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 10 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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- Annie A
Nice Story, if a little predicatable
This was very diverting. A fun, somewhat silly story that was very enjoyable to listen to on the whole. I listened happily, but not my favourite of Dares stories.
If you like books by Stephanie Laurens or Lisa Kleypas, you'll enjoy Tessa Dare.
I wasn't overly impressed. There were 3 main problems for me:
1) There is basically no differentiation of the character voices. This makes it tricky when listening to conversations without 'he said' 'she said' indicators.
2) I get the feeling that english accent is not miss Bellair's actual accent. There were some very odd intonations and vowel sounds that were hugely distracting. Once you start to notice Miss Bellair sliding off the accent, it's really distracting. You start to listen for the flaws rather than what is being said. "Palm" was particularly hideous. All of the AA sounds really.
3) I have a bit of an issue with mispronunciation of what to be pretty basic regency language.These are easily looked up and as this is a professional recording, I think these should be corrected.
Having said that, the tone of the narrators voice was pleasant and she had very good pacing. I'd be interested if readings without a fake (or perhaps exaggerated RP) accent were better.
It was enjoyable, but not overly moving.