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USA Today bestseller Lenora Bell returns to her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series with a romance between a lady and the scoundrel claiming to be next-in-line for her father’s title. Lady Henrietta Prince is far too busy for romance. She's dedicated her life to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine venture. But when she shares a thrilling kiss at midnight USA Today bestseller Lenora Bell returns to her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series with a romance between a lady and the scoundrel claiming to be next-in-line for her father’s title. Lady Henrietta Prince is far too busy for romance. She's dedicated her life to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine venture. But when she shares a thrilling kiss at midnight with a handsome stranger, she's captivated...until he claims to be the distant heir to her father's dukedom. Ash Ellis is a gambler who lives life on the edge. Now he's locked his sights on a glittering prize and nothing will stand in his way. When Henrietta is forced to marry the wicked rogue to keep her beloved vineyards, she vows that Ash will never have her trust, or her love. Even if his kisses are more intoxicating than the finest champagne. His new bride is certainly beautiful, but biddable? Not so much. Ash will settle for nothing less than Henrietta's total surrender...but is he the one in danger of losing his heart?


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USA Today bestseller Lenora Bell returns to her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series with a romance between a lady and the scoundrel claiming to be next-in-line for her father’s title. Lady Henrietta Prince is far too busy for romance. She's dedicated her life to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine venture. But when she shares a thrilling kiss at midnight USA Today bestseller Lenora Bell returns to her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series with a romance between a lady and the scoundrel claiming to be next-in-line for her father’s title. Lady Henrietta Prince is far too busy for romance. She's dedicated her life to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine venture. But when she shares a thrilling kiss at midnight with a handsome stranger, she's captivated...until he claims to be the distant heir to her father's dukedom. Ash Ellis is a gambler who lives life on the edge. Now he's locked his sights on a glittering prize and nothing will stand in his way. When Henrietta is forced to marry the wicked rogue to keep her beloved vineyards, she vows that Ash will never have her trust, or her love. Even if his kisses are more intoxicating than the finest champagne. His new bride is certainly beautiful, but biddable? Not so much. Ash will settle for nothing less than Henrietta's total surrender...but is he the one in danger of losing his heart?

30 review for The Devil's Own Duke

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    The Devil’s Own Duke by Lenora Bell 2nd book in the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. Historical romance. Can be read as a stand-alone. The couple from the prior book appear in at least two scenes but you don’t need to know them as both are large groups with several names dropped. Lady Hetty is happy in the country working the vineyard and caring for the tenant families. Unfortunately she’s not aware the accounting books are incomplete and that even if her father gets married, it won’t save their es The Devil’s Own Duke by Lenora Bell 2nd book in the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. Historical romance. Can be read as a stand-alone. The couple from the prior book appear in at least two scenes but you don’t need to know them as both are large groups with several names dropped. Lady Hetty is happy in the country working the vineyard and caring for the tenant families. Unfortunately she’s not aware the accounting books are incomplete and that even if her father gets married, it won’t save their estate. Ash Ellis claims he is a long lost heir and threatens the land she loves. There is attraction between Hetty and Ash but can she believe his claim? Rags to riches for Ash with a heart and determination to help overworked children in factories of the time. A time to be proud that the laws were eventually passed and sorrow for the children that weren’t saved. I learned, I laughed, I sighed with the romance and sweetness of Ash. He has a goal and a tender heart. Hetty was a bit wispy and uncertain even though she is a member of the woman’s club that supports each other. I know that’s how she was expected to behave but I wanted to push her. Three short excerpts of Ash: “She kissed me.” “She kissed you?” “At first. Then I kissed her. Quite thoroughly.” It had been more than just a kiss. Something had happened to him out there on the balcony. The earth had shifted beneath his feet. She’d made him feel like the king of the world.” ————————————————— “I’ll be a different breed of nobleman. One who never forgets his dark, twisted roots. Who never stops attempting to right life’s inequities for those less fortunate, those less privileged.” ————————————————- “I’ll change the nobility from the inside out. I’ll be just as ruthless as they are, but for the benefit of the child laborers.” Excerpts from The Devil’s Own Duke by Lenora Bell I received a copy of this from NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    I’m not sure why, but it seems as if Lenora Duke’s historical romances fly under the radar. She has written some of my favorite series and HR’s and she checks all of the important boxes. Strong heroines with feminist tendencies-without being an anachronism; a smokin’ hot, clever hero; supportive friends who could carry their own books, original plotting; check, check and check in Bell’s The Devil’s Own Duke . Henrietta Prince (Hetty) is the only child of the Duke of Granville, the man without an I’m not sure why, but it seems as if Lenora Duke’s historical romances fly under the radar. She has written some of my favorite series and HR’s and she checks all of the important boxes. Strong heroines with feminist tendencies-without being an anachronism; a smokin’ hot, clever hero; supportive friends who could carry their own books, original plotting; check, check and check in Bell’s The Devil’s Own Duke . Henrietta Prince (Hetty) is the only child of the Duke of Granville, the man without an heir. Hetty is determined to find another wife for the Duke so that he can sire an heir, preventing the ducal estate from becoming an escheated estate, reverting to the crown. BTW, this is still the law in England, women can not inherit titles. But never fear, Ash Ellis owner of the gaming den, The Devil’s Staircase, has his own plans for the dukedom. Ash claims it as a long lost heir, risking his life with one roll of the dice. The Duke of Granville doesn’t really care; he just wants to make tracks to the Continent. In fact he cares so little he basically forces his beloved daughter to marry Ash Ellis, the new heir presumptive. Hmm, a little weird, unless father really does know best; but he is excused because he is a partially sympathetic character, but a dreadful father. Hetty discovers that Ash is planning to tear out her Rosehill Vineyards to build up a racing stable on the land. Hetty is appalled, she has been working to improve the grapes and the wines coming from the vineyards started by her mother. Her late mother was a Frenchwoman who brought vines and vintner when she married the Duke. Hetty is positive the wines from the Rosehill Vineyard, especially her sparkling wines, can stand up to anything France has to offer with their champagnes. Not such an odd idea since sparkling wine, or champagne as those French poseurs like to say, was invented in England about forty years before Dom Perignon started rattling on about drinking stars. I love history! Look it up….. Hetty and Ash realize they can not deny their mutual attraction, while realizing they can come to agreements in their new life together. In other words, mature behavior instead of immature reactions; yay, grown-ups! Ash comes from a horrible background, where he and his best friend and gaming den partner, Jax Smith, have fought their way out of ghastly beginnings. My biggest problem with the HR genre is how accepting the women are of mistresses, brothels and cheating. I say all this because I can’t fathom why Hetty wants to make love with Ash in the same pleasure room at the Devil's Staircase, in which he often cavorted with his mistress. Hetty found a letter from this former mistress describing their encounters in great detail. Seems like a really tacky idea. Minor point and I guess it’s all a sign of the times, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Rant over. I enjoyed The Devil’s Own Duke it ranked high in steaminess, friendship, new-to-me historical information, clever characters, originality and angst-not listed in any order. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC for review purposes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Severely disappointed that I started this book in may and only ended up finishing it now but our hero??? How does lenora do it??? Every one of her heroes is better than the next and this one is a big fluffy cinnamon roll!!!! I loved this opposites attract romance so much.

