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I Dared the Duke: A Wayward Wallflowers Novel (The Wayward Wallflowers) by [Bennett, Anna]
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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 continues Anna Bennett's Regency-era romance series, The Wayward Wallflowers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1292 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250100925
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (4 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Beth was hired by the duke's grandmother as a companion, or so she thinks. When the Duke, Alex, shows up, he wants her out of his house. Refusing to leave, she agrees to take his grandmother to the country if he grants three wishes to benefit his grandmother. Alex agrees and hopes it will happen as soon as possible: he has been targeted with several attempts on his life. As they banter back and forth, their attraction is evident and a dalliance ensues. But there are secrets which threaten their relationship as the attempts on his life continue. Can she forgive him before it's too late for love, will his grandmother's scheme as a matchmaker be found out, and is there time to find the person responsible for attempts on his life? So many obstacles to overcome...

I really enjoyed this romance a lot!

**I received a review copy on NetGalley**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightly & Entertaining 12 April 2017
By Valerie A Kader - Published on
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I love regency romances! I read the first book in this series and liked it. This book had a mildly intriguing premise - Duke falls in love with grandmother's companion. The heroine, Miss Elizabeth Lacy, Beth, was compelling - pretty, mature, and loyal. The hero, Alexander Savage, Duke of Blackshire, was also compelling - handsome and aristocratic. They had ok chemistry. The storyline was a little slow getting going but eventually entertaining, if a bit bland. I like the author's writing style - plenty of action & dialogue. Overall, a good book, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 17 April 2017
By Terri J. Bullard - Published on
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I thought this book was great!! I was thrown by the villain, Anna had me thinking it was one person and surprised me with who it was. Loved the grandmother, wish she had a bigger role. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny. Secretive 5 April 2017
By Adria Reyes - Published on
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What’s it About? Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire has quite the reputation in society but all he cares about is moving his grandmother out of his house and into the country. He doesn’t anticipate being defied and outright challenged by his grandmother’s companion, Miss Elizabeth Lacey. Now Alex has yet another person to worry about because after a series of suspicious accidents he’s certain someone wants him dead. He can’t tell Beth the truth of why he needs her to help him convince his grandmother to leave London so he agrees to Beth’s bargain, she’ll help him get his grandmother to move to the country if he grants his grandmother three wishes.

Describe the hero in five words: Sneaky. Funny. Secretive. Loyal. Vulnerable.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Aside from being pretty arrogant in the beginning, Alex was a good guy pretending to be a typical aristocrat. He was a sweetheart pretending to be a rogue and while he wasn’t exactly inexperienced with women, he didn’t have legions of them. Alex had a vulnerable spot in the form of his grandmother and while he wasn’t obvious in his affection he did love her very much so it wasn’t difficult to fall in love with Alex. Of course, Alex was no angel, he did like to ruffle Beth’s feathers with his remarks and his flirting but I never felt like he was being too pushy or forceful, he always remained aware and respectful of Beth’s wishes. Alex’s generous heart and snarky attitude landed him on my book boyfriend list for sure!

Describe the heroine in five words: Determined. Stubborn. Intelligent. Courageous. Caring.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Beth had the guts to stand up to Alex and I loved the way she did it. She used logic and sheer determination to win her fair share of arguments with Alex. With her background, Beth made an admirable companion for Alex’s grandmother. She had a good heart and was a natural caregiver. She had a lot of spunk and sass when it came to defending Alex’s grandmother and getting Alex to grant her three wishes but when it came to her attraction to Alex, Beth was unsure and vulnerable. I loved both sides of her.

Let’s talk about the romance:
Alex and Beth were so well matched and it showed from their very first meeting! Alex came in expecting to very easily move his grandmother to the country and dismiss Beth as her companion but Beth put the brakes on that dukely swagger so fast I swear I could smell the smoke from Alex’s back peddling! She wasn’t having his nonsense at all, Beth challenged Alex and it kind of threw him off at first which is what I love to see in romances where there’s a difference in social classes. Nothing says “strong” like a woman who can throw a duke off balance and keep him guessing! Of course that just added to the spark of attraction that was already there. I thought Alex and Beth were delightful to be honest. They’re both vulnerable people who have experienced tragedy at a young age but they also had this drive to protect the people they cared about. Anna Bennett certainly knows how to transition a relationship in a way that feels natural and special, I loved how Alex and Beth’s relationship went from antagonistic to baffled to desperately in love.

How about that supporting cast? Beth has two sisters, Meg and Julie who both have differing personalities. They didn’t show up until later in the book but they were always present in Beth’s mind and heart. Alex’s grandmother was so sweet too but she wasn’t at all what she appeared and I had to laugh at her end game because she was so sneaky. I do wonder if there is a story in the future for Alex’s friend, the Marquess of Darberville or Darby as Alex called him. He seemed like a decent enough guy and Alex trusted him with everything.

