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Peek Inside To Love a Scandalous Duke

When Declan, the Duke of Darington, learns the father of the woman he loves may have murdered Declan’s brother, he has to decide between love and revenge.

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Family scandal drove Declan Sinclair into exile years ago. Now he’s called home, devastated to discover his brother has been murdered, making Declan the new Duke of Darington. As he tries to unravel what happened to his brother, the clues point to the man he blames for his exile. Declan resolves to ruin the culprit. If only the daughter of the man’s business partner, lovely Lady Alethea Swinton, didn’t tempt his resolve.

Lady Alethea Swinton has cultivated her pristine reputation in the hopes of winning her father’s praise. When her childhood friend returns, Alethea finds she’s willing to court scandal and defy her father to help the handsome Declan uncover the truth behind his brother’s death.

But Declan’s redemption would mean her family’s ruin…

Each book in the Once Upon A Scandal series is STANDALONE:
* To Love a Scandalous Duke
* To Resist a Scandalous Rogue
* To Tame a Scandalous Lady


“This is a complex tale of murder, fraud, lies, and other surprising secrets. The characters, descriptions and dialogue give the story depth and help keep your interest. The plot has been woven with a master touch to make this a mesmerizing read. You are grabbed from the first page and are unable to put it down, until the end!” –Candy B., Goodreads

“I loved the story, I think it's the perfect combination of romance and mystery!” –Fizza Y., NetGalley

“The story is gripping and well written, it is packed with surprise revelations, steamy interludes, life altering secrets, ruthless villains and a little heartbreak before finally culminating into a sweet, sigh worthy HEA.” –Tracy E., Goodreads

“The story is fast paced and captivating!” –Melissa D., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633353
Series: Once Upon a Scandal, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 25, 2017
Page Count: 324
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, girl next door, revenge

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By Candy September 06, 2017

Lord Declan Sinclair, Duke of Darington, has just returned from being away for twelve years. Lady Alethea Swinton has just returned from being away with her mother's people in Scotland. Declan's father had committed suicide when he was accused of a fraud and a lot of people lost their money. His old ...more

By Janet September 10, 2017

4.5 stars
Driven into exile twelve years earlier, due to family scandal, Declan Sinclair is called home by his elder brother Albert. On arriving back in England he’s devastated to discover his brother has been murdered and he’s the new Duke of Darington. When clues point to the man he blames for both ...more

By Lux September 01, 2017

Lady Alethea Swinton, her twin brother, Finlay, Lord Firthwell and the second son of the Duke of Darlington, Declan Sinclair were childhood friends. Their friendship was fractured by tragedy and scandal involving their fathers. Declan disappeared from England, his absence fuelled gossips and specula ...more

By Fizza September 10, 2017

It's an interesting story. When a 'scandalous' returns to London after years everyone starts talking about him. There is sadness and mystery revolving around Declan Sinclair's life. By sending him away his family had tried to protect him from everything that followed the scandal of his father commit ...more

By Brenda September 11, 2017

Publisher's Description:

Driven into exile years earlier, due to family scandal, Declan Sinclair is called home, devastated to discover his brother has been murdered and he’s the new Duke of Darington. When clues point to the man he blames for both his exile and his brother’s death, Declan resolves t ...more

By Minerva May 23, 2018

I thought this book had it all: romance, mystery, humor, and (yes!) sexy times.

I loved the chemistry between Althea and Declan and enjoyed the way both characters talked with one another rather than being coy about their interest in each other. Because they shared a past together their almost immedi ...more

By Shannon December 15, 2017

This is one of my favorite debut authors 2017! This story had me at the first confrontation with Declan and Alethia. When he walks up behind her and speaks in her ear, I got goosebumps. There were laughing moments and times I teared up. Unforgettable. ...more

By SynergyQuest September 29, 2017

An entertaining regency romance with a mystery and a HEA all wrapped in one. I enjoyed this second chance romance. The hero and heroine are honorable and sincere. Love rules in the end and makes this one a perfect read for a rainy day. ...more

By Tracy September 12, 2017

4.5 stars, this book was almost perfect and I really enjoyed the story.

Declan Sinclair, The Duke of Darington aka Dec has returned to England after 12 years. He was sent away after his father committed suicide and has been forbidden to return, until now. But this will not be a happy homecoming for D ...more

By Amanda October 11, 2017

Adored this book!!!! If you love historical romance with suspense, shocks, and twists then read this one!! Declan returns after he finds out his brother has died and he has inheritied the title and gossip ensues immediately. Lady Alethea, childhood friend of Declan's, cannot stay away even with the ...more

By Courtney November 29, 2017

I received this book through a giveaway from the author. All opinions are my own.

