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:

Unknown said...

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

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

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

Keertana said...

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!

Blodeuedd said...

She might have a diagnosis to be honest

Blodeuedd said...

It was strange cos HR is usually not like that

Blodeuedd said...

I would say that is the way do do it

Jen Twimom said...

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

Blushing Geek said...

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

The Reading Frenzy said...

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!

Unknown said...

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

Mary Kirkland said...

That kinda sounds fun.

Carole's Random Life in Books said...

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

Blodeuedd said...

Bye bye Duke

Blodeuedd said...

It is a nix mix :D

Blodeuedd said...

Oh I had not realised that :) How fun

Blodeuedd said...

Give it a go :)

Blodeuedd said...

:=D

Kathryn T said...

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

Blodeuedd said...

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

Blodeuedd said...

A duke would be something to have

LilyElement said...

This one is new to me!

Yvonne said...

Sounds good and I like the cover.

Nadene @Ttly Addicted 2 Reading said...

Mystery and romance, a great combination.

Anonymous said...

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

Carole Rae said...

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

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

It's pretty for sure

Blodeuedd said...

Totes

Blodeuedd said...

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

Blodeuedd said...

I know right

Mary (Bookfan) said...

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

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

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!

Blodeuedd said...

It would be the way

Unknown said...

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!

Blodeuedd said...

I can imagine :/

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

Ergs on feeling a little lost. Pretty cover :)

Blodeuedd said...

I know :/

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