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What a Duke Dares

(Sons of Sin #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,373 ratings  ·  193 reviews

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 rum
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Forever
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Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

WHAT A DUKE DARES is the third book in the marvellous ‘Sons of Sin’ series and, once again, Anna Campbell delivers an emotive, romantic and passionate love story.

How I imagine Cam…

When Camden (Cam) Rothermere, heir to a dukedom, proposes to his childhood friend, Penelope Thorne, he can’t believe his ears when she turns him down. Even his declaration that he esteems and admires her and enjoys her company does nothing to persuade her to change her mind. She
Duchess Nicole
So happy to receive an ARC of this. I was recommended Anna Campbell by Lady Danielle years ago after she realized that I love the unlovable hero. I'm embarrassed to say that this will be my first, but I have three others sitting on my reader or here at home waiting on me. Fingers crossed!!


It's always wonderful to find an author that can take a romance cliche and make it seem as if it's the first time you've read that story. Anna Campell can do that, and this book was immensely enjoyabl
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars rounded up

This, the third book in Ms Campbell’s Sons of Sin series , is one I’ve been looking forward to. I enjoyed meeting the very proper and austere Duke of Sedgemoor in the other books, and had high hopes for his story.

The last thing Camden Rothermere needs, in the opinion of his childhood friend, Penelope Thorne – is to ally himself with a family whose name is a byword for scandal. And she tells Cam so in no uncertain terms when she turns down h
Quick summary
Cameron (Cam) Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor, proposed to childhood friend Penelope (Pen) Thorne when she was 19-years old. She turned him down flat and promptly fled to the continent after the pressure from her parents got unbearable. She wants a match made for love and he doesn't believe in it. Nine years later, when her brother, on his deathbed, asks Cam to bring her home, he has no choice but to do so.

A bit of background
Cam desperately wants to marry a woman with an impeccabl
Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I find it unbelievable that a woman who has spent nearly a decade by herself to still be a virgin, what's more is that I find it insulting that the hero values such a thing when he can't say the same for himself.

To say that I am disappointed in this author would be an understatement. When I read her books about courtesans, I thought: 'Finally, an author who finds more value in something other than virginity. An author who writes outside of the bounds of now common and vastly unrealistic histori
Annie ⚜️
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Dagnabit. This one had so much potential and a lot of steamy parts but OMG she won't marry him because he won't love her even though she loves him and he wants to marry her but she won't marry him and their reputations and their familys' reputations and repeat ad nauseum. Also, the being ripped out of the story and dropped into the the subplot was so jarring. It didn't work and all the issues just got so jumbled up, it got ridiculous. Still far from the worst romance I've read and I liked all th ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Story Rating ~ 3 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 3.5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 3.5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 3.5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars
Ending ~ 4 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

What a Duck Dares was not my favorite read by Anna Campbell, it was just an okay read for me.
Penelope Thorne has been in love with Camden Rothermere since she was a young girl. Cam was her brother’s best friend and he was always there to help her when she got herself into one scrape or another.

The story starts off with Cam asking Pen to
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A for narration and B for content at AudioGals. My rating for the print edition was slightly lower, but the terrific narration brings the audiobook version up to 4.5 stars.

Camden Rothermere, future Duke of Sedgemoor is young, handsome, rich – and completely stunned when Penelope Thorne turns down his proposal of marriage. He and Pen have known each other almost all their lives, and while the Sedgemoor title has been tarnished in recent years by the very public way in which his
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and angsty and different and compelling. Devoured this one quickly and was reminded of the rich Gothic feel Campbell used to develop in her older novels (in contrast to her newer, lighter novellas). I’m not sure I’ll revisit this since it’s certainly not a comfort read..:but it is a riveting and satisfying one.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
My first by this author, and I will wait to tackle any more of her books. I did not like the secondary love story at all. I really liked both the hero and heroine but because of the secondary love story, I didn't get to know them as well as I'd have liked. By the end, I skimmed the epilogue. Also the major conflict at the end seemed forced in how the hero responded and wrapped up just as quickly, seemingly pointless. Not at all what I expected. ...more
The first 60 % of this book was red-hot sizzling. I love when there is a bit of a shared past between the main characters. Camden Rothermere aka the Duke of Sedgemoor had a rough childhood, witnessing this parents' debacle of a marriage and how their scandalous carrying-ons made the Sedgemoor name a laughing stock. Since inheriting the dukedom, he has worked hard to regain the respect of his peers and is on the verge of betrothing himself to a respectable young lady to further his aims. This pro ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
1/5; Can't even be saved by a good narrator.