Overall reaction to the story? I Dared the Duke met and in some ways exceeded my expectations. The first book had such a romantic and fun vibe to it and I’m happy to say this latest book in the Wilting Wallflowers series has that same vibe all while keeping Beth’s story totally different from her sister Meg’s. I loved Beth’s chemistry with Alex, not just the physical chemistry but the way they challenged each other mentally and emotionally. The pacing of the story was brisk but nothing that would be too fast for anyone to follow along. I appreciated Anna Bennett’s attention to a reader’s time. I never felt like my time was being wasted with drawn out scenes or dialogue.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Alex and Beth’s chemistry is irresistible and the romance is totally sigh worthy.

* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Dared The Duke 5 April 2017
By BabyMo - Published on
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I Dared the Duke is a historical romance novel by Anna Bennett. It’s set during the Regency era, which is one my favorite eras.

Beth Lacey is working as a companion to the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire. Her days are not terribly exciting, but that changes when the Duke of Blackshire decides to take up residence in his London home- the same home where the Dowager Duchess and Beth are currently living. The Dowager Duchess is thrilled to see her precious grandson, but Beth is wary of the grumpy duke with the fierce disposition.

This is definitely not a case of insta-love. In fact, Alex tries to fire Beth the first night, but she is too devoted to the Dowager Duchess and refuses to leave. Beth and Alex do not expect that they would have very much in common, but they discover that they both care very deeply for the Dowager Duchess. And then of course, as they spend time together, they realize that they have more in common than that. There’s just one problem- someone is trying to kill Alex, and he has no idea who or why. If he wants to stick around long enough to appreciate the study his grandmother is having decorated, then he needs to figure out who hates him enough to kill him!

I Dared the Duke is a charming book. Alex and Beth have great chemistry, and the mystery element had me intrigued. The unmasking of the villain was a surprise; I certainly wouldn’t have ever guessed! The resolution of mystery happened a little too quickly, but that’s forgivable since this is a romance and not a mystery.

I would recommend I Dared The Duke to fans of the genre. This is my first experience reading one of Anna Bennett’s books, and I’m pleased to have discovered a new author. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books, and I’m hoping that Alex’s friend Darby gets his own book in the future!

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read 5 April 2017
By B. Rogers - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Anna Bennett has added yet another light, happy, romantic book to her Wayward Wallflowers series. The series focuses on three sisters who lost everything when their parents died. They had no fortune and no home and their close relatives didn't want to take them in. Their uncle Alistair, Lord Wiltmore steps up to take them in though he is impoverished himself. He is my favorite character in the books. I picture him looking something like Albert Einstein, except chubbier perhaps. He is one of those very, very intelligent people who are easily distracted and totally lost in their own thoughts. He is also sweet and loving to his nieces. Many ridicule him because he frequently uses the wrong word in his sentences -- for instance he says "we have received an instigation to a dinner party" rather than an 'invitation'. You'll love him -- it is worth reading the series just to smile at Uncle Alistair. The three sisters are unfairly dubbed 'The Wilting Wallflowers' and suffer through several years with no prospects. The older sister's story is in the first book of the series. While you can surely read this book as a stand-alone book, you will have a much better feel for the sisters and their circumstances, etc. if you read the first book.

To me, this book isn't as good as the first, but it is still a really fun read. While the book does contain a murder plot, it mostly focuses on the interactions between the hero and heroine. The murder is almost secondary until the end. I do have to say, the solution to the murderer left me a little flat. I know it was secondary to the romance, but something with a little more substance would have been good.

Elizabeth Lacey (Beth) is the sister of the heroine (Meg) of the first book in the series. Meg married and saved them all from the poor house, so now Beth feels restless and at loose ends. She very much likes to take care of things and people and isn't comfortable with the 'idle' life. So, when the opportunity to act as a companion to the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire arises, she jumps at it. Uncle Alistair and the Duchess are friends and Beth really likes the sweet lady.

Alexander Benjamin Savage, Duke of Blackshire's life is being threatened. There have already been two attempts on him and he's afraid for anybody near and dear to him. So, he returns to his London townhouse to get his grandmother to move to their country estate while he unearths the villain. Only, he finds his grandmother has a new companion who stands up to him and battles him toe-to-toe because she thinks he just wants to get rid of his grandmother so he can pursue his rakish lifestyle. I enjoyed the bickering between the two almost as much as I enjoyed watching the romance between them. I loved that he usually called her Siren rather than her name.

Bottom line -- this is light and fluffy and definitely not a serious read. If you are a stickler for things being totally accurate to the time period, it surely isn't -- they spend entirely too much time alone together without anyone questioning it -- it just sort of 'feels' modern to me. The murder attempts and murder are just unrealistic and feels trumped up to give Alex the opportunity to 'protect' his grandmother and Beth. It just sort of left you wondering WHY a powerful Duke wouldn't seek some help -- hire a Bow Street Runner, etc. All that said -- I loved the book and can't wait for the next one!

"I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

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