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How to Dance With a Duke: Ugly Duckling Trilogy, Book 1 | [Manda Collins]

How to Dance With a Duke: Ugly Duckling Trilogy, Book 1

Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father's exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father's name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club-and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it. Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull.
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Publisher's Summary

Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father's exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father's name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club-and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it. Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He's a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily-even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season's most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston's expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer's bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened....or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined.

©2012 Manda Collins (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Collins' debut delivers a fast-paced, adventurous love story that will enthrall [listeners]. Her dynamic characters, a murder and passion combine with the perfect amount of lively repartee." (Romantic Times)

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    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-03-13
    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "You Never Know When You Will Find Love or a Murder"

    This story took me by surprise so many times. It's full of love, mystery, intrigue, foolishness, and adults with a Nancy Drew nature. I love the characters, enjoyed the story, the scenes, the characters, and their descriptions. The entire story wraps up quickly and nicely. Manda Collins left nothing wanting. This story rises to the heights of the Amelia Peabody Series.

    This book is a definite "Bodice Ripper" the adult scenes are very descriptive and seductive. The mystery and thriller sections leave you stunned. The book is one of those stories that you just can't put down.

    Loved this story. Set back when British elites where embarking enmass upon Egypt for travel and excavation. This is a love story mystery. Rated R. Sexy, seductive, titillating, romantic, lovely, vulnerable... all words to describe this book.

    If you enjoyed this book, I have a few similar recommendations: The countess, The Husband Hunt, The Selection, The Elite, The False Princess, The Amelia Peabody Series, and How to Dance with a Duke. I think these stories all have wonderful narrators, excellent story lines and a similar feeling to them. So if you like this book you should like those books. They are all mystery/love stories that evoke deep emotion and love for the characters. I prefer stories that I can't entirely guess the ending, falling in love with the characters, and especially books with a witty repertoire.

    You wont be disappointed with this book if you love romantic novels full of mystery, ball gowns, and old world charm.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-04-13
    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-04-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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    "Nice Romance and Mystery"

    This book is a good start to the series. The characters are well developed and interesting. The romantic storyline kept my interest and I liked the fact that it had a mystery in the story too. I have read Anne Flosnik's narrations before so I was used to her. She's kind of an acquired taste. Check the sample and see if you like her narration before you buy it. I enjoyed it anyway.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F Munier 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "not bad"
    Where does How to Dance With a Duke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    a bit too much sex, not my cup of tea on that. But story line is good


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Gilchrist South east 06-30-12
    L. Gilchrist South east 06-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Loretta

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    "Mystery and romance"
    What did you love best about How to Dance With a Duke?

    If you like Amanda Quick books, you'll love this one. It reminded me of her earlier books.
    It has wit, murder, attempted murder, mystery, romance and its sexy. Throw in a good looking Duke, and you've got it all. Very good story. You won't get bored half way through it like so many.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    Love Anne Flosnik. She always adds so much to an audible book.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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    "My first "look at Tessa Dare but not my last""
    What made the experience of listening to How to Dance With a Duke the most enjoyable?

    I adore Anne Flosnick but I found the descriptive prose in this volume a cut about the usual. The heroine is one of my favorites ever. I loved her character development and her style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gambling matches between the newlyweds. I liked all of the sideplots with the supporting cast. The book was very well paced. Motivations were explained and it was very satisfying to discover this author.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Flosnik’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Another winner. I have to admit sometimes when I need something to listen to I search for this narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I savored it a bit. I wanted it to last because it was worth the listen and when I heard a thought provoking plotline I chose to take a break. Once you finish a listen then it is not new and I enjoyed each new chapter.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    kwt Orem, Utah United States 06-20-14
    kwt Orem, Utah United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012

    mama_karen

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    "Contains sexual scenes"
    Any additional comments?

    Not a traditional regency because of the sex scenes. Otherwise a fair story. Narrator was fine. I'd rather read Georgette Heyer type novels with lots of romance and history but no overt sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Linville, NC, United States 04-01-14
    Catherine Linville, NC, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I am always surprised how these stories draw me in"

    I have never been one for historical novels, so I am always surprised how Manda Collins' stories draw me in. It takes a moment for me to get used to the sound of the narrator's voice (maybe she is a matronly British woman?), but once I get in the groove I can quickly get caught up in the story.

    These characters are all driven by honor and the proper behavior of polite society -- but the reader comes away contemplating whether there was indeed this much steamy sex during the reserved Georgian era. I find myself wondering if, as the hero tells his lady, gentlemen of the day considered it their duty to insure that their ladies have a climactic experience in bed -- because the notion that anyone in this patriarchal society concerned themselves with what sex was like for women is very hard to believe.

    Regardless, the author weaves a story that juggles the thrills her characters experience as they partner to solve a life and death mystery with the thrills they experience when they become partners in bed. Some of the drama she tries to drum up through the heroine's fear of letting herself fall in love is a bit tedious and is drawn out too long, but in general this book was an entertaining escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 03-07-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012

    teri@asylum-sf.com

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    narrator was good but this isn't worth a full price credit. if you want it, wait for it to go on sale.

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    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 03-04-14
    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2007
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    Would you try another book from Manda Collins and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Yes


    Would you recommend How to Dance With a Duke to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you're looking for light entertainment - this will do nicely.


    Do you think How to Dance With a Duke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this does not need a follow-up book. The characters have been taken as far as they can be. I can't imagine a storyline that wouldn't seem like a re-hash of this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a little formulaic as romance novels go - stubborn girl - charming rich guy.... She won't listen to him because she's pig-headed which causes conflict - in the end they love each other...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Rohnert Park, CA, United States 03-02-14
    Mary Rohnert Park, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So unexpected!"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Dance With a Duke the most enjoyable?

    it was not at all your typical historical romance storyline. so fresh!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Dance With a Duke?

    the last half. i thought it was over at one point (when they were married) then i look down to see hours left to play and i was so happy!! finally not an ending with them married and thats it. a real happily ever after!


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    i loved them all but Cecily was my favorite!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    of course. how could i not have!


    Any additional comments?

    great listen! i highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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