The Worst Duke in the World
The Penhallow Dynasty
"Attention, Bridgerton fans: if you're ready to delve deeper into the world of historical romances, The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne is a fun place to start." —Pop Sugar
A wayward duke must choose: will he be the bad hero in a love story gone awry, or the brave and clever hero who risks everything for true love? The acclaimed Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this fresh, fun, funny tale!
Life’s no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible ladies keep trying to finagle him into a proposal. All he wants is to be a good father to his 8-year-old son, see the Duchess (his truly terrific pig) win first prize at the harvest fête, and stay single. Even if that makes him a Bad Duke. Maybe the Worst Duke in the World.
Then Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relation of the illustrious Penhallow family, arrives in the neighborhood and is promptly befriended by the Duke’s son. Jane, Anthony comes to realize, is smart and fun and also very kissable and dazzlingly desirable. Still, that’s not enough to melt his resistance to marrying again. He made a stern promise to himself and promises must, of course, be kept.
But what if that’s just his head talking, and his heart . . . is saying something entirely different?
“Delicious.” —Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post, on You May Kiss the Bride
“…It's champagne in book form — bubbly, fun, and intoxicating far more quickly than one might anticipate.” —Entertainment Weekly
Praise For The Worst Duke in the World: The Penhallow Dynasty…
— Julia Quinn
"There's no other way to describe this fizzy historical romance than enchanting. The wry humor and witty banter explode off the page from the start…The Worst Duke in the World is a breezy, fizzy read that will cut through even the darkest winter doldrums."
— Entertainment Weekly
“Attention, Bridgerton fans: if you're ready to delve deeper into the world of historical romances, The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne is a fun place to start.”
“Deftly funny . . . [with] strengths that set it apart from typical Regency romances. A nice portrait of what courtship is like for a dedicated single parent.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A charming, fairy tale-like sensibility powering the latest blissfully romantic addition to Berne’s Penhallow series, following Engaged to the Earl (2020)... This is a transporting, transcendent triumph.”
— Booklist (starred review)
"Berne’s sparkling fifth Penhallow Dynasty Regency romance...pairs an unconventional duke with the newest member of the wealthy Penhallow family. [The heroine’s] curious combination of naivete and street smarts makes her an endearing heroine, and the romance...is enhanced by witty banter. Series fans will be thrilled."
— Publishers Weekly
"As light as a meringue and as sweet as honey, this romance is deliciously satisfying down to the last drop."
"A delightfully fun read. The characters are amazing... The writing is brilliant, and readers will thoroughly enjoy The Worst Duke in the World."
— Romance Reviews Today
"The beguiling fourth installment of Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series (after The Bride Takes a Groom) is full of witty banter and sweet romance...This expertly plotted love story is a must-read for Regency fans."
— Publishers Weekly on Engaged to the Earl
"The author’s effortlessly elegant writing and impeccably rendered Regency setting are perfectly paired with a full cadre of exquisitely realized characters and a delightfully done friends-to-lovers love story that is fueled by equal measures of sweet charm, sharp wit, and heart-melting sexual chemistry."
— Booklist (starred review) on Engaged to the Earl
Avon, 9780062852373, 416pp.
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
About the Author
Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer novel at fourteen — it was the effervescent Lady of Quality — and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grant writer, and a teacher — and now writes historical romance for Avon Books, with her stories set mostly in Regency-era Britain. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Please visit Lisa on the web at www.LisaBerne.com . . . and say hello on Facebook! LisaBerneAuthor