What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children — and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.
The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .
Review: 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.