Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 4th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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DARE TO FALL IN LOVE
Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.
Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?
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Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is being hunted. Someone wants the Duke dead and he has no idea who. His best course of action is to get his beloved grandmother ensconced safely in the country. One thing is standing in his way, his grandmother’s new companion, Miss Elizabeth Lacey.
Beth and her sisters were dubbed the Wilting Wallflowers years earlier and the misconceptions were accepted by the ton. Yet Beth herself accepts the rumors about the most notorious lover in England, the Duke of Blackshire. A mistake she has trouble accepting throughout the novel. Beth assumes when Alex asks her to help her convince his grandmother to move to the country he just wants her out of his hair. We all know what assumptions get us.
Bennett weaves her way through romance and mystery to give us all one hell of a read. The concept of the three wishes Alex must grant his grandmother was outstanding. The things Alex does for her are nothing he wouldn’t do if his grandmother only asked, but with Beth around, he was able to gift them to her without suggestion. Beth and Alex set the pages on fire with their passionate banter and swoon worthy kisses. I Dared the Duke is a heart melting, pulse pounding love story sure to entice any historical romance lover!