Once upon a time in Mayfair a group of wallflowers formed a secret society with goals that had absolutely nothing to do with matrimony. Their most troublesome obstacle? Rogues!
They call her Beastly Beatrice.
Wallflower Lady Beatrice Bentley longs to remain in the wilds of Cornwall to complete her etymological dictionary. Too bad her brother’s Gothic mansion is under renovation. How can she work with an annoyingly arrogant and too-handsome rogue swinging a hammer nearby?
Rogue. Scoundrel. Call him anything you like as long as you pay him.
Navy man Stamford Wright is leaving England soon and renovating Thornhill House is just a job. It’s not about the duke’s bookish sister or her fiery copper hair. Or the etymology lessons the prim-yet-alluring lady insists on giving him. Or the forbidden things he'd love to teach her.
They say never mix business with pleasure. But when Beatrice and Ford aren't arguing, they're kissing.
Sometimes temptation proves too strong to resist…even if the cost is a heart.
Bell (How the Duke Was Won) unites a bookish Lady looking forward to spinsterhood with a handsome carpenter in the sparkling launch of her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. In 1830 Cornwall, Lady Beatrice Bentley struggles to complete work on an etymological dictionary at Thornhill House, her brother's mansion, but is distracted by the presence of Ford Wright, a dashing rogue working on renovations to the estate. After Beatrice returns to London and reluctantly follows her mother's command to attend the events of the season, she inherits a bookstore from an estranged aunt and determines to transform it into a haven for her companions in the Mayfair Ladies Knitting League. When Ford turns up in London hoping to consult with Beatrice's brother on business, Beatrice hires him to complete repairs on the shop. As the pair spend more time together, Ford's teasing of Beatrice turns into a genuine infatuation with her intelligence and caring, though he believes she will never return his affections because of their class disparity. But Beatrice blossoms through her friendship with Ford, learning to stand up to her mother, exert her independence, and go after what she wants. Witty, insightful dialogue and expertly developed characters fill the chapters of this page-turner. Gripping and emotionally charged, this romance promises more good things from the series to come.
Corny and cheesy
The book was good, but about 3/4th of the way thru the whole story line changed and the characters changed. Everything became cheesy, over done, corny and “love conquers all “ silliness. The excerpt didn’t even match up fully with the book. The two main characters became friends and liked each other within pages; so the “plot” became mute and the story was just like fetid warm milk.
I must be in a funk because I have loved every Lenora Bell book I have picked up.
Except this one!
I can’t even get into it. I’m less than a quarter of the way in and I just don’t want to read any more of it.
Beatrice has no redeeming qualities. She’s the kind of person who is the smartest one in the room - just ask her. She’ll tell you!
I found her thoroughly unlikeable. Even when she is with her friends she’s not endearing in any way.
Ford (I think that’s his name) is unmemorable.
The story line isn’t there. They have no chemistry, no antagonism, nothing other than Beatrice trying to prove how smart she is with her big words and superiority complex.
Perhaps if I could get further into the story it would get better, but for right now I have no desire to read more. I waited a long time for this story to come out and it’s disappointing to say the least.