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 by Anna Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the my first Anna Bennett novel and I was so impressed I immediately bought the first book in the series. And looking forward to book 3, THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN. It may very well go on my yearly reread list! Obviously I read it as a standalone with no problems.
Alex and Beth have amazing chemistry that pulled me right into the story. The dialogue between them is at times hilarious. Grandma was pretty cool too. The story moves along at a nice pace, not too fast and not too slow. This story is captivating and very well written, I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't out it down.
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