If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell is the second book in her Disgraceful Dukes series.
Lady Dorothea hasn’t had much success on the marriage mart, so she is visiting her aunt in Ireland to regroup. In the manor next door, she discovers long lost paintings of a female artist and sets out to talk the Duke of Osborne who owns them into letting her introduce the art to the world and win the unknown artist the respect she deserves.
The duke wants no part of this scheme. He’s on a mission of his own that requires secrecy. When Thea approaches him in a London ballroom to plead her case, he bestows a waltz on her, thinking he has done her a big favor. Now all the other gentlemen will flock around her and she will leave him alone. He is half right. Every lecherous and doddering noble does suddenly want her, but she is not about to leave him alone.
Thea and the duke set off for Ireland, she to escape and he to conclude his mission. Their journey is highly entertaining. Bell is a relatively new author, but I predict a rosy future for her. She brings quirky yet likeable characters alive and fills their mouths with funny dialogue.