Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4 stars-- I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers #2) by Anna Bennett

Happy sigh? Yes, yes. *happy sigh*. Once again Bennett delivered a delightfully enchanting romance that left me smiling and totally enamored with the characters she brought to life.

I Dared the Duke. A grumpy scarred duke versus his doting granny and her fiery young companion. Basically Alex has some sort of danger tailing after him and has decided his granny isn't safe in Town and needs to retire to the country for a spell while he figures things out. Of course he doesn't want her to worry so he tries to get her companion on board with the the granny-relocation plan. Yeah. Tries being the key word. Historical homeboy has no chance against these two lively women who have plans of their own. lol

I really enjoyed Alex and Beth. I always love a grumpy/growly hero and Alex could give good grumble. He could also be sweet and a little naughty and, okay, sometimes exasperating. And Beth was lovely. She keeps her chin up, has a heart of gold, is a little daring now and again, and, okay, sometimes she was exasperating, too. lol They were fun together. Had sizzling chemistry and spirited banter. Watching their battle of wills was truly entertaining.
Her eyes narrowed. "When the doctor examined you earlier, did he, by any chance, order you to remain in your bed?"

The citrusy scent of Beth's hair and the pressure of her bottom and nearness of her lips all made it difficult for him to focus, but he picked up the thread of the conversation. "In my head, all I heard you say just now was the word bed."
A spot of mystery tossed in as Alex tracks down leads and tries to find the culprit behind dangerous attacks, a spot of heat thrown in as Alex and Beth spend more and more time together and decide they just can't resist the allure of one another, a little awwww inspiring sweetness as Alex dotes on his grandmother. All in all, I Dared the Duke was a wonderful mix of all the things that make historical romance such a delightfully dreamy adventure.

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?

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