One Dance with a Duke (Stud Club, #1)
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In One Dance with a Duke--the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy--secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.
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 ten members--yet membership is...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Ballantine Books
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
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It seems that lately I’ve been doing a lot of “first reads” of an author and in keeping with that trend, this is my first by Tessa Dare and overall I was quite pleased.

I’ll start out by saying that I’ve seen reviews and comments by people who thought the Stud Club idea for a plot was dumb, boring, and lacking believability, but I actually thought it was a great jumping off point and foundation for the trilogy. After all, when you think about it, it’s not too hard to believe t...more
Shawna
4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is my first read by Tessa Dare, and I enjoyed the writing, humorous dialogue, witty banter, rather unique plot, and steamy romance. The main reason it didn't get a 5-star rating is that I just didn't quite connect fully with the characters, and I never really became emotionally invested in their relationship. I liked curvy, spirited, strong-willed spinster Amelia and arrogant, alpha with a hidden, tender, romantic side Spencer, Duke of Morland and enjoye...more
Amy (Foxy)
● MURDER ● MYSTERY ● MARRIAGE ● MIDNIGHT ● MAYHEM ●

The STUD CLUB trilogy is a fun historical romance series.

Leo has created an exclusive gentleman's club that only allows 10 members to own a retired stud. The only way you may obtain a coin (membership) is by a game of chance (coins must never be sold). When Leo is murdered his coin has gone missing. The remaining members of this gentleman's club begin a search to find answers.

Spencer is a wealthy duke. He doesn't like to be around large groups...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
I thought this was great. I read a few reviews where Amelia's affection for her brother Jack was overdone,but I thought it worked with the way her relationship and self-martyring personality was. And to be fair, the self-martyring wasn't really all that bad...that was more Spencer's take on Amelia, not mine.

Amelia and Spencer meet at a ball, minus any romantic impulses. They are married just days later, as a business arrangement, and fall into friendship and love. I loved how Spencer was able to...more
Rane
Tessa Dare weaves another wonderful trilogy with the first of the Stud Club series One Dance with a Duke. Each lead character does have some major issues, but even with their issues it only made them more human in my eyes.

Lady Amelia d’Orsay is having a hard time trying to keep her family from the breaking point .Mostly her brother Jack who has become so self-destructive that he doesn’t see the pain he’s casuing his love ones as he spirals out of control. Amelia is trying to save him from hims...more
Beanbag Love
This was a really enjoyable premiere of Tessa Dare's new trilogy, The Stud Club.

Of course, The Stud Club refers to breeding horses, but we know what it reeeeeeeealllly means. Vavoom.

In any case, I had a few problems that cost Dare a star, but overall the romance was nice and the evolution of their attraction and devotion made sense to me. Their love scenes were well written and sensual and I didn't feel there were so many that I needed to skim.

Both characters had irritating quirks. Sometimes th...more
Amy

Arousing. That's the first word that comes to mind. Handsome, debonair, sensual, passionate, romantic.(although he won't admit it) These are just a few of the many qualities of Spencer, The Duke of Moreland. Arousing on the dance floor, riding a purebred horse and most important riding a woman to ecstasy!

This was the first Tessa Dare read for me and I have to say it won't be my last. My goodness, Ms. Dare can bring the romance and sensuality to the reader! Just her description of a kiss will me...more
Ally72
I really loved this book and I think I maybe enjoyed it a little bit more than even some of my goodreads friends did. Amelia was such a sweet heroine and I almost cried at times for her in the story. Spencer reminded me a bit of St. Vincent from "A Devil in Winter" and I thought they made a wonderful combination. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a historical romance book to read!!! Tessa Dare is definitely an author that is on auto buy for me.
valee
I absolutely loved this book. So many amazing quotes from it. It was breathtaking more than once.

This was such a sweet story. In it, you will find a lovely, shy and extremely caring wallflower. She would have never been noticed by the duke in any normal circumstance, but that's what is so nice about books, isn't it? He did. So we see how this couple -one very different from the other- struggle and try to move on every problem they go through. As the story goes on, we see how they were meant to...more
Catherine
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BJ Rose
Amelia was a very sensible, very caring, very pragmatic, intelligent young woman who agreed to marry an arrogant, antisocial, very rich duke so she could help her younger brother Jack, who owed a gambling debt to the duke. All sympathies should be with Amelia, right?! Yet with every detail that was disclosed, my sympathies turned more and more to Spencer and away from Amelia, who focused everything around her blind devotion to Jack, and repeatedly blamed her husband for not caring. And for all t...more
willaful
Oct 28, 2011 willaful rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Anne Gracie
3 1/2 stars. Although I was disappointed that this didn't have the freshness or originality of some of Dare's previous books, it was an engaging read that often made me laugh at lines like these: "Spencer stared at the words so fiercely, Amelia would not have been surprised to see the scrawled letters roust themselves from the paper and rearrange to spell different words, just to escape his displeasure." I keep wanting to compare it to Julia Quinn, except I've developed such an intense Quinn all...more
Melissa
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Cheryl
For the first half of this book I would have given it five stars, but then the heroine started driving me nuts for a little while, but in the end all was right again and I ended up giving this book 4 stars!

I am truly happy that Tessa Dare has decided to share her talent as an author with the rest of the world! She creates characters who become real; characters with real fears and problems, dreams and desires.

At every ball Spencer, the Duke of Moreland, chooses one lady to dance with. He only dan...more
Holly
This is the first book by Tessa Dare that I've read. Based on the reviews I read of her first trilogy, I wasn't sure they were for me. This one, however, sounded right up my alley.

While I loved most if it, I'm really struggling to come to terms with the actions of the heroine at the end of the book. Both protagonists made mistakes throughout, but I don't understand why the heroine made the choice she did.

