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One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare
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Dec 22, 11

Read in December, 2011

Horses feature prominently in the narrative, so perhaps it's not too inappropriate to say the story came flying out of the gates, settled down to a steady trot, then faded disastrously in the home straight.

Once the usual lines had been drawn between the arrogant, attractive and aristocratic male and his quick-witted, sharp-tongued female adversary, the two of them seemed to circle round each other, exchanging sparkling, witty and sometimes hurtful dialogues but basically getting nowhere, not even when they marry and the relation gets graphically physical.

At the core of this romance is the mysterious murder of the founding member of the Stud Club. (Am I the only one who thought the trilogy had something to do with Chippendales?) The story, like the two lovers, seems to go round in circles without progressing far. At the end of the book the identity of the murderer is still unsolved and anyone not bothering to read the second book in the trilogy would never know that the mystery is unravelled in that volume.

Ms Dare continues to impress with the quality of her writing, but after reading four of her novels, I'm beginning to sense a limit to her glossary of terms of romantic endearment. Some of the love-you-forever dialogues, especially towards the end of the book, were uncomfortably trite.
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