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Dance with Deception

(Scandalous Secrets #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  962 ratings  ·  106 reviews
#1 Bestselling Dance with Deception - Scandalous Secrets, Book 1 - Exclusive Enhanced Edition

Haunted by his father's sins, Sebastian Montgomery, ninth Duke of Davenport vows never to fall in love or marry until he encounters Gwendolyn MacAlistair and she consumes his thoughts. Sebastian wants her, and as he learned from his father, what a duke wants, a duke takes.

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Paperback, Exclusive Enhanced Edition, 422 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by CreateSpace (first published 2007)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
How can a historical romance that contains so much manufactured drama be so banal? How many different ways can a heroine find to be an idiot? How hard is it to find a competent proofreader to fix your punctuation?

The Kindle freebie curse strikes again.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointing, I barely made it through this book. It felt both rushed and underdeveloped, full of cliches and the characters who weren't particularly likable in many aspects.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Haunted by his father's sins, Sebastian Montgomery, ninth Duke of Davenport vows never to fall in love or marry until he encounters Gwendolyn MacAlistair and she consumes his thoughts. Sebastian wants her, and as he learned from his father, what a duke wants, a duke takes.

Gwen's father has arranged for her to marry a man she despises, the very man who shattered her fragile family. As she struggles with a desperate choice - honor her dying father's final request or alienate him by choosing her tr
Karla Brandenburg
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Welp - I think I'll chicken out on this one. After finishing and trying to decide what to write, I went back to read some of the less excited reviews, and I'll just say I agree more with them than with the 5-stars. The book started out at breakfast, but suddenly they're at a ball. Is it a breakfast ball? What happened to breakfast? Oh wait, now we're back at breakfast, but then walking outside at night at the ball. A breakfast ball, at night? And then there was the misuse of verbs and overuse of ...more
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Lovely characters and settings and the author has a wonderful voice. Very romantic.
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a FABULOUS book filled with strong characters and conflicts.
Crystal Adams
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I rarely give a rating below 3 stars, but reading this book was painfully dull. The heroine was an idiot and the reasons for her anger against the hero made no sense.
Anya Evans
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves historical romance and the classics by Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters
Recommended to Anya by: My friend
I loved Dance With Deception! From the first page, to the last, it was an engaging tale of love, deception and, ultimately, hope and forgiveness.

Gwendolyn MacAlistair longs for love yet her callous father is forcing her into a marriage to a man she detests. Enter Sebastian Montgomery, a man of nobility, whose own father possessed a rather ruthless nature. Gwen and Sebastian fall in love, but with that comes Gwen’s dilemma: how can she follow her heart when it means defying her ailing father’s d
Tracy T.
Decent story, had some flaws but not bad. Great narration by Susan Duerden (audible whispersync review)
I enjoyed this story. I particularly liked the heroine quite a bit, but more so in the beginning of the story. She seemed to get a bit wishy washy and melancholy after the wedding! Which was a bit annoying. I was surprised with her attitude on how Sebastian convinced her father to allow them to marry. I thought it was brilliant. LOL she did not, instead of thanking him and being grateful she ac
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding historical romance. Very gripping and became very connected to the characters emotionally. A 5 star plus read!
Ashy Khaira
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Isabelle Grande
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love to find new writers who remind me of my favorites - classic writers like McNaught, Howell, and Gabaldon who make you laugh, cry and feel all aspects of the romance (good and bad). Surprisingly, this book met that criteria for me. It is romantic, sensual and emotional. It made me laugh and cry and want more. Glad there are more books in the series.
Donna Schneider, ,
Excellent book ___you will. Love it.

First time l have read any of Tracy Goodwin books, Now l am looking for move of her books. You will love the story and will not be able to put the book down. It's a must read.
Daphne Marzana
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised by this book. Very powerful emotional relationship between the characters and with secondary characters. Most importantly, one of the most believable (emotionally) stories I've read. The drama isn't made up just for the sake of drama. Will read more from this author
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dance With Deception captivated me from the first chapter. A lush and sensual "old fashioned" romance, I found it to be highly emotional and engaging. If you like historicals from Judith McNaught and even the classics from Jane Austen, you should love this as much as I did.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gwen and Sebastian are both strong characters but both with a family past that will rear its head to thwart their budding love and fated marriage. Gwen a woman with her own mind but bound to be a dutiful daughter is distraught when her controlling father announces that his health is failing and has arranged a loveless marriage to a man that she detests. As fate steps in and Sebastian comes back into her life her heart is torn. She and Sebastian grew up playing together as kids and meet by chance ...more
Jara Beaubien
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an audio book, a gift

Sebastian Montgomery, ninth Duke of Davenport has made a promise to never fall in love or marry, ha, I think its what most men say, but then again there is always a lovely lass that messes that up for the Bachelor.
Gwendolyn MacAlistair and what is a girl to do when she runs into Sebastian, but her Father has other plans for her and those are not plans that she agrees upon, but she will honor her Fathers wishes.
Her father has arranged for her to marry a man she des
Trish R.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
98% awful.. DNF..

