One Dance with a Duke

One Dance with a Duke In One Dance with a Duke the first novel in Tessa Dare s delightful new trilogy secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love A handsome and reclusi

  • Title: One Dance with a Duke
  • Author: Tessa Dare
  • ISBN: 9780345518859
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In One Dance with a Duke the first novel in Tessa Dare s delightful new trilogy secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members yet membership isIn One Dance with a Duke the first novel in Tessa Dare s delightful new trilogy secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing Duke of Midnight Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke until Lady Amelia d Orsay tries her luck In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke s dance and unwittingly steals his heart When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club s founder Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love

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    1. Spoilers are markedIt seems that lately I’ve been doing a lot of “first reads” of an author and in keeping with that trend, this is my first by Tessa Dare and overall I was quite pleased. I’ll start out by saying that I’ve seen reviews and comments by people who thought the Stud Club idea for a plot was dumb, boring, and lacking believability, but I actually thought it was a great jumping off point and foundation for the trilogy. After all, when you think about it, it’s not too hard [...]

    2. This book started off well, but by the time I finished it I was pissed! If I could have reached through the pages of the book and throat punched the heroine, Amelia, I would have.Spencer and Amelia have really great chemistry in the beginning. I really liked them both. Watching Amelia push beyond her wallflower image to claim that dance was great. I loved that he was so flummoxed by her. His little love affair with her embroidery was cute. Spencer was a great character. All the mystique created [...]

    3. 4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance This is my first read by Tessa Dare, and I enjoyed the writing, humorous dialogue, witty banter, rather unique plot, and steamy romance. The main reason it didn't get a 5-star rating is that I just didn't quite connect fully with the characters, and I never really became emotionally invested in their relationship. I liked curvy, spirited, strong-willed spinster Amelia and arrogant, alpha with a hidden, tender, romantic side Spencer, Duke of Morland and enjo [...]

    4. ● MURDER ● MYSTERY ● MARRIAGE ● MIDNIGHT ● MAYHEM ●The STUD CLUB trilogy is a fun historical romance series. Leo has created an exclusive gentleman's club that only allows 10 members to own a retired stud. The only way you may obtain a coin (membership) is by a game of chance (coins must never be sold). When Leo is murdered his coin has gone missing. The remaining members of this gentleman's club begin a search to find answers. Spencer is a wealthy duke. He doesn't like to be around [...]

    5. I thought this was great. I read a few reviews where Amelia's affection for her brother Jack was overdone,but I thought it worked with the way her relationship and self-martyring personality was. And to be fair, the self-martyring wasn't really all that badat was more Spencer's take on Amelia, not mine.Amelia and Spencer meet at a ball, minus any romantic impulses. They are married just days later, as a business arrangement, and fall into friendship and love. I loved how Spencer was able to admi [...]

    6. Tessa Dare weaves another wonderful trilogy with the first of the Stud Club series One Dance with a Duke. Each lead character does have some major issues, but even with their issues it only made them more human in my eyes. Lady Amelia d’Orsay is having a hard time trying to keep her family from the breaking point .Mostly her brother Jack who has become so self-destructive that he doesn’t see the pain he’s casuing his love ones as he spirals out of control. Amelia is trying to save him from [...]

    7. Arousing. That's the first word that comes to mind. Handsome, debonair, sensual, passionate, romantic.(although he won't admit it) These are just a few of the many qualities of Spencer, The Duke of Moreland. Arousing on the dance floor, riding a purebred horse and most important riding a woman to ecstasy! This was the first Tessa Dare read for me and I have to say it won't be my last. My goodness, Ms. Dare can bring the romance and sensuality to the reader! Just her description of a kiss will me [...]

    8. I rage quit this book by Chapter 6. GOD I COULDN'T STAND IT. THE HERO, SPENCER, WAS SUCH AN ASSHOLE. I just couldn't finish it. I'd rather do somersaults over a vat of molten lava than finish it.Yes, he was that bad.How? Ha. Well let me count the ways. First and foremost, he was an arrogant son of a bitch who kept saying to himself "Oh, I'm the Duke of Morland, I'm not required to explain myself". WILL YOU JUST GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE FOR A SECOND AND BE HUMAN, YOU ASS?And oh, since we're on the [...]

