I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #3
Published by Forever on August 26, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
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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 . . .
Cameron (Cam) Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor, proposed to childhood friend Penelope (Pen) Thorne when she was 19-years old. She turned him down flat and promptly fled to the continent after the pressure from her parents got unbearable. She wants a match made for love and he doesn’t believe in it. Nine years later, when her brother, on his deathbed, asks Cam to bring her home, he has no choice but to do so.
A bit of background
Cam desperately wants to marry a woman with an impeccable reputation to compensate for his tawdry beginnings (rumor among the ton is he’s actually his uncle’s progeny). Pen’s reputation is now a mess and he wants no part of her.
What I loved about this story
Both Cam and Pen couldn’t be better developed. Every move each makes, every word they utter is consistent from beginning to end. They’re both passionate and every scene is gripping or engaging. I fell for both of them and their love scenes were incredibly well written.
As crazy as I was about Cam and Pen, there was a secondary storyline involving her brother and his love interest. The two stories converge powerfully, wreaking havoc in both relationships.
The bottom line
I couldn’t put this book down, a rarity for me with a historical romance. It’s exciting, steamy and oh, so romantic. I loved everything about this book.
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