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Peek Inside How to Beguile a Duke

Catherine Malboeuf wants to reclaim her ancestral home and valuable missing heirloom. Unwilling to sell the estate, however, the attractive Duke of Boulstridge makes her a wager. He'll sell Walsley Manor if?and only if?Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need in the duke. One that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore never to give away...

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A proper gentleman.

A not-so-proper lady…

The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager…

Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.

Of course, Nick is certain he’ll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine’s unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won’t just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away…



"The story is fast-paced, includes smart, witty dialogue, and Broadfield provides a strong motivation that propels both the hero and heroine toward a single goal, and each other. I recommend HOW TO BEGUILE A DUKE to anyone looking for a lovely Regency romance with a strong heroine, a side of adventure, and a hero who's easy to love." ~Night Owl Reviews, Four Stars
"How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield is an adventurous, passionate, exciting romance, with characters that will remain with me for some time." ~Fresh Fiction
"With loads of suspense, and strong-willed heroines, it's easy to be beguiled by Broadfield's charming and delighftul historical romance." ~Heroes and Heartbreakers
"I couldn't wait to keep reading and when I finished I had to sit back and savour the story. That's when you know it's a special book."  ~Kilts and Swords
"The characters were vivid, lovable and the storyline, with a hint of mystery and danger, held my attention until the very last page. The chemistry between Catherine and Nick was instantaneous and their dynamic exchanges often had me laughing out loud." ~RS Addict

"There was a nice balance of mystery, suspense, and some intense UST in this one. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to you." ~Kathie, First Page to the Last Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751590
Series: How To, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 8, 2014
Page Count: 264
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: bet/dare/wager

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By Khulood March 06, 2015

It has been years since I read any historical romance novels, so when I read the blurb of this book and found it intriguing, I decided to give it a go.

Catherine Malboeuf, the daughter of a French man (falsely known as a pirate) and an English woman, grew up with nightly stories of her great-grandmo ...more

By Kathie (katmom) December 08, 2014


Catherine is something else. She's certainly no lady, at least she doesn't act like one! Nick, the Duke, knows how ladies should act, and none of the ones he's met ever had a cutlass in their skirt.

She's pretty intriguing that way. He never knows what she's going to do next. Cat ...more

By Inishowen November 30, 2014

Regency era romance, a rich duke, mystery and suspense! What more could a girl ask for?! A perfect blend of everything I enjoy in a novel. Well written with the classic wit that encapsulates the genre of Regency Romance.
I loved the Darcy-esque proposal and the fiesty Catherine's response! Brilliant. ...more

By Patty January 09, 2015

A breeches wearing American heiress, an ANAL & ARROGANT Duke, a missing Russian tiara, mysterious mayhem & PULL THE FIRE ALARM NAUGHTINESS! What more do y'all need!

Miss Catherine Malboeut is an American heiress, her dad is known as a Pirate (really a shipping magnate) who supposedly kidnapped & then ...more

By Kiltsandswords November 15, 2014

How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield

I love when I start a book and I know how it is going to end. That may sound strange, but with historical romance novels, you KNOW there has to be a happily ever after. We meet Catherine and Nick and you know they will end up together, but it’s the pieces of t ...more

By Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros) November 25, 2014

4,5 *****

This is the first book where the review will be published first in English and then in Portuguese. This is because the ebook was sent to me for reading and subsequent publication of opinion directly by Entangled, since the book will be released by the 8th of December.
Let's talk about the bo ...more

By Lee December 09, 2014

I love a historical novel that can take me back to a bygone era where everything was so proper, where a lady could not be alone with a man without a chaperone, where there was a strict code of conduct, of manners and ways a lady should behave, where your heritage and standing in society meant everyt ...more

By Pansy December 03, 2014

Historical romances are so much fun. That proper and inflexible London society that makes it such a challenge for everyone to try and break the rules – without getting caught. So much fun.

So when Catherine Malbeouf comes to town from the “New World” it is little wonder that society looks at her with ...more

By Jasmyn December 11, 2014

I absolutely adored Catherine. She was an incredible woman full of bravery and sass. She understand most social etiquette, but would just rather speak her mind and do things her own way. As she makes her way through the ton, she attracts much attention, but not the kind she really wants. But the isn ...more

By C.M. December 10, 2014

There are three things I expect a romance novel to do for me, at a minimum: it needs to make me laugh, it needs to make me cry, and it needs to make me melt.

