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Thursday, June 17, 2010

One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized6 Comments

Publisher: Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House)
Publication Date: 25 May 2010
ISBN: 0345518853
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England; Cambridgeshire, England; Gloucestershire, England (1817)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I first heard about Tessa Dare’s One Dance with a Duke when Alea, from Pop Culture Junkie told me about an upcoming tour on TLC Book Tours. She got me really excited for it so I immediately headed over to the site and signed up. My official tour date isn’t until 12 July 2010 for the second book in the series, Twice Tempted by a Rogue, but the kind folks at Ballantine Books and TLC Tours arranged for me to get a copy of One Dance with a Duke as well. I was so excited when it came and it wasn’t long before I started to read it.

Once I started I was quickly sucked in and just had to talk about it. Those that follow me on Twitter will tell you that during my train journey from MA to NYC for BEA that I was tweeting my thoughts and probably annoying all of my followers in the process. I just couldn’t help myself. For there I was trapped on a train with no one to talk to…and access to Twitter on my phone. Oh the power that is modern technology!

As a whole the story started off a bit slow for me. I wasn’t really engaged initially but then there was this turning point and I just couldn’t put the book down. So I was very grateful to be stuck on a train for a few hours with nothing to do but read. Amelia is a strong and spunky character that isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. Even when dealing with the oh so intimidating Spencer, the 4th Duke of Morland with a mysterious reputation. Spencer has earned himself the nickname of The Duke of Midnight, as he arrives at a ball on the stroke of midnight picks some simpering miss for a dance set, dances and then leaves. He is happy with this arrangement and is none to pleased when Amelia makes the decision for him one night that he dance with her.

Not because she has any romantic thoughts for the Duke but because he is, in part, the reason why her summer plans have been ruined and she wants to give him a piece of her mind. What follows is a mystery that none could have expected as well as some very humorous and touching scenes between Spencer and Amelia. Also, part of why I loved this book so much was the supporting cast. Often secondary characters aren’t really fleshed out in a romance they are just there. But Tessa Dare breathes life into all of her characters and so you get angry at Jack when he messes up again. You are curious about Rhys’s and why he doesn’t feel his life is worth while. And you wonder if Julian will redeem himself and stop being such an ass!

One Dance with a Duke is well written and entertaining and I was so mad when my train pulled into Penn Station leaving me with 50 or so pages left to go. As eager as I was to spend a week in NYC I was wishing for just a bit longer on the train so I could see how the story ended. The wait was well worth it though and Tessa Dare is a master at wrenching your gut and making you think that maybe this will be a book where there is no happily ever after. I thought that this was a fantastic start to a series and I can’t wait to read Twice Tempted by a Rogue!

Here are the official TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for One Dance with a Duke
Tuesday, Jun 1st: The Book Binge
Monday, June 7th: Borders True Romance Blog
Tuesday, June 8th: Life of a Busy Wife
Monday, June 14th: Pop Culture Junkie
Tuesday, June 15th: Rundpinne
Thursday, June 17th: Book Junkie
Monday, June 21st: Book-Lover Carol
Wednesday, June 23rd: Princess Bookie

Thursday, June 24th: Excess Baggage

6 Responses to “One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare”

  1. Allison

    Great review, can’t wait to read this one! So far the only book I’ve read by her is Goddess of the Hunt, liked it a lot!

  2. ErinW

    I’m in the process of reading this book… and like you, I find myself not wanting to put it down! In fact, I was up ’til 4am a couple of nights ago reading it; had to force myself to put it away and go to sleep! lol I have about 60 pp. left, and I don’t want the story to end!!! This is my first time reading Tessa Dare… she’s going to go on my “favorite authors” list! 🙂

  3. Sarah

    I LOVED this book. One of the things I really enjoyed was that the three male leads weren’t immediate best buds. That gets tiresome.

  4. Irish

    Allison – I haven’t read Dare’s other series, but I do own it. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

    Erin – thanks for stopping by. I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on Dare and look forward to her next series.

    Carol – thanks!

    Sarah – I found that to be refreshing too! Added some layers to the book that isn’t seen in other books.