Sunday, September 7, 2014

Review: One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy
Series: After Hours, Book 2
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance One Night of Scandal Cover
ISBN: 9781633750791
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Source: Author
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The wrong man never felt so right...

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

What happens when you take a sinfully sexy ex-MMA fighter and pair him with an off-limits teacher looking for passion? You get One Night of Scandal, a story rife with emotion and eroticism, two things author Elle Kennedy is a master at weaving into her utterly addictive romances.

I’ve probably said it dozens of times, but I want to know where I can sign up to get one of Ms. Kennedy’s heroes. Reed is my latest fictional crush, and for a good reason. The dirty-talking bad boy with a good heart made me melt. Reed knows he screwed up in the past; at one time he was a selfish womanizer. But he’s changed, and his loyalty to his friends and his desire to be seen for the man he has become made me love him. Falling for his best friend’s girlfriend tears him up inside, so he tries to hide his attraction to Darcy. The yearning and the guilt don’t go away even after Darcy and AJ break up, but some things are meant to be. Darcy’s a likeable heroine who, like Skyler (the heroine of the first After Hours story), wants to find passion. She doesn’t expect to find it with her ex’s best friend, a man who previously avoided her like the plague.

When attraction takes hold of Reed and Darcy, One Night of Scandal gets explosively hot. Yet though the story is ferociously sexy (and with Ms. Kennedy as the author there’s no doubt that it definitely is), it’s the emotional component that makes One Night of Scandal stand out in my mind. It isn’t easy for Reed to make Darcy see him as more than a fling. The two of them are clearly perfect for one another – their closest friends can all see it – but Darcy’s not willing to risk her heart on a playboy and Reed has a reputation to overcome. Every doubt, every heartache, is worth it in the end, as Reed and Darcy make a hell of a couple.

One Night of Scandal is the second story in Ms. Kennedy’s After Hours series, but it can be read as a standalone. Still, anyone who read One Night of Sin should be prepared to fall in love with Gage and Skyler all over again; those two warmed my heart whenever they appeared on the page. As for AJ, he’s a true friend to both Darcy and Reed, and I cannot wait for him to find love. Until he does, I’ll definitely be re-reading both One Night of Sin and One Night of Scandal, because I love the wickedly entertaining After Hours series!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

Dare to Love by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love, Book 1
Publisher: CP Publishing
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance Dare to Love Cover
ISBN: 9780989311281
Source: Author
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Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

Sparks fly bright and hot in Dare to Love. Carly Phillips’s first book featuring the Dare family is fast-paced and enjoyable, but it’s missing the vibrancy and heart I’ve come to expect from Ms. Phillips’s writing.

Riley is a smart, independent woman who’s not one to give up control. Then she meets Ian Dare, and suddenly she’s torn between the desire to protect herself and wanting to give into this dominant, gorgeous man. It was easy to like Riley, though she did a few things (for plot point reasons) that made me want to shake her. As for Ian, I wanted so badly to like him. He’s a hot, rich, successful man who offers the Cinderella fantasy. But though Ms. Phillips knows how to write a swoon-worthy heroes, Ian simply wasn’t my kind of alpha. He crosses too many lines, even interfering with Riley’s job out of jealousy, something that was a turn-off for me (just reader preference). Ian and Riley go from distrust to lust in no time, and I do wish more time had been given to them outside the bedroom, because they seemed to have a few major problems as a couple that were wrapped up fast and left me feeling like they didn’t have as solid a foundation for the future as I would have liked.

Dare to Love is the first book in a series of the same name about the Dare family. The messed up family dynamics involving Ian and his half-siblings and the love between him and his other siblings were my favorite parts of the story. Since Riley’s the best friend of Ian’s half-brother Alex, Ian can no longer avoid the family members he’d prefer didn’t exist. There’s a lot of angst in this plotline and I won’t spoil it, but this is where Ms. Phillips’s writing shines. I want to delve deeper into the Dare family, and that makes me look forward to reading more Dare to Love books.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: The Accidental Abduction by Darcie Wilde

The Accidental Abduction by Darcie Wilde
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Historical Romance The Accidental Abduction Cover
ISBN: 9780425265567
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: Publisher
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Harold Rayburn is about to be taken for the ride of his life…

After having his proposal rejected by a beautiful but flighty woman, Harry vows he is done with unpredictable and impetuous women for good. Until beautiful and fierce Leannah Wakefield barrels into his life, inadvertently kidnapping him while on a wild carriage ride and leaving him all too eager to get back in the saddle…

Leannah would sacrifice everything to protect her family. So upon hearing of her sister’s intended elopement, she races across London to stop the ill-advised ceremony before it can happen. However, when her mad journey picks her up an unlikely stowaway, one who ignites her desire beyond all reason, she’s the one who ends up hastily wedding a handsome and secretive stranger.

