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Book Review - One Dance with a Duke

Written by C.M. Lessard, Romance Novel News
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“One Dance with a Duke” (Historical, Ballantine, 384 pages, $7.99), by Tessa Dare: Spinster Amelia d’Orsay is excited to be spending the summer at her family’s country cottage. When she learns it won’t be possible due to a gambling debt her brother Jack incurred to a duke, she aims to plead her case.


Spencer Dumarque, the rich and reclusive Duke of Morland, flat-out refuses to forgive the debt. She counters his arrogance with a sarcastic wit and by morning, he offers the apprehensive Amelia a fortune to be his wife and bear his heir.


Spencer is a member of the elite “Stud Club,” where members share the right to breed the former racehorse Osiris. But Spencer does not want to share and becomes a suspect when the club founder is murdered.


Spencer is conceited and demanding, but also has a soft side that only emerges in the company of his horses.  He embarks on an orchestrated plan of seduction to win over his wary wife.


Their marriage encounters a few hurdles, including a visit by Amelia’s delinquent brother Jack.  He’s in trouble again and needs his sister’s help.  Spencer risks it all when he makes Amelia choose between him and her brother.


Although the story begins with a murder, “One Dance with a Duke,” is not a murder mystery so much as the mystery of the ornery Spencer and how Amelia unravels the secret behind her husband’s peculiar ways.  


Tessa Dare cleverly delves into the parallels between horse training and wife-wooing.  Amelia is unconventional and rational - except when it comes to her brother Jack. And Spencer is a rare breed that any woman would want to claim.   


Dare creates exceptional scenes that tease and titillate, providing the perfect combination of resistance with sweet surrender.


“One Dance with a Duke,” is the first book in the "Stud Club"  trilogy.  The second installment, “Twice Tempted by a Rogue,” will be released on June 22, followed by “Three Nights with a Scoundrel” on July 27.


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Author Link: http://tessadare.com/

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