How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)
How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)

How the Duke Was Won (Book 3)

Lady Marigold's Matchmaking Service
JENNIFER MONROE
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Prepare for a dazzling clash of hearts and wits in the spirited world of Lady Penelope Baxter and the formidable Duke of St. Cross!

💛 Opposites-attract

🌻duel of the sexes

💛 A sweet wager

🌻 Arrogant duke

💛 Strong minded spinster

🌻 Scarred hero

Having sworn off love after two heartbreaks, Penelope finds herself at Lady Marigold's Matchmaking Service after a fiery exchange with the proud Duke during an archery competition.

Sebastian, the unyielding Duke with a penchant for competition and a need for an heir, discovers his views on marriage evolving when he encounters the bold and beautiful Penelope. What starts as a battle of words turns into a high-stakes wager as Penelope challenges Sebastian to a duel of the sexes – a series of intellectual and athletic contests with a tempting prize. If she wins, she secures her spinsterhood; if he triumphs, she must become his bride and bear the much-needed heir.

As the games unfold, Sebastian's rigid beliefs about women's abilities begin to crumble, replaced by a growing admiration for Penelope's spirit. Simultaneously, Penelope finds herself drawn to the Duke she once despised, yet fears the vulnerability of a third heartbreak. Will this clash of pride and passion lead to a happily-ever-after where love conquers all, or will the intricacies of the heart prove the ultimate challenge?

Get ready for a riveting tale of love, competition, and unexpected alliances in How the Duke Was Won, book 3 in this sweet Regency romance series by USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Monroe, where the battleground is set, and the prize is nothing short of an unexpected romance.

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USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Monroe writes Regency romances you can’t resist. Her stories are filled with first loves and second chances, dashing dukes, and strong heroines. Each turn of the page promises an adventure in love and many late nights of reading.

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Maria Renshaw
Loved it

Loved Penelope and Sebastian's battle of the sexes story of competitions, war of words and wits. Such a wonderfully written, throughly enjoyed story of two very competitive people who rub each other up the wrong way, who are also well matched.

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Nancy Fucci
Wonderful Story with a War of Wits

This was a wonderful story with lots of competition between Lady Penelope Baxter and Sebastian, Duke of St Cross. Right from the start of this story they were pitted against each other. He came across as arrogant and thinking very little of the capability of women. She was highly competitive and also excellent in archery and riding horses.

After two different gentlemen had treated her horribly, courting her and getting her hopes up only to choose another woman. She is determined to stay a spinster and control her own life but her father and mother want to see her married. They take her to Lady Marigold's Matchmaking Service and that brings her to London just before the Season starts. At her first ball, she hears the Duke of Cross being just as outspoken and arrogant. She is determined to avoid him but he has made a wager to have the loveliest woman on his arm by the end of the night and he has chosen Penelope to be that woman. He treats her with respect and she falls for him being nice to her. When she discovers his real reason was to win a small bet she is very angry.

Penelope decides to get even and they wage a war of wits against each other. She then makes her own wager with him they will test five areas including horse riding, archery, chess, knowledge of science and history and shuttlecock. The prize for winning is either a false engagement or a marriage long enough to produce an heir. The stakes are high for both of them but they may just discover something more precious as they go through the events.

I would really like to see Lena the chaperone get a happy love story. I'm hoping that will happen in the future.

I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my honest unbiased review.

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Janet Barrett
An entertaing, enjoyable romance

Having sworn off love after two heartbreaks, Lady Penelope finds herself at Lady Marigold's Matchmaking Service after a fiery exchange with the proud Duke of St Cross during an archery competition. Sebastian, the unyielding Duke with a penchant for competition and a need for an heir, discovers his views on marriage evolving when he encounters the bold and beautiful Penelope. What starts as a battle of words turns into a high-stakes wager as Penelope challenges Sebastian to a series of intellectual and athletic contests with a tempting prize. If she wins, she secures her spinsterhood; if he triumphs, she must become his bride and bear the much-needed heir.
The third book in the series & another well written entertaining romance. I didn’t warm to either Sebastian nor Penelope in the beginning but the more I read the more I grew to like them. I found them both arrogant but gradually came to know them behind the arrogance, I enjoyed their banter & how their attraction grew & also they gradually fell in love. I liked the secondary characters especially Lena & I must admit throughout the series I’ve been hoping that she would have her HEA. An entertaining, enjoyable romance
My review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

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Elizabeth J. Connor
Love Penelope and Sebastian!