But as Leannah and Harry immediately encounter opposition, jealousy, and suspicion of their hurried nuptials, they begin to doubt that their unquenchable passion can truly lead to a happy marriage—especially when both the bride and groom have devastating secrets to hide…

A runaway romance gives life and spirit to The Accidental Abduction. Author Darcie Wilde’s sophomore romance is a fast-paced, enjoyable read, though it has its ups and downs, for the characters and the readers.

Leannah and Harry meet by chance, marry in haste so that they can feed their attraction and tamp down on scandal, and then have to face villains, gossip, familial troubles, and the realization that they don’t truly know one another outside the bedroom. It’s easy to like Leannah and Harry – they’re both likeable, dependable people whose staid exteriors hide inner passion. What troubled me about their romance is that they truly didn’t try to get to know one another until the very end of the story, in a bit that was glossed over. Their unwillingness to simply talk and share their troubles with each other leaves them susceptible to the machinations of others. There are multiple villains who plot to ruin Harry and Leannah’s marriage, for reasons that would hold more weight had said villains been better developed. By halfway through The Accidental Abduction there are simply too many characters running about with motivations that aren’t explored as well as I would have liked. This made it harder to get into the story, even though I wanted to.

Though it’s a bit underdeveloped in some areas, The Accidental Abduction has promise. As it stands, it’s a likeable read and there are supporting characters I was intrigued by (namely Meredith and Nathaniel, friends of Leannah and Harry), enough so that I’ll definitely pick up their books, should Ms. Wilde write stories for them. I should note that while The Accidental Abduction is a standalone, characters from Ms. Wilde’s first novel, Lord of Rakes, do appear, which should please fans of that story. The Accidental Abduction was the first book by Ms. Wilde that I’ve read, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with in the future.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Barefoot in Lace by Roxanne St. Claire

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases!

I absolutely love Roxanne St. Claire's world of Barefoot Bay, which is why my WOW pick this week is Barefoot in Lace. I fell in love with Gussie in the previous Barefoot Bay Brides story, and I simply cannot wait to learn more about her.

If you're looking for a great beach read (whether you're relaxing in the sand or simply want to pretend you are), I recommend any of the books in the series. Barefoot in Lace is the second book in the Barefoot Bay Brides trilogy (after one of mt favorite books of the year, Barefoot in White), but it's the ninth story set in Barefoot Bay. As I've been reading the series as a whole out of order, I'm sure readers can jump in anywhere.

Barefoot in Lace Cover Title: Barefoot in Lace
Series: Barefoot Bay Brides, Book 2
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: South Street Publishing
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Book Description (from Amazon):

Kick off your shoes and fall in love again in with the Barefoot Bay Brides! Destination wedding planner Gussie McBain needs a man...specifically, a wedding photographer. Just her luck that the shutterbug she runs into is more used to snapping pictures of glamorous models in couture gowns than brides in white lace. But Gussie's never been one to let bad odds stop her from a good gamble, so she asks for a favor she never dreams superstar TJ DeMille will actually grant.

Tom DeMille lives his life exactly as he pleases--always alone. In fact, he’s got that motto tattooed in Greek on his arm. But when Tom is suddenly saddled with guardianship of his twelve-year-old niece, he'll lose more than his freedom if he can't figure out how to take care of her. Then an alluring young woman with pink hair and a sassy mouth shows up at his door, and he agrees to do the unthinkable...photograph a wedding in exchange for some help with his niece.

As they work together, Tom begins to take down the walls Gussie has erected around herself to discover a truly beautiful and tender woman he knows he could love. But will his own heartache and refusal to lay down roots prevent him from giving Gussie the family life she craves...or could she be the one woman who can finally break his vow of solitude?

