What A Difference A Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

What a Difference a Duke makes

What A Difference A Duke Makes by Lenora Bell


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What A Difference A Duke Makes
School For Dukes #1
5 out of 5 stars

In WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES, daring, witty Miss Mari Perkins goes searching for a job and winds up falling for a devilish duke who thinks he has no time for love or romance. A brilliant, heartfelt historical romance tale about what it means to find a family not of blood but borne through patience and love.

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. Mari is the perfect blend of innocence and cleverness, of daring and friendship. I loved how she interacted with the Duke’s children, earning their respect and trust while also engaging their interest in learning, and how she challenged and inspired the Duke of Banksford, Edgar Rochester, to not only listen but also follow through on what he heard. She gained all of their trust by being true to herself, even though she wasn’t entirely forthcoming with her own story and secrets. She was endearing and she made this book such a pleasure to read.

If you’re looking for an incredibly enjoyable and moving historical romance story with a cast of characters that will steal your heart from the moment they appear, pick up a copy of WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES by Lenora Bell. It’s the first book in the author’s School for Dukes series and it sets an incredibly high bar for all the books to follow.

Such a fun and moving story. Highly recommend reading this book and this author. I couldn’t put it down!


Author:  Lenora Bell
Series: School For Dukes #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Books | Avon Romance
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Historical
ISBN: 9780062692429
Pages: 384
Pub Date: Mar. 27, 2018
Purchase: Amazon | B & N | Kobo
Other Retailers: Google Play | iBooks | Avon

Wanted: Governess for duke’s unruly children 

Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have terrorized half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.

Lost: One heart to an arrogant duke

Mari knows how to wrap even the most rebellious children around her finger. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father? He won’t be quite so easy to control. And there’s something else she can’t seem to command. Her heart. The foolish thing beats so wildly every time Edgar is near.

Found: A forbidden passion neither can deny

As his employee, Mari is strictly off-limits. But what if she’s the one breaking all his rules? In the game of governess versus duke, how can Edgar maintain his defenses when the only thing he wants to do is let the tempting beauty win . . .?

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Book Excerpt


“Not one in one thousand governesses would lecture me as you do, Miss Perkins.”

“As a governess I have a duty to point out misbehavior.”

“Impudent minx.”

Why was he grinning at her as if he liked impudent minxes more than anything? And why couldn’t she stop noticing how nicely shaped his lips were? Firm on top, yet sensually flared below.

“Perhaps I deserve a thorough tongue-lashing,” he mused.

Which sounded quite wicked when spoken in such a low, husky voice.

His gaze shifted to her lips. “Are you planning to give me another?”

“Only if you’re bad, Your Grace.”

He must have taken a step nearer to her. Or had she been the one to move closer? So close.

A reckless desire formed in her mind, blotting out her customary good sense. A desire to misbehave. Just this once.

“Or . . .” She rose to her tiptoes, placing her palms against his rock-solid chest. “I could be the bad one . . .”

What a Difference a Duke Makes


To celebrate the release of WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES, we’re giving away a cloth bag with a paperback copies of the book and Lenora’s entire back list! 

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GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a cloth bag filled with paperback copies of What a Difference a Duke Makes and Lenora Bell’s entire back list. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 4/9/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.


Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. She blames the long, dark winters in her tiny Alaskan hometown for making her a lifelong bookworm. A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing who has lived on five continents, Lenora currently shares an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. She loves to hear from readers!


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