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How to Dance With a Duke (Ugly Ducklings #1)

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Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father's exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father's name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullar ...more
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Published April 30th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published January 31st 2012)
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Jan 02, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cecily, daughter of Lord Hurston a renowned Egyptologist, is herself a scholar of Egyptian hieroglyphics and versed in several languages. On the return voyage to England from Egypt her father became ill. Unable to communicate, and his assistant missing believed killed, Cecily thinks the answers to the ill-fated expedition may lie in her father’s journals located in the Egyptian Explorers’ Club. However, single females are barred entry. Thwarted in her attempts to retrieve the journals and enter
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
If I'm not mistaken, this should be Manda Collins's debut novel and while the book shows some flaws, I see some great potential here as the writing is elegant, the dialogues are witty with sometimes hints of sheer humour and the plot feels interesting and refreshing.

The love story between Lucas, the Duke of Winterson, and Miss Cecily Hurston, a "bluestocking-turned-fashion-plate", is really sweet.
In this case, is the heroine, still suffering from having been jilted three years before, who is m
Feb 13, 2012 Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out very cute, if also very paint-by-numbers. And then went on to descend so deeply into random cliche that didn't make any sense to the storyline that I would have thrown it across the room if it hadn't been an e-book.

There was no consistent characterization for any character. They just acted however the author needed them to for the moment, with no thought given to whether or not it made any sense. (view spoiler)
Dec 31, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful, entertaining debut! I was first drawn to the lovely cover and then when I read the blurb I was intrigued as it sounded a bit different than all the regencies out there so I was more than happy to dive in.

Miss Cecily Hurston is determined to clear her ailing fathers name of murder by gaining access to the elusive Egyptian Club, obtaining his journals and decoding them (as she is a mastermind at codes). Only one small problem....she is female and the club is only for males and t
I enjoyed this book so much that I (1) went out and bought a copy and (2) pre-ordered book two in the series. Cecily is a strong, intelligent woman who is frustrated by her lack of equality in the eyes of men. She is just as capable as they are – and they close the door in her face. And that’s how we meet the Duke. The Duke thinks she’s in love with his name, and runs away with his tail between his legs. But when he discovers who she is and thinks he can manipulate her, he finds that he is alrea ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Rating: 3.5*
The main characters are Miss Cecily Hurston and His Grace, Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson. She is looking for her father’s diaries hoping that with information found there she will clear his name. Lucas is looking for his missing brother, lost in the last expedition of Lord Hurston in Egypt.

I liked all characters and I want to find more about her friends and cousins Madelin and Juliet and about Lord Deveril. I loved that Cecily was thinking on her own and didn’t accept Society’s dic
Amanda The Book Slayer
Originally posted at Sisters Unedited

Rated: 1.5 Stars

Before I get started you must know that this review will have rant-like tendencies. Yes, I know authors abhor such things and some reviewers detest it as well. But I can't help but want to shout that This book was awful. There is nothing that makes me more mad than buying a book that looked so promising just to have said image completely shattered. You have been warned that this review is not going to be pretty.

Now let's start from the begin
Isa Lavinia

DNF @ 52%

I was so excited about this book! A bluestocking egyptologist lady (for the sake of the enjoyment of this historical romance I set aside my disgust for the imperialistic mindset of the British Empire's subjects over the rest of the world), an injured war hero Duke, a mystery, a curse, missing people, murder!

Sadly the hero and heroine had zero chemistry
They only paid the minimum thought to propriety and the societal expectations of the time, what with kissing in public parks, slipping
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Miss Cecily Hurston is on the hunt for a thief and a missing, possibly murdered, man to try and clear her scholarly father's name. Her father has been struck down by a stroke and is unable to communicate and his journals missing, the only place that may hold some clues is the Egyptian Club of which her father is a founder. Unfortunately a woman must be married to a member to enter, deciding that it is the only way Cecily is determined to be a marry by becoming a social success after yea
May 05, 2015 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-historical
"Though", he reflected gravely, "you know what they say. The bigger the nose...'"

