The novel, "I Dared the Duke," is a satisfying romance that contained bits of true charm as well as a strong wit among the characters. I do have to state that although I did enjoy this book I would not classify the story as to be among my favorite historical romances.
A trait that I savored regarding the story was the actual foundation of the plot. The plot was certainly fun, classy and a bit humorous in nature. There was a bit of mystery regarding Alexander, the duke's character that added a nice little ounce of curiosity into the story.
I did like Alexander's character as well. He was quite the charmer and his player-like reputation with women was well noticeable. At the same time, Alex was rigorous and well-educated. I liked how gentlemen-like he was without really having to try too hard to be himself.
As for Beth, the heroine I did not like her character. I like a strong and independent female lead, but Beth's personality was a bit too much. She was easily defensive with most of what Alex had to say about her, some of which I agreed with, but most I did not. I think there is a difference between standing up for one self and being intolerable as Beth was throughout the book.
I do also want to point out that a lot of the dialogue and overall reference to the story was more so contemporary than actual historical. I did not like this at all. Alexander's own words were spoken more as a modern day heroine rather than an actual duke. I would have liked to have seen less a reference to modern swearing and more what was actually appropriate for that era.
I do however, think that this novel is worth reading. I would recommend the story to fellow readers as there is only a minimum amount of flaws with the actual book. I would like to read the first book in the series, "The Wayward Wallflowers," by the author, Anna Bennett so that I could compare the two books, but overall this story was a fairly good romance novel.
DARE TO FALL IN LOVE
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?
I Dared the Duke continues Anna Bennett's Regency-era romance series, The Wayward Wallflowers.