What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin Series #3)

What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin Series #3)

by Anna Campbell

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ISBN-13: 9781455557905
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Sons of Sin Series , #3
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 479,208
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Always a voracious reader, ANNA CAMPBELL decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her Avon historical romances including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and the Australian Romance Readers Association's most popular historical romance (twice). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and twice for Australia's Romantic Book of the Year.

When she's not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she's losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.

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What a Duke Dares 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Camden Rothermere is dumbfounded when his childhood friend, Penelope Thorne, refuses his offer of marriage. He admires her and believes they make a suitable match. To Cam, marriage is a business transaction between friends – not a place for pesky, ruinous emotions like love. Love tore his parents apart and he will have nothing to do with it. But for Penelope, marriage without love it pointless and she will not settle for anything less. Sadly, she is desperately, loyally, hopelessly in love with a man who cannot love her in return – Camden Rothermere. And so for nine long years, the two go their separate ways. But a deathbed request from Pen’s brother brings Cam and Pen together once more with scandalous results! Camden is cold, determined, and in absolute control of his life. He has spent years recovering from the scandal of his parents’ marriage and refuses to let anything or anyone stand in the way of restoring the Rothermere name. Penelope is high-spirited, courageous, and loyal. Even after nearly a decade of separation, her heart remains true to Cam even with the heart-breaking knowledge he does not return her love. Following Cam’s disastrous proposal, Pen left for the continent with her Aunt and together they traveled the world – much to the shock of the beau monde. The simmering sexual tension between Cam and Pen is obvious from the moment these characters graced the page. It does take quite a while for the romance to get going, but once it does – wow! It really sizzles! The sex scenes in this book are remarkably sensual. More like erotica, really. Inventive and numerous, these scenes highlight Cam and Pen’s passion for one another and their growing understanding of what it means to love. Far too much time was spent on the subplot involving Harry and Sophie, especially in the beginning. It didn’t add much to the narrative and the salient points of the subplot could have still come across without taking so much page-time away from what should be the real focus of the novel – Cam and Pen. The beginning through the first 10 chapters or so is jumpy and tedious without any real grounding in plot. Similarly, the ending felt simultaneously rushed and cheesy. However, the middle 33 chapters or so are fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable. So just get past the initial awkwardness and power through to get to the really good parts of this book.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: When I picked this one up, I discovered that this was not only one love story, but two. It's primarily one love story, but there's also a second one in play at the same time, which is equally as sweet. And that makes this one a very awesome read--double the love! You'll find that you'll come to adore both Cam and Pen, and Harry and Sophie. As they journey, they face ups and downs, but learn how to make it through. The love is obvious for both pairs, but it takes a long time for them to get on the same page. When they do... glorious kisses and wonderful romantic moments. What a Duke Dares is a very well-written and sweet love story. You can't help but enjoy the ride in this historical romance. I would very much like to try out more of Anna Campbell's books sometime. My Rating: Very Good
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Amy W. Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Determined to only marry for love, it appears that 28-year-old Penelope Thorne is destined to remain a spinster. She’s spent most of the last decade traveling abroad. Wen her childhood friend, Camden Rothermere, shows up to escort her back to London, her vow to hold out for love is sorely tempted. Author Anna Campbell pens a sweet Regency romance with dual storylines in What a Duke Dares. The author manages to tie both threads together, with ample development provided to each couple. As the third book in a series, characters from the first two installments make cameo appearances. While somewhat predictable, the characters were well suited for the story. As the Duke of Sedgemoor, Camden is rather proper and doesn’t appear interested in love as an emotion. When circumstances force Penelope and Camden together, neither one is quite ready for the outcome. Through some plot twists and turns, the characters come full circle as their personalities evolve. From an historical perspective, the setting is perfectly detailed. While Penelope seems to be a woman ahead of the times courtesy of her independence, the author illustrates the universal language of love. Sometimes even a duke misses the truth that is right before his eyes. As a reader, it was frustrating to witness the emotional struggle between the two main characters. With a little bit of communication — and perhaps more heat — they might have saved themselves almost a decade of separation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The third book in the gothic Sons of Sin series by Australian author Anna Campbell. Camden (Cam), the Duke of Rothermere, selects Penelope (Pen) Thorne for his future duchess because he believes she’s the opposite of his siren mother. He distrusts and abhors marriages based on love because he believes it destroys relationships, as evidenced by the promiscuous and fiery nature of his parents’ match. Both Cam and Pen come from scandalous titled families and he (wrongly) assumes that Pen also wants a quiet, scandal-free life. But she is not the same girl he knew as a child and she chafes at the double standards and hypocritical conventions and