Book Review: I Dared The Duke by Anna Bennett

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I enjoyed this book a lot! At first, I was a bit apprehensive given the attitude of the hero towards the heroine. I thought maybe this would be a book I put down early. Not so! It picked up quickly, and their interactions were increasingly honest and sweet. A quick read for a day when you need a pick-me-up. Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, should be dead. After an "accidental" poisoning and a broken axle on his carriage, he is now certain that someone is trying very hard to murder him. Now he needs to be sure his beloved grandmother isn't caught in the crossfire. The one thing he hadn't counted on is her new companion, Elizabeth Lacey, a woman whom he once dubbed a Wilting Wallflower. Beth knows of the Duke's reputation, but when she makes a bargain with him, she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. Soon she is entangled in his investigation to find who his attacker is before he strikes again. Beth and Alex had so much chemistry! Once they both let their guards down, it was easy to see how they could fall in love. Alex has a sincerity about him, and a shyness despite his outward appearance as a player. Beth gave as much as she got when sparring with him, and I enjoyed seeing that side of her. The only thing that was a bit off was Alex's change in character - it was odd how quickly he moved from arrogant Lord of the manor to gentle and sensitive lover. Would have liked a smoother transition to make it more believable. Beth broke his walls down a tad too easily. Overall a great story with likeable characters and an engaging storyline. I can't wait to read the third book, which will highlight the spunky Juliet. **I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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