Title: WHAT A DUKE DARES
Author: Anna Campbell
Publisher: Forever Romance (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: August 26, 2014
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What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.
The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .
Camden Rothermere, Duke of Sedgemoor, fell victim to the old adage “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” Thank goodness he did, otherwise I would have had to open a magic portal to Fictionland and forcibly remove the stick lodged in his backside. Marred by his parents’ scandals, Cam grew up eschewing the idea of love. Cam thought he wanted a biddable, quiet wife who would conform to society’s ideal of a proper duchess. As a young man, he proposed to Penelope Thorne, the outgoing and vivacious sister of his good friend. Despite their differences, Cam and Pen were actually close friends and that relationship prompted his proposal with the intention of molding her into his model wife. Pen wanted love and she knew Cam would not be able to return her sentiments. She refused his proposal and fled to the Continent to heal from her heartache.
Without revealing too much of the well-paced and intriguing plot, let’s just say circumstances eventually forced Cam and Pen to marry. The author does a wonderful job with the inner turmoil Pen conceals as she faces a future tied to the man she loves, whom she believes will never love her back. The courage and strength of Penelope, both in action and emotion, was one of the most compelling parts of this novel for me. After a disastrous wedding night (Kudos to Ms. Campbell for that!), Penelope decides to conform to Cam’s ideal and suppresses her natural lively personality. Cam quickly realizes a quiet, biddable Penelope is NOT what he wants.
A secondary romance and scandal force Cam and Pen to face the problems in their own marriage and Cam’s emotional break through is touching and realistic. WHAT A DUKE DARES has some deliciously steamy and evocative moments; the extra layers of emotion add depth and gravity to this captivating read.
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About Author Anna Campbell:
Always a voracious reader, ANNA CAMPBELL decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her Avon historical romances including Romantic TimesReviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s most popular historical romance (twice). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award and twice for Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year.
When she’s not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she’s losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.
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