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    Loved it

    What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell is the First book in the School for Dukes series. This is the story of Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford and Mari Perkins. Mari is just hit a down on your luck part in her life when she hears that the Duke is looking for a Nanny for his twins Michel and Adele. Mari goes forward to get that job and with it her heart is becoming lost to Edgar and the children. Edgar doesn't want to be involved with Mari since she is is new nanny but it is becoming harder to fight the attraction to her. This was a great entertaining story I thought and truly enjoyed it.
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    Utterly delightful!

    Lenora Bell’s fabulous debut novel had cured my reading funk when it came out, and the extraordinary WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES outshines How the Duke Was Won on every level! Mari Perkins had worked too hard to be instantaneously turned away from Mrs. Trilby’s Agency for Superior Governesses. On her way to the agency, Mari’s possessions were stolen, and she needs a position; she has nothing left. Almost on her way out, Mari hears that the Duke of Banksford’s new governess just quit, and Mari gets herself hired by the Duke. His nine year-old twins, Michel and Adele, are unmanageable, but nothing that Mari can’t handle. Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is busy with his steam engines; he needs peace and quiet, but governesses are forever leaving, so he reluctantly agrees to a one-week trial for Mari. It doesn’t take long before Edgar realises it had been a mistake to hire Miss Perkins … WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES has a bit of a Mary Poppins vibe, but it’s not all fluff and froth. I was invested in Mari and Edgar’s story from the start because of Ms. Bell’s outstanding writing, her scintillating dialogues, the compelling and clever premise, and her exceptional characterisations, and this is only the beginning. Mari is very engaging, confident in her abilities, and her love and respect for children are palpable, this is done so well, that in one instance, it brought tears to my eyes. I believe Lenora Bell has written my favourite children in a romance novel ever. Michel and Adele are intrinsic components of the story, and the link to much growth from several characters. In spite of appearing unbending and gruff, Edgar’s heart is in the right place, and his backstory is one of the best I have ever seen, and makes believable things that otherwise might have been less convincing. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES provides the undeniable proof that solid backstories make for a more solid foundation to build the narrative, and supply the environment needed for characters to build and move on. The characters are works of art: every single one well fleshed out. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES unfolds at a brisk pace, and the prose is witty, sparkling, luminous; the writing is positively marvellous! Ms. Bell’s meticulous research shines through delightful period details about steam engines, fire brigades, child rearing, toys, books, which only serve to further enhance the genuineness of the story. The romance isn’t rushed; it builds slowly through trust, communication, respect, kindness, and Edgar is exactly the sort of hero I love reading about, and I wish there were more of his kind in romanceland. Mari is also on a personal quest, which concludes in a charming and whimsical manner; and Edgar’s relentless pursuit on improving fire engines contributes to the fabulous conclusion as well. There is no useless detail to this story, neither is there a single superfluous word, nor the slightest little lull. I cannot fail to mention the splendiferous India, Edgar’s sister, who captured my imagination like few characters do, and I am beyond thrilled that her story will be next; this is a book that will not release quickly enough! WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES has one of the most satisfying HEA ever; it is perfectly enchanting!
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    Porn for housewives

    I was hoping for a romance, but it turned out to be an excuse of a story made in order to write graphic, unromantic scenes of panting lust. I wish this kind of drivel had an x-rating to let people know so I wouldn't have wasted any money or time on it.
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