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I Dared The Duke (A Wayward Wallflowers Novel) by Anna Bennett. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?


Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire is convinced someone is trying to kill him.  The last thing he needs is an addition to his household.  His beloved grandmother has taken on a companion right when he wants to send her away to his country estate. 
Miss Elizabeth Lacey needs to be needed, so being a companion to the lovely duchess is her ideal job.  She knows with her reputation as a wallflower she is unlikely to ever marry.  With the Duke determined to sack her and send his grandmother away she must use all her wiles to stay. 
A lovely story with a mystery to solve and our hero getting out maneuvered by the clever heroine.  Both of them have reputations that are totally undeserved. All of the characters are people that want to care for their families above all else.  The danger that seems to come from everywhere and nowhere is difficult to trace to it's source. 
This is the second book in a series but easily read as a stand alone. 
I loved every page,  good fun. 



Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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