Steve West read this audiobook and was pretty well the only reason I listened to the end.

The characters were poorly developed. There was really no story whatsoever. Penelope is afraid to tell Cam she loves him because he says he doesn't want love. She has loved him since forever but noooooo, she can't say it. This goes round and round for the whole book. This is the second book I've tried by this author and she definitely is not for me.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really thought I'd like this more than I did. Cam, the Duke of Sedgemoor, has know Penelope Thorne for years. When he is 27 and she 19, he asks for her hand. He's always known her and their mothers have pressed for the match. She turns him down. Cam's been trying to live down the scandal brought on the family by his mother and the Thornes are no stranger to scandal. She doesn't want to bring that on to him. In addition she loves him and knows he'll never love her. He leaves in a tiff, she's sa ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This book was better thank the previous one in the series, thus the 3 and 1/2 stars...
It did have its share of sensual, but still missing Ms. Campbell's mystery and darkness. Maybe this series is a completly different type of book, but I was still expecting it!

I liked the overall story, but too much time was to Cam's denial. I didn't like it. Cam was so much in dinial that it was over the top.

Not that Pen was better... I was constantly asking myself why she didn't want to fight for him. Why she
Kelley Carpenter
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was kinda disappointed in this novel by Anna Campbell vs. some of her older novels. Just didn't feel the chemistry between her two main characters as much, and to be honest....I grew bored with their constant back and forth.

I also had a problem with the additional subplot of Harry/Sophie story line. Just when I was finally relating to Pen and Cam, the POV switched to the second story.

That being said, I do like Anna Campbell and I will continue reading the next books in the series.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anna Campbell is one of those authors, where simply seeing her name on the cover is enough incentive for me to buy the book! So, I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive an ARC copy of her upcoming release, WHAT A DUKE DARES, the third book in the luscious “Sons of Sin” series. Huge thanks to Anna and Grand Central for a long night of excellent reading!

To begin with…who doesn’t love stories where the hero and heroine are childhood friends, but things go awry when for at least one of them,
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anna Campbell is an amazing storyteller. Her books are pure Historical Romance at it's best. A beautiful love story, lovely sensual scenes and great plots with fascinating characters. Her stories draw you in from the first page to the last, and the endings are very satisfying. This is the third book in the series, and it is as good as the first two. Penelope and Camden have an intense and complicated relationship that keeps you intruigued throughout the story. Anna's prose is sweet, romantic and ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
I am kind of glad that I didn't mark the book as DNF. The first 150 pages were not idyllic. I was bored and tired of the constant hot and cold showers between the two main characters. There waw a lot of tension and passion, but after seeing them get close both emotionally and playsicaly and a minute later arguing or something similar for the 100th time I didn't have the best impression of the book.

I couldn't understand Pen. I don't know if it was pride as come said or something else but I though
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deliciously decadent, angsty, over-the-top novel. I thought Camden and Penelope were both larger than life and their dramatic, years-long relationship was engrossing. The only low point was with the overly sweet, immature romance of Penelope's little brother with a forbidden heiress. That secondary romance played a role in the plot, but with such striking, bold characters in Cam and Pen as the leads, the weaker secondary romance really flopped and I found myself skimming to get back to the drama ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a 4.5 star for me. Narrator, Steve West was a superb Cam, in fact all of his characters, but especially the males, are brilliantly portrayed.