So, Sebastian and Gwen tell each other, in the chapel, that they love each other and then she tells him he wouldn’t be happy with just her, that he would go back to having other women, and he’s hurt and shocked that she didn’t think he’d be faithful. He’s dumbfounded and she runs off. She goes on to think of the “vicious” things she said to him and he’s thinking of going to find other women like she said he would. This is all the same night. Really?

OK, so I’m done with this stu
Vikki Vaught
3.5 Stars

There are many times to enjoy in this love story. I loved the emotionally-charged writing style of Ms. Goodwin, and this book did have my full attention. The pacing is good and the characters are complex with many facets to their personality.

What I had some difficulty with, was the many plot holes and at times very modern sense. I never had a strong sense of when this story was supposed to be set. Sometimes it felt Regency and at other times Victorian, and then contemporary.

Some of the
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dance with Deception was an exceptional read. I enjoyed the main characters Sebastian and Gwen and the passion that they shared between each other. The story begins with Gwen being lied to by her father. He tells her that he is dying and his last wish is of her to be married before he dies. Gwen wants desperately to marry for love and does not love the man her father has chosen for her. Her knight in shining armor, Sebastian, has entered her life conveniences her father to allow him to marry Gwe ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A friend recommended this book to me (she had read the original version and was excited to see an exclusive version being released). She sold me on it and I devoured the new version of Dance with Deception in two sittings. This is an engrossing tale from beginning to end, an emotional journey along the lines of classic romances that I fell in love with by Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux. The hero is to die for, the heroine is well written and falls in line with the time period (1800s women did ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I heard Dance with Deception was being released as an "exclusive edition" and part of a trilogy, I was excited because I first fell in love with the story years ago. The author writes a sensual and witty romance brimming with emotion, drama and suspense. It is one of my favorite books and this version was better than the first. I had wondered about the proof reading in the original version but ignored it because the story was so strong. No need to here because this version needs no excuses. ...more
Shirley Williamson
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great historical romance that flows really smooth.
Gwen is a headstrong young lady who has a lot of ideas in a time where that is not encouraged. Her father, whom she is extremely loyal to, has professed to her that he is dying and his last wish is to see his daughter married.
Unfortunately the man he wants her to marry is his longtime acquaintance, Kier who Gwen cannot stand.
Then Sebastian comes on the scene. He was friends with Gwen and her brother when they were younger. Instant attra
DNF. Cliched depiction of characters. I couldn't get any depth at all. No thought process apart from used to death phrases. It was just meh. I'd read it if there is nothing else at hand to help pass the time. Keir, the supposed fiance has no descriptions of his character, background or appearance whatsoever, and yet, he is Gwen's neighbor. There is no explanation why she detests him. The hero has azure eyes the colour of stormy sea *rolls eyes* It was bugging and irritating me, and as soon as I ...more
Angie Dutton
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well written, passionate romance with well developed characters and plot. I was immediately drawn into the characters' plights. Hero and heroine have off the charts chemistry from chapter one but there are obstacles and this is a powerful story true to time period. Heroine is at her father's mercy (an unloving vindictive man) and goes through an emotional journey. Through it all is a to die for hero who goes through his own well crafted emotional journey. Yes, he has his flaws but his devotion t ...more
Carol Mcgrath
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scandal, romance and a Happy ending

I enjoyed this book. It's a story of a mean,deceitful father who makes his daughter believe he's dying. He wants her to marry a man of his choice, but his father is hiding a secret about this man. Gwen meets Sebastian and falls in love with him , but still her father won't relent. Sebastian convicts a scheme so devious that Gwen's father has no choicest to relent. Her fatherhood not attend the wedding but came to see Veena few days later and revealed several se
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You T.G. Have my greatest wish for success.

This author took a great story that others who have read her work before would have paid happily to read it. But for me and believe me when I tell you reading is my hobby in this era and I have read more books then you would believe by many writers. And the reason for this free book was she knew once read that reader would be hook. I am and I will enjoy buying your books and I know I will enjoy them. May God continue to bless you work. You my lady have
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Gwen is being forced to marry by her father. She meets a former neighbor (a duke)from her childhood and falls in love. Sebastian (the duke) using falsehoods convincing both Gwen's father and fiance to end the engagement and they marry. Little did either know that her father had a number of secrets. The story pursues Sebastian and Gwen's relationship as they deal with the secrets as they come out.
Deb Diem
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dance with Deception is my first read by Tracy Goodwin. Sebastian and Gwen's story is a pleasure to read. This well written book has lovable characters, some twisted characters, humor, action, loads of drama and a bit of sizzle. I look forward to reading more from Tracy Goodwin in the future. Dance with Deception is book 1 of the Scandalous Secrets series. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Historical Romance Book

This is the second time I have read this book, I don't know how long ago because I have read so many. I like the way they never stop loving each other through many challenges.
My husband and I had that kind of life for 57 yrs. we weren't royaliyty but he always treated me that way.
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Tracy Goodwin is a USA Today bestselling author. Throughout a career spanning a decade, she has achieved both traditional and indie publishing success. She is the author of the sexy New York Nighthawks contemporary romance series for Loveswept. In addition, she pens sweeping historical romances and vivid urban fantasies. Though the genres may be different, each story delivers her unique blend of p ...more

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