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A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only 10 members - yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing "Duke of Midnight". Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke - until Lady Amelia d'Orsay tries her luck.
In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke's dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother's debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club's founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager - or win everlasting love?
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By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-26-13
Surprisingly Good Romace
This was another book I got on sale so I wasn't expecting much. Boy was I wrong. This is a great beginning to this series. It was funny with some twists and turns that kept me interested. I though the narrator did a good job too. I will listen to the next in the series.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Jone on 06-16-13
Strong characters, clever dialogue
What did you love best about One Dance with a Duke?
I loved how there was so much more to both the Duke and to Amelia than there appeared to be upon first acquaintance. These were very well developed characters with believable problems. I enjoyed getting to know them.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Ms. Bellair has a pleasant voice. However, it felt more like I was listening to a friend read aloud to me than I was listening to a professional narrator. She was not able to give distinct voices to the characters, so I had to go back a number of times a listen again to make sure I understood the dialogue correctly. I would have been more aggravated about this had I not purchased the book in one of those surprise, pop-up $4.95 sales. The story and characters were strong enough to hold up against the amateur narration, but if narration style is really important to you, I would suggest buying this book on sale. Like I said, Ms. Bellair's voice was pleasant; I enjoyed the sound of it. I hope she works on developing her craft, especially distinctions in character voice, because she has the potential to be an excellent, five-star narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I wish I could have. Stupid daily responsibilities.
Any additional comments?
Ms. Dare gave the characters occasional, short bursts of inner monologue that I found quirky and funny. The characters knew themselves and their own foibles. This technique of sharing their shortcomings made it very easy to relate to the characters. Haven't we all berated ourselves in our own head for saying the wrong thing -- yet again? Or behaving according to a bad habit -- as always -- despite the promises we've made to ourselves? (Oh god, perhaps it is only me. Maybe I've made an idiot of myself for all of Audible.com to read. Probably most people don't second-guess everything they share on the internet, even a simple book review. Why do I even write these things anyway? They are never helpful to anyone, I'm sure. And there I go thinking in absolute terms again, even though I promised myself I wouldn't. This is silly & ridiculous. Pull it together, woman! Just roll your eyes at yourself one last time, click 'preview' and 'submit', and be done with it.)
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By Annie A on 02-26-15
Worth a credit!
Good story although a struggle sometimes to know what character was saying what as narrator didn't change voice per different character but still worth a listen!
By Clipper on 09-09-14
Nice Story, if a little predicatable
Where does One Dance with a Duke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was very diverting. A fun, somewhat silly story that was very enjoyable to listen to on the whole. I listened happily, but not my favourite of Dares stories.
What other book might you compare One Dance with a Duke to, and why?
If you like books by Stephanie Laurens or Lisa Kleypas, you'll enjoy Tessa Dare.
What didn’t you like about Leslie Bellair’s performance?
I wasn't overly impressed. There were 3 main problems for me:
1) There is basically no differentiation of the character voices. This makes it tricky when listening to conversations without 'he said' 'she said' indicators.
2) I get the feeling that english accent is not miss Bellair's actual accent. There were some very odd intonations and vowel sounds that were hugely distracting. Once you start to notice Miss Bellair sliding off the accent, it's really distracting. You start to listen for the flaws rather than what is being said. "Palm" was particularly hideous. All of the AA sounds really.
3) I have a bit of an issue with mispronunciation of what to be pretty basic regency language.These are easily looked up and as this is a professional recording, I think these should be corrected.
Having said that, the tone of the narrators voice was pleasant and she had very good pacing. I'd be interested if readings without a fake (or perhaps exaggerated RP) accent were better.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It was enjoyable, but not overly moving.