Review: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Sarah MacLean

Love by Numbers #3

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 26-Apr-2011
Date Started: 2-Jan-2019
Date Finished: 7-Jan-2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 367 
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9780061852077
Source: Library


There is no telling where a scandal might lead…

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips… and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety.

She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion. ”



This novel was by far my favorite of the Love by Numbers trilogy! With the prevailing message that life is nothing without passion and love, what is not to like. It also helped that Juliana is an amazing character.

One of the amazing aspects of this romance is that it showed the full spectrum of emotions that result from loving someone. There was, of course, the happiness, but also the sadness, the pain, the jealousy, and more. Juliana’s ploy to teach Leighton a lesson in having a passionate life resulted in a beautiful love that at times was painful before it became happy.

Juliana is a badass character, she is strong, somewhat accident/scandal-prone, but speaks her mind. She endures so much emotion of the course of the novel that I physically felt the emotion coming out of this story. Leighton, on the other hand, is somewhat unlikeable and so proud that it hurts, but thankfully he eventually learns his lesson.

Overall the writing style was easy to read/addicting. I whole-heartedly recommend this novel to romance readers.

About the Author

“New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”


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