Duke with Benefits
Studies in Scandal #2
“LADY + DUKE = TRUE LOVE?
Lady Daphne Forsyth is a brilliant mathematician with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher―an encrypted message that, once solved, holds the key to great riches―Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher’s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on… .and cannot resist.
Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest… .and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?”
I must admit, the sequel here is much better than the first book. While Ready Set Rogue, the first book in this series, had a lot of time lapse issues, this novel flowed well throughout its entirety. I appreciated that this one was not a whirlwind romance as the couple had known and interacted with one another four months prior to the beginning of this book. It was refreshing not to have insta-love.
As for characters, Maitland is an adorably sweet hero who any girl would swoon for, whereas Daphne takes a bit more to get used to her. I enjoyed the growth of Daphne’s character from beginning to end. She ends up being a lovely character who needs a little more of a filter.
Overall this was a pretty good romance novel that I recommend to fans of the genre.
About the Author
“Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and always lots of books.”
I received this novel from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.