  4. 5 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    If con artists paired with independent women are your jam, you'll enjoy The Devil's Own Duke. Ash is a gaming hell owner-slash-secret social reformer, and he wants Hetty's father's dukedom so that he can promote progressive labor legislation in the House of Lords, plus use all of the dukedom's ill-gotten gains to support his charity school. Hetty, on the other hand, just wants to build a thriving wine business. We would have liked to see more time spent with Ash and Hetty falling in love - we co If con artists paired with independent women are your jam, you'll enjoy The Devil's Own Duke. Ash is a gaming hell owner-slash-secret social reformer, and he wants Hetty's father's dukedom so that he can promote progressive labor legislation in the House of Lords, plus use all of the dukedom's ill-gotten gains to support his charity school. Hetty, on the other hand, just wants to build a thriving wine business. We would have liked to see more time spent with Ash and Hetty falling in love - we could tell they were both attracted to each other (Hetty kisses him the first time she meets him!), but we weren't convinced by the deepening of their relationship. We also would have liked the dialogue to sparkle as much as Hetty's wine, but it fell flat in some places. That said, this is a sexy, fun book that continues the story of the Boadicea Club members. Definitely worth checking out. 39-Word Summaries: Laine: Henrietta loves wine and to keep her vineyard she needs her dad to beget an heir. When an unsavory one pops up, of course they've already made-out. Luckily she's plucky and he's extremely hot so they figure it out. ⁠ Meg: It’s the worst when that guy you kissed at the ball turns out to be your dad’s long-lost heir who’s gonna take all of your vineyards and turn them into horse pastures. If only you could convince him otherwise...⁠ This objective review is based on a complimentary advanced reader copy of the novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    I was provided an ARC for my honest review. The set up in here of Ash, our devil of a hero, and Hetty, our Lady heroine coming together at a ball in a fit of attraction only shortly after to find out that they are entangled in a plot of lies and disappointment, vineyards, rogue cats, and missing heirs to the dukedome. Bell's romances are always light and fun and this definitely delivered on that. We also had very engaging characters with some unique back story. This fell a bit flat for me in a f I was provided an ARC for my honest review. The set up in here of Ash, our devil of a hero, and Hetty, our Lady heroine coming together at a ball in a fit of attraction only shortly after to find out that they are entangled in a plot of lies and disappointment, vineyards, rogue cats, and missing heirs to the dukedome. Bell's romances are always light and fun and this definitely delivered on that. We also had very engaging characters with some unique back story. This fell a bit flat for me in a few ways, one was that a lot of the plot points seemed to be items a modern writer needed checked off a box, and another was a lack of chemistry between the characters. After loving the first book in this series I was hoping for a bit more than what I got with this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    this one didn't hit as I hoped it would.. my interest was inconsistent and I struggled with some parts.. when things were good they were great but then when they were bad I contemplated dnfing... this one didn't hit as I hoped it would.. my interest was inconsistent and I struggled with some parts.. when things were good they were great but then when they were bad I contemplated dnfing...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    The Devil’s Own Duke (Wallflowers vs. Rogues, #2) was just a wonderful story that kept my attention from start to finish. The pace was on target and I thought this book was better than the first in the series. I do love opposites of somewhat. Here you have Lady Henrietta Prince a bluestocking winemaker and Ash Ellis, a gaming den owner in line for a dukedom. The heroine is ambitious and is convicted to achieving her goals so much so that she has the hero rethinking his plans. Right from the begin The Devil’s Own Duke (Wallflowers vs. Rogues, #2) was just a wonderful story that kept my attention from start to finish. The pace was on target and I thought this book was better than the first in the series. I do love opposites of somewhat. Here you have Lady Henrietta Prince a bluestocking winemaker and Ash Ellis, a gaming den owner in line for a dukedom. The heroine is ambitious and is convicted to achieving her goals so much so that she has the hero rethinking his plans. Right from the beginning there is so much strong will between both characters who eventually are in a marriage of convenience. There is an attraction between the two that results in finding compromises for their differences in personalities that lead to a strong and loving relationship. This is my third book by Lenora Bell and second in this series. I love how she develops her characters throughout the story and especially the heroine in this one where she is strong, ambitious and intelligent. It was well-written and captivated my attention from the start. As stated in most of my reviews, I love a good historical romance that brings a bit of steamy between the H/h and this one did not disappoint… Warning…in fact it was very explicit in content and language. Ms. Bell has made it to my list of fav authors just for her writing on women elevating from the normal gender roles. Just a delightful read with delightful characters. Thank you NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for this ARC in exchanged for my fair and honest review. All opinions contained in this review are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    This is the second book in the Wallflower vs Rogues series and I liked it better than the first one. Lenora Bell is new to me with this series and I just love her writing style. The Devil's Own Duke is cute, funny and very sexy. Hetty's winemaking and the cats were a wonderful addition to the story. Ash becoming the Duke's heir was a bit unbelievable but I usually suspend all belief when reading historical romance. Anything goes, that's half the fun! Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for This is the second book in the Wallflower vs Rogues series and I liked it better than the first one. Lenora Bell is new to me with this series and I just love her writing style. The Devil's Own Duke is cute, funny and very sexy. Hetty's winemaking and the cats were a wonderful addition to the story. Ash becoming the Duke's heir was a bit unbelievable but I usually suspend all belief when reading historical romance. Anything goes, that's half the fun! Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: 3.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡ Romance: 💞💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑🍑 Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥🔥 Humor: Yes, a bit, but maybe not as much as her usual books (These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5 (yours ratings may vary depending what gives you feels and how you prefer you sex scenes written, etc) except the Steam Scale which follows our chart from The Ton and the Tartans facebook gr Overall: 3.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡ Romance: 💞💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑🍑 Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥🔥 Humor: Yes, a bit, but maybe not as much as her usual books (These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5 (yours ratings may vary depending what gives you feels and how you prefer you sex scenes written, etc) except the Steam Scale which follows our chart from The Ton and the Tartans facebook group.) Should I read in order? So I believe all of Bell’s series are in the same ‘universe’, if you want to start at the very beginning (How the Duke was Won). This book I think is fine as a stand alone though. Most of the focus is with the hero and heroine either in London or at the heroine’s estate. There is minor page time of prior characters, including the heroes from For the Duke’s Eyes Only and One Fine Duke. Beatrice and Ford (heroine and hero from prior book, Love is a Rogue) and other members of the Boadicea club are mentioned but it’s nothing extensive. Basic plot Hetty’s main goal is to get recognition for her endless hours of work in her vineyards. She knows she has some of the best wine around and can’t wait to be taken as seriously as a wine from France. Ash is the owner of the gaming hell The Devil’s Own Staircase. He is willing to take high stakes risk and right now his eyes are set on Rosehill Park, Hetty’s home. Give this a try if you want: - Mid to higher steam – A few full scenes in detail, lots of kisses, touches and thinking about each other - A working heroine – I found the plot line of a heroine run vineyard fascinating - A bit of enemies to lovers feel in the beginning that gets moved to marriage of convenience and getting to know each other - Have to give a shout out for the kitty loving readers – I love furry friends in the storyline and this one features 2 cats - Gambling hell owner hero My thoughts: I do want to address the hero and heroine being related – Ash claims to be from a branch that split off long ago. They are seventh cousins and the lineage would have to be traced back to the 16th century to find the connection of a secret marriage to maid. So it’s nothing close and it’s only briefly mentioned in the beginning. Hetty is very orderly, she’s a planner, she makes lists, she alphabetizes books without even realizing she’s doing it. She knows how things are supposed to be and she works hard to get everything to fall in line. She’s organizing a ball for her father to choose a wife by midnight so he can sire an heir when she meets Ash. Ash is unpolished, a go getter, a bit rough around the edges. He’s a self made man, coming from nothing. And he wants Rosehill Park. He has plans for the future and he thinks he can manage Hetty to be able to get what he wants. I found myself liking Hetty. She’s cautious and doesn’t want to let herself get hurt. I liked her passion for wine making. Ash I wasn’t sure how I would feel