Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Dance with a Duke

What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants… 
Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it. 
Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened…or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….
I'm in a romance type of mood.  I'm not blaming it on Valentine's Day, I'm blaming it on the amount of romance novels that are accumulating on my night stand.

I enjoy reading romance novels that don't have the traditional perfect heroine, beautiful, titled and more than money than she knows what to do with it.  I love the fiery, intelligent, woman who has no issues with speaking her mind.  Cecily is that type of heroine.  Not only was she intelligent, she's courageous and funny.  And she's a breathe of fresh air, especially for Lucas.  As a couple I found them to be great together, chemistry wasn't lacking, it was pretty hot.  The mystery itself of who was behind the rumors and disappearance was not a complete surprise to me, I enjoyed it.

How to Dance with a Duke by Manda Collins (4/5) Historical Romance; Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks (2/2012); Series: # 1, Ugly Ducklings; New Author; Library; Books 2013 (16);

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