Having just finished How to Beguile a Duke, I'm torn between doing all three at once. Catherine is a wonderful heroine whom I just wanted to hu ...more

By Isha December 08, 2014

How to Beguile a Duke by: Ally Broadfield
What a surprise. Although a little slow in some areas and not enough detail in others--VERY ENJOYABLE. I love to read books where the main characters are slightly unconventional. Makes the story more believable. Catherine may be unique and Nick may be arroga ...more

By Gwessie June 14, 2017

Naughtiness 4*

Utterly fantastic read. Fell in love with the story and was completely captivated, Ally is a fairly new author to me but wow I will most certainly be collecting as many of her books for my teetering to be read pile as I am definitely a fan now.

I never give away spoilers you can get a b ...more

Thank you to author Ally Broadfield for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!

Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!

How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield is an enticing and beguiling historical tale featuring a rough-around-the-edges young wo ...more

By Jane December 07, 2014

How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield


The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling ...more

By Nelle September 03, 2015

Originally published on Nelle's Nightstand

What does a feisty, breeches wearing, American heiress have in common with a stuffy, hermit of an English Duke?! He's living in her ancestral home! And she wants it back, including a mysterious tiara rumored to have belonged to Empress Elizabeth of Russia.

Ni ...more

By KyBunnies December 10, 2014

Originally posted at Bunny's Review

Historical romance or historical fiction is my favorite. I will read most anything in these to genre.

For me this book starts out a little slow but half way thru chapter 3 I was quickly pulled in and the story refused to releases me until I had finished reading.

At o ...more

By Just another reader December 07, 2014

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is a lovely historical romance read with an intriguing plot. The tale revolves around Catherine Malboeuf, who is a descendant of mixed parentage - her father being French and monther, English, returns to England to ...more

By Mandy December 07, 2014

4.5 stars. I don't normally read historical novels but thought this one sounded really interesting. It did not disappoint. This was so much more than just a historical romance. There were interesting, well thought out characters, mystery and suspense. Also, I really enjoyed the romance - I felt it w ...more

By Raquell February 04, 2015

Ever since Catherine Malboeuf was a little girl she's heard the story of her great-grandmother and a priceless tiara hidden inside Walsley Manor, a home now owned by Nick, the Duke if Boulstridge. After a hilarious first meeting (Catherine breaks into Walsley Manor and is caught by Nick) - she and N ...more

By My Book Addiction and More January 02, 2015

Another delight by this author! Fast paced and delightfully wicked! Has just the right mixture of romance, seduction, passion, mystery, with a bit of of suspense. The plot, setting and characters are well written, intriguing, and a compelling. Well worth your time to read. Well done. An enjoyable an ...more

By Bree December 11, 2014

Catherine Maboeuf has divided her time between the Bahamas and New Orleans but now she is returning to England, her mother’s homeland. Her mission is two fold – her wealthy shipping merchant father has given her leave to purchase her mother’s childhood home which was lost to her after her father die ...more

By Linda December 31, 2014

Five star historical romance deals up a bold heroine, a sometimes stuffed shirt of a hero, a treasure hunt and a villain or two along the way, so no sleeping through this one, " How to Beguile the Duke" was a hard to put down read .

Our Heroine :

Catherine Malboeuf , raised in The Bahamas and New Orl ...more

By Stacy December 11, 2014

I liked this book. A sweet, quick read with enjoyable banter between hero and heroine. When I started to read it I was not sure what to make of Catherine. She was so unconventional to the women of her time. Now, I love strong, sassy heroines, and she presented as one. But a few times I wondered … er ...more

By Amaranthine December 10, 2014

Our heroine Catherine is headstrong, assertive and completely unconventional. Having been raised in the Bahamas and New Orleans, and rumored to be the daughter of a pirate, she has a bit of an uphill road in her attempt to fit into 1820s London society.

In contrast, our hero Nick is very proper, som ...more

By Pamela December 08, 2014

Rated 4 out of 5 Blue Ribbons! Review courtesy of Romance Junkies:

Catherine Malboeuf has arrived at Walston Manor to find a hidden treasure. Walston Manor once belonged to her family, but after everyone passed, the property was sold to Nick, the Duke of Boulstridge. Catherine attempts to gain entry ...more

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Ally Broadfield

About the author

Ally Broadfield

Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia. She loves to hear from readers and you can find her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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