about. I’ll be honest, in the beginning I wasn’t a big fan and I found myself setting the book down and not caring if I picked it back up. This is one of the few books that really got better for me in the second half (maybe because that’s when the steam picked up :P )I ended up liking Ash and appreciating how he treated Hetty (despite the lying) This book WAS a bit unbelievable to me. I’m not sure how the whole Duke plot point would actually play out – it seems a bit far fetched, but I am able to suspend my belief for that. I do wish there had been a bit more depth to both characters. It didn’t quite grip my heart the way I wanted it to, especially with Ash’s background. Still I found it enjoyable overall! But there was also a lot of sweetness here that I enjoyed. As you get to know Ash, he really becomes this sweet man that would do anything to see Hetty smile. This book did feel a touch darker than Bell’s other work. Not that her other work didn’t have serious themes running through it – this just didn’t seem to me to have as much humor (that could just be my mood not picking up on that though!) Here’s a few random parts that I wanted to note from the book (view spoiler)[ I enjoyed Bell’s nod to all of us romance readers! “The Wicked Earl’s Wishes by Daphne Villeneuve.” She turned another page. “Sounds exciting.” “It is. I have to find out what happens.” “So, you’re reading a boudoir novel and I’m supposed to be content with these dry memoirs? I’d rather be drinking wine than reading about it.” No response. She was engrossed in her book, flying throug the pages. Was she even reading them? No one read that fast. “I knew it!” she cried. “I knew that Lord Valdemar was really the villain. “With a name like Valdemar, he’d have to be, wouldn’t he?” “Sometimes the heroines do make bad choices, but they end up with the right person.” A note about Hetty’s father – he was the WORST to me. He was obviously struggling with alcoholism, sneaking drinks, asking for drinks, slurring his words and stumbling. It wasn’t really addressed at all, which was fine as he just disappeared into the sunset, but it still bothered me. I didn’t like how one of the only scenes with him he was enabled by Ash. He caught Ash and Hetty kissing and didn’t care at all and pretending to fall for whatever line Ash said to cover it up. He knows nothing about him and then encourages them to get married and make him grandchildren. The grandchildren are mentioned a few times which is just strange because honestly, what does he care? I didn’t get the impression he cared overly much for Hetty so what would he care for her children? He was just utterly unlikable to me. I thought it was really gutting when Ash was shot and was so worried for Hetty, he didn’t realize he himself was shot. I loved the parallels between Lucy and Bacchus (the kitties) in relation to their own relationship. (hide spoiler)] Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[ Alcoholism (some on page, some implied) Death of a parent (remembered) Murder (remembered) Child abuse/child labor (remembered) Gun shot wound on page (hide spoiler)] Locations of kisses/intimate scenes: (view spoiler)[ 9% - first kiss 45% - kisses, light touches 54% - fingering orgasm for her and almost sex, but he stops 61% - some thigh kisses – he’s about to go down but they are interrupted 63% - more kisses, some breast play 69% - a touch of dirty talking – hero talks the heroine through a masturbation orgasm and he gives himself one while watching 84% - kiss 88% - blow job for him (not to completion) followed by her on top sex (virginity loss for her, both orgasm) 96% - kiss 97% - sex (missionary? And brief compared to the others (maybe 1 page? If that?) (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars Series: Wallflowers vs. Rogues #2 Publication Date: 9/28/21 Period: Regency London Number of Pages: 384 I fully intended to absolutely love this book because I have loved every book I’ve read by this author. I just couldn’t get there with this one and I’m so sorry to have to say that. Since I’m reading an advanced copy, there are several things I sincerely hope are corrected prior to publication – there are smaller things – like a completely naked man suddenly having Barbara’s rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars Series: Wallflowers vs. Rogues #2 Publication Date: 9/28/21 Period: Regency London Number of Pages: 384 I fully intended to absolutely love this book because I have loved every book I’ve read by this author. I just couldn’t get there with this one and I’m so sorry to have to say that. Since I’m reading an advanced copy, there are several things I sincerely hope are corrected prior to publication – there are smaller things – like a completely naked man suddenly having blood on his sleeve – and there are huge things like the entire process of being declared the heir to a duke (which is the entire premise of the book). If you add in that I neither liked nor was invested in ANY of the characters, you’ll see why I just couldn’t love the book. The only character I found unobjectionable was Jax, who is our hero’s friend. The other characters in the book seem more like cardboard caricatures – even with Ash’s noble intentions, I couldn’t like him or what he did. He did have an epiphany, but – well – that didn’t make up for the rest of it – at least not to this reader. Ash Ellis had a very, very hard life. He was raised in an orphanage and went to work in a bottling plant when he was eight. The work was grueling with long days, no sleep, little if any pay, the punishment was often and severe, and starvation-type hunger. When John Coakley offered him a chance to escape that existence, he jumped at it – only to find that he’d jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Coakley was cruel, took all of the goods they’d pickpocketed, beat them regularly, and virtually owned them. They’ve finally managed to escape Coakley and Ash and Jax now own their own gaming club, The Devil’s Staircase. That, however, isn’t enough for Ash. He wants revenge on the aristocracy for all of the mistreatment he and other children have suffered – and he’ll get it by fair means or foul. When the germs of an idea take hold, he acts and gets himself declared a ducal heir. Lady Henrietta Prince is the daughter (and only child) of the Duke of Granville. Since her mother’s death, Hetty has secluded herself on their country estate, Rosehill Park, where her French mother had been revitalizing the vineyards. That became Hetty’s mission in life, she’d continue her mother’s work and make their wines a profitable entity. She loves Rosehill Park, it is her solace, her refuge – and she certainly isn’t going to allow that upstart rogue who claims to be her father’s heir to tear it apart. Upon meeting Ash and hearing his claim, Hetty’s father accepts the claim as real – after about a 5-minute conversation. Hetty’s father and his lover are cartoonish – outlandish – and in no way believable. Then – he tells his new heir and Hetty that he wants them to marry. This man could be a pervert of the first order, and the duke wants him to marry his daughter just as soon as he meets him. I found everything about this book to be implausible, improbable, and very, very unlikely, and since I also did not care for the characters, I cannot recommend the book. If you choose to read it, I hope you love it. The author is one I normally love; I just could not love this particular book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨A Sexual Wine Tasting™✨ I’m popping this bottle with no delay; this book was SO SEXY. These cupcakes made you wait for it but lord did they repent. This book was very very generous. So selfless really. Many things were given, many things were received—so many things of the many variety. Saint of Sex Scenes right here. I really just think all dirty worshipping should happen under ceiling mirrors. Glory be to Really Good sex. The first note I wrote about Ash was “verified angel???????” I couldn’t ✨A Sexual Wine Tasting™✨ I’m popping this bottle with no delay; this book was SO SEXY. These cupcakes made you wait for it but lord did they repent. This book was very very generous. So selfless really. Many things were given, many things were received—so many things of the many variety. Saint of Sex Scenes right here. I really just think all dirty worshipping should happen under ceiling mirrors. Glory be to Really Good sex. The first note I wrote about Ash was “verified angel???????” I couldn’t believe how well he was written: just enough asshole to be interesting but all heart all the time. It also didn’t hurt that the man went ✨down✨ like an expensive bottle of wine and was totally gone for his cat. Simply put, Ash was deep fried, covered in chocolate and made Hetty entirely miffed that she wanted dessert. As expected, both really resisted falling in love, most deliciously of course. I really enjoyed Hetty’s love for wine and how Ash’s backstory didn’t get too angsty or too over the top. Both were present but they didn’t derail the chemistry and romance of it all. His past and her present also fit together in a really interesting way that I didn’t see coming. As far as third act breakups go, I enjoy when the separation is against their will. Also when the duke is naked through it all and may or may not be bleeding most ardently. I do love choosing violence. By the end, I was so starry eyed I could barely think straight. I mean really, trying to grapple with their love and reading! by! the! fire! and the adorable epilogue was simply unfair. Overall, Ash was dessert, Hetty was sparkling wine, and this book was such a treat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶🌶🌶🌶/5 P.S. I know Miss Daphne is about to overcome her writer’s block in a very very sexy way. You heard it here folks, I’ll bet my life on it. P.P.S. I was worried to read this one on the heels of Portrait of a Scotsman because I didn’t really enjoy the set up in that one and it was presented super similarly here. HOWEVER. This one was way more emotional and rewarding. Not to pit books against each other but like The Devil’s Own Duke was what Portrait of a Scotsman tried to be . . . I said what I said 👁👄👁 @violence I’m back baby, hug me brotha 🍷Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an advanced copy of this book. As always, this review is honest and the opinions are my own.🍷