    9. I'm sorry, but an annoying heroine can ruin any book. Wanting to hit her with a shovel over and over isn't conducive to a pleasant read.

    10. This was a really enjoyable premiere of Tessa Dare's new trilogy, The Stud Club. Of course, The Stud Club refers to breeding horses, but we know what it reeeeeeeealllly means. Vavoom.In any case, I had a few problems that cost Dare a star, but overall the romance was nice and the evolution of their attraction and devotion made sense to me. Their love scenes were well written and sensual and I didn't feel there were so many that I needed to skim.Both characters had irritating quirks. Sometimes th [...]

    11. This is so sweet and adorable. <3I think the first 60% is pretty much perfect. The next 25% is also great, but it does begin to get a little angsty/conflicting. The last bit of the book gets surprisingly somber and fast-paced. Usually, I would find the H to be lacking, wanting him to prove himself more by the end of this book. For this book, that is actually how I feel about the h this time. Don’t get me wrong. I find Amelia to be great. She is amusing and passionate about her family and he [...]

    12. 3.5 stars! The characters got better as the book went along. I wasn’t invested in them in the beginning and thought about doing a DNF. Then the writing got better and I really liked Spencer. Tessa Dare's characterization was great for him. I couldn't stand him in the beginning and then I absolutely loved his character by the end.Now to Amelia. I liked her in the beginning but then 1/2 through, I really started disliking her. Her absolute "blind love" for her brother drove me nuts and I hated h [...]

    13. I really loved this book and I think I maybe enjoyed it a little bit more than even some of my friends did. Amelia was such a sweet heroine and I almost cried at times for her in the story. Spencer reminded me a bit of St. Vincent from "A Devil in Winter" and I thought they made a wonderful combination. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a historical romance book to read!!! Tessa Dare is definitely an author that is on auto buy for me.

    14. I absolutely loved this book. So many amazing quotes from it. It was breathtaking more than once. This was such a sweet story. In it, you will find a lovely, shy and extremely caring wallflower. She would have never been noticed by the duke in any normal circumstance, but that's what is so nice about books, isn't it? He did. So we see how this couple -one very different from the other- struggle and try to move on every problem they go through. As the story goes on, we see how they were meant to [...]

    15. Amelia was a very sensible, very caring, very pragmatic, intelligent young woman who agreed to marry an arrogant, antisocial, very rich duke so she could help her younger brother Jack, who owed a gambling debt to the duke. All sympathies should be with Amelia, right?! Yet with every detail that was disclosed, my sympathies turned more and more to Spencer and away from Amelia, who focused everything around her blind devotion to Jack, and repeatedly blamed her husband for not caring. And for all t [...]

    16. 2.5What can I say except most of it (but not quite) is in the book summary. You have your mysterious, harsh and rude nobleman, an uncommon beauty with love to spare for every single undeserving person she has in her life, a murder that plays a role only in regards to their relationship and the duke's secrets, and horses.Nothing much to say really. If you've read Tessa Dare before, then you know the type of heroine Amelia is. You can't not like her.

    17. 3 1/2 stars. Although I was disappointed that this didn't have the freshness or originality of some of Dare's previous books, it was an engaging read that often made me laugh at lines like these: "Spencer stared at the words so fiercely, Amelia would not have been surprised to see the scrawled letters roust themselves from the paper and rearrange to spell different words, just to escape his displeasure." I keep wanting to compare it to Julia Quinn, except I've developed such an intense Quinn all [...]

    18. I enjoyed this a lot, especially the two main characters, Amelia and Spencer. Spencer deserves special mention because of his particular challenges - he reminded me of my husband, in fact. So of course, I loved him!

    19. For the first half of this book I would have given it five stars, but then the heroine started driving me nuts for a little while, but in the end all was right again and I ended up giving this book 4 stars!I am truly happy that Tessa Dare has decided to share her talent as an author with the rest of the world! She creates characters who become real; characters with real fears and problems, dreams and desires.At every ball Spencer, the Duke of Moreland, chooses one lady to dance with. He only dan [...]