restrictions for women of her time. He doesn’t quite know what to make of this independent woman. “Pen was clever, determined, headstrong—he’d get that out of her soon enough—and stubbornly inclined to take a positive view of events. Or at least so he’d believed until today.” (p3) Pen travels the world, at first to escape her mother’s constant harping on Pen’s refusal of a duke, but then simply to explore and enjoy life. Of course, the rumors that swirl about a woman traveling alone—though she has a chaperone and maid—back home have not helped her reputation in the least. Nine years pass before they see each other again, but Pen has secretly loved Cam her entire life. But she’s afraid to let him know the truth and depth of her feelings because he’s so dead set against marrying for love. Yet he finds he is attracted to his beautiful childhood friend against his will, confusing and frustrating him. Peter, Pen’s scapegrace brother, a close friend of Cam’s, asks him to retrieve Pen from the Continent and escort her back to England and, as Peter is dying, Cam reluctantly agrees. When he finds Pen, she’s in a rather sticky situation and he rescues her, the first of several exciting rescue. They make their treacherous way back to England in the winter but when they are discovered traveling alone together, Cam honorably offers for her again and Pen has no choice but to agree. Pen believes Cam merely wants her to be a good and quiet duchess so she endeavors to become what he wants even as she hides her love from him. But Cam finds he wants more from her and their marriage than he first anticipated and this confuses her. Indeed, once they’re married, he sincerely misses the vexing woman who set his blood and temper on fire.  Pen and Cam are old friends who become lovers and their love affair is very passionate. It’s a story about two people who love each other but are too proud to admit it. Jonas and Sidonie (from Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed) and Genevieve and Richard (from A Rake’s Midnight Kiss) appear here, too. Jonas and Richard are good friends to Cam and they want to see their friend as happy as they are. The apparent camaraderie and confidences shared among the three Eton school friends is jovial and nicely portrayed. There is a secondary love story (between Pen’s brother, Harry, and Sophie, an heiress) that, at first, seems oddly intrusive in the story but it is important, especially in the book’s exciting climax. Sophie’s brother seeks revenge on Cam for his exposure of a scandal involving Jonas Merrick from the first book in the series. There is a wonderful family moment uniting both families and the dialogue and resolution are entertaining and unexpected. A sweetly sexy, absorbing, and page-turning romance.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but thought it was a bit drawn out. It seemed at times to be two novellas, what with every other chapter being about the other couple in the book. It was only in the last couple chapters that the two story come together. Of course, the two couples do share a family member, Harry and Pen are brother and sister. But the story between Cam and Pen could've been a novella and I would've been happy. They spent the entire book speaking but not saying anything. I don't know, maybe it was that I enjoyed the last book so much more and had really high hopes for Cam. I'm sure I'll read more of Ms. Campbell in the future as I really like her writing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Ms. Campbell's books most of the time. For some reason, I didn't fully connect with the characters in this book. I think I got a little tired of the stand-offishness of Cam. I DID however really enjoy Penelope and her having the strength of will to know what she wanted (and didn't want) enough to say no when the man she'd loved her entire life actually popped the question. She wasn't going to accept a marriage where the man refused to love her. Can't quite put my finger on EXACTLY why I didn't fall in love with this book. I just ... didn't. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog What an unexpected and entirely wonderful surprise! If you follow Under the Covers on Facebook you will have noticed that I have been splashing quotes around for this book for the last couple of weeks, I wanted to share some of my favourite bits of this What a Duke Dares and get everyone else excited about it as well! Essentially it takes one arrogant duke who doggedly suppresses his feelings due to a difficult childhood and awful parent and throws him at his old childhood friend and the woman who dared turn down his proposal of marriage nine years earlier. The woman in question just happens to be outspoken, eccentric and slightly scandalous, everything he doesn’t want in his future duchess. Add a shipwreck, a besotted younger brother and a few London balls full of vicious gossips, then you have What a Duke Dares. The romance between Cam (the repressed duke) and Penelope (his tormentor) was contentious, full of tension, mainly of the sexual kind and unsaid feelings. This made the book both exciting and threaded through with heat right from the start, but also a frustrating. I very much wanted them both to get over their fears and just be happy together, instead they bickered and have fantastic sex. This also contained something else that I love; a secondary romance. This took place between Pen’s younger brother and Cam’s enemy’s beloved younger sister. Already you can see disaster brewing. I loved the contrast though between both the romances, Harry and Sophie’s was sweet and straightforward, the only thing holding the back were their impossible circumstances; a penniless younger son from a notorious family doesn’t marry a rich sister of a duke. Whereas Pen and Cam had a carnal, passionate and emotionally complex relationship, but had perfect circumstances, they were already married. However, as much as I did enjoy it, the reason it is a little shy of 5 stars is that I found at times the pacing to be rather slow, it seemed to take a while for the book to make any progress. This is part of the reason I enjoyed the secondary romance so much, it gave you timeout from the main couple and added some movement to the book. It also did the same thing a lot of other romances do, the hero and heroine didn’t come together properly till the last part of the book, all in a large and grand gesture, and suddenly all their problems were solved. I really enjoyed this book, it managed to surprise me after being a bit underwhelmed by the previous book in this series. It had the right  mix of romance, humour and heat that had me glued to my kindle avidly turning the pages and I highly recommend you give it a try. *ARC provided by publisher