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

    Oh, how I love a good regency romance! She is the daughter wanting nothing more than to tend her grapes and make good wines. He will do whatever it takes to get the title and station he needs. Together they formulate a plan that will inevitably enable them both to achieve their goals. Neither predicted how much they would enjoy this ruse. Lenora Bell has given us a fun and sexy romp into regency romance! ~Tanja *ARC Provided by publisher via Netgalley Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pin Oh, how I love a good regency romance! She is the daughter wanting nothing more than to tend her grapes and make good wines. He will do whatever it takes to get the title and station he needs. Together they formulate a plan that will inevitably enable them both to achieve their goals. Neither predicted how much they would enjoy this ruse. Lenora Bell has given us a fun and sexy romp into regency romance! ~Tanja *ARC Provided by publisher via Netgalley Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿TikTok

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janna MacGregor

    I adored this lovely romance by the super-talented Lenora Bell. She can always make me swoon, laugh, and start my heart beating faster with her clever stories. I just adored Ash and Hettie. They were perfect together. Hettie's wine business and Ash's gambling establishment were refreshing and their love story "hot!" I can't wait for the next in the series. If you haven't read Lenora Bell, you're missing out! I adored this lovely romance by the super-talented Lenora Bell. She can always make me swoon, laugh, and start my heart beating faster with her clever stories. I just adored Ash and Hettie. They were perfect together. Hettie's wine business and Ash's gambling establishment were refreshing and their love story "hot!" I can't wait for the next in the series. If you haven't read Lenora Bell, you're missing out!