Thanks to Wolf Publishing for an ARC of this book, #3 in the “Lady Marigold’s Matchmaking Service” series. This series has consistently pleased me and I very much enjoyed this installment. It features Lady Penelope Baxter, daughter to the Earl of Wellingsby, living at the Biggleswade Estate, Trelawny House. I only include that last part because it amused me.
Sebastian, Duke of St. Cross, is immediately introduced as her arch nemesis because he’s so clearly a male chauvinist and derisively dismisses her desires to compete in “male endeavors.” In fact, the first time they meet, he jokes about her attempts to win an archery contest for women, causing her to miss her first shot, and she is furious. She storms up to him and presses her archery equipment into his chest, demanding he show her how it’s done. In the process, she causes him to fall which causes rumors to spread.

The next time she sees him, she has been sent to Lady Marigold’s to find an appropriate husband. She has decided she only wants to survive for four more months, until her birthday, when she officially becomes a spinster and can live her life alone. She cannot understand why every time she sees him, her heart pitter-patters. He also can’t figure out why she has the effect on him that she does. Their continued antagonism toward one another leads to a series of challenges and a wager. Sebastian’s prideful nature is on full display. After all, he was raised as a to believe that, as a Duke, he can do no wrong. He is coddled by everyone who knows him and has come to believe he is infallible. Even his best friends Garroway, Viscount Sturgeon, and
Stillman, Baron Dustwick feed into his ego. Although eventually, Sturgeon comes around to championing Penelope.

Penelope decides she needs to bring him down and plays on his pride. She writes a letter to him, pretending to be Lord Ventri, someone selling land that Sebastian wishes to purchase but which he has been unable to do. In it, she says, “Only one man, chosen by the Almighty Himself to serve His Majesty the King and the people of this great country, is worthy of acquiring this property.” Naturally, Sebastian falls for it hook, line, and sinker, and when he realizes he has been bested, he determines to bring her down a notch. After all, he’s a duke and cannot allow her to come out ahead of him.

As they spend time together, they begin to realize they really do enjoy one another’s company. Sebastian even admires Penelopes willingness to stand up to him. When he accuses her of speaking to another gentleman “ quite intimately,” she doesn’t stand for it. “Her tone cut as sharply as any whip, and he suddenly felt the urge to check his body for welts.” As they each struggle to overcome their initial objections to marriage and unwillingness to fall in love, they banter and challenge one another. It’s really fun.

Another thing that’s fun is when they refer to the American Heiress, a fictional character in a prior book in this series, “The Lady Who Cried Wolf.” She made up a story about a fictional orphanage in France where a cook burned down the orphanage, displacing all of the poor children. In this book, Sebastian recalls Lady Chapman and her daughter “collecting funds for a French orphanage. Normally, Sebastian would contribute only a few coins to such causes, but upon learning that the fire’s culprit was a deranged cook, he generously donated a whopping ten pounds.” I laughed out loud at that.

Overall, I enjoyed the characters in this book, who were well-crafted and had complex backstories. I empathized with both Sebastian and Penelope, and even when they were at odds, I understood both of them. The story is fun and I recommend it.

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Ellen Fenner
Entertaining read

I liked the lively bantering and humor in the story. The heroine has had her heart broken. The hero is very arrogant and a little hard for me to like at the beginning. A matchmaker puts them together and the fun begins. They make a wager as the hero doesn’t think women are capable of much. If she wins he gives her a house, if he wins they marry and produce an heir. It was a fun read.


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