The second book in Anna Bennett’s The Wayward Wallflowers series is out tomorrow and I have a print copy of I DARED THE DUKE to give away to one lucky commenter. Check out Megan’s review below. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment. Winner will be listed here on Wednesday. Good luck!
UPDATE: The winner is MELISSA GRAZIANO
Congrats, Melissa! Please email me at contact at smittenbybooks dot com to collect your book and include your snail mail address. Also, don’t forget to include the title in your email. You have 3 weeks claim your prize.
**US residents only
Release Date: Apr 4, 2017
Series: The Wayward Wallflowers
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Elizabeth Lacey, the middle sister of the Lacey trio, has been one of the “Wilting Wallflowers” for as long as she can remember. When she accepts a position as the companion to a duchess, Beth finally has the opportunity to feel needed. What she didn’t bargain for was being told to leave by the duchesse’s handsome grandson, the Duke of Blackshire.
Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is a rogue with a reputation for leaving women, shall we say, satisfied? Oh, and someone is trying to kill him. Because of this, he is adamant that his grandmother move to the country so that she is out of harms way…except he didn’t account for his grandmother’s new, surprisingly beautiful, companion.
This is the second book in The Wayward Wallflowers series by Ms. Bennett and, in my opinion, it surpasses the first by a mile! Both Beth and Alex were extremely likeable characters, and although they had their secrets, they both had good reasons for keeping them.
One of the things I liked best about this story is that neither of the characters were pretentious or unlikeable. Throughout the whole book, I was rooting for both individuals to grow as people and to find love (ahem, each other). They had such cute moments together and genuinely seemed to recognize the worth of the other, even if they may have judged the other before knowing them.
“’It hasn’t been a complete loss.’ Impulsively, he reached for her hand, laced his fingers through hers and gave a little squeeze.
She blinked in surprise and looked up at him.
He held his breath, wondering if she’d pull away. Hoping she wouldn’t.
Because holding her hand was the best part of his whole damned day. Hell, it might be the best part of his year.”
Now, while the story followed their buding romance, that does not mean that their relationship was without difficulties. Both Alex and Beth had to overcome some presumptions they formed based on the opinions of others. They managed though, and Ms. Bennett kept the plot rolling with the suspense of who was trying to murder Alex.
Some of the best parts of the whole book were instances when the secondary characters made an appearance. Since the duchess is the reason that Beth and Alex met in the first place, it is only fitting that she is a steady character throughout the whole novel. Some of my favorite lines in the whole book came out of the duchess’ mouth. Additionally, the Marquess of Darberville, Darby to Alex, was a great character in contrast to the duke. He was light-hearted and always had Alex’s back, so it would be nice to see a book about him in the future.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to any fans of Julia Quinn, that maybe want a little less heat and a little more love. While it is part of a series, I feel that it could be read alone and you wouldn’t be totally lost.