  14. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Lady Henrietta Prince is dedicated to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine business. Ash Ellis, a gaming den owner, is claiming to be the heir to her father's title. They have an instant spark, until Hetty learns who Ash is. When they are forced to marry, Hetty vows that Ash will never have her trust or love. This is the second book in the Wallflowers vs Rogues series. The previous couple make appearances, but this book can stand alone. This story is another winner from L Lady Henrietta Prince is dedicated to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine business. Ash Ellis, a gaming den owner, is claiming to be the heir to her father's title. They have an instant spark, until Hetty learns who Ash is. When they are forced to marry, Hetty vows that Ash will never have her trust or love. This is the second book in the Wallflowers vs Rogues series. The previous couple make appearances, but this book can stand alone. This story is another winner from Lenora Bell, and I just loved it! Hetty has goals, plans, and no time to deal with charming opportunists. Ash doesn't think much of the aristocracy, but has no qualms about pursuing a claim that will help him change the child labor laws to improve lives of children suffering as he did. These character came alive for me and I adored getting to know them. The storytelling was focused, fun, and sexy. Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Class Difference, Working Heroine, Bluestocking, Rags to Riches (sort of) Steam Rating: 4 * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #TheDevilsOwnDuke #NetGalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    I love Lenora Bell! She's the nicest, funniest, kindest cat mom ever! And she can really write some swoony romance. Unfortunately, not this one. It was so incredibly predictable and full of every possible cliche that it made parts of it (including the cheese-fest denouement and epilogue) seem like a parody of historical romance. I cringed and rolled my eyes so many times trough this book I lost count. The fact that I'm fed up with unlikely feminism and societies of ladies is probably due to the I love Lenora Bell! She's the nicest, funniest, kindest cat mom ever! And she can really write some swoony romance. Unfortunately, not this one. It was so incredibly predictable and full of every possible cliche that it made parts of it (including the cheese-fest denouement and epilogue) seem like a parody of historical romance. I cringed and rolled my eyes so many times trough this book I lost count. The fact that I'm fed up with unlikely feminism and societies of ladies is probably due to the fact that I read a lot of HR but that should kind of be the expectation. My favorite character in the book was the hero's best friend. I found Hetty terribly annoying and Ash had no depth in spite of his rather Dickensian past. And while I am a diehard cat lover, Lucy and Bacchus could not save this book, they just added to the feeling of elements readers generally like, randomly gathered together in hopes of making them work. They don't. It's almost as if the publisher doesn't trust this book either and decided not to invest in the cover. I've seen self-made ones looking a lot better. I won't give it two stars because this is Lenora Bell and her writing is beautiful. The story and the characters didn't work for me at all. I'm not even talking about Hetty's father because he's just a caricature, along with his Italian lover. I'm bummed that this was so far from what I was expecting. I got a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rainelle

    This was interesting book to read. I liked that the book was a page turner. The story made the book easy to read, however some of the wording or verbiage was to flamboyant. Keeping the wording simple to the point helps the reader enjoy the book more, without reading a word that they have to determine the meaning. I appreciate that the writer supplied the readers a very entertaining book filled with excitement and secrets to divulge. All the characters were wonderful and charming. I also would li This was interesting book to read. I liked that the book was a page turner. The story made the book easy to read, however some of the wording or verbiage was to flamboyant. Keeping the wording simple to the point helps the reader enjoy the book more, without reading a word that they have to determine the meaning. I appreciate that the writer supplied the readers a very entertaining book filled with excitement and secrets to divulge. All the characters were wonderful and charming. I also would like to say thank you to the author for writing the age range for the heroine as twenty four or older. The book is definitely a romantic read that’s gives the readers a happy ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenica

    The Devil’s Own Duke was a perfectly fine romance novel, but not one that’s going to stick with me for a long time. In fact, in the two or three days since I finished it, I have already forgotten so many of the details. That said, I think this book is definitely for someone and so I’m going to try and explain what did work for me and what didn’t the best that I can. Lady Henrietta Prince is a winemaker who thinks that she has a good grasp of what’s going on on her father’s estate and if he would The Devil’s Own Duke was a perfectly fine romance novel, but not one that’s going to stick with me for a long time. In fact, in the two or three days since I finished it, I have already forgotten so many of the details. That said, I think this book is definitely for someone and so I’m going to try and explain what did work for me and what didn’t the best that I can. Lady Henrietta Prince is a winemaker who thinks that she has a good grasp of what’s going on on her father’s estate and if he would just get married again to have a male heir, her life could continue to be as wonderful as it is at the moment. Except, it turns out, her father has been keeping secrets about their overall financial health from her and also, this scoundrel is claiming to be the long lost heir to the estate. When the two wind up in a marriage of convenience, Hetty is determined to convince Ash that they need to keep the vineyards and not abandon the wine making in favor of stables. She has lists and rules for their marriage and is determined not to let herself fall in love with him. Obviously, that goal doesn’t work out so well. Now, I am usually a person who loves lists and rules and the breaking of said rules, but for some reason, the pacing of this book didn’t quite work for me. It was a book where it felt like there wasn’t room to breathe in spaces where I felt needed that and too much space in times I thought we could move along quicker. It could have just been that I was grumpy because on paper this book seems like something that would absolutely appeal, but unfortunately, it just didn’t quite work for me. Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    B.

