Review: I Dared the Duke

I Dared the Duke

Anna Bennett

The Wayward Wallflowers #2

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: 4-Apr-2017
Date Finished: 8-Mar-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9781250100924
Source: Netgalley
Rating:2 flames
Reading Challenges: Goodreads



Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?”



This is the first book of Anna Bennett’s that I have read, and I am glad I got a hold of it. This story was addicting! I would have finished it in a couple of days, if a research paper had not sneaked up on me. It was difficult for me to have to set this book aside because the characters are so personable.

I liked this one a lot! This was a well written and interesting book that successfully demonstrated emotion and intimacy between the characters without being overly explicit. (There are sex scenes in this book, but they are much more subdued than other novels I’ve read.) Additionally, I found a rare romance novel that does not have an obvious villain. I honestly was not expecting the murderer to be that person. This is refreshing because many romance novels reveal this information early and take out the intrigue of the mystery.

I recommend this book and author and I am looking forward to more books of hers in the future.

About the Author

“Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.”



I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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