As always I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity for reading I Dare the Duke ( The Wayward Wallflowers, #2) by Anna Bennett, which will be available for you’re reading pleasure April 4th, 2017!
This is my first time reading author Anna Bennett as well as my first time reading The Wayward Wallflower series too. Even thought, I Dare the Duke is the second installment to the series, you can of course read this novel as a standalone as I did. Since this is my first experiences with Anna Bennett’s work I’m going to be truly honest in telling you I had a hard time committing to a rating. I’m honestly feel that this book is between a 2.5 and a 3.5, here are my reasons.
I Dare the Duke is the second novel in Anna Bennett’s debut Wayward Wallflower series. Like I said before I did not read the series and this is the first book that I’ve been introduced into the series, and again it can be read as a stand alone novel. I Dare the Duke, focuses on the second sister Elizabeth “Beth” Wilted, of the Wilted Wallflowers as they have been renamed, meets her match in the Duke of Blackshire. Elizabeth or rather Beth, finds her strength in being needed. With her older sister now married to a well wealthy man, Beth’s once struggling family is now saved, it’s only she who would like to be needed by someone. I’m sure you’re starting to see how the romantic tides to the Duke are starting to form. Beth feels that she is left in an odd position of wanting to be needed but not truly being needed by her family. thus she finds comfort in being someone companion. Thus Beth accepts the position of being a companion of the Dowger Duchess of Blackshire, the grandmother of Alexander, The Duke. The book begins with Beth currently working as the Dowger’s companion of until Alexander suddenly returns home.
Pause for a second, how can someone suddenly come home to their own home? I mean, it’s his home, whenever he arrives home it’s not actually a savage return because it’s his home, anytime he comes home it’s just him coming home. What’s savage is the fact that when he returns home he finds Beth in his home, which causes him to attempt to instantly fire her. Warning, he does not successfully fire her, or else we truly won’t have to romance story to review.
Play: If finding a beautiful woman in you’re home isn’t odd enough image trying to explain to you’re grandmother and this odd companion that someone is attempt to end you’re life! That’s right, someone is after he Duke of Blackshire’s life and it’s up tot Beth to convince his grandmother, the Dowger Douches of Blackshire, that living in another house away from him would be best for her own safety. As Beth and Alex begin to spend to spend time with each other to delight the Dowger, they begin to desire each other.
The entire chunk of this books is about Alex and Beth’s relationship. If you were thinking this book was entirely focused on the sexual tension interactions between Beth and Alex, if you thought this book was going to focus on the action you’re going to be extremely disappointed. Throughout the story, the Duke is struggling between the multiple attempts on his life, hiding his painful past, and avoiding the lustful desires for Beth— which he totally can’t resist touching her *wink*. Even though the Duke believes that Beth is to good for him, don’t they all, she is actually the best thing to happen to him in his life, as she’s able to help heal painful wounds he’s hidden from all.
I will say this, the intimate scenes in this book are pretty tame. I know, with the name like I Dare the Duke, I kinda thought the main protagonist would be a little bit more daring in their intimate scenes together but they are very tamed. That being said,they still are extremely explicit. The intimate scenes are still good enough to get you aroused from you’re reading chair. When I read intimate scenes I would like the scenes to impact the protagonist or at least their relationship, if not either or at least have the intimate scenes impact the plot. In I Dare the Duke the intimate scenes were well placed. Not only did they give the reader the entire focus of Beth and Alex but it let us the readers, see Alex in the same light that Beth would see in their private moment. I really love how they were placed, how they impact the romance between the main characters, in addition to introducing a different side to Alex. Also, did I mention the intimate scenes will arouse you in you’re reading chair, cause I really need you to know this! What’s even more important is how Bennett reading the character of the Duke.
Bennett created a great environment for the Duke character to change from the beginning of the novel to the very end. I loved watching the Duke’s personality to flourish thought the events of the novel, especially in the company of Beth. Oh sweet Beth, you bring out both the loving and the naughty scenes. It’s well done, I love how Bennett wrote the character the Duke, and I really love watching him reveal himself to us and to Beth.
Overall, I gave this book a 3 even I was bordering between 2.5-3.5 in rating. I feel that if you’re interested in reading a tame romance novel that truly has flow of historical accuracy with some interesting and tamed sex scenes this is a prefect book. This is a wonderful like light reading. For me this romance novel is truly a light reading for a lonely readers heart.