Blog Tour: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

Evernight Tour

I can’t get enough of Kristen Callihan’s fantastically original Darkest London series. I’m so excited to be a part of the Evernight blog tour! Evernight is the fifth Darkest London novel, and like its predecessors, it’s engaging and unique. You can check out my review of Evernight here, but make sure to come back – I’ve got a fun Q&A with Kristen Callihan, an excerpt from Evernight, and even a giveaway from Ms. Callihan’s publisher, Forever!

Q&A with Kristen Callihan

Q: Do you have a set number of books planned for the Darkest London series, or is it open-ended?
Evernight Cover A:
There are seven books planned. SOULBOUND (book 6) is next and then FOREVERMORE finishes off the series.

Q: Do you have any favorites of the characters you've written?
My favorite characters are always the ones I’m working on at present. Likely because I grow close to them as I write their story. I loved Holly and Will because they were both such strong personalities, and extreme opposites in the way they view life (at least at first.)

Q: What's one thing about being an author you wish someone had told you before you were first published?
You will never have a day off. Lol. Not that it would have deterred me, because I love it. But I don’t think many beginning writers realize the level of work involved. Every writer I know is at the computer every single day. I don’t think I’ve left my laptop at home for a single vacation. But, on the other hand, if you don’t get the story out of your head, it starts to hurt, so non-stop work is also a necessity.

Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
Read! On average, I read a book a day. I also like to hang out with friends and family, and travel when I can!

About Evernight:

Evernight CoverOnce the night comes...

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead...or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

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Excerpt from Evernight

Cool, hard, smooth, hot. The texture of his skin was unlike anything she'd ever felt. The metal made it smooth and cool and hard. Where not altered by metal, his skin was like hot satin, only silkier and tight with strength.

His flesh twitched beneath her palms as she mapped his chest. Every breath he took sounded loud and clear in her ears. And all the while, he watched her.

A quiver rippled along the backs of her thighs, up over her bottom, and crawled along her spine. Damn it, she was better than this. She was not a creature of base desires, but of logic and restraint. Her breath moved in and out, a slow, steady rhythm as she stroked him.

Neither of them spoke. The crackle of the fire in the grate, along with the occasional creak of the house settling, surrounded them. Beneath heavy lids, Thorne tracked her every move. And her touch grew unsteady. A momentary weakness he jumped upon.

"Does it feel good to you?" he drawled, low and easy. "Touching me?"

Instantly, the space between her legs clenched tight. Holly kept her touch impersonal. She could not live with the ignominy of revealing her wants to Thorne, who would treat her weakness as a bloody good joke. "It is a task. Just like any other." A bald-faced lie if ever she told one.

His nostrils flared, the platinum in his eyes shining bright. "Then why do I smell your cunny growing wet with need?"

Holly stopped, her palm flat against his pectoral muscle, as more slick heat flooded her sex. Oh, this was beyond the pale. What on earth had gotten into the blasted demon? "Being crude is not going to get a rise out of me, Mr. Thorne."

A small, cruel smile curled his lips. "Not going to deny it, are you, Miss Evernight?"

"Blather." She took up stroking an area tangled with platinum webbing with more force than necessary. "That is all you're about. Ridiculous blather. And I will not engage in such nonsense."

Holly concentrated on pulling the metal from him. Not on his scent, clean and pleasing in the space between them. Or the way his skin grew increasingly warmer.

When he spoke again, it was soft, teasing. "Do you know that when I said "cunny" your sweet scent grew stronger?"

Evernight CoverAgain she stopped. His dense muscles tightened beneath her nails. "Mr. Thorne—”

"Do you wonder," he whispered, holding her gaze with his, "if my cock is affected?" A dark brow lifted, his fangs glinting. "If it is more metal than flesh? Hard for you?"

She would not look down at the appendage in question. It was difficult enough to pretend each time that she wasn't aware of that part of him, or that she hadn't seen it grow and lengthen beneath the covers. Oh, she knew precisely how long and thick he was, and precisely how aroused. Each and every time.

His gaze upon her burned. "Do you want to see my cock, Miss Evernight? Feel it move inside of you?"

Gods, he made her feel empty, made her want to be filled up. Her hands turned to fists. "Stop it. Now, Mr. Thorne."

He rose up on his elbows, his white hair sliding over his broad and dusky shoulders, his defined abdomen tightening. "Or. What?"

Holly sat back on the stool by the table, placing her hands upon her lap so that he wouldn't see them trembling. "Why are you doing this?"

"Why not?"