Otherwise I really loved it. The story itself was wonderfully told and the characters were...more
Fani
Well, barring Amelia's stupid behavior in the end of the book, this one was a true delight to read! Sweet, tender and also very emotional at times, I loved the way Spencer's rigidity and cold (at first glance) facade was paired with Amelia's giving and tender nature. And when Spencer reveals his love for her... this sealed its 5-star status for me. A little sweeter than I usually like my romances, but so well written and poignant and humorous at times, that it didn't bother me at all. I'm surpri...more
Isabel
Tessa Dare, I'm becoming a big fan of you!!!!

Spencer, the Duke, is my favorite kind of male character: beautiful, sexy, powerful, arrogant but absolutly romantic!!!

I feel amazing when I'm reading HR books, such a turn on, incredible sex scenes, and kisses... My God exciting kisses!!!

I want more!!!
Dina
I'm sorry, but an annoying heroine can ruin any book. Wanting to hit her with a shovel over and over isn't conducive to a pleasant read.
Kelly
I have such mixed feeling for this romance. The beginning just didn't work at all for me and I had a really hard time getting into the story.

It did have elements that I typically love strong demanding hero, forced (sort of) marriage. But when it comes down to it I just didn't like more than I liked.

I did read it fairly quickly but feel that it was a bit wordy. The editor would have been correct in cutting about 50 pages or so.

In the end the h/h grew on me. While I really liked Amelia the Duke...more
D.G.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I wasn’t very impressed with the first 100 pgs. The latest historical romance I read had a very similar premise - plain, plump (read: buxom) heroine conquests most desirable bachelor - and I kept wondering if authors had any creativity left. But this author took the conflict in an unpredictable direction and made it believable and true. You could understand both points of view – this wasn’t the type of conflict where one of the other was acting...more
Anne OK
Great start to Dare's new "Stud Club" trilogy (it's not what you think!). The lead male character, Spencer, is droolworthy. He is now one of my top 5 all-time favorite historical male heroes. Tessa Dare's writing style is so rich and enjoyable. I love the storylines she writes, the interesting and well-developed characterizations, and find her books never disappoint.
Jonel Boyko
This was a sweet, sensual, and heartwarming historical romance. Dare had me hooked from the beginning with her unique tale and ready wit. She throws some definite twists into the typical regency romance, making this an intensely pleasurable read. The author evokes emotions in her readers while giving them suspense and intrigue to riddle through. I also really appreciate the fact that Dare’s characters weren’t perfect, but rather were real individuals living real lives, even if they were from the...more
Mandi Schreiner
Why I read: I requested an arc from the publisher because I loved Tessa Dare’s previous trilogy.


Favorite Quote: He kissed her. Without warning, without permission. Without even deciding to do it, but simply because he couldn’t have done anything else. He needed that breath she was holding. It belonged to him, and he wanted it back.

The ladies of the ton are in a titter over Spencer, the Duke of Morland. Rich, handsome and single, Spencer has started making it a habit of showing up at precisely...more
mer
This is my first read. I enjoyed the romance. The theme is marriage of convenience which I liked the most. Reading love blooms after marriage is intriguing. Things more interesting when it comes to the romance involves with hot hot hot guy and plain, spinster girl.

Duke of Morland, Spencer or he is well-known with other name, Duke of Midnight, only showing at stroke of midnight. For me, it felt like he sent the vibe that he's someone you to fear, evil, someone you shouldn't have trouble with and...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
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3.5 Stars

Amelia isn't impressed with the Duke of Midnight. He descends upon a ball at midnight dances a set with one of the young and the brainless before leaving again, the ladies sighs of both desire and fear follow in his wake. However, her wastrel brother owes him money so when he next makes his melodramatic entrance she commendeers his hand; however, little does she know that that one action will cause her life to change drastically.

I know 3.5 stars doesn't seem lik...more
Lelyana Taufik
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Jae
My first read by Tessa Dare and can't believe that I've never even heard of her before. She is my second fav HR author now (my #1 is Lisa Kleypas, of course).
I am not too keen on the hero's name. For a HOT Duke such as he, his name should be HOT also. And the name 'Spencer' is NOT hot.
I loved the fact that Spencer was an in-the-closet romantic, and Amelia was the one who brought the inner romanticism out of him.
And the love scenes were absolutely sizzling.
Keri
Great kick off to the series! TD is such a talented writer and this was a very heart-felt emotional read. Claire and Spencer had such sparks on the page that I couldn't put it down.
Dija
This book gets a 4-star rating for one thing, and one thing only: enjoyment. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and that’s exactly what my mind needed at the time – a funny, sweet, romantic, and entertaining read. And I got all that, so I’m just really happy with Tessa Dare right now.

"Is your hand all right?"
Moments passed.
"I think so."
"I'll have a look at it in the morning."
"On second thought, it may be broken."


Reading a book without criticizing it or being made painfully aware of its faults is so...more
Jenny E
ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITES! There are not words for how much I enjoyed this book! It had everything I like in a romance novel...an awesome hero, a likeable sassy heroine, a little intrigue, a little comedy, not too much angst, a little (HOT) spice, and a tight plot with easy readability and great dialogue!

This was such an enjoyable read! I clearly wasn't expecting much from a book in the "Stud Club" series, but I got it at the library for free and it had great reviews, which is unusual for a...more
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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romanc...more
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“I'm infatuated with you, I cannot deny it. Physically speaking, you're a very attractive man. But I don't like you, the vast majority of the time. So far as I can gather, you behave abominably in public and are only marginally better in private. I only find you remotely tolerable when you're kissing me.” 92 likes
“He kissed her. Without warning, without permission. Without even deciding to do it, but simply because he couldn't have done anything else. He needed that breath she was holding. It belonged to him, and he wanted it back.” 82 likes
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