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Never Dare a Duke
     

Never Dare a Duke

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by Gayle Callen
 

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An indecent proposal

Abigail Shaw is a proper young lady, hardly the sort to boldly offer a deal to London's most distinguished and perfect duke. But Abigail, desperate to save her father's newspaper business, is after a good scandal. She'd have the sensational headlines that would keep the ton talking—and the family

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Never Dare a Duke 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a really good, interesting story spoiled by descriptive, explicit sex scenes
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Dec08

I¿d never thought much about feminism and journalism until I read ¿Never Dare a Duke¿ by Gayle Callen. The heroine in her book dreams of `making a difference with words¿ by openly becoming a journalist. Just another thing to enjoy about romance novels¿I always learn something I never knew and then go looking for more information. What I learned is that mid-19th century women reporters were rare as hen¿s teeth! And that made me appreciate this story¿s hero even more.

Abigail is desperate to save her family and prove her worth as a journalist. She¿s been secretly writing articles for her father¿s paper for a while now under an assumed name. When the editor lets her know that her father¿s paper is in trouble, she decides to find `the story¿ that will save her father¿s paper; and what sells better than scandal? With the help of a friend, she decides to ferret out the hidden scandal of the Duke of Madingly¿who is admired for his good works and good ton. What Abigail never counted on was developing feelings for the Duke. Who will she save, her family or her love?

Christopher has learned to leash his desires and practice moderation in all things. Since the life-changing disaster of his youth, he has managed to mold himself into a paragon of dukedom and now it¿s time to continue the journey and take a suitable wife. His mother¿s house party should have been the perfect setting to spend time with his ¿possibles¿. So why can¿t he keep his mind (not to mention his hands) off the mysterious, untrustworthy, and totally unsuitable Abigail?

¿Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.¿ Sir Walter Scott¿s famous line kept running through my mind as I read this book. Even with the best of intentions, thoughtless actions always hurt. I was inclined to dislike Abigail because of her lack of concern for the consequences of her actions. But then I shook my head and realized¿this is a light-hearted historical romance, and Abigail is younger and more innocent at twenty-five than most 15 year olds today! And sure enough, Callen did a good job of having Abigail gradually realize what her snooping could do¿and who it could hurt.

I appreciated the fact that Gayle Callen didn¿t try to turn this plot into a moral tale as it would have been so easy to do. Instead she added a bit of humor and romance to turn what could have been a harsh blow into a delightful read. My only reservation is the light treatment of the thoughtlessness and consequences¿which I just said I enjoyed! Maybe it was that dichotomy that was part of the tale¿s attraction for me. Whatever it was, I did enjoy ¿Never Dare a Duke¿, even if it won¿t stay on my keeper shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderful!!! I had read it 3 times!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very nice romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up. I always wonder what happens to the Duke. Very enjoyable.
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camaibarb More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read. I recommend this author.
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mellind More than 1 year ago
I liked the book overall however i was disappointed in the ending. The ending was predictable and without a lot of feeling from the characters. The book was well written even though some of the plot was a little unbelievable. I don't think that a woman would propose a relationship like theirs to a duke that she is trying to get a story on. yeah, it lets her be closer to the duke but it just seems a little far fetched. Also the climax of the book seems to come closer to the middle and then there isn't much drama between the main characters. The duke doesn't seem to be that upset about the heroines deception. Overall it was a good book but i thought it would be more emotional and romantic.
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was an ok book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Abigail Shaw realistically looks at her father's failing newspaper and knows only one thing can save the family¿s journalistic enterprise, a meaty scandal. Titillating sensationalism sells papers as the Ton loves to read about a scandal hammering at a peer. She selects the cleanest reputation she knows of because if she can find dirt on Lord Christopher Cabot, the sales will be through the roof.

Going undercover Abigail obtains an invitation to a party hosted by her targeted duke in which he plans to select one of the attendees as his bride. However, Christopher is attracted to Abigail, who to her chagrin, reciprocates. She offers to help him find his spouse by them pretending a dalliance. The only problems are it is not pretending and the scandal she has uncovered on Christopher has her included in the crosshairs.

This is a fun lighthearted historical romance starring two interesting individuals especially the undercover investigative reporter. Using Rovian logic to go after the strengths of your opponent, Abby picks Christopher, which leads to a series of amusing encounters and love as the heroine learns to NEVER DARE A DUKE; they will accept the challenge and double dare you back.

Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Srry pplz! I gtg