Monday, February 11, 2013

Toni's Review of To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans - 5 Stars




Lady Caitlin Southall’s temper has finally got the better of her. She’s challenged Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, the most notorious rake in all of England, to a wager. She wants her house back. The one her destitute father lost to Dangerfield in a card game. But if she doesn’t win their bet, she not only loses her home, she loses her dignity and pride and damn it all, maybe her heart... For the handsome Duke has decreed, when he wins, she must spend the night in his bed.

Harlow Telford is amused by his hellion neighbor, Caitlin, or Cate to her friends, who seem to encompass everyone on earth except him. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he’ll do anything to win—except fall in love...

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To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is a fast and furious read.  I was captivated from start to finish, and couldn't wait to see what was up next for these two stubborn people.

Lady Caitlin Southall’s lost her home and she knows if she can race her prize horse Ace against the Duke, she can win it back.  What she doesn't count on is him making a counter bet.  Even though his bet has a steep price, she can’t back down.  Her home is the only thing she has left from her mother and this rake will not deter her.

Harlow Telford, Duke of Dangerfield, was instantly fascinated by the beauty bent over her horse’s hoof.  His passion ignited and desire flared.  What he didn't count on, was that she was the brat that dared laugh at him years ago.  Even though he now knows her identity, he is more determined to bed her.  But what surprises him the most is that his desire to bed her turns into a need to wed her.

What was once to be one bet turns into the best two out of three; wits, skills and tenacity are used to win at all costs.  Down to the last trial, things are neck to neck; one wrong move and everything changes.  Can they heal from this new disaster?

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is the first in the Wicked Wagers trilogy.  They are a collection of novellas involving three friends.  To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is a wonderful start to the series.

Sometimes you can’t get a clear picture from a shorter story.  Ms. Evans does a fine job telling the story, detailing the characters and engaging us in the plot.  As I sit here, I don’t even wish To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was longer, which is frequently the case.  I’m very pleased with this little gem and I can’t wait to read the next in the trilogy, To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone.

Thanks for reading! - Toni


2 comments:

Nancy Bristow said...

As a general rule, Toni, I'm not a novella fan but I'm going to try, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield (Bronwen Evans) because I like "stubborn" historical heroes and heroines.

It's just way to easy to buy ebooks and I don't have a problem with this as long as they are reasonably priced.;)

Toni said...

I agree. They must be very well priced. There is a new trend of selling basically chapters for $2.99 is what is bothering me right now. By the time the author has finished their "serial" the book is like $18. I have only done this once for obvious reasons.