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Lady Amelia d’Orsay is having a difficult time trying to keep her brother Jack from ruining himself but is determined to help him and draw him back into the family fold. Planning a get-away to their old family home, Amelia is shocked to learn Jack owes a considerable sum to Spencer Dumarque, the Duke of Morland. Aghast and the trip is no longer possible, determined to correct things Amelia takes matters into her own hands and corners the so-called Duke of Midnight for one of his Midnight dances, what she doesn't count on is the unexpected turn the night would take, one that leads to her saying I do with a man she barely knows.
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.
One Dance With a Duke is a really enjoyable read with a few blemishes. The characters appealed to me and I liked that there was historical accuracy to a degree (and by that I mean that events had consequences and everyone understood that). However, I do have troubles with books where it seems that the main characters have an endless row of misunderstandings between them. When I start thinking "please just talk- for real!" it's not a good sign.
I bought the complete series in one go and will finish it. However I think Tessa Dare missed the opportunity to make me like the heroes of the next two books beforehand. As it is, at the end of book one, we barely know the other two men and that made me just less eager to continue reading their stories right away.
Zu dem Buch fällt mir einfach nur ein Wort ein und das ist: Seicht. Die Charaktere sind seicht, die Story ist seicht. Es passiert nichts wirklich tolles oder aufregendes. Die emotionale Entwicklung ist auch gleich null. Die Charaktere haben keinen besonderen Tiefgang. Was mir in diesen Bereichen gefehlt hat gab es an Drama zu viel. Ständig Streit, Versöhnung, Streit, Versöhnung.
Ich war von dem Buch etwas enttäuscht, vor allem weil z.B. 'Goddess of the hunt' gezeigt hat, dass Tessa Dare viel bessere Bücher schreiben kann.
Trotzdem werde ich den nächsten Teil der Triologie lesen, weil die Hauptfigur Rhys St. Maur mein Interesse geweckt hat.
Die Triologie: 1. One dance with a duke 2. Twice tempted by a rogue 3. Three nights with a scoundrel
I have read a lot of this author's books and really enjoyed them, but this one was something of a disappointment. I just read the Duchess Deal and it literally made me laugh out loud, so, despite the negative reviews of this book, I decided to give it a shot. After all, we all have different tastes and I thought maybe this book had some redeeming qualities that were being overlooked by previous reviewers. It turns out, this book was just okay.
I read the entire book in one sitting because for the first 3\4 of the book, I really enjoyed the story. I prefer alpha males, but at times, the sheer arrogance of the Hero was extremely off putting, but I pushed through, hoping his redeeming qualities would eventually shine through. While it did get to that point eventually, by the end of the book, I genuinely disliked the heroine and felt that she didn't deserve the H.
I felt like the h was extremely self-centered and deliberately obtuse. She didn't read as a "strong, feminine" character to me. She was just a bitch at times. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone, so let's just say that if you've read the story, the library scene after the H returns from his search was the final nail in the coffin of the story for me. I also felt the h should have been the one who had to make the grand gesture, because at least if she had, I might have found forgiveness for her, but she didn't and the entire ending just left a bad taste in my mouth.
As stated by other reviewers, there is a murder mystery subplot that I understand is puzzled out through the three book series, and I'll probably read the other two books because 1. I already bought them on blind faith because of the author's other books and 2. I'm hoping something properly tragic happens to the h of this book and the Duke realizes she wasn't his true love after all and marries someone worthy of him.
While I know it's not likely to happen, a girl can dream....
I've been desperate for stuff to read lately and so decided to buy this book. I wasn't expecting much so I actually quite enjoyed it for the most part. It's not a great book and I don't highly recommend it and would suggest that the reviewer read the 2 star reviews carefully before buying. It's ultimately quite forgettable and I had to reread bits to try to remember what happened before reading the second book recently. I'm not going to go into great detail since there are already loads of reviews and summaries. Please note that they mystery is not solved in this book so the reader will have to continue with the series (3 books) in order to get answers.
A good start to this series but the neverending saga of her wastrel of a brother, Jack, became tiresome. By the end, I was frustrated with Amelia beyond measure and ready for it to be over with just to be rid of Jack. I love Ms. Dare's writing and her books in general but I had to take a star off for the overwhelming annoyance of her relationship with her brother. It made her come of as weak and naive and I lost almost all respect for her by the time is was over with.
While the H and h had well written chemistry, they were ultimately wholely unlikeable. overall a difficult read, becuse nobody really got along. There was really no saving grace to all the unhappy relationships. The story felt uneven, especially toward the end. Overall an ok read, but not the best. (i think TD's best was A Week to be Wicked, if that means anything)
Amelia and the Duke take turns being unlikeable. Both have very lovely qualities, but both make some pretty unlikeable decisions. The characterization, especially for Amelia, is uneven. The Duke starts out annoying and rude, but I think his portrayal ends up being the best by the end of the story.
As you read, you'll come to a point where you know for certain that the heroine loves him and the hero loves her. From there, the author has been reduced to taking a formerly intelligent heroine and reducing her to an unjustified moronic level until the climax when suddenly her ability to reason kicks back in just in time to save the day.
The emotional climax lacks depth because the heroine isn't shown working out her relationship with her black sheep brother. The hero does most of the work on the page in this one.
Still, the flow and prose are both good. The is a lot of potential here. I'd be willing to try a different book by the same author.