Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers #2)
by Anna Bennett

Mass Market Paperback320 pages
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250100925


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 was an extremely cute and fluffy read. This book constantly put a smile on my face, and I blew through it. I was in the mood for a fun historical romance, and this was the perfect book to fit that mood. 

The characters in this book were both interesting and pretty well developed. Elizabeth was fierce, and I really liked that about her. She stood up for herself and didn't let the Duke walk all over her, which lead to some great banter between the two of them. The Duke, Alex, was closed off at first, but as he opened up more, it was easy to see there was a lot more to him than what meets the eye. My favorite thing about him was his love for his grandmother. It was so sweet, and I found it adorable that he was kind of shy to express to anyone how much he truly cared about her.

The romance in this book was a lot of fun. Alex and Elizabeth had a lot of chemistry, which made for some very steamy scenes. It was fun to see them go from almost hating each other in the beginning, to falling in love. They had great banter, and I loved their scenes together.

The plot of this book kept the book interesting. There were some action and mystery that I was not expecting. I liked that the author included those elements so it wasn't just a straight romance novel. When it comes to the historical elements of the book, I am not sure if they are 100% accurate to that time period, but they were still fun and charming. 

Overall, this was a sweet and quick read. I would recommend this book to fans of fluffy historical romances! 

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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