Monday, June 28, 2010

Review: One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members—yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke—until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?

What can I say about Tessa Dare's writing?  As I tweeted, there just aren't enough adjectives to describe my love for it.  She's got me, hook, line and sinker.  I'm a fangirl for life. 

She puts me squarely in each moment -- I'm wrapped in emotion, regardless of character -- and I absolutely love every minute of it.  Once I open a book, I cannot put it down. 

Sexual tension? Yes. Heroes and heroines who are flawed yet relatable?  Yes!  An intriguing story with rich, lush prose?  YES INDEED! 

If you're not yet reading Ms. Dare, why the heck not???  She is a historical romance author not to be missed.

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