Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Duke with Benefits - Manda Collins

Lady Daphne Forysthe is a brilliant young math prodigy with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher a mathematical p that, once solved, holds the key to great riches Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn t counted on. . .and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt s bookshelves. He s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: she is unapologetic about her secret quest. . .and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on decoding a mathematical mystery once the prospect of true love enters the equation?

My thoughts:
I am not saying that I was lost, but for once in a HR series it did feel like I had missed out. I think it was how it started. One of the women being rushed back to the house. And I was all, what has happened? There was this whole murder plot that I got the end of and the couple in this one already knew each other so well. So yes for once I say read book 1 first. But of course it is still HR so it worked fine reading book 2 first too...just, yes I felt like I had missed the beginning.

Daphne was something else. She spoke her mind, and not in a good way. She said whatever came to mind, however wrong that was. I do not want to say it was cos she had not had any schooling in social graces. No, I would rather give her a diagnosis.

Dalton was hot, she sure thought so and how she was smarter. Yes I am glad he did not run away cos she sure said what she liked.

They fall in lust, and live happily ever after.

But before that there is a secret that Daphne want to figure out. Someone is lurking in the shadows and it gives a bit of suspense to the book.

Conclusion:
A nice romance with a couple that fits each other well despite being so different.

Cover
nice

Kindle Edition, 320
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Studies in Scandal #2
Historical romance
Netgalley


38 comments:

  1. I like Daphne since she speaks her mind. Mystery and romance is always good for me !

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    1. She might have a diagnosis to be honest

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  2. I'm not a fan of starting a book and being lost from the get go. Starting out running from something is the way a horror movie starts. LOL Glad you enjoyed it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. It was strange cos HR is usually not like that

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  3. It's interesting you were lost at first with this one! I'll definitely have to start at the beginning with this author, then. Great review!

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    1. I would say that is the way do do it

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  4. Hmmm... this may be a Duke book that I pass on. Sounds interesting, but ... no sure.

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  5. I'm always a sucker for mystery as well as romance so I guess I will like this one. Great review!

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  6. Manda is a frequent visitor on my blog and although I'm not a huge fan of the genre a lot of my visitors are so I do tend to interview many of them. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh I had not realised that :) How fun

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  7. I think I might pick this one up. I like Manda so I would be curious to see what part had you lost.

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  8. I hate it when I feel lost at the beginning of a book. Glad this out worked out for you in the end.

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    1. It began so suddenly and I was all who are these people

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  9. Mmm a Duke with benefits! Sounds like Daphne is quite something.

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    1. A duke would be something to have

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  10. Sounds good and I like the cover.

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  11. Mystery and romance, a great combination.

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  12. Do you think you'll go back to pick up the first book? The tease of the murder plot makes it sound like it could be interesting...

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I know everything that happened there now cos of this beginning so feels weird

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  13. Woah! A rare gem in the HR world where you have to read the first book first.

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  14. Good to know I should read the first book before this.

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  15. I'm glad the couple was good and it was a good read! I'll have to remember to start this with book 1. Usually Collins has cute mystery romances!

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  16. I've read the first book and I can definitely say that the whole murder mystery plot makes way more sense if you read these in order!

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  17. Ergs on feeling a little lost. Pretty cover :)

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