Outstanding! What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Posted April 21, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 5 Comments

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.

Outstanding! What a Duke Dares by Anna CampbellWhat a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #3
Published by Forever on August 26, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 . . .

 

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Quick summary

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.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.

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5 responses to “Outstanding! What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

  1. Tammy Morse

    Usually I can’t put a book down when I start except the Times that are a necessary