This debut is absolutely delightful. Manda Collins reminds me a lot of Julia Quinn and if you like her books this is a must. And in hindsight I should have read this before How to Romance a Rake. I giggled, sighed and was utterly charmed! I really liked the mystery even though my first guess was right. However, I couldn't be completely sure. And it was a nice device for throwing the hero and heroine together. I real
Lisa Kay
Lovely book by a "new-to-me-author." I'll definitely continue the series and hope the rest are a charming as the first.
Sep 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was so close...soooooooo close to being a four star book for me.

I loved the H/h, the side characters, the mystery (even though, I figured out the guilty party pretty quickly), and the author's writing flowed very nicely.

So why did I rate it a three? Because a trope I loathe was employed. The dreaded, "I was burned by love once before, so now I will guard my heart fiercely and I will never, ever love again, because heartbreak sucks, and even though this man that I'm married to is nothing at
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥

You can find the entire review at Forever Book Lover.

The story line intrigued me, it had a unique blend of historical fiction, romance and mystery. Manda Collins, is an amazing story teller, “How to Dance with a Duke” pulled me in from the very beginning and I was hooked all the way to the last page.

Her writing in some ways reminded me of Julia Quinn, more for her quick oneliners. I found myself chuckling out loud. I enjoyed the way her writing amused me all the way through, and the same time sh
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Imprint: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Ugly Ducklings Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

This book reminded me a lot of some of the earlier novels by one of my favorite authors, Amanda Quick, as well as possibly Julia Quinn or Lor
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Oh, my. I'm feeling all dreamy and swoony. How to Dance with a Duke was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed every moment of it and couldn't help giggling like a silly school girl throughout the book. It was so funny and romantic.

I truly adored Cecily, Juliet and Maddie aka The Ugly Ducklings. They were absolutely delightful to read about. Not forgetting Lucas too. Swoon. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well including the obnoxious Amelia and Felicia.

How to Dance with a Duke was an amazing hi
This was an ok read. I enjoyed the pace of the story once I got past the first few chapters. The heroine bothered me quite a bit with her "act first, think never" attitude. I understand wanting to have your opinion valued. I even understand wanting to be in control if your own life. I do not, however, understand stupid actions that place you in danger at every turn.

When she wasn't insisting that she should could take care of herself, she was pushing the hero away to save herself heartbreak. agai
Mar 01, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this well written historical romance. I love reading this genre!

I thought it was awesome that the heroine, Cecily, is an academic and interested in scholarly pursuits. I know she had her heart broken in the past but I didn't like the way she deliberately tried to distance herself from Lucas.

I loved Lucas, though. He was so sweet and protective, and the way he felt about Cecily made me swoon. I loved that he encouraged her and supported her instead of trying to hold her back. H
I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. There was so much that made it a 4 star read. The author is a good writer and story teller, and kept my interest throughout. I enjoyed the mystery, which revolved around the excavations of Egyptian tombs. The secondary characters were all well developed and interesting, and I look forward to reading the next 2 books in the trilogy about the heroine's 2 cousins and best friends. Further, the author did a good job of depicting the hero falling in l ...more
1.5 stars

How to Dance with a Duke is a classic example of a wonderful plot let down because of the Main Characters. This is the second book that I read that has gone awry because of the strangeness of the scenes/main characters.

I actually liked the premise of this book - the heroine looking to clear her ailing father's name and the hero who is out to know what happened to his brother ( working for the heroine's father), who has suddenly disappeared during an Egyptian Excavation. Add in a mysteri
Suzie Quint
Mar 20, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance and Eygptology
3.5 stars

This was a good story with likable characters but some minor flaws.

