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 10 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?
©2010 Eve Ortega (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"Surprisingly Good Romace"
This was another book I got on sale so I wasn't expecting much. Boy was I wrong. This is a great beginning to this series. It was funny with some twists and turns that kept me interested. I though the narrator did a good job too. I will listen to the next in the series.
"Strong characters, clever dialogue"
I loved how there was so much more to both the Duke and to Amelia than there appeared to be upon first acquaintance. These were very well developed characters with believable problems. I enjoyed getting to know them.
Ms. Bellair has a pleasant voice. However, it felt more like I was listening to a friend read aloud to me than I was listening to a professional narrator. She was not able to give distinct voices to the characters, so I had to go back a number of times a listen again to make sure I understood the dialogue correctly. I would have been more aggravated about this had I not purchased the book in one of those surprise, pop-up $4.95 sales. The story and characters were strong enough to hold up against the amateur narration, but if narration style is really important to you, I would suggest buying this book on sale. Like I said, Ms. Bellair's voice was pleasant; I enjoyed the sound of it. I hope she works on developing her craft, especially distinctions in character voice, because she has the potential to be an excellent, five-star narrator.
Yes, I wish I could have. Stupid daily responsibilities.
Ms. Dare gave the characters occasional, short bursts of inner monologue that I found quirky and funny. The characters knew themselves and their own foibles. This technique of sharing their shortcomings made it very easy to relate to the characters. Haven't we all berated ourselves in our own head for saying the wrong thing -- yet again? Or behaving according to a bad habit -- as always -- despite the promises we've made to ourselves? (Oh god, perhaps it is only me. Maybe I've made an idiot of myself for all of Audible.com to read. Probably most people don't second-guess everything they share on the internet, even a simple book review. Why do I even write these things anyway? They are never helpful to anyone, I'm sure. And there I go thinking in absolute terms again, even though I promised myself I wouldn't. This is silly & ridiculous. Pull it together, woman! Just roll your eyes at yourself one last time, click 'preview' and 'submit', and be done with it.)
"Horsing around in Historical Romance"
Definitely, I loved this book, and the very intriguing male characters.
I Loved the fact the Duke spent a lot of his youth time in Canada, and the description he gives of that time. I'm Canadian, so it's nice to hear nice things about your country.
I loved her voice, she gave such an emotional performance. When she was lecturing the Duke ( very Funny) or when she was trying to help her brother (very vulnerable)
Yes, I felt myself trying to sneek a quick listen at work..It wasn't easy!
I really can't wait for Bellemy's story.
"Great story, so-so narration"
This story has the qualities I like on a romance story: a sweet romance with hot scenes, a well developed, believable story with mystery and excitement. Unfortunately the narrator is so-so at best. She makes great voices for the females but doesn't even try to simulate male voices. All males sounded the same as females which is distracting and weird. Anyway the story is still so good that I recommend this book.
"Why didn't I know about Tessa Dare?"
I have listened to, and read, tons of historical romance novels by lots of different authors. I can't believe this is the first Tessa Dare book I've been exposed to. It had a real story. The heroine, Amelia, is smart and witty and loving. Her hero, Spencer, is handsome, brooding and fiercely enamoured of Amelia, much to his own surprise.
The narration, by Leslie Bellaire, was spot on. I was a little hesitant at first. Ms Bellaire sounds very young. But her narration was perfect for this book.
I wait with anticipation for Audible to obtain more of Tessa Dare's books.
This is my first review. But I felt so strongly positive about this book that I wanted to tell others of my experience. Take a chance on authors you might not be familiar with. You might sometimes suffer disappointment. You won't, however, be disappointed with this book.
"GOOD STORY - VERY CREDIT WORTHY"
Great start to a trilogy series. I thought the story was most entertaining but I thought the narrator sounded very young for the story. However, I did get into her voice the longer I listened to her because I liked the plot so much.
Will download the other books in the series but I hope they use a different narrator.
"A wonderful romance!"
The writer is very witty and has a great way of expressing herself. Her characters are intelligent and the story has twists and turns that keeps the reader interested. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a page turner!
"Loves the horse that's for sure."
I cant say I really cared for this book too much. Had a hard time getting passed the loving the horse so much. I think the story itself was pretty boring, The characters were decent enough but the story was just lacking. The book started out pretty decent and caught my attention for the first few chapters then it went down hill from there. I have read a couple Tessa Dare books and have enjoyed them, this one not so much. The narrator was decent except the way she did the voice of Spencer was a bit to high pitched for a hero. Not the best book by far, I was glad to get it on sale and only paid 4.95 for it. There are many more books on audible to listen too don't waste your credit.
"Failed to grab me"
I gave it ten minutes and couldn't find a reason to care.
yes. And to female writers in general too, I'm afraid.
I bought it because it was in a good price and its seems OK
after 10 minutes it grabbed me and I was so emotionally involved with Amelia and Spencer
they have a good romance great dialogs, hot sex
I had a good time reading/listening to it hope to read the rest of the trilogy soon
"Worth a credit!"
Good story although a struggle sometimes to know what character was saying what as narrator didn't change voice per different character but still worth a listen!
"Nice Story, if a little predicatable"
This was very diverting. A fun, somewhat silly story that was very enjoyable to listen to on the whole. I listened happily, but not my favourite of Dares stories.
If you like books by Stephanie Laurens or Lisa Kleypas, you'll enjoy Tessa Dare.
I wasn't overly impressed. There were 3 main problems for me:
1) There is basically no differentiation of the character voices. This makes it tricky when listening to conversations without 'he said' 'she said' indicators.
2) I get the feeling that english accent is not miss Bellair's actual accent. There were some very odd intonations and vowel sounds that were hugely distracting. Once you start to notice Miss Bellair sliding off the accent, it's really distracting. You start to listen for the flaws rather than what is being said. "Palm" was particularly hideous. All of the AA sounds really.
3) I have a bit of an issue with mispronunciation of what to be pretty basic regency language.These are easily looked up and as this is a professional recording, I think these should be corrected.
Having said that, the tone of the narrators voice was pleasant and she had very good pacing. I'd be interested if readings without a fake (or perhaps exaggerated RP) accent were better.
It was enjoyable, but not overly moving.
I absolutely love period novels however I was a bit disappointed with this as it was very long winded in places and lacked character insight and background. Amelias character is empowering and represents the strength of a woman. But the other main character Spencer is quite misleading. He starts of as having one set of characteristics and by the end of the book you feel as if you don't really know him.
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