One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (376 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Xeranthemum


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.


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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?

This was a one day read filled with excitement, daring-do and a remarkably energetic romance. I enjoyed myself tremendously and the epilogue left me feeling bubbly and happy. What’s not to like?

One Fine Duke has adventure, danger, an unusual spunky heroine and a hero in need of saving. Mina is afraid of never living life, of being put behind a wall for her safety and staying there, forever, while Drew is already behind a figurative wall and is afraid of coming out from behind it. What they both want isn’t what they need and what they need they don’t think they want. This novel explores how their lives are turned upside down, shaken up and tossed upon a path of discovery, shocking revelations and sensual exploration. For a reader that means one word: Fun.

The sparks fly pretty quickly between Mina and Drew. There is the trope of the bored duke being intrigued by a woman who flaunts the norm and gets past his ennui enough to inspire some out-of-character actions. That’s how their relationship begins but nowhere near where the author takes a reader. Ms. Bell takes that platform and creates well-rounded, flawed, quirky and fallible characters that attract, charm and beguile the reader. The heroine is clever, has a goal and a dream to achieve and her methodology is unconventional yet effective. The hero has never had a chance to reconcile his fears from being kidnapped when he was a kid and his coping mechanism, though changed through the years, has yet to get the job done. Between the two of them, they can have it all, but first, they have to solve a mystery, save Drew’s brother and avenge the death of Mina’s parents.

How the story unfolds, the dialogue between the hero and heroine and what Mina’s extraordinary curiosity leads her to discover, all make for a frequent tendency to flip the pages at a furious pace many times throughout the novel because it’s just so exciting! The part with the chair is hilarious, the shed scene sealed Mina’s fate as far as I’m concerned, and Drew’s daisy dream is attached to something wickedly delicious.

I’ll be absolutely shocked if One Fine Duke isn’t a best seller. I enjoyed it so much, smiled so often and even blushed a time or two; I really believe readers are going to enjoy the romance between Mina and Drew as much as I did. Ms. Bell has a winner.

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