ARC Book Review- What A Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

What A Duke Dares
Sons of Sins (3)
Anna Campbell
Grand Central Publishing
E Book
Published August 2014
400 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781455557882
Authors Website 

Synopsis
A REPUTATION AT RISKWhat 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 . .

My Review

Penelope Thorne, has known Cam since she was a child, and they practically grew up together. But when he shocks her with a marriage proposal, she refuses but not for the reasons he thinks. She loves Cam but knows how hard he has worked to make his family’s name respectable again. She knows that if he marries her she may bring scandal to his name and he would one day despise her. So Penelope leaves England and travels all over Europe. Camden, has always respected and liked Penelope, and years later, engaged to be married to a young woman he barely knows, he finds one of his closest friends, Penelope’s brother dying, and has one last request…find his sister and bring her home to England. So he practically forces her back to England, but through a turn of events, they end up compromised, and have no choice but to marry. Penelope knows that Cam will only regret marrying her, she has loved him for years, and knows she is too opinionated to be the obedient and passive duchess that he expects. But when a passion flares between them, Cam and Penelope begin a journey of self discovery, healing, and learning to trust. Will Cam learn the power of true love?

What A Duke Dares is the third in the latest series by this author. I had very high expectations from this book, and I did enjoy it quite a bit, but I think I had a little hard time fully getting into the story, not as much as the previous books. Having said that, there were many great qualities that I loved about this story and it had some aspects that I had a fine time with. The story sets up when Cam first proposes to Penelope, and you see the seeds of love just wanting to break free. Their interaction is pulling and enigmatic…you see a connection even though at first both characters deny it to themselves. Then we skip ahead, to where Cam hears the death request from Pen’s brother. Penelope has never forgotten Cam, and the last thing she needs is him dragging her back to a place where she feels constricted and not have the freedom to be herself. She reluctantly agrees to go back, but when they are caught in a storm and forced to pose as husband and wife…they know they will have to get married for real. Penelope resists way too much, you see how much she loves Cam, and that she would do anything but hurt him….but I do feel her character was a bit flaky at times. I loved her for the most part, but this section of the story really got annoying a bit. But Cam well….he was stellar. He told her they were getting married despite her reasons.

There is quite a bit of sensuality in this story…very heated and compelling and moving. I love seeing these two together, and although passionate had a emotional hint to it even in the “bedroom”. I loved seeing the emotional and physical connection go hand in hand. This story reeks of full intimacy blooming between this couple. It was a sweet and tender story that has you in love with this story and the moving love story!! But there is also a side sub plot that will really put you in the ringer and have you at the edge at times.

Overall stunning and emotionally moving from beginning to end!! Great details on each page, characters to worm their way into your hearts, and a romantic tale that is guaranteed to overwhelm your senses!! LOVED IT!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Seven Nights In A Rogue’s Bed
A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
A Scoundrel By Moonlight (2015)

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