an obnoxious drunk who’s stunts are seen publicly – like how does she not know that for whatever reason she wants to marry Rafe that she would be made a spectacle of?

On the flip side I was prepared to enjoy reading about Drew’s character since his first introduction into the story – first page to be exact – but I found that I enjoyed the scenes where he was away from Wilhelmina instead of with her. I truly enjoy the strong silent type and he definitely fit the bill.

This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.

One Fine Duke‘s synopsis via Amazon

This section of the synopsis gave me the sense that our hero might be duty bound to his station or perhaps his family line. In actuality he wanted to protect their family’s fortune and name from the like of his brother and whatever trouble he found and selfishly dragged Drew and their sister into.

Like I stated previously, Drew’s character was likable outside of his romance with Wilhelmina. For example, when both the hero and heroine first meet there’s absolutely no chemistry or connection yet words are said and statements are given that leave you puzzled about how their presence could initiate an attraction between both characters.

But Mina is no damsel in distress. She’s daring, intuitive, passionate…and halfway to melting Drew’s cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Drew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

One Fine Duke‘s synopsis via Amazon

This last segment from the synopsis of One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell was probably the most accurate representation of what this story entailed. Drew’s character was somewhat icy to anyone he didn’t know, and sometimes to those he did, but he definitely chose to break out of his shell when Wilhelmina entered the picture. Mina’s character carried the characteristics mentioned in this portion of the synopsis but coupled with her naivete and immaturity sometimes I found that I couldn’t really grasp onto her character like I wanted.

I may look into the previous stories of this series to see if I can find the connect with this series there, but One Fine Duke read like a standalone. I didn’t feel as if I was missing much reading it out of the order but I’m always up for giving a series and author another chance before I chose to scratch them off my list.

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