Only a Duke Would Dare

Collette Cameron
Only a Duke Would Dare
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Publisher
Blue Rose Romance
Release Date
October 2018
Series
Book 2 of Seductive Scoundrels
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Marriage—an unpleasant obligation
A troublesome addendum to his father's will requires Victor, Duke of Sutcliffe to marry before his twenty-seventh birthday or lose his fortune. After a three-year absence, he ventures home, intent upon finding the most biddable and forgettable miss in Essex. A woman who will make no demands upon him and won't mind being left behind when he returns to London. Except, Victor meets Theadosia Brentwood again and finds himself powerless to resist her—even if she is promised to another and the exact opposite of what he thought he wanted in a duchess.

Marriage—an impossible choice
Secretly in love with Victor for years, Theadosia is overjoyed when he returns. Until she learns he must marry within mere weeks. When he unexpectedly proposes, she must make an impossible decision. How can Thea elope with him when he's marrying out of necessity, not love? Besides, if she does wed Victor, her betrothed—a man she loathes—will reveal a scandalous secret. A secret that will send her father to prison and leave her sister and mother homeless.

This sweet, childhood friends Regency historical by a USA Today bestselling author will make you smile, laugh, and sigh with contentment. Victor and Theadosia's love-story will carry you away to another time and place where they dare to indulge in a forbidden love.

If you enjoy reading friends to lovers, dukes, arranged marriages, or class difference love stories with a pinch of mystery, a dash of humor, and gripping emotion then you'll adore Collette Cameron's enthralling SEDUCTIVE SCOUNDRELS SERES. Buy ONLY A DUKE WOULD DARE and settle into your favorite reading nook for a page-turning, entertaining Regency world adventure you can't put down.

Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.

Book Review by Blue (reviewer)
Feb 15, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
24 people found the following review helpful
Victor, Duke Sutcliffe, is rapidly approaching his 27th birthday, which normally wouldn't be a cause for concern--if only it weren't for that annoying part of his father's will--the part that states all of the duchy's unentailed property will be forfeit if Victor isn't married. Victor decides that he'll find a malleable young lady who will be happy to stay in the country while he continues living his life in town. Victor didn't plan on meeting up with Theodosia Brentwood, the sister of his friend James.

Thea is the reverend's daughter in Colchester, and is delighted at her meetings with Victor. They strike up a friendship, then an attraction. When it looks like Victor may have found a bride he truly wants, the suit is turned down by the reverend, who insists that his daughter will marry the new curate, Mr. Leadford.

Neither Thea nor Victor can understand why the reverend would turn down a duke's marriage offer for a mere curate. Even Thea's appeals to her father that she finds Mr. Leadford revolting carry no weight. It seems that her formerly loving father has disappeared, and an angry, unfeeling tyrant is in his place. Not willing to give up, Victor realizes that Mr. Leadford must have some hold over Reverend Brentwood, and he's determined to find what it is. And he's determined that Thea will marry only him.

I quickly changed my opinion of Victor, who, at first, I thought was very shallow. He has some secrets and secret fears of his own. His decision to marry anyone was not for his own financial gain, but to be sure he could maintain a home for his mother. His actions to ensure that Thea not have to marry a sleazy lecher were heroic. I also admired Thea for standing up to her father and to Mr. Leadford, and not allowing herself to be a doormat.

ONLY A DUKE WOULD DARE has good pacing, and is a quick and enjoyable read. I really liked Victor and Thea as a couple. Reverend Brentwood is a weak and selfish man, and the villain, Leadford, is truly despicable. Both are dispatched in good fashion, making for a satisfactory conclusion. ONLY A DUKE WOULD DARE is part of a series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
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