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Reader Review: You know a book is not memorable when you cannot remember the hero's name. The heroine is Amelia d'Orsay and she is quite likable and realistic. Essentially, the plot is that Amelia's brother Jack, owes the Duke of Morland (the hero) 400 pounds from a gambling loss. In order to help her brother, Amelia grabs a dance with the Duke at a ball. The attraction between them is there from the beginning but the fire builds slowly, which is nice. The lovemaking scenes are a bit more graphic and risky than you find in your usual romance novels. Throw in a mystery, which seemed to be rather beside the point and you have an okay story.
In One Dance with a Duke—the first novel in Tessa Dare’s delightful new trilogy—secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.
A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members—yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke—until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.
In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?
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|Title of eBook: One Dance with a Duke||Series: The Stud Club Trilogy, , #1|
|Release Date: 05-25-2010|
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|Publisher: Ballantine Books|
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One Dance with a Duke
London, June 1817
Biting the inside of her cheek, Amelia d’Orsay suppressed a small cry of jubilation. Even at a rout like this one, a well-bred lady’s abrupt shout of joy was likely to draw notice, and Amelia did not care to explain herself to the crush of young ladies surrounding her. Especially when the reason for her delight was not a triumph at the card table or a proposal of marriage, but rather the completion of a dinner menu.
She could imagine it now. “Oh, Lady Amelia,” one of these young misses would say, “only you could think of food at a time like this.”
Well, it wasn’t as though Amelia had planned to stand in a ballroom, dreaming of menus for their family summer holiday. But she’d been puzzling for weeks over a new sauce for braised pheasant, to replace the same old applejack reduction. Something sweet, yet tart; surprising, yet familiar; inventive, yet frugal. At last, the answer had come to her. Blackberry glaze. Strained, of course. Ooh, perhaps mulled with cloves.
Resolving to enter it in her menu book later, she swept the imaginary dish aside and compressed her grin to a half-smile. Summer at Briarbank would now officially be perfect.
Mrs. Bunscombe brushed past in a flounce of scarlet silk. “It’s half-eleven,” the hostess sang. “Nearly midnight.”
Nearly midnight. Now there was a thought to quell her exuberance.
A cherub-faced debutante swaddled in tulle grasped Amelia by the wrist. “Any moment now. How can you remain so calm? If he chooses me tonight, I just know I’ll swoon.”
Amelia sighed. And so it bega...
Title: One Dance with a Duke
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Number of Comments: 2 Rating(s) 2 Review(s)
3 of 4 people found the following eBook Review Helpful
I enjoyed this book.
June 12, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Sydney, NA2 AU
The Duke of Midnight, interesting. Circumstances bring Amelia and Spencer together and pull them in to marriage. Amelia is a plain Jane and definately isn't Spencer's type however, he cannot stop thinking abt her. He makes an offer of marriage and she accepts, both have their own reasons (the obvious being mutual desire). Spencer is after 10 tokens and his reasons for them is so sweet that it was unexpected. This book I believe is apart of a trilogy so therefore we don't get answers to the mystery of Leo's death. What I found unbelievable abt this book was Spencer's wealth. He kept throwing money like it was nothing, Im talking of tens and thousands of pounds! My favourite scene had to be their dance. Spencer refused to help Amelia and so she turned the table on him. I absolutely loved how she did it. She was brave and daring and it sparked the Dukes interest! I couldn't however like her loyalty to her brother James. Despite everything he did she still forgived him. This annoyed Spencer and myself and it took almost the whole book to fix it. Good plot, awesome dialogues and alot of intense sexual scenes.
July 20, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Atlanta, GA US
You know a book is not memorable when you cannot remember the hero's name. The heroine is Amelia d'Orsay and she is quite likable and realistic. Essentially, the plot is that Amelia's brother Jack, owes the Duke of Morland (the hero) 400 pounds from a gambling loss. In order to help her brother, Amelia grabs a dance with the Duke at a ball. The attraction between them is there from the beginning but the fire builds slowly, which is nice. The lovemaking scenes are a bit more graphic and risky than you find in your usual romance novels. Throw in a mystery, which seemed to be rather beside the point and you have an okay story.
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