I've only really just started on Anna Campbell's books and whilst they are excellent, and very well written, I do think she drags out an argument/misunderstanding, for far too long. Apart from that criticism, I loved this novel; a friends to lovers, and would definitely recommend it. Ms. Campbell certainly can dish up the swoon worthy heroes!
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According to some reviewers, you should read this series in order. At least book 2 before this book (book 3). I have read the second book, but I don't recall very much from it, yet I was able to follow along in this book just fine.

Oh, man. This book was frustrating--the weakest in this series thus far. I like that hero, Cam, Duke of Sedgemoor, initiates communication at least three times in the book.

I'm paraphrasing:
Cam: "We need to discuss this."
Penelope (Pen): "I'm tired."
Cam: "It cannot wa
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

What an unexpected and entirely wonderful surprise! If you follow Under the Covers on Facebook you will have noticed that I have been splashing quotes around for this book for the last couple of weeks, I wanted to share some of my favourite bits of this What a Duke Dares and get everyone else excited about it as well!

Essentially it takes one arrogant duke who doggedly suppresses his feelings due to a difficult childhood and awful parent and throws him at his old childhood friend and the woma
Nicole Laverdure
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charming 4.5 stars
I loved Anna Campbell's previous stories in the Sons of Sins series. She never disappoints me! Again, with her latest one WHAT A DUKE DARES, she proves that she is an excellent writer and storyteller. This book is Cam's story, the last one to get married! It's a charming intrigue of Camben Rothermere of Sedgemoor and Penelope Thorne. Pen had always loved, secretly Cam, but never told him, and now he proposes to her! Will she accept? Will she run away? Will they be reunited by d
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
the first half of this was everything i enjoy in a historical. then enter the lame sub-plot about the reforming rake brother, a lot of lamentable and cheesy dialogue, and a curious lack of climax (the literary, not literal, kind).
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars because of Goya!
Anyway, this is an enjoyable read with likeable main characters and supporting roles.
It could have been 5 stars for me, but, there were sudden shift of some scenes, from the MC's to the h brother and his inamorata, that i have to re-read some paragraphs to confirm that the following entry didn't belong to the previous part (maybe reading it, till 3am and with eyes that were drooping and crossing isn't really ideal. However, as a rule of thumb, it is always b
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
What I liked:
- MCs that know each other
- heroine's family is known for scandals and she knows what she wants (she tells the hero no many times!)
- page turning story 〰️ What I didn't exactly like:
- secondary love story by Pen's brother. I couldn't care less for the side characters even though their story sort of completes the main story
- some scenes could have been more developed
Will I read this author again? Absolutely! 🤗

4-4.5 stars.
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

In book three of her amazing Sons of Sin Series, Anna Campbell pulls out all the stops. Emotion reigns throughout this novel and it is impossible to NOT fall in love with these two amazing characters!
The Sons of Sin are three men bonded from their days of Eton, all three claimed a bastard, either by deceit, desire or despair. It didn't matter.. they carried that cross their entire lives. Now they are adults and are slowly finding
Jen Davis
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
So far, I have enjoyed every installment in Anna Campbell’s Sons of Sin series. Each one has maintained a unique personality, but what I really like about Campbell’s writing is her ability to make me feel her characters’ emotions… even when (like in this case) they do their very best to ignore their own feelings.

Penelope has been in love with her brother’s best friend Camden since she was a child. He was always there for her. He was attractive and was even going to be a Duke. What woman wouldn’t
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high tolerance to snail-paced story / HR lovers
One thing for sure is that the book has a lot of scenes involving bodice ripping HEHE

Camden Rothermere doesn't believe in love and we have his parents to blame. Also, because of his parents' scandals, he's growing up along with it, and so he is determined to restore the good name of Rothermere. To accomplish that, he needs a high-end duchess. However, he chose Penelope, who is way far off as a high-end duchess. Thorne family is a very famous with scandals and they don't give a shaite care what t
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