    This was so very unlikely. A duke doesn’t have an heir and doesn’t want to marry. Suddenly Ash Ellis, a dissolute gambler, shows up and claims to be his heir. The duke is thrilled that he doesn’t have to do anything. Then he decides that his daughter, Hetty, should marry Ash. Hetty has mostly retreated from society so she can concentrate on growing grape vines on the family estate to make wine. But she also has very close friends in London and she knows exactly what modern fashion is when she de This was so very unlikely. A duke doesn’t have an heir and doesn’t want to marry. Suddenly Ash Ellis, a dissolute gambler, shows up and claims to be his heir. The duke is thrilled that he doesn’t have to do anything. Then he decides that his daughter, Hetty, should marry Ash. Hetty has mostly retreated from society so she can concentrate on growing grape vines on the family estate to make wine. But she also has very close friends in London and she knows exactly what modern fashion is when she decides to help Ash update his wardrobe. It just didn’t match up with the description of her as this person who has been isolated tending her vines for the past several years. And then there is the insta-lust between Hetty and Ash. Later on we can see that each are strong, attractive characters, but I’m tired of couples meeting and immediately feeling shivers and emotions just from each other’s physical appearance. And it was a bit irritating that after the villain who has been threatening Ash is captured, we never hear what happened to him. It’s as if the author just lost interest in winding up that plot point. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    The Devil’s Own Duke is the latest in Lenora Bell’s Wallflowers vs. Rogues series (the first book being Love is a Rogue). We do see the couple from the previous book in this one as the heroines are friends. This was another adorable, fun, super sweet romance that I’ve come to expect from Bell’s writing. I do personally enjoy more angst and emotions in my reads but sometimes it’s nice to have a low-stakes charming, fun read. ✨Heroine is a vintner and is very involved with her vineyard ✨Marriage o The Devil’s Own Duke is the latest in Lenora Bell’s Wallflowers vs. Rogues series (the first book being Love is a Rogue). We do see the couple from the previous book in this one as the heroines are friends. This was another adorable, fun, super sweet romance that I’ve come to expect from Bell’s writing. I do personally enjoy more angst and emotions in my reads but sometimes it’s nice to have a low-stakes charming, fun read. ✨Heroine is a vintner and is very involved with her vineyard ✨Marriage of convenience; heroine’s father needs an heir for his Dukedom, hero shows up saying he’s the long lost distant heir ✨Hero has a princess of a cat, Lucifer/Lucy, who he swears he loathes but secretly adores. Heroine has a cat that roams for rodents on the property. ✨Class difference, hero was raised in an orphanage but now owns a gaming club with his friend and heroine is the daughter/only child of a Duke ✨Hero is very involved in a boarding house for former child laborers (he even finds their schooling) and advocates for the reform of child labor laws Once it’s settled (rather quickly) that Ash is the heir to the dukedom, Hetty’s father decides it makes sense that Hetty and Ash should marry to produce heirs. Hetty is determined to save her family’s vineyard, while Ash comes in and wants to turn the land into stables. She makes a deal with him to give her 6-months to prove that her wines are a viable business venture, and along the way she’ll play the role of a loving wife who helps him get in with society. Ash is convinced he won’t fall for her and is only there to gain access to the dukedom and lands…but of course, along the way they both fall. Thank you so much to Avon Books for sending me an early copy. The Devil’s Own Duke comes out September 28, 2021.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rupe

    I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Lady Henrietta Prince is focused on getting her father to marry and birth an heir after the death of her mother so she can keep her precious vineyards and creating wine that rivals her French competitors. A missing heir, Ash Ellis, burts into Hetty's life unexpectedly, and stakes a claim on her father's title and the vineyards she loves so much. I'm conflicted because I actually really l I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Lady Henrietta Prince is focused on getting her father to marry and birth an heir after the death of her mother so she can keep her precious vineyards and creating wine that rivals her French competitors. A missing heir, Ash Ellis, burts into Hetty's life unexpectedly, and stakes a claim on her father's title and the vineyards she loves so much. I'm conflicted because I actually really liked these characters together, but I constantly felt like something was missing. I can't put my finger on it really. I found Hetty to be truly insufferable in the beginning, but as the book went on I grew to enjoy her character growth. I guess one of my issues is, Ash is supposed to be this devil who is not good, but he never acts like it besides the lies he tells. He isn't an alpha, but a beta and so his characterization as this terrible good for nothing scoundrel was never believable in my eyes. The next thing that I didn't like is how quickly things wrap up. It's like she finds out about his lies, and instantly forgives him when he gets hurt. For someone as proud and as strong as Hetty, that was not believable. I did enjoy some very light-hearted moments between Hetty and Ash. They had a cute relationship with each other and their cats. I'd say if you like Lenora Bell already or want something pretty fluffy and low angst then this might be up your alley. 3.5 stars rounded down.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    All she wanted was to make the vineyards her mother had nurtured a success. Oh and get her father married off to a lady who had money that could be invested in their estate.... Hopefully provide a male heir to inherit! Simple? Oh no, her father, a Duke was being rather difficult. He was focused on one goal. To dance with the daughter of the duke and become the heir to his dukedom. Yes, he was a gambler and this would be his biggest win. As the owner of a gambling den, a notorious one, he would ga All she wanted was to make the vineyards her mother had nurtured a success. Oh and get her father married off to a lady who had money that could be invested in their estate.... Hopefully provide a male heir to inherit! Simple? Oh no, her father, a Duke was being rather difficult. He was focused on one goal. To dance with the daughter of the duke and become the heir to his dukedom. Yes, he was a gambler and this would be his biggest win. As the owner of a gambling den, a notorious one, he would gain the ability to snub his nose at the aristocracy and achieve his goals. To seemingly mismatched characters, she a bluestocking devoted to making the wine made from the estate be able to support it and he, a boy who grew up with a very difficult life, a rake and gambler who is really a bit scandalous! Take the journey to find love and enjoy the ride in this second of the fun series!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    *ARC review from NetGalley* Lady Henrietta Prince's to-do list includes getting her father married so he can sire a heir thus securing their land and future. After all, at the age of 24 she is practically a spinster and getting married herself is definitely not an option, nor would it save their land and title as she cannot inherit.  That all changes though when Ash Elis, The Devil's Own Scoundrel enters the picture and not only sweeps Hetty off her feet with her first kiss he claims he is a dist *ARC review from NetGalley* Lady Henrietta Prince's to-do list includes getting her father married so he can sire a heir thus securing their land and future. After all, at the age of 24 she is practically a spinster and getting married herself is definitely not an option, nor would it save their land and title as she cannot inherit.  That all changes though when Ash Elis, The Devil's Own Scoundrel enters the picture and not only sweeps Hetty off her feet with her first kiss he claims he is a distant heir to her father's dukedom.  Seizing upon the solution to save himself from marriage, Hetty's father welcomes Ash as his heir and even ups the ante for the gambling man by insisting he marry Hetty.  Although there is a physical attraction between the two and Hetty knows the marriage is the only way to secure the family's future and save the vineyards she's worked so hard to build up, she resolves to never trust Ash or give him access to her heart.  However, as a threat from Ash's murky past surfaces, Hetty and Ash will have no choice but to trust each other if they want to survive. This is a sweet historical romance in which opposites attract and enemies become lovers.  I enjoyed the buildup of tension between Hetty and Ash.  The attraction was instant, but there was a nice long burn. Both characters are non-traditional thinkers for their time-period.  Hetty's lady's club is a really fun element to the story, I would have actually liked to see more of these ladies interacting.  Ash is a great character as well, the relationship he has with his cat Lucy gives away his soft heart pretty early on.  This is book two in Lenora Bell's Wallflowers vs. Rogues series, but can be read as a stand alone novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Lenora Bell writes engaging stories with strong, independent heroines, both of which I enjoyed very much. I was afraid the story would have a Big Secret that would loam over everything and mostly Hetty didn’t believe Ash and provided a reason for their animosity. The enemies to lovers vibe between Hetty and Ash was fun to read with the unique spin of Hetty being involved in wine making. Towards the end though it got a bit silly and over the top for me. I enjoyed the first book in the series a lo Lenora Bell writes engaging stories with strong, independent heroines, both of which I enjoyed very much. I was afraid the story would have a Big Secret that would loam over everything and mostly Hetty didn’t believe Ash and provided a reason for their animosity. The enemies to lovers vibe between Hetty and Ash was fun to read with the unique spin of Hetty being involved in wine making. Towards the end though it got a bit silly and over the top for me. I enjoyed the first book in the series a lot more. Thank you HarperCollins and NetGalley for the ARC!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Verity

