Saturday, April 8, 2017


I Dared the Duke: A Wayward Wallflowers Novel (The Wayward Wallflowers) by [Bennett, Anna]

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.  AMAZON 4 STARS

I liked this book although at times it felt like it was moving along a bit slow.  So I guess it could be called a slower paced book.  
Both of the main characters were interesting.  We also find out as the story goes on that they both have had their own share of pain.  Elizabeth (called Beth by her family) has had childhood pain as well as the pain that was added to her and her sisters. That came by getting the the unthinking, tossed out there title of the Wilted Wallflowers. It was spoken and then stuck causing them to be subjected to all kinds of scorn and unkindness. 

But this Wallflower really does has some spunk! And it shows up pretty early in the story.  Even with her knees shaking, she goes toe to toe with Alexander.  And after awhile, they begin to enjoy their verbal sparring. And so did I. There is more depth to Alex than what most people have taken the time to find.  But Beth sees deeper into him. 
That delights and causes him terror all at the same time.  Beth is all for the underdog and she has a deep need to be needed, that comes out clearly more than once in the story.   Alex may be handsome, and wealthy but he is also a hot mess.  The attacks on him become more and more bold but when the culprit is revealed at the end, it's a surprise.  I never saw that one coming.  That makes it a good story for me.

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.  

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