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Product Details

  • Series: The Temberlay (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062202413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062202413
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

When deception leads to desire . . .

When her stubborn sister runs off the night before her arranged marriage, Meg Lyntonhardly hesitates before donning the wedding veil and walking down the aisle herself. It's the only way to save her family from sure destitution. By the time her wealthy groom discovers he has married the wrong sister, it will be too late to annul their vows. And too late for Meg to escape her wifely duty to a man reputed to be a devil in battle and the bedroom . . .

A bride is the last thing Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay, wants. Then he sees Meg and realizes that his wedding night will be a great pleasure indeed. But aside from the agreeable business of begetting an heir, Temberlay will never change his wicked ways for a wedding vow—until he discovers Meg's deception, and decides to teach the scheming beauty how to be a proper duchess, kiss by devastating kiss . . .

About the Author

Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on November 28, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was extremely excited for this book to come out. Really. Unfortunately, the excerpt and back blurb of the book didn't quite do the twists and turns in the book justice.

Marguerite Lyndon, daughter of the stiffy Earl of Wycliffe, had grown up learning how to be a virtuous wife to a member of the nobility. She is the second oldest sister in a family with 5 daughters, but is the most responsible and sensible among them. She is also the family's black sheep in a way; her dark looks considered inferior to her sisters' blond locks and angelic beauty. When the dowager duchess of Temberlay arranges a marriage between her eldest sister, Rose, and the notorious "Devil" Duke of Temberlay, Nicholas Hartley, Marguerite unexpectedly steps into her sister's shoes as Rose eloped to avoid marrying Nicholas. Nicholas, having inherited the title at the death of his brother David, is angry. He is angry of his fate, of his brother's death, of having to return home and marry a bride he's never before met. Suffice it to say, Marguerite, having only married Nicholas out of a obligation to her family, started off on the wrong foot with the furious Nicholas, who disliked his future bride before even meeting her.

This series started off great. It was filled with tension, and we are allowed glimpses into the thoughts of Marguerite and Nicholas, and find sympathy with them both for having each carried a heavy burden. Marguerite had to step up and take care of her weak-willed mother and sisters after her father's untimely death, bearing both a financial as well as emotional burden as a voice of reason in her family. Nicholas was the unneeded second son, and according to his snake of a grandmother, he's also the one who ruined them all.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 27, 2012
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I've got mixed feelings on this one. There was potential there. I liked it in the first half, but the story took a hard left turn in the last nine chapters or so, that just didn't gel with everything that came before it.

Meg and her family have been struggling ever since her father died, leaving them destitute. When the Duchess of Temberlay calls, trying to set up a wedding between her grandson and Meg's sister, Rose, it seems like a perfect solution to their financial troubles. But Rose wants nothing to do with Nicholas and his terrible reputation as a rake of the first order. She runs away on the marriage, prompting Meg to take her place at the ceremony. Having never met Rose, Nicholas has no idea of the switch.

Nick hates the idea of getting married, but his grandmother blackmailed him into it. He is shocked when he actually begins to fall for his bride. She is fiery, beautiful and smart. But his reputation and a string of misunderstandings threatens to destroy their hopes at happiness. The story follows their power struggles and emotional entanglements as they try to make their marriage of convenience work.

I liked Meg a lot. She is practical and smart without being overly stubborn. Nick's not bad, though sometimes he is a bit too arrogant. My only problem before the weird twist was the fact that Nick refused to clear up their misunderstandings when he had a chance. He knew Meg was hurting; he knew he could fix it, but he chose to wait --for some reason that completely eludes me. I still held out hope that it would give me a satisfying ending and then, well, it just went in a totally different direction. I didn't like it --and I felt cheated that the dire circumstances brought about the resolution more than character growth on its own.

Like I said, it had potential. The writing was good and the sexual elements were there, but in the end, I was left off-kilter.

Rating: C-
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
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How to Deceive a Duke never lived up to its full potential, this is due mainly to the heroine who has some inconsistencies throughout the novel. The book starts out quite well but then goes through some changes which were at times mystifying.

The Duchess of Temberlay is looking for a mate for her grandson and she wants one who is clearly above reproach, and she must also tame her wild grandson. The Duchess is not matchmaking because she loves her grandson, on the contrary she barely tolerates him, she is matchmaking only so there will be an heir to inherit the dukedom. Meg and her sisters are facing destitution after their father's death and The Duchess has chosen Rose, Meg's sister, as the future bride of her grandson, the Duke of Temberlay, Nicholas also known as the Devil Duke.

Meg and Rose know about Nicholas solely from scandal sheets. Meg is quite interested in the Duke and secretly admires his fine form. Rose on the other hand does not want to marry him and when she fails to show up for the wedding Meg steps in her place.

Nicholas had never met either sister but shows up at the wedding anyway. Nicholas is there under duress; his grandmother holds all the purse strings. Nicholas is so much more than the caricatures created by scandal sheets; he's a war hero and a man who changed after the war but not so much that he is not a little bit wicked. On his wedding day, he sees a woman walking down the aisle concealed by a heavy veil, when he lifts it, he realizes he has married a stunning looking woman.

Red haired Meg has, as guessed, a temper and she and her husband square off from the beginning of their marriage. Meg does not seem to really want to be married to Nicholas, even though earlier on in the story she daydreamed about him.
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Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate lab, and one very patient husband. She's hard at work on her next book. Come visit Lecia at www.leciacornwall.com, or drop her a line at leciacornwall@shaw.ca.

NEWS! July 27, 2012: SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS, Lecia's debut novel, has been honored with the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book of 2011!

NEWS! November 15, 2012: HOW TO DECEIVE A DUKE named an RT Book Review Magazine 4 1/2 star TOP PICK!

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