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How to Dance with a Duke

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A great read!

I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was good, the characters were charming, the historical details were just so. The heroine, Cecily, was a much more fully realized character than many romantic heroines. Often in romance novels we're told that the heroine is an uncon...
I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was good, the characters were charming, the historical details were just so. The heroine, Cecily, was a much more fully realized character than many romantic heroines. Often in romance novels we're told that the heroine is an unconventional young lady, or a bluestocking, or what have you, but that's all - we're told, never shown. Collins actually shows Cecily being different - being unmarried at 25, for example, or reading Herodotus in Greek. And Cecily's smarts are key to solving the mystery.

Now, for our hero, Lucas. Smart, funny, handsome, charming, a great kisser - what more could you want from a romantic hero?

Also, holy crap, this book has some smoking-hot sex scenes. All in all, an excellent debut novel. Can't wait for the sequel.

posted by JaneSmith23 on February 3, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Romancing the Book

Reviewed By~Laci
Review Copy Provided By~NetGalley

I really enjoyed How To Dance With A Duke. It blends together romance, suspense, humor, and a murder mystery all set in a historical setting. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Right from the beginning, I found myself loving ...
Reviewed By~Laci
Review Copy Provided By~NetGalley

I really enjoyed How To Dance With A Duke. It blends together romance, suspense, humor, and a murder mystery all set in a historical setting. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Right from the beginning, I found myself loving Cecily. She was bound and determined to get her way and prove her father innocent, and the lengths she goes to throughout the book to achieve that purpose sets the tone for the entire book.

I loved how she immediately met her match in Lucas but wasn’t quite ready to admit it. Poor ole Lucas was exasperated with her and that was great, too because while he wanted to find out what happened to his brother, he knew that her father was somehow involved, and getting involved with her could spell disaster. That’s where the book really starts to gel for me. It really comes together with the involvement of the mystery itself, the mystery of Egypt and the artifacts, and finding out if Lucas and Cecily really can work it all out.

It was fantastic that I was kept guessing until the very end. There were no hints at who the villain might be. When you add in the random cast of characters that includes 2 wallflowers, a mean girl and her followers, and a misplaced fan, the book does a good job of keeping you interested. It totally kept me guessing to the end. I hope Manda follows up with books about the 2 cousins that are wallflowers. I would love to see how they find the men of their dreams.

posted by RtBBlog on March 6, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    pretty good

    dragged in a few places but got me interested enough to try the second in the series...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed By~Laci
    Review Copy Provided By~NetGalley

    I really enjoyed How To Dance With A Duke. It blends together romance, suspense, humor, and a murder mystery all set in a historical setting. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Right from the beginning, I found myself loving Cecily. She was bound and determined to get her way and prove her father innocent, and the lengths she goes to throughout the book to achieve that purpose sets the tone for the entire book.

    I loved how she immediately met her match in Lucas but wasn’t quite ready to admit it. Poor ole Lucas was exasperated with her and that was great, too because while he wanted to find out what happened to his brother, he knew that her father was somehow involved, and getting involved with her could spell disaster. That’s where the book really starts to gel for me. It really comes together with the involvement of the mystery itself, the mystery of Egypt and the artifacts, and finding out if Lucas and Cecily really can work it all out.

    It was fantastic that I was kept guessing until the very end. There were no hints at who the villain might be. When you add in the random cast of characters that includes 2 wallflowers, a mean girl and her followers, and a misplaced fan, the book does a good job of keeping you interested. It totally kept me guessing to the end. I hope Manda follows up with books about the 2 cousins that are wallflowers. I would love to see how they find the men of their dreams.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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