    *all of my reviews contain possible spoilers* Ok, before I get into my review, can I just say how excited I am for Westbury's book?? This guy has the makings of a hero I might fall in love with. (I mean, West is in his name. And we all know I have a special affinity for men with the name West. Ahem *coughs* West Ravenel *coughs*) So we have our rough & tumble hero Ash. Who really portrays a cocky scoundrel to the T. And he delivers it well. But this man... this man right her here... I have to ment *all of my reviews contain possible spoilers* Ok, before I get into my review, can I just say how excited I am for Westbury's book?? This guy has the makings of a hero I might fall in love with. (I mean, West is in his name. And we all know I have a special affinity for men with the name West. Ahem *coughs* West Ravenel *coughs*) So we have our rough & tumble hero Ash. Who really portrays a cocky scoundrel to the T. And he delivers it well. But this man... this man right her here... I have to mention his talent for ruining the mood (for myself). He's a professional at making obscene sexual gestures. Take for example when he grabs himself and does a hip thrust to Hetty... literally in a moment that's supposed to be romantic and steamy. I was like, really? This guy... 😆 That honestly ruined the moment for me I can't lie. lol But he's such a hard man and such a dark man, with a dark part. But you can see there's so much more in him and he hides it so well. I mean, the guy has a fluffy kitty he takes care of and sleeps with. He's truly a huge softie. And Hetty brings it out of him. I loved how throughout the book he kept proclaiming/reassuring himself (to Hetty, or just in his thoughts) that he was going to remain how he'd always been "hollow hearted", that he would keep their marriage a business arrangement, and would do what he wants & follow his plans to become successful, etc. And no matter how much conviction he thought he had, he still found himself doing things to make Hetty happy, which we all know made him happy. Even just spending time with her when he told himself he should be elsewhere. I loved to see him giving in to his feelings even if he didn't admit them until the end! Hetty was such a beautiful heroine. (Literally, Ash was a goner!) She's has such a deep love and appreciation for wine and the history & memories of holds for her and her family. She's such an intelligent woman and runs her family vineyards so well. I felt so proud of her, I could imagine the vineyards in my mind and the bottles of her sparkling wine! She was so devoted and knowledgeable about wines and I loved it so much when Ash gave her the opportunity to show the world this. When she proved that not only her wine, but English wine, were worthy of notice and were actually good, it was such a triumphant moment. And knowing Ash was behind it all made me sigh so happily! (When he met with the other men to help set it up, this was one of my favorite moments. And no, not just because Westbury was there. Although that may have been a big reason. 😆 But I truly was so excited to see all the guys together!) Hetty is truly wonderful. I really enjoyed her character and her influence on Ash. She's such a sweet person, she reminds me alot of myself! I mean, I go around and kiss every cat I meet just like she does. Even if they don't want me to, I can't help but pet them and cuddle them and give them kisses. 🤣 I could relate to her passion for what she loves, and her honesty and fairness as a person. Her and Ash were the perfect pair! I feel like they balanced each other out so well. I enjoyed reading this so much. I'm super excited for the next book! Unfortunately that's the only thing I am. Patience on the other hand seems to be completely missing! Thank you so much Avon for my early copy of this! I love it so much. ❤

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Pastorino

    Lady Henrietta has a goal: not losing her precious vineyards to the Crown. Because that’s exactly what will happen if her father doesn’t remarry and sire an heir. She’s dedicated all her life to her dream of making the best wine in England, to the cost of sacrificing everything else. But then unexpectedly someone claims to be the long-lost heir to the dukedom and threatens all she has worked so hard to built. Ash Ellis, known as the Devil’s Own Scoundrel, is an uncouth man, who has risen from th Lady Henrietta has a goal: not losing her precious vineyards to the Crown. Because that’s exactly what will happen if her father doesn’t remarry and sire an heir. She’s dedicated all her life to her dream of making the best wine in England, to the cost of sacrificing everything else. But then unexpectedly someone claims to be the long-lost heir to the dukedom and threatens all she has worked so hard to built. Ash Ellis, known as the Devil’s Own Scoundrel, is an uncouth man, who has risen from the slums and owns a gambling hell. And now he’s set his sights on the dukedom… That’s the very intriguing start of this book and I was captivated by it, but not as much as I would have liked. I think that the author tried to throw in too many things (feminism with the Boadicea Club, child labor, gangs of young pickpockets, con artists, but also wine making) and the result was a little bit confusing. I liked Henrietta very much for her strength and courage, but sometimes she was… too much, too obsessed with her goals. As the same goes for Ash, even if his past maybe justifies his actions. And there’s a Dickensian villain as well, a trifle too cartoonish in my opinion. All in all, an enjoyable book and I’ll certainly try other Lenora Bell’s books, even if this is not the best book that I read recently. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gill

