I received I Dared a Duke by Anna Bennett for a fair and honest review.
I review the first book My Brown Eyed Earl on Goodreads that book earned four stars. I gave this book 3 sadly one of those stars I gave just for the cover.
The basics of I dared a Duke are this. Alex the Duke of Blackshire who is known for his burn scars that he received as a child during a fire that killed his parents but left him as the sole survivor, he is also known for being good in bed. Which when I read this I was like oh yes! Elizabeth Lacy is one of the Wilting wallflowers and is now a companion to h the dowager Duchess of Blackshire. Alex wants her and his grandmother gone because someone is trying to kill him. So he has Beth help him convince his grandmother she would be better off if not safer in the country, Beth agrees but first he has to grant his grandmother three wishes before Beth helps him. Beth thinks this is not only a good way to get Alex to spend time with his grandmother but makes sure they can stay in town longer. Its only when she finds out the real reason he wants them both gone. that Beth decides she’s helping whether he wants her to or not.
Here’s the real deal. Firstly I am all for scarred heroes! give me heroes with one eye or patches, blind heroes. Except I don’t want them to be all twitchy about their scars, ect like The Duke was because his little tantrum killed a very good love scene stupid male pride. I love an imperfect hero as much I love an imperfect heroine. We need more these! So someone is trying to kill him? honestly that wasn’t much of mystery and I figured out who the person was easily or at least figured out if it was man or woman or both, though I admit there was one person who I was iffy about being the suspect, but I can safely say that man was just nosy trouble making jack ass and not the murder. The Duke is very unsure about his bedroom skills, because apparently he’s not the rake people say he is? I’m confused on this because it is harped about enough that it made me worry and also I thought ‘ is he saying he’s a virgin??’ which would have been interesting , then I was like ‘oh my god!’ but no he wasn’t a virgin just really, really, REALLY unsure of himself but he says he hasn’t been with a woman in years so maybe that is why he was nervous ? . there was also one part where it felt like he alluded that he was raped by a woman? but that wasn’t very clear.
Another thing, Beth is the only woman he ever….you know….you know!!!! went down on! I wasn’t sure what to make of that other than he was right he isn’t who she thinks he is. My last bit of rantiness for this book is is the fact he banged her in the wine cellar, I am not against a little naughty in new places I am however wondering why if all the servants are in or around the ballroom you have drag her ass down to practically the basement to get it on?
Now for the good. This book was a slow burn, and heavy on the relationship building which was nice and so was the cuddling part that was just super sweet. There was a part where he thought about climbing a trellis to get her… HE SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT! take note : Trellis climbing in anyway shape or form is good, now if you are wondering if I am talking a physical trellis or metaphorical trellis the answer is yes. Also The cover is just lovely.
Sadly though the Duke is not as charming as I would have liked and Beth’s sisters agreed with me when they refused to let him see her for three days after the killer was found. Beth was likable enough. Overall the story was good but not as good as the first one when compared. The cover is beautiful though and I really do love a good cover. But sadly I would not recommend this book I just found it lacking in the certain spark . Don’t get me wrong it had such great potential but it fell short of hitting the mark for me.