Thursday, 12 December 2013

Review: One dance with a Duke - Tessa Dare

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 ten 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?

My thoughts:
Ok let's just do this some other way

Hero
He has hidden depths and when I understood them I liked him so much. But before that he seemed cold.

Heroine
Our spinster who also have hidden things and when I understood those I understood her. But before that...

Romance
They lust, but he wants her to want it. And when she does, fireworks.

Plot
First there is the whole them together which I liked. Then there is a murder and mystery and accusations (that did not get an ending in this book.) And last her brother Jack who is a scoundrel and in debt. Well Jack made his bed and must lie there.

I was not blown away as I was with her other book. But it was like any other HR book I read then instead. Romance, passion and struggle. Cute.

Cover
Ok

Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
Stud Club #1
Historical romance
Own

43 comments:

Jenny said...

I adore Tessa's Spindle Cove books, so I'm excited to give this series a try. I'm all for a cute romance:)

Carol said...

I like a little mystery mixed with the romance, but "stud club," really?

Blodeuedd said...

I have one more to go and...wait...2 of her first series ;)

Blodeuedd said...

It's not about scoring women, it's about horses ;)

She-Wolf Reads said...

I need to read the Spindle Cove series. I'm getting into an HR reading binge!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

While it didn't like a fire for you, I am glad you ended up liking characters, seeing fireworks and thinking it was a cute read.

Karen said...

So it wasn't resolved??

The cover reminds me of cotton candy lol 9in a good way)

brandileigh2003 said...

Sorry it didn't blow you away, but sounds cute still

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

So warming up to these characters took time, but at least you got there!
Great review.

Chris said...

Today is my Friday!!!! :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Wait... the murder mystery didn't get solved? Oh that would bother me so much. Still, might be a series to pick up... as long as those answers are forthcoming! :)

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

How could they not solve the murder? That would tick me off!

Yvonne said...

I wouldn't like that everything wasn't solved by the end of the book. I do like this cover and you did a great review.

Carole Rae said...

I love when you have to warm up to the characters first...the author doesn't force you to like them...

BTW...all done with exams! HUZZAH!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I still haven't tried her but plan on it one day :) Glad you still enjoyed it even if it wasn't a knock you down amazing one.

Blodeuedd said...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil! And I was supposed to go in late to work today, first BF texts me and wake me, then a co worker calls, let me sleep

Blodeuedd said...

I know right, so very annoying. But it will be solved in later books

Blodeuedd said...

I got to the end all 0_0 ok that was weird

Melliane said...

oh it's nice, another historical romance author. I'll try a new one soon too. It's so great to discover others. I'm glad you liked it even it's not as good as some others.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I liked this series. When a mystery in a HR isn't solved in the first book I figure it will be by the last book ;-)

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I like it when an author makes you work to like the characters - I think that takes some guts!

zEmfIrKa said...

hmm... I thought I left a comment, but it didn't appear, anyway - great review!!! I loved it, and I might have to check out this book. I've never read anything from this author before.

Aurian said...

Nice B, adding it to my wishlist.

Linda said...

Sounds like I need to make sure I can get the whole series. I hate it when a story is unsolved.

Blodeuedd said...

Thank you :)

Blodeuedd said...

Hurrah!!!!!!!!

Blodeuedd said...

Not knock down but then most HR books are just good and I enjoy them, and that is fine

Blodeuedd said...

And I have more books to try by her so yay for that

Blodeuedd said...

But it is so eeevil

Blodeuedd said...

And it was never like I hated them, I just had to warm up

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Oh noes! Where did that evil comment go?

Blodeuedd said...

Yeah, I do have book 2 but not 3 and dunno where the murder is solved

Unknown said...

I love when the hero seems cold but has hidden depths. I have eternal love for anyone even slightly Darcy-like. :-) This sounds awesome!

Blodeuedd said...

Awww Darcy * long happy sigh* I will always love him

Unknown said...

I like Tessa Dare but didn't know about this one. I need to check it out.

Blodeuedd said...

I have book 2 also..but book 3..hm, lol I know, no idea what I have

Anna said...

I don't usually read books like this, but it sounds pretty good.

Blodeuedd said...

I do enjoy my HR books

Book of Secrets said...

I'm concerned that the murder mystery didn't get solved. That would drive me nuts.

Blodeuedd said...

It did annoy me a lot

Mishel said...

I haven't read Tessa yet but have heard great things. I do like a majority of her covers though =) Always a plus!

Blodeuedd said...

She does have some good ones

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