Friday, July 16, 2010

Daring A Duke by Claudia Dain

Publisher: Berkley
Date published: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0425235461
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Susan
Obtained via Publisher

Jane Elliot is in search of adventure but she isn’t going to find it with her two over-protective brothers around. Traveling to England to spend time with her mother’s family, she finds herself surrounded by her male cousins but there might be a chance for something extra when she meets the Duke of Edenham and Lady Sophia Dalby.

Jane is a fun character. She is a girl who wants to break out and experience life. The reader can empathize with what she is feeling as she comes across as a normal girl. Edenham is very much a duke and is not as likable as Jane. He fixates on Jane and wants her for his wife. I believe in love at first sight but I don’t get that from their first meeting. I can believe that he falls for her as he gets to know her but he is not a riveting hero and just didn’t capture my imagination. As a couple, they were just ok – nothing to set the world on fire – it was just a decent coupling.

DARING A DUKE is the fourth book in the Courtesan’s series. Trying to convince Jane that having a Duke who wants you is a good thing takes up a good chunk of the story but there is a secondary storyline that piqued my interest: Sophia and Ruan. I wanted to see and learn more about them. The common element of this series is Lady Sophia Dalby as she is known to be a matchmaker extraordinaire. She is a vibrant and likable character who deserves a happily ever after!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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