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One Dance With a Duke: A Rouge Regency Romance (The Stud Club Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"This standout Regency romance matches an unlikely heroine with an arrogant, secretive duke... ...and a little bit of a murder mystery adds the perfect finishing touch Starred Review" (Publishers Weekly)
"A sharp-witted and sharp-tongued heroine matches wits and romantic wiles with a sinfully sexy hero" (Chicago Tribune) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005NHQ1Q2
- Publisher : Ebury Digital (29 September 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 619 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,543 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top review from India
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Amelia is a really admirable character. She holds her own and is not covered by Spencer's rudeness. Spencer is a character that I understood as the story progresses. Initially, I wanted to dislike him and put away the book. But then layers were pealed away and I started to like him. The author has done a very good job.
I am taking away 1 star because I wanted the story to end sooner. It seems dragging sometimes but then picks up again.
It is a good book, all said and done.
Top reviews from other countries
During the course of denying his feelings for Amelia and trying to maintain a distance, Spencer is at times quite an ass, abrupt it's no surprise that Amelia at times takes his words as criticisms. That being said there were also moments that had me smiling and at times the byplay between Spencer and Amelia was rather entertaining.
Despite myself I did overall enjoy this book and can see myself re-reading this at some point even if it's not as prolifically as other Tessa Dare books. At times the angst that manifested felt unnecessary.
The rest of the book totally lives up to that opening salvo, so be prepared to be swept off your feet and danced through a deliciously bright funny and at terms broodingly erotic romance... Go on, I Dare you!
Spencer has gained a reputation for only attending most balls or parties just on midnight, chooses a debutante to dance one dance (usually the waltz, I think) and then leaves. If you can imagine young girls sighing in anticipation, (imagine Justin Bieber fans when he was just becoming famous!) then you can imagine these debutantes! It made me laugh!
In fact, I laughed many times because the reasons for whatever the Duke (Spencer) does or says, turn out to be rather innocent reasons in the end, although most people think him affected! But talk about a single-minded male!!
Now we have Amelia, the girl who is strong in character - I have to admire her. She at least comes across as unpretentious, open-hearted and overall is steady, kind and loving - to a fault, at times. You cannot but like both Amelia and Spencer.
Oh, and a very surprising development about Claudia!
I will not get into the story of how they meet etc, but it is a good story, one with quite a unique plot and well-handled - in terms of the story. The author managed to show us the growth that takes place within the main 2 characters. The other characters were not too well developed, though.
However, although I enjoyed this story very much; there were also many faults too; language - too many Americanisms, too many phrases and words that were not used yet for the era, gaps about Claudia's college/academy and why she was not properly chaperoned. Then the first ball, what gossip it must have caused, what Laurent could have done to "save" his sister. And probably some more that I cannot remember.
If you do not mind the lingo, mistakes, holes in the story (minor), undeveloped supporting characters, and also the many sexual encounters, then it is quite enjoyable.
Spencer, who is the Duke of Morland is known as the 'Duke of Midnight', and the reason for this is because he turns up at a ball just as the Waltz is about to begin at the stroke of midnight, and each night chooses a young lady to dance with and then escort her into supper, at which point he disappears until the next time..All the women are agog at this and start vying for a chance to be courted and possibly be the next Duchess..the heroine Amelia, who at the age of 26 has given up ideas of romance and marriage and is quite content looking out for her 5 brothers and being a wall flower, is amused by the gossip about the Duke, that is until her younger brother admits that he owes the Duke £400 in gambling debts and has no possible means of paying, and so Amelia contrives to get him to dance with her (which makes his eyes nearly pop out), and once she gets him on the dance floor impolres him to forgive her brothers debt..This sets of a chain of events which see's them married within 24 hours of meeting and then the fun really begins.
Spencer is a man of very few words, and hates noisy society and is more of a hunter gather type of Alpha male, and he initially is mortified by the amount of talking Amelia seems to do, but soon realises that she is a kind and gentle person who actually makes him laugh and as he has been starved of that kindness in his life wants more of it...Amelia is written beautifully by Tessa Dare, she is a mature women who not only finds the goodness in Spencer but at the same time isn't scared to point out all his (in her opinion) numerous faults, and is not afraid to show emotion and feeling..
What I loved about this book is that both characters had flaws and weren't scared to speak of them to each other, and make an attempt to be a better peson for the other.. there is a lot of humour in this book and I found myself laughing out load..If I do have a criticism it's that the book isn't long enough and ends too abruptly, but I'm looking forward to the next book and hopefully Amelia and Spencer may feature at some point.