She could not look away from the black and platinum starburst of his gaze, so very brilliant. So very angry and taunting. Her nails dug into her palms. "Find your amusement elsewhere."

His lean hips canted just a bit, an utterly crude gesture that held her in thrall. "I'd rather find it with you."

"I'm helping you, aren't I?" She hated how the words came out in a near-desperate pitch. But he had to stop. Agitation had her breath coming on hard and fast, pressing her now-heavy breasts against her too-tight bodice.

"Helping me," he scoffed. "Do not skew this into some act of kindness. You do so that I won't kill you."

"Is it kindness that you want?" She laughed without humor. "A funny way you go about getting it." She leaned forward in her anger. "Why are you saying these things? Truly? Why are you acting like such a... disgusting arse?"

He shot upright, his chest bumping into hers before she backed away a pace as if seared. "Because you never react during these torture sessions," he ground out. "Because I want that rise out of you. I want you to..." He bared his teeth, those evil-looking fangs growing longer. "I want to know if you feel—”

His teeth ground together, his eyes wild and silver-black.

"Feel?" she prompted as if her heart wasn't beating madly.

"Anything!" he roared. "Jesus." He ran a hand through his hair. "You touch me every day. You rub your hands all over me. And nothing! Not a flicker of emotion. As if I didn't exist." The expanse of his chest heaved with exertion, the sinewy muscles along his abdomen clenching. "And all the while I'm lying here aching, fucking dying to... You're driving me to insanity," he finished with a wild shout. "And it means exactly nothing to you—”

She grabbed hold of the back of his neck and kissed him. Just as she'd wanted to, her lips claiming his parted ones, shutting off the stream of words that flowed from him. His lips were soft and warm, and touching them set off a rush of lust that coursed along her limbs. He froze, going so tense that his neck felt like ice. For all of one second. And then he attacked. His hands plunged into her hair and gripped the sides of her head as he fell back, hauling her with him, devouring her with quick, biting kisses, punctuated by helpless groans.

Breathless and dizzy, she answered every kiss, opening her mouth when his mouth demanded it. They both shivered when their tongues slid together.

"Hell," he moaned, licking along her bottom lip. "Hell, I knew you'd taste so bloody good." He angled his head, plunging his tongue in deep as his hands held her captive. The gesture wicked and decadent. Grunting, he spun them, pressing her into the table with the strength of his body. His thigh nudged between hers, and her skirts slid up. Instantly, his hand was there, long fingers trailing along her skin. "I'm not stopping," he growled into her mouth. "So don't ask me to."

Holly tore her lips from his and grabbed a handful of silken hair. She held him fast and hard. "You'll stop if I say so."

Thorne paused, his lips brushing hers as he breathed heavily through his mouth. Hot, black eyes bore into her. "Are you asking me to stop?" He was so still and careful that she knew he would, despite his claim.

A fire raged through her veins. And the need to suckle his curved lower lip had her voice turning rough. "No."

About Kristen Callihan:

Kristen Callihan Kristen Callihan is a child of the eighties, which means she's worn neon skirts, black lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A lifelong daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband, and a dog - the fish can fend for themselves.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Tour: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

What a Duke Dares Blog Tour

I fell in love with Anna Campbell’s writing when I picked up her debut novel, Claiming the Courtesan. Nearly seven years later, I’m still a huge fan and I’m always insanely excited when Ms. Campbell has a new book out. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that Wit and Sin is part of the What a Duke Dares blog tour! What a Duke Dares is the third book in Ms. Campbell’s Sons of Sin series, and you can read my review here (spoiler alert: I loved Pen and Cam ;)).

Now on to the good stuff: Q&As with Anna Campbell and a giveaway hosted by Ms. Campbell’s publisher, Forever!

Q: WHAT A DUKE DARES is the final (that we know of) Sons of Sin story. What can readers look forward to next?
What a Duke Dares Cover A:
Hi Kimberly! Thanks for having me as your guest today to talk about my latest release, WHAT A DUKE DARES! Love the blog. Actually, there’s another story coming in the Sons of Sin series, just to make life complicated. My projected trilogy turned into a quartet. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a single marquess! I found myself increasingly fascinated by Lord Leath who plays a major part in WHAT A DUKE DARES and decided that he needed to get a happy ending (and make up his quarrel with Cam, the hero of Duke in the process). That book is called A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT and it should be out first half of next year.

