Apr 4, 2017

I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett Review

I Dared the Duke
The Wayward Wallflower #2
By Anna Bennett
Released: April 4th, 2017
St. Martin's Press

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 would normally feel that I'm a wide reader of historical romance as a book blogger, but I hang my head in shame that I have only just discovered the amazing talent of Anna Bennett! Seriously though! Where the heck have I been, that I have not experienced the deliciousness of this writing! And the shame that I have not shared this amazing authors work before! But before I waffle on too much, let me tell you about her latest release, I Dared the Duke.

Alexander (Alex) Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, was under attack...quite literally! Someone had it out for him and after barely surviving 2 attempts on his life, he was determined to protect the only family he had left, his grandmother Dowager Duchess.

But little did Alex know, his grandmother had a companion now, the plain spoken Miss. Elizabeth (Beth) Lacey, one of the "Wilted Wallflowers", and Beth was not going allow the Dowager Duchess happiness to be zapped by the overbearing and ornery Duke, by sending them to the country.

So Alex and Beth enter into an agreement...well basically she is blackmailing him, into giving his grandmother 3 wishes, and then she will support his decision into heading to the country.

But who would know, that from an blackmail, spark of attraction can turn into love! And now Alex is determined not only to protect his beloved grandmother, but also Beth, the only other person he loves; from the person that wants his demise.

Now, I just wants to say that I have barely touched the surface with my description of the story! But I didn't want to give the story away, I wanted everyone to share in the pleasure of reading this book! Honestly, I cannot even begin to describe just how much I love this story! the plot is gripping, amazing and full of love! The writing is smooth and you instantly get absorbed into the story.

But oh the characters! They are all divine! From the scared Alex who begins to smile, to Beth who finds a purpose, to a Alex's Grandmother, who is more than meets the eye. And I could go on and on! But I can only implore you just to read this amazing story and fall in love, the way I have!

I give I Dared the Duke 5 stars!

Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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