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?
©2010 Eve Ortega (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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!
When he carried her from the ball.
Clear narrator. Easy to listen to.
This is the only audio book for this author I could find, it's an older book. Her writing is done very well, full characters, I'd like to listen to her more recent work.
I decided to purchase this in audio after reading the print version. The story is great! The passion and emotion of the main characters just jumped out the printed page at you.
The narrator was awful. I was so disappointed. She brought no personality,no emotion to the story at all. She actually read the story like it she couldn't wait to be done with it. I will be careful not to purchase anymore audio books with Leslie Bellair as the narrator.
Love historical and paranormal romances with smart, imperfect people who against the odds find love when they are not looking for it.
A unique story. The characters are each flawed and strong. The story pulls you along without dragging on too slowly it continues to promise more. You will like the characters and empathize with their trials. But it is mixed in with some fun. Very entertaining.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator's voice seemed a little shrill at first but I had been listening to a narrator with a much lower voice before this book. The story seemed a bit disjointed but overall enjoyable.
I very much enjoyed the first half or so of the story. However, and as a female it galls me to say this, but the heroine at the end turned into the TSTL type, and the hero into the "everything is my fault" type, even when it wasn't his fault at all.
Write the female lead a little stronger and balance the story more.
A light and fun story, not to be taken seriously. There were some serious flaws in how life was depicted but I doubt historical accuracy was the point.
Couldn't get past the appalling and frequent mispronunciations. Since when is palm pronounced 'pom' or taught pronounced 'tot'? And the list continues. A sweet story ruined by a poor performance
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