HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(
Sure, I enjoyed this and will listen again.
Spencer the Duke-such a tortured, complicated man who wants the regular life.
Sure, not outstanding but more than competent performer.
Yes, it can be listened to leisurely - rather than intensely needing to listen to all at once.
I've run out of 'contemporary romances' (with more graphic story lines) so turn to an historical romance to fill in. Most historical romances follow the same pattern-this was a bit outside the norm and it was enjoyable.
If you’ve ever read Pride and Prejudice imagine for a moment instead of Mr. Darcy you have the 4th Duke of Morland, Spencer Dumarque, who graces the ton with his presence only at the stroke of midnight to dance one set, with one young lady of his choosing, before disappearing into the night. Instead of Elizabeth Bennett, there is Lady Amelia d’Orsay who could care less about the Duke of Morland; however, decides not to dislike him- not for his careless disdain for others- but for refusing to forgive a gambling debt he now holds over her brother Jack, which in turn requires her family to rent out their cottage for the summer, and thus not allowing her to recreate the summer memories of her past at her beloved Brierbank Cottage. The two are not what they appear to be to society or to one another. In fact, Spencer only appears in society for brief periods of time because he suffers from Ochlophopia, an exaggerated or irrational fear of crowds, and Amelia is attempting a last ditch effort to save her brother Jack who seems to be in a steady decline to ruination after the death of their older brother. Despite the pair being thrust together into holy matrimony they seem content with the contractual arrangement for fear of being taken advantage of, or do they? Add to the plot the fact the Spencer is accused of murder, and Amelia will not consummate the marriage until he can prove his innocence. Honor, Pride, Prejudice or Self-Preservation, call it what you want. Sometimes it’s best to just say what’s on your mind and get it over with already. Spence and Amelia hurt each other a great deal by what they don’t say and clarify early on, although Amelia is the one who continues this lack of communication chain, and this is truly frustrating. This was a good listen and definitely kept me engaged. I have read the next books in the series unable to find them on audio and they are wonderful. I would definitely listen or read the first in the series before moving on to the others. Happy Listening.
The writer is very witty and has a great way of expressing herself. Her characters are intelligent and the story has twists and turns that keeps the reader interested. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a page turner!
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
This title has been in my wishlist for a while and I ended up obtaining it through one of those "Surprise..$4.95" sales that show up every now and then.
I am glad that I took a chance on this. The hero was just yummy...he saw her...and then he had to have her! I loved that. The heroine was a bit annyoingly simple minded when it came to her milk sop/wastrel of a brother. I kinda wanted to smack her in the face a few times, but I appreciated her loyalty to her family. I thought that the author did a great job of keeping me enganged and drawn into the plot. I am hoping that we get the rest of the trilogy as I am interested in the other two male members of the stud club.
I agree with the other reviewers about the narrator. She wan't awful, but there was very little change between her male and female voices. I didn't have an issue listening to her because I too was enjoying the plot.
Worth the 4.95 I paid for the book, and I would spend a credit for the story alone.
It's hard to compare since this storyline was unique
A little much on the accent and formality
When she asked the duke to dance
ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE is a total package of mystery, humor, and a bona fide beautifully written sensual romance.
Lady Amelia's dash across the dance floor to grab her chance for a dance.
The proposal and the negotiations.
ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE was one of the more pleasurable listens I've had in a long time. I found myself laughing out loud; smiling throughout; and even shedding a few tears over the sheer emotional impact of both the words by author Tessa Dare, and the fantastic delivery by Leslie Bellair (a new narrator for me, but one I shall look forward to hearing again).
The Duke of Morland was not an easy hero to like (at first) having a ton of baggage attached to his childhood that fell over into his adult life. However, lady Amelia d'Orsay, was a treasure, right from the very start. Were it not for her love and loyalty for family she would never have approached the Duke of "Midnight" with her rather cheeky request, thinking to appeal to a kinder side she hoped he had - unfortunately, he didn't have one! What followed was a remarkable series of events that found the insufferable Duke asking for Lady Amelia's hand in marriage.
With a plethora of secondary characters, each fleshed out fairly well and leaving questions in minds as to whether they would have their own stories in future books, I was totally caught up in the sensualness of the romance; the mystery of a murder; and not wanting the book to end.
Bottom line: ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE is a total package of mystery, humor, and a bona fide beautifully written sensual romance. Definitely a book I can highly recommend.
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
I really enjoyed this book, could not stop listening to it. This is one of those narration's that made the book seem far better than it actually was.
I liked the story a lot, the hero was strong yet flawed in a surprising way. I liked that the heroine was not the most beautiful creature that walked the face of the earth. I didn't like her situation with her brother felt that part of the story was a bit contrived to add unnecessary drama.
The issue that brings the hero and heroine together is not resolved in this book and the continuation of the series is not yet on audible, I do hope that gets remedied and that they use the same narrator.
This is very much worth a listen. The story is engaging, the hero is dashing and the narration is wonderful.
This is my first Tessa Dare and it definitely will not be my last. This was a great historical romance. I loved the Duke's arrogance and the fact that he had a flaw and a reason for his arrogance. I thought the book had a great story line with interesting characters.
I like what Tessa Dare did with Claudia (the Duke's cousin and ward). I've never heard this particular story in a historical romance. I'd actually like to hear what happens to Claudia after her problem is revealed. I think she deserves a book of her own.
I really like the way that Leslie Bellair reads. She reads with a lot of feeling and character; however, she does not do the male voices very good. At times I was really confused as to which character (male or female) was speaking. When several male characters were involved it was impossible to tell which character was talking unless the sentence was prefaced or followed by the "so and so said."
This issue wouldn't completely stop me from listening to another book narrated by Bellair as I really like the way she reads.
Mystery, love, horses!
I loved how the British accent of the narrator really put the story back in time for me. I really enjoyed the mystery behind the murder and finding the clues bit by bit. The love story that develops, also bit by bit, between the main characters was frustrating at times (just speak up already!) and very sweet at others.
Sexy enough without being over the top, it certainly kept things interesting and the imagination flying.
Overall a great listen!
I will definitely add Tessa Dare to my list of authors that I love!!! It was romantic and had a great storyline. I finished it too quickly.