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Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 4th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
DARE TO FALL IN LOVE
Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.
Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?
I Dared the Duke
(The Wayward Wallflowers #2)
By Anna Bennett
I Dared the Duke…and I liked it.
I’ve made my feelings known on the overabundance of Duke’s in historical romance but I’ll make an allowance this time because I liked this Duke. I Dared the Duke was a perfect example of why I love reading historical romance. It wouldn’t hurt to mention up front that this wasn’t something new. I’ve read numerous books with similar characters and storylines, but, I do believe that the author gets it right in this case. I got exactly what I wanted and hoped for…a comfort read. It was set back in the day where balls were your nightly entertainment, tea was enjoyed with a scone and manners and decorum was the true gauge of an accomplished lady. Add in rakish reputations, wallflower statuses and a mystery, I am one happy reader.
I really enjoyed getting to know the main characters in I Dared the Duke. At first, Miss Elizabeth Lacey is a little prickly, but honestly, I would have been too. She had been asked to be the Duchesses companion, by the Duchess, and was enjoying herself. When the Duke, Alex, finds out that his grandmother had hired a companion without telling him, he decided that it just wouldn’t do and set out to get rid of her. Alex and Elizabeth butt heads from the very start. The thing is, Alex had a very valid reason. He needs his grandmother out of the city and heading to their country estate…away from danger.
Alex has had a few too many accidents of late and is convinced that someone plans to murder him. Calling on his best buddy, the Marquess of Darberville – Darby, he hopes they can work out who is plotting his death and hopefully keep his grandmother safe. Now that Elizabeth is on the scene, he has one more head to worry about and he’s trying to keep them all safe. Unfortunately, Miss Lacey is a wee bit stubborn and takes him to task thinking he wants to force his dear Grandmother away. Not many have the guts to stand up to a duke and it makes Alex take more notice of her.
Between Alex’s unsavoury reputation as a rake, his noticeable scars and his seemingly unloving attitude towards his grandmother, Elizabeth is not impressed with the Duke. Oh, she can’t deny that he is handsome and virile but those attributes are not attractive to a wallflower…well, not those attributes alone. After a little time and some very forthcoming chats, they start to get to know each other better. When Elizabeth eventually finds out that the Duke is in danger, she decides to help find the culprit.
I Dared the Duke was a pleasure to read. The characters were interesting, the attraction between the main characters obvious and the steamy scenes definitely got my heart pumping. I did not guess who the culprit was until near the very end and my primary suspect didn’t end up having a darker side. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will definitely be interested in reading more from Anna Bennett