    I’m a huge fan of Lenora Bell. The Devil’s Own Duke is the second book in her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. Works very well as a stand alone. I overall found this an interesting read in regards to Lady Henrietta’s career as a Vigneron. Lady Henrietta is in saving her mother’s vineyard and bringing English sparkling wine into the public eye. The problem is that her father, the Duke, lacks an heir. In comes a rogue that owns a gaming hell and has a devilish reputation. Ash Ellis discovers that he I’m a huge fan of Lenora Bell. The Devil’s Own Duke is the second book in her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. Works very well as a stand alone. I overall found this an interesting read in regards to Lady Henrietta’s career as a Vigneron. Lady Henrietta is in saving her mother’s vineyard and bringing English sparkling wine into the public eye. The problem is that her father, the Duke, lacks an heir. In comes a rogue that owns a gaming hell and has a devilish reputation. Ash Ellis discovers that he is the missing heir to Henrietta’s family. Ash is part con man, part boy who survived the grew the streets and part secret philanthropist. Ash is a complicated hero. I came around to care for him despite being uncomfortable with his lies and point of view at times. Ash but his attitudes are somewhat true to the times. Readers looking for more historical points of view will really enjoy this character. I love Lenora’s characters and that she is branching out from characters in the upper class in this series. I missed some of her usual humor in this book, but I’m really looking forward to the next book. I’m also hoping Ash’s friend, Jax, has his own HEA! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.#NetGalley #Lenora Bell #TheDevilsOwnDuke

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    Rating: 3.5 stars I adore how Lenora Bell weaves bits of fairy tales or pop culture into her books. The Devil's Own Duke has a generous dollop of gender swapped Cinderella retelling and it was so much fun picking out the little Easter eggs of Cinderella content. Like Ash Ellis, Ash = Cinder, Cinder-Ellis... See? SEE? And he's got a cat called Lucifer, and his mates are Jax and Gus, haha. Those are the only ones I'm giving you, you'll have to unearth the other jewels on your own. The chemistry bet Rating: 3.5 stars I adore how Lenora Bell weaves bits of fairy tales or pop culture into her books. The Devil's Own Duke has a generous dollop of gender swapped Cinderella retelling and it was so much fun picking out the little Easter eggs of Cinderella content. Like Ash Ellis, Ash = Cinder, Cinder-Ellis... See? SEE? And he's got a cat called Lucifer, and his mates are Jax and Gus, haha. Those are the only ones I'm giving you, you'll have to unearth the other jewels on your own. The chemistry between Ash and Hetty is really lovely, with just a bit of that enemies-to-lovers spice along with a dash of marriage of convenience. The descriptions of the wines are lush and made me crave a glass of wine, haha. At times the winemaking information got to be fairly heavy, so those who love learning all the technical details about out-of-the-norm hobbies/professions in their romances will appreciate and that and those who don't, well, probably won't. They're easy enough to sort of skim over if you're not into info-dumping. There were also a couple of cringe-y moments, and the pacing seemed a bit off, which I'm not sure was actually a book problem or a me-trying-to-read-through-a-reading-slump issue - ymmv. It was interesting that while this is the second book in the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series, it also has several side characters from both the first book in the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series, Love is a Rogue, as well as the characters from Lenora Bell's most recent School for Dukes series. I REALLY hope book 3 will be about Isobel, because I love a good woman disguised as a man trope!! This is the second book in the Wallflowers vs. Rogues series, and can be read as a stand-alone with some minor spoilers for both the first book in this series as well as some of the books in her School for Dukes series. FINGERS CROSSED for book 3 to be about Isobel!! A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own. Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter

  28. 4 out of 5

    Luz Trevino

    The Devil's Own Duke Second book in the Wallflowers vs Rogues series Rating: 4 stars Thank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. The Devil's Own Duke is the story where two people married to forge a business arrangement and were honest with each other that they would not fall in love with each other....it all went wrong!! LOL Ash and Hetty were a very sweet couple who loved to butt heads. Both were very stubborn and were determined to stick to t The Devil's Own Duke Second book in the Wallflowers vs Rogues series Rating: 4 stars Thank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. The Devil's Own Duke is the story where two people married to forge a business arrangement and were honest with each other that they would not fall in love with each other....it all went wrong!! LOL Ash and Hetty were a very sweet couple who loved to butt heads. Both were very stubborn and were determined to stick to their conventions about what they wanted in their marriage. I loved how they both saw how wrong they were. Early in their marriage they begin to realize that there is room in their hearts for love and that they both very well deserve it. There's wine tasting, child saving and an evil villain that come to play an important role in the story. Overall, I really liked it and I especially liked towards the end of the book were they admit that they don't have a perfect marriage, but they work out their problems because they love each other. Aahh! <3 I'm looking forwards for the next one!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    ** Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for a honest review ** I've been meaning to Lenora Bell for a long time now, so I'm glad I finally did because this was such a fun read! I absolutely loved how headstrong and independent Hetty was. Despite having to fight against a system that wants to see her fail and all odds stacked against her, she doesn't let anything stand between her and her dreams. Ash's character was such a great compliment to this, as I never felt like he ** Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for a honest review ** I've been meaning to Lenora Bell for a long time now, so I'm glad I finally did because this was such a fun read! I absolutely loved how headstrong and independent Hetty was. Despite having to fight against a system that wants to see her fail and all odds stacked against her, she doesn't let anything stand between her and her dreams. Ash's character was such a great compliment to this, as I never felt like he tried to stifle her independence or stop her from reaching her goals (even when her goals conflicted with his own plans). Especially since Hetty is the type that runs head on into a situation without thinking things all the way through, Ash is a great balance in that he is very strategic and thinks of every possible outcome. I enjoyed the almost slow burn nature of their relationship. While there was an obvious physical attraction between the two from the beginning, it took Hetty and Ash a while to work through their hatred / resentment towards each other and to develop a meaningful and trusting relationship. I liked the comedic threads interwoven throughout as it acted as a good balance to some of the more serious aspects of the plot. I did find the mystery subplot to be a little lackluster. I definitely liked the inclusion of it and felt that it contributed a lot to the plot and Ash's character, however I didn't really feel the pay off from it by the end. I just wanted so much more from it. All of that to stay this was a super fun and entertaining read. I'm now obsessed with Lenora Bell's writing style and characters, so I definitely plan on picking up more from her in the future!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    Lenora Bell's books are always fun, and this one is no different. I loved Hetty's winemaking and the cats (whose personalities mirrored those of the humans). Ash I mostly liked, but I got really tired of his self-loathing by the end. That's a particular pet peeve of mine, though, so I'm sure others will like it more. The book is fast-paced and easy to read in tiny spurts (short chapters) or all at once. Lenora Bell's books are always fun, and this one is no different. I loved Hetty's winemaking and the cats (whose personalities mirrored those of the humans). Ash I mostly liked, but I got really tired of his self-loathing by the end. That's a particular pet peeve of mine, though, so I'm sure others will like it more. The book is fast-paced and easy to read in tiny spurts (short chapters) or all at once.

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