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What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin #3)

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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 *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 r
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
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
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

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
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
I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars

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 his proposal of
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
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.
Feb 05, 2015 Tin rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Because of his wealth and status as a duke, I thought Camden Rothemere, the Duke of Sedgemoor, was the one least affected by the rumours regarding the legitimacy of his birth, but I was mistaken. Camden was really affected by his parents' indiscretions and by the whispers that surrounded him growing up. Now that he is ready to marry, he is making sure that his heart does not clash with his head in his choice of wife. He has selected Penelope Thorne, a childhood friend, and, perhaps, the one woma ...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
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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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,
This was my first encounter with Ms Campbell's writing and i am far from disappointed. From page one it was a delicious and enchanting journey.
I like that the story moved right along and i also enjoyed the actions of the "background players " (my word) as i see how their story paralleled Pen and Cam. I am glad to have found a new author !
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
Nicole Laverdure
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
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
Maggi Andersen
In this charming twist on a marriage plot, Camden Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor has asked his childhood friend, Penelope Thorne, to marry him. She refuses and runs off to live on the Continent with her aunt. Pen fears her disreputable family’s reputation will sully him, while Cam, a stickler for correctness, is fighting to restore the reputation of his own.

Stunned by Pen’s refusal, Cam endeavours to forget her and years pass. But when Pen’s brother’s dying plea sends him to Italy to bring he
Suzanne the Mighty (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 woman w
This book had two romances in one.
I loved reading about Pen and Cam. They shared great chemistry and depite their lack of communication (which was a little frustrating) I did enjoy their story a lot.
Sophie and Harry's story on the other hand wasn't very engaging at all.
Anna Campbell is a master storyteller. Her recipe for writing a romance contains just the right amounts of back story, dialogue, action and passion. While this book didn’t have as much intrigue as some of her others, I enjoyed it all the more because the entire focus was on the romantic relationship. What a Duke Dares is the third installment in her Sons of Sin series. I adored the first book with its dark, wounded hero, and was entertained by the second – a totally lighthearted romp. I hoped I ...more

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As most everyone knows, I'm a huge fan of historical romance novels. I just love everything about them and this one didn't disappoint. Too much.

I thought that the whole idea of this one was interesting because you don't read many historical romance novels where the heroine has gone off to other countries pretty much by herself. It just didn't happen back then, so when I read the blurb for this one, I was intrigued. And it totally paid off. The
Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
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).
Heidi Rice
The third Sons of Sin book is a delightful end to the series with Camden Rothermere, the last of the bastard sons, meeting his match in brave hoyden - and former childhood friend - Penelope Thorne - who turns out to be a thorn in Cam's side in more ways than one.

Cam has strived his whole life to be the perfect Duke, above the scandal that marred his childhood thanks to his warring parents, and Pen is one of the notoriously scandalous Thornes who seem to attract scandal whereever they go without
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
Rosemary Potter
Loved it, another excellent edition to the series.
Aliaa El-Nashar
I can officially and safely say that this is my favorite book in the series so far. I feel like the characters were much more developed than in the previous books, the storyline was intriguing with a minor one in the mix to spice things up.

Penelope refused Camden's proposal 9 years ago because she didn't want to be married without love and she was sure she couldn't be the kind of wife he needed. Both Camden and Penelope's families have been immersed in scandal, and unlike Penelope, Camden cared
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Nov) 3.5* I started off liking this quite a bit, but as the book progressed, I found myself more and more annoyed by Pen (and her name - call her Penny or Penelope - but Pen just grated on my nerves). Cam's mother slept with both his father and his father's brother, and no one in the Ton knows for sure who his father is. Labeled as a potential bastard son of a slut, he saw first hand how love can destroy and swears to have nothing to do with it. He wants a simple woman who will be above reproac ...more
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I've written ten multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and my work is published in sixteen languages. I'm currently engaged in writing the "Sons of Sin" series, which started in 2012 with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED. Look out for book 4, A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT, in April 2015. I live on the beautiful east coast of Australia where I write ful ...more
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Sons of Sin (4 books)
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