    20. Well, barring Amelia's stupid behavior in the end of the book, this one was a true delight to read! Sweet, tender and also very emotional at times, I loved the way Spencer's rigidity and cold (at first glance) facade was paired with Amelia's giving and tender nature. And when Spencer reveals his love for her this sealed its 5-star status for me. A little sweeter than I usually like my romances, but so well written and poignant and humorous at times, that it didn't bother me at all. I'm surprised [...]

    21. It's been a while since I picked up a historical romance book. I always haven't had much luck with this genre, but the blurb sounded promising enough for me to give it a go.The story started off strong. The first half was good and entertaining but sadly, by the end, it didn't quite deliver. The more I read, the more I was so frustrated and annoyed with the heroine. She acted like she chose her brother over the hero who was her own husband! So, that was the reason why I gave this book 3 stars ins [...]

    22. After reading “One Dance with a Duke” my first impression is that the title should be changed to “The Alpha Horsebreader and the Lady who loved him, but wanted to kill him at times”.This alpha horsebreader being the hero Spencer Dumarque, Duke of Morland. Now Spencer is the alpha and he’s not afraid to let you know it. He titled, large, and always in charge. So far he’s gathered seven of the ten “Stud Club” tokens and is determined to have them all. Most of all he wants the stud [...]

    23. This is the first book by Tessa Dare that I've read. Based on the reviews I read of her first trilogy, I wasn't sure they were for me. This one, however, sounded right up my alley. While I loved most if it, I'm really struggling to come to terms with the actions of the heroine at the end of the book. Both protagonists made mistakes throughout, but I don't understand why the heroine made the choice she did. Otherwise I really loved it. The story itself was wonderfully told and the characters were [...]

    24. Tessa Dare, I'm becoming a big fan of you!!!!Spencer, the Duke, is my favorite kind of male character: beautiful, sexy, powerful, arrogant but absolutly romantic!!! I feel amazing when I'm reading HR books, such a turn on, incredible sex scenes, and kisses My God exciting kisses!!!I want more!!!

    25. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I wasn’t very impressed with the first 100 pgs. The latest historical romance I read had a very similar premise - plain, plump (read: buxom) heroine conquests most desirable bachelor - and I kept wondering if authors had any creativity left. But this author took the conflict in an unpredictable direction and made it believable and true. You could understand both points of view – this wasn’t the type of conflict where one of the other wa [...]

    26. I have such mixed feeling for this romance. The beginning just didn't work at all for me and I had a really hard time getting into the story. It did have elements that I typically love strong demanding hero, forced (sort of) marriage. But when it comes down to it I just didn't like more than I liked. I did read it fairly quickly but feel that it was a bit wordy. The editor would have been correct in cutting about 50 pages or so. In the end the h/h grew on me. While I really liked Amelia the Duke [...]

    27. It's goes so painfully slow. I really tried to be patient but surely the Lord is testing me. How else will you explain this torturous book? Forget anticipation. I was bored to death.

    28. BAru kali ini baca buku yang ada heroine nya cemburu sama kudaOMG ! Kuda ???? [image error]Gini cerita nya :[image error]Spencer,Duke of Morland sebenarnya paling gak mau menghadiri2 pesta2 yang sering di adakan masyarakat London, namun demi Claudia,anak perwaliannya, dia berkompromi dengan dirinya sendiri,dia akan hadir tengah malam dan hanya satu dansa dengan satu lady yg di pilih nya.Jadilah dia legenda dan mendadak terkenal dengan sebutan si Duke Tengah Malam.[image error]Amelia sang perawan [...]

    29. Tessa Dare is one of my most favourite historical authors. Her books have amazing characters and are filled with passion.

    30. Review @ Under the Covers3.5 StarsAmelia isn't impressed with the Duke of Midnight. He descends upon a ball at midnight dances a set with one of the young and the brainless before leaving again, the ladies sighs of both desire and fear follow in his wake. However, her wastrel brother owes him money so when he next makes his melodramatic entrance she commendeers his hand; however, little does she know that that one action will cause her life to change drastically.I know 3.5 stars doesn't seem lik [...]

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