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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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!
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 all 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 have never read anything by Tessa Dare, so I had no expectations when I bought this book, except the blurb looked interesting.
I don't like to give up on books, so I made myself continue to the end, but...
This narrator's was pleasant to the ear, but almost monotone for the lack of distinction of characters - much less, distinct voices for men and women! This made it hard to follow the story line - at least for me.
I know this is a trilogy, so things must be carried over, so we want to read the next books, but still!
These characters are so lacking! I kept wanting them to, "grow up and get a job!" (I do know that was rather forbidden for members of the aristocracy, but life would have been better!)
Also, both the hero and heroine kept making, and repeating, silly, immature mistakes.
So, no. I don't think I will be purchasing more of the Stud Club books, and probably not any more by Ms. Dare, or by this narrator.
"Worth a credit!"
Good story although a struggle sometimes to know what character was saying what as narrator didn't change voice per different character but still worth a listen!
"Nice Story, if a little predicatable"
This was very diverting. A fun, somewhat silly story that was very enjoyable to listen to on the whole. I listened happily, but not my favourite of Dares stories.
If you like books by Stephanie Laurens or Lisa Kleypas, you'll enjoy Tessa Dare.
I wasn't overly impressed. There were 3 main problems for me:
1) There is basically no differentiation of the character voices. This makes it tricky when listening to conversations without 'he said' 'she said' indicators.
2) I get the feeling that english accent is not miss Bellair's actual accent. There were some very odd intonations and vowel sounds that were hugely distracting. Once you start to notice Miss Bellair sliding off the accent, it's really distracting. You start to listen for the flaws rather than what is being said. "Palm" was particularly hideous. All of the AA sounds really.
3) I have a bit of an issue with mispronunciation of what to be pretty basic regency language.These are easily looked up and as this is a professional recording, I think these should be corrected.
Having said that, the tone of the narrators voice was pleasant and she had very good pacing. I'd be interested if readings without a fake (or perhaps exaggerated RP) accent were better.
It was enjoyable, but not overly moving.
I absolutely love period novels however I was a bit disappointed with this as it was very long winded in places and lacked character insight and background. Amelias character is empowering and represents the strength of a woman. But the other main character Spencer is quite misleading. He starts of as having one set of characteristics and by the end of the book you feel as if you don't really know him.
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