Q: Before the Sons of Sin series, your books were all standalones. Do you prefer writing a series over writing a standalone novel?
Actually having been so reluctant to write a series, I have to say I’m loving the experience – hence the extra stories in the Sons of Sin set. It’s wonderful to be able to revisit beloved characters and continue their stories through weddings and children and other adventures. It’s equally wonderful to introduce secondary characters in earlier books who will then take center stage later on. I’m also enjoying the enriched world building of a series – I can set the scene in one book and then bring it to fruition in the next. That’s great fun!

What a Duke Dares Cover Q: Do you have any favorites of the characters you've written?
Actually I know writers always mention their current book when people ask this question, but REALLY I just love Pen and Cam from WHAT A DUKE DARES. I love that despite their romantic troubles, they never lose sight of the fact that they were friends first and I love how they try to do the right thing, even if everything just explodes into smithereens in spite of their efforts. From earlier books, I must say I have a real fondness for Antonia and Ranelaw from MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

Q: What’s one thing about being an author you wish someone had told you before you were first published?
What a good question. I’m always surprised by how much time I spend NOT writing. Basically if you’re a writer, you’re running a small business with all that entails. I wish someone had told me to be prepared for that aspect of the writing career.

Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
Like most writers, I’m a voracious reader. At the moment, I seem to be on a mystery kick in between all my lovely romances! I live in a very pretty part of Australia right by the sea so I really enjoy walking in my area and swimming is great when the weather’s a bit warmer than it is at the moment. I like to play the piano (very badly). And I love to travel. I’m hoping to get to England next year for a research trip. I haven’t been since 2007 and I’m definitely due for another stately home fix.

About What a Duke Dares:
What a Duke Dares CoverA reputation at risk

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed - until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins...

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About Anna Campbell:
Always a voracious reader, ANNA CAMPBELL decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her Avon historical romances including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and the Australian Romance Readers Association's most popular historical romance (twice). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and twice for Australia's Romantic Book of the Year.

When she's not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she's losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin, Book 3
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical Romance What a Duke Dares Cover
ISBN: 9781455557905
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Source: Publisher
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A reputation at risk

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed - until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins...

Get ready for an emotional journey with What a Duke Dares! Anna Campbell’s third Sons of Sin novel is a vivid portrait of love, passion, longing, heartache, and hope.

I admit, I’ve been intrigued by Cam from the very first book in this series and I was thrilled to dig deep into his character. He’s a hero with a lot of love to give, only his parents’ behavior scarred him so badly as a child that he tries his best to wall off his emotions. My heart broke for him, because it’s clear he’s a truly good man. Yet he’s so determined not to turn into his parents, he winds up hurting Pen, even though it’s clear he wants to make her happy. And speaking the unconventional lady, Penelope is a strong, outspoken heroine who’s not afraid to buck society’s rules. She’s got a big heart and though it has long belonged to Cam, she doesn’t want to have a half-marriage where her husband doesn’t love her. I respected that, but her determination to hide her love – when mixed with Cam’s distrust of the emotion – takes a toll on both of them. Pen and Cam make numerous mistakes even as they fall deeper in love, and I could feel the frustration coming off them in waves. But every obstacle is worth it in the end, as Pen and Cam are clearly perfect for each other.

A secondary romance between Pen’s brother Harry and an heiress whose brother believes Harry to be a fortune hunter provides a fair amount of contrast to Pen and Cam’s romance. Harry and Sophie are innocent when it comes to heartbreak and both wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their plotline seems a bit disconnected from the main story at first, but when everything ties together, prepare for fireworks. There’s no putting down What a Duke Dares by the time the story reaches its climax.

What a Duke Dares is the third Sons of Sin novel, but it can be read as a standalone. That being said, the complications in the aforementioned storyline involving Harry do have their roots in events that occurred in A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. However, Ms. Campbell does provide enough information for new readers to follow along. Fans of the series will surely delight in seeing Jonas, Sidonie, Richard, and Genevieve again (I sure did). The strong bonds of friendship between Jonas, Richard, and Cam are on display in What a Duke Dares, and I couldn’t have been more entertained.

Anna Campbell is a historical romance virtuoso. The passion and emotion of Cam and Pen’s romance practically explodes off the page, entrancing the reader. I loved Pen and Cam and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Campbell has in store for readers in the next Sons of Sin story, A Scoundrel by Moonlight.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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