Once again, we have a romance author who doesn't know where they hymen is located. This is a pet peeve of mine and it seems to exist across the spectrum of writers, and I'm getting more and more annoyed with it. When the heroine is later shot in the shoulder (which is a much more serious wound than Hollywood leads one to believe), the next morning, the heroine doesn't even feel a twinge, but what really had me going, "O
Feb 11, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
It is just a fact that historical romances tend to be a dime a dozen. After a while they all just tend to blend together. That makes it quite a task for a writer to write a novel in this genre that can stand above the crowd and touch a reader in a lasting way. There was potential in this story by Manda Collins. The plot of this novel is definitely different than the typical marriage hunt stories that dominate this type of book. Oh, there is definitely some marriage hunting going on in this story ...more
Milena Benini
Rather well-written, but remains a very average read, despite trying to play with some tropes.

The heroine, otherwise a bluestocking and a wallflower, is trying to gain access to an exclusive Egyptian club, in order to get the diaries her father wrote on his last expedition and decides that the easiest way to achieve it would be to marry a member of the club. Because of logic.

The hero, a temporarily-lame war hero (what is it with temporarily lame
heroes? I've seen about half a dozen of them latel
2.5 stars

Originally posted on Wit and Sin:

Cecily Hurston has long been wary of marriage, as she has no desire to wed a man like her father – one who would try and curtail her studies of ancient Egypt. But a disaster on one of her father’s expeditions has Cecily hearing wedding bells, for there is no way she can gain entrance into the Egyptian Club and find the proof to clear her father’s name unless she marries a member of the club. Though Cecily and her
Good book. I really liked Lucas. In spite of his first appearance, when he was truly rude to Cecily, he is a really nice guy who is currently under a lot of stress. Once he has calmed down, he realizes he owes her an apology, and soon discovers he is very attracted to her. He and Cecily decide to work together to find out what happened to Lucas's brother, and as a result spend a lot of time together. Due some unforeseen circumstances they end up married, and continue their investigations. I real ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
I think I've reached as far as I can go with this novel.

Given the mystery/suspense aspect -- her father's life was altered and his brother is missing ... on the *same* expedition -- I expected a faster pace and a more compelling read. Something that would make me want to turn the pages. Unfortunately, I feel Ms. Collins' debut is slow and, dare I say it aloud, boring.

Others may enjoy this more than I.
Too much stereotypes in this one with over the top flowery phrases. Also couldn't stand the heroine.
Author: Manda Collins
First published: 2012
Length: 5879 locations, 344 pages
Setting: London, Regency-ish
Sex: Reasonably explicit, not frequent
Hero: Has a limp as a result of Waterloo. Son of a vicar who unexpectedly inherited title.
Heroine: Very intelligent blue-stocking with a talent for ancient languages.
Series: Book 1 of 4
Includes: excerpt from "How to Romance a Rake".

It's a nice mystery with an Egyptian flavour but it didn't quite work for me. I found Cecily to be rather annoying given her ap
Andrea Guy
Put down whatever you are doing and buy this book! I mean it! Buy it NOW! Manda Collins' debut novel is absolutely stunning and flawless.

All the characters are well rounded and so likable and the storyline moves along at the perfect pace. It is nearly impossible to find anything to complain about, except it was easy to figure out who the culprit was in the mystery. That I had figured out halfway through, though I didn't understand the full scope of the evil. But the mystery, though it makes up t
Cecily Hurston's father is a renowned Egyptologist. In fact, he was one of the founding members of the Egyptian Club in London. Which makes the distancing of the club from her father after his attack (stroke?) puzzling. There are rumors of a curse from his last expedition where her father quarreled with his secretary, Will Dalton, who subsequently disappeared.
Will's brother Lucas, the Duke of , is also worried. Though his brother did not have a good marriage, he knows that Will should have retu
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เรืองนีเปนเลมแรกในชุด Ugly Ducklings ทีเลาเรืองราวของญาติสาวสามคนทีถูกขนานนามโดยคนในสังคมดวยฉายานี เพราะพวกเธอเปนลูกสาว (และลูกเลียง) ของสามพีนองสุดสวยทีแตงงานอยางประสบความสำเรจ แตดันมีลูก (เปนพวกเธอ) แลวไมไดดังใจแบบพวกแม ๆ

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Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small ...more
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