Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart - 3rd in the Love by Numbers series
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1823 England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Sarah's Website/Blog: macleanspace.com
Juliana Flori, who is the half-sister to a Marquess, is also the daughter of an Italian merchant and a scandal-ridden former Marchioness. Because of this fact, the ton likes to gossip about Juliana and her family. It doesn't help matters that Juliana is flamboyant, impulsive, and, has a tendency to get in scandalous situations. Simon Pearson, the Duke of Leighton, is known as the Duke of Disdain, and his family's good name means a great deal to him. Because of this fact and a secret, which could ruin his family's good name, Simon tries to steer clear of Juliana but is drawn like a moth to a flame.
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart is an entertaining historical romance with many humorous moments and a great couple, who strike sparks off one another. Simon is a little rigid and pompous at times, but that is explained by his upbringing. He has been raised by a cold, entitled mother, who considers his family superior in every way. Juliana, on the other hand, is flamboyant and expressive, and Simon's actions only seem to egg her on to more outrageous behavior. Juliana is a charming heroine and Simon makes a great redeemable hero. These two opposites are meant for each other. There is only one point, which kind of threw me out of the story. The ton's reaction to Simon's secret seems unlikely, for he is a wealthy duke.
All in all, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart makes for a great read, and I highly recommend it.
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