Review: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Posted May 6, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s HeartEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean
Also by this author: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Series: Love By Numbers #3
Also in this series: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Published by Avon on April 26, 2011
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society's rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London's most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

Literary's Views

Ever since I picked up MacLean’s first historical romance Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake I was instantly drawn into her world of English society and passion.

In the third book to her Love by Numbers series the focus is on Juliana, the younger sister of twin brothers Gabriel and Nicolas St. John, who finds her love in the most unlikely person. The prim and proper Simon Pearson, Duke of Leighton.

Now Simon has a great aversion to gossip and scandal which Juliana was cloaked in ever since she stepped into England and Gabriel and Nicolas’s lives, so I was curious and excited to figure out how her and Simon relationship would go.

MacLean is known for bringing adventure and sizzling hot excitement to the historical London society and she defiantly brought it and more with this story.

The romantic tension between Juliana and Simon was off the charts and I loved how Juliana’s strong personality slowly striped away at Simon’s cold proper shell, showing him to be the hot blooded male filled with passion that he kept tightly contained.

From the start I was drawn into the story and was taken on a wild ride filled with scandals that I didn’t want to end. Though this is a romance with the predictable ending of happily ever after, MacLean made the journey sizzling hot and adventurous. With so much intrigue that ultimately me questioning all the way up until the end.

Overall I really enjoyed everything about Eleven Scandals to Start To Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean and recommend this book to romance readers.

5 Stars

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