It can be hard to know what to expect from a debut author, and in my experience some debuts I’ve read in the past year or two have been good, while others have been more lackluster. With Liana De La Rosa’s debut, it is ...more

By Becky June 09, 2019

Our hero, Declan, returns to England after twelve years away in the West Indies. He left following his fathers suicide, when his family was embroiled in a financial scandal. Upon his return, he learns his brother is dead and he is now the Duke.

Growing up neighbors, Alethea harbored a young tendre fo ...more

By Maggie September 22, 2017

On his return from overseas, after being summoned home by his older brother, Declan finds he is now the new Duke of Darington ,and , that his brother has been found dead after being attacked by footpads in spittallfields , somewhere where a Duke would not normally be .
Alethia has recently returned ...more

By Maddison February 16, 2018

What an absolutely delightful book!! The chemistry between Declan and Althea is sizzling and had me hooked from start to finish. The pacing was great and the characters were all so well developed. Such a fabulous debut and I'm so looking forward to this author's next book! Highly recommended :) ...more

By books are love September 25, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review.

You see family shine in this book. Twins stick together and believe in one another. We see love in spades.

Alethea is loyal to her dad even when it hurts to be. Even when he sees her as cattle and a chip to use to help himself. She is strong and smart. Someth ...more

By Coral February 19, 2018

Plot: 3/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5 ...more

By D November 21, 2019

Three and a half stars?
I thought the tone of this was a bit inconsistent: the romance was emotionally credible, but the mystery/murder plot was much more melodramatic.

I notice many other reviewers thought the novel flagged toward the end but I had the opposite reaction: once I embraced the more melo ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review September 24, 2017

'To Love a Scandalous Duke' by Liana De la Rosa is the story of Declan 'Dec' Sinclair and Lady Alethea 'Allie' Swinton. Dec has returned after a long exile after his father's death. Dec is now needed back home because of his brother's death. Dec is left to take the Title of Duke. Allie is over joyed ...more

By Laura October 16, 2017

This book was delicious from beginning to end. Alethea really resonated with me, and I loved her as a heroine. Declan was her perfect hero - dark, sometimes brooding, but still vulnerable. The author really dove deep into the emotional aspects, and I loved the descriptiveness. The secret/hook had me ...more

By Michelle October 25, 2017

Quite the Merry Adventure

I loved this novel ♡ Chalk full of romance, suspense, intrigue, betrayal and reckoning this was everything you'd desire to read and much more ♡♡♡ The hero was dashing and bent on revenge. The heroine was lovely and kind hearted. Add a protective and amusing brother and a loy ...more

By Ann L September 25, 2017

This is a new author for me and I was pleasantly surprised, this story has a lot going on as the hero tries to find the culprit of a murder and betrayal to his family, which could ultimately cause the downfall of his childhood friends family.

I received an ARC from Netgalley and voluntarily leave my ...more

By April December 17, 2017

Oh it was so good! Excellent storyline and writing had me engaged right away. Thoroughly enjoyed it!!! ...more

By Pam April 20, 2020

I am not a writer and never could be. Even reading hundreds of books a year, I could never write like these authors do. With that being said, I don’t write great reviews. I don’t rehash or dissect the books or stories. If I liked or loved a book; I used to just say “Love this book. Get it” or someth ...more

By Cat October 13, 2020

Historical romance with mystery and suspense

This romance has heavy elements of mystery and suspense, which took me by surprise as I was expecting more of a childhood friends to lovers typical romance. The plot was a little too Evil Villain for my taste, I like things a little more complex, but YMMV. ...more

By Amanda September 21, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I think, when I saw the title, I was sort of disappointed - I'm used to the snappy, punny romance titles! I know, don't judge a book by it's title (or cover). I'm glad I read it!

Allie and Declan (YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE THAT NAME) were so cute together ...more

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Liana De la Rosa

About the author

Liana De la Rosa

Liana De la Rosa is a historical romance writer whose stories are set in the Georgian and Late Regency periods. As a longtime fan of the romance genre, Liana can remember sneaking Harlequins into her bedroom to read on the sly. After her second child was born, her husband challenged her to write her own book and she’s been writing ever since. Liana is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys cheering on her alma mater in all things (BEAR DOWN!). When she’s not writing witty heroes, saucy heroines, and secondary characters screaming for their own stories, she’s a wannabe domestic goddess and fashionista who wrangles a rambunctious brood of small children with her patient husband in Arizona.

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