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One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1 | [Tessa Dare]

One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.
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Publisher's Summary

In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only 10 members - yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing "Duke of Midnight". Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke - until Lady Amelia d'Orsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke's dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother's debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club's founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager - or win everlasting love?

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    MM New Windsor, NY, US 05-06-13
    MM New Windsor, NY, US 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "THIS WAS A SURPRISE"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this from the sale page and didn't listen to it for a few weeks...sorry I didn't!!! This book was surprisingly good with strong female characters and a few twists from the normal. Worth the listen!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-23-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-23-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Great romance"

    I did enjoy the telling of "One Dance With a Duke." For those of us who enjoy the occasional romance, this was a lovely story and telling. I will admit that even I was slightly annoyed by the main characters constant "misunderstanding" of her love interested, but overall enjoyed the story and would recommend it to other readers who enjoy a light-hearted romance. I think I will continue with the series.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    G Reinhardt 07-21-12
    G Reinhardt 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Romance"

    I did enjoy the telling of "One Dance With a Duke." For those of us who enjoy the occasional romance, this was a lovely story and telling. I will admit that even I was slightly annoyed by the main characters constant "misunderstanding" of her love interested, but overall enjoyed the story and would recommend it to other readers who enjoy a light-hearted romance. I think I will continue with the series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    judith Gray 03-07-12
    judith Gray 03-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book."
    If you could sum up One Dance with a Duke in three words, what would they be?

    thoroughly enjoyed reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Dance with a Duke?

    his willingness to give up all the coins


    What does Leslie Bellair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great reader to listen to, and kept the story interesting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the ending


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nanci Byers Ogden Utah USA 04-14-15
    Nanci Byers Ogden Utah USA 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great read by Tessa Dare"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book itself, but not the audio book version. The characters are wonderful, strong but also human in their failings. I thoroughly enjoyed reading on to discover what would happen next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Dance with a Duke?

    When the duke revealed the real reason he was obsessed with owning Osiris.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Leslie Bellair’s performances?

    Absolutely not!! While I thought she did a halfway decent job of voicing the majority of the characters, she had the worst habit of stating a sentence as a question because her voice would rise in pitch. It was incredibly annoying. This happened over and over, so much that I ended up reading the book instead of listening to it.


    Do you think One Dance with a Duke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes! There are more men to be saved by true love. ;-)


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    Donna 02-05-15
    Donna 02-05-15
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully written and preformed"

    Of all of Tessa Dare's books, this is my very favorite. Witty writing, a beautiful love story. And expertly performed.

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    Paul S. Nowak 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Failed to grab me"
    Would you try another book from Tessa Dare and/or Leslie Bellair?

    I gave it ten minutes and couldn't find a reason to care.


    Has One Dance with a Duke turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes. And to female writers in general too, I'm afraid.


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    Lady Wesley 12-20-14
    Lady Wesley 12-20-14
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    "Lots of plot and excellent narration"

    This initial book in the Stud Club series has mixed reviews, and it is not without its faults. It has a marriage-of-convenience/murder mystery/man-devoted-to-a-horse mish-mash of a plot, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 05-23-14
    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Audio books are just my cup of tea!

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    This a very good story with great narration. Historical romance with two wonderful characters and just a nice story. I think the combo of good narration and good story made this one 5 stars for me. Worth a Credit!!

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    Cheryl H 05-13-14
    Cheryl H 05-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Witty conversations, spunky heroine = Good!"

    I've read a couple of other Tessa Dare books and I find her written dialogues and plots to be funny and witty. In this book, Amelia, the nurturer of an impoverished noble family, takes the Duke of Midnight to task over him fleecing several hundred pounds and a token from the "stud club" from her younger brother in a card game. When Amelia is talking to the duke, he has a panic attack, which he is prone to when he gets in a crowd, he finds out another member of the stud club is murdered. After spending several hours with Amelia he asks her to marry him so he will have a duchess who can help care for his young teenage ward and continue his lineage. Oh and he pays her twenty thousand pounds that will help her poor but noble family survive and it will get the younger brother out of gambling debt.

    Once they are married, Spencer is aching to have her put him first above her family and she becomes jealous of how he treats his horses, wanting all that love and attention directed toward her. The fifteen year old resentful niece doesn't help things either. As the relationship between the duke and Amelia develops, Spencer wants to know if she will ever love him more than her brother.

    This was a funny, delightful book and I loved that the hero was a closet romantic, but denies it to the hilt when Amelia figures that out. On the negative side, I thought the ending was a little weak. Ms. Dare could have made it a bigger part of the book, but it seemed like she rushed through it. Maybe to make way for the next Stud Club novel? I gave it four stars because the ending seemed so weak, otherwise I highly recommend it.

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