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of historical romance novels. I just love everything about them and this one didn't disappoint. Too much. I thought that the whole idea of this one was interesting because you don't read many historical romance novels where the heroine has gone off to other countries pretty much by herself. It just didn't happen back then, so when I read the blurb for this one, I was intrigued. And it totally paid off. The way that Anna Campbell wove everything together was awesome. The chemistry between Cam and Pen was almost palpable and that made the story even better. I really liked most of the other characters as well. The romance between two supporting characters was fun to read and added a big boost to the plot. I was glad that it was included. This was my first Anna Campbell novel and I know that it won't be my last. Her writing is exciting and gripping and it held my attention and kept me hooked.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It is the final book of the 3 boys, now men, who became friends. None of these men had great childhoods and they all bear scars - internal and/or external. I don't write plot spoilers, but Cam is the last to find and realize he can love someone. It is a good story. I like all of this series, including the novella about Cam's sister. I will be honest and admit by personal favorite of the 3 is Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed - Jonas and Sidonie's story. I would recommend them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was well worth the money. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Earlier reviews claimed this was a "sweet" romance. Perhaps that does describe the insipid subplot; I could have done without that myself. Also, a few more insights along the way to foreshadow the brooding hero's internal struggles might have been nice; however, even with its flaws, this is a superior romance. It goes way deeper than the usual formula we readers endure repeatedly. The character development laudable and Ms. Campbell's skills are above average. I loved the book and was actually happy to pay for it (no complimentary copy here). If you enjoy a moderately hot read with good plotting an impressive attempt at something out of the usual run, you should read it, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story..it seemed like there was two different stories..cam and pen then it would switch to her brothers love srory of henry ans sophia.then back to cam and pen and so on...i just feel that henry and sophia should of had there own story...and it should of been more about cam and pen... it fell a little flat with two stories...needed action or betrail or something...its wasnt a tipical duke story..he wasnt a rouge or have a mistress..not real excitment..more about a girl who loved him all her life and he vows to never love..just needed more.
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WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable historical romance that I quite liked, What a Duke Dares was a good read. It wasn't perfect, but I still enjoyed reading it. It was a sweet romance. Penelope was a good heroine. She was strong and knew to do what was best for her own happiness, rather than give in to others' wishes. There were some parts where I got annoyed with her, like when she somehow got into her head that she needed to act the perfect, reserved duchess to make up for her scandalous past (which seemed a bit out of character) and how, in the beginning, she resented Cam for hurting her even though she was the one who turned down his proposal. Overall, though, I did like her character. Cam had the same issue with me. On one hand, he could be very sweet and cared about Penelope for who she was, scandalous behavior and all. And, it was clear that he was very loyal to the people he cared for. On the other hand, he could be a total jerk at times. I especially got annoyed with how contemptuous he was, not only of love, but the people who believed in it. If he didn't want to believe in love, fine, but he had no right to be so disdainful of others who chose to believe otherwise. However, like with Penelope, these issues weren't big enough to make me dislike Cam. He might not have been my favorite hero, but I liked him just fine. The romance was okay. I liked that Penelope and Cam had a bond that allowed the to truly care for each other, even before all the other messy feelings. And, they definitely had a lot of chemistry. I couldn't help but feel, though, that the relationship was a bit forced. It wasn't something that pervaded the whole relationship, but there were some parts where it didn't feel like it flowed naturally. But, other than those few moments, I thought they were great together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. Despite any issues I had, I did really enjoy the story and truly like the book. It might not have been perfect, but it was an enjoyable read. What a Duke Dares was a good historical romance. It was an enjoyable read that, regardless of any issues, I really liked. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
SadieHunt More than 1 year ago
The opening line of What a Duke Dares channels Austen, but of course this is a romance novel, and we soon learn that nothing is hidden &ndash; all the emotions are right out there for everyone to see. Not that that&rsquo;s a bad thing, it&rsquo;s just not very Austen-esque. The story opens on a marriage proposal, which is unusual and refreshing. Campbell writes the scene well, giving Cam just enough self-doubt to endear him to the readers without emasculating him, and giving Pen just enough pride and self-value that she denies him regardless of her family&rsquo;s wishes and her own heart. Throughout the story, I appreciate the honesty and candor between Cam and Pen and feel respect for both of them. I&rsquo;m not quite sure why the author sidetracks us with a secondary storyline involving Pen&rsquo;s brother, but I guess we&rsquo;ll find out in the next installment. Verdict: Though the writing is a little overwrought and indelicately plotted at times, the sex scene sizzle and the genuine connection between the protagonists pulls us in. 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he wakes up sober* what happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago