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Preview — Never Dare a Duke by Gayle Callen
Never Dare a Duke
An Indecent Proposal
Abigail Shaw is a proper young lady, hardly the sort to boldly offer a deal to London's most distinguished and perfect duke. But Abigail, desperate to save her father's newspaper business, is after a good scandal. She'd have the sensational h ...more
I’d never thought much about feminism and journalism until I read “Never Dare a Duke” by Gayle Callen. The heroine in her book dreams of ‘making a difference with words’ by openly becoming a journalist. Just another thing to enjoy about romance novels…I always learn something I never knew and then go looking for more information. What I learned is that mid-19th century women reporters were rare as hen’s teeth! And that made me appreciate this sto ...more
Abigail is not your average girl of this time period. She is pretty but not too pretty, a bigger than average girl and does not want marriage at all. To her, marriage is a stifling curse worse than death. She does not want ...more
This book starts out not-very-good. It suffers from a problem common in this genre: tell, don't show. Compounded by a related and even more annoying problem: ...more
Abigail Shaw, daughter of a newspaper owner and potential journalist herself, with a little help from her friend insinuates herself into a house party at the home of the Duke of Madingley in the hope of uncovering a scandalous secret from his past, publishing it in daddy' ...more
There's nothing terribly wrong with this book. It just doesn't hold my interest. I'm not quite pulled into the story as I would have liked, and on page 135, I still feel no real connection with either Abigail or the duke.
D'oh. Yeah. That bad!
Or, more appropriately, I should say, that nothing. This book was a definite did-not-finish literally from the very first sentence. Granted, this could have quite a bit to do with the fact that this particular novel followed a very grand, 5-star Julia Quinn book. However, considering the negative reviews I've found on this book, which paralleled my sentiments, I'm disinclined to believe such.
Frankly, there is one primary reason as to why I ditched this boo ...more
The bulk of the "story" takes place during a loooooooooooooooooonnnnnnngggggg house party, and then just fades to a And they lived happily ever after... black. There's no sign of a climax ...more
Christopher Cabot, Duke of Madingley, is suspicious and bitter and hateful for reasons that are incredibly weak in comparison to his reaction. Or shall I say, overreaction. Like any good romantic hero, he first has sex with the heroine (view spoiler)[as a punishment for her, ...more
This was a unique story to read...determined girl pretending to be lady of nobility in order to sneak into a house party to research a scandalous story. I have to say the premise worried me, but in the end, I liked it. All the risks Abigail took ...more
There were moments of boringness that made it a slower read, but the ending... sigh. So romantic and promising.
This is the first series I have read by Gayle Callen and I can promise I will read more. Looking forward to the next book I this series.
(Unfortunately it will have to wait as a library hold has just come through 🙄. F ...more
Abigail Shaw secretly writes for her father's newspaper. When the paper is in trouble and on the verge of going down, she decides to try and save it by boosting up the sales with a juicy gossip story about the secret that surrounds the Duke of Madingley, Christopher Cabot. In order to get her story she accompanies her friend Gwen to a house party held on the duke's country estate. Abby offers Chris a pretend courtship that enables her to get close to him and get her scoop and gives Chri ...more
With that said, I am one who reads for the romance and the emotion in a story, and I don't care how boring/unlikely/improbable a plot line is--if I like the characters and the setting I'll like the book. In fact, I sometimes feel ...more
It started off rocky. I didn't like the concept that Abigail was willing to intentionally ruin a family to save her ow ...more
Story goes...Abigail Shaw, in an attempt to save her father's newspaper, follows notorious Christopher Cabot--due to their hidden, juicy, family history that she could use as a fodder for her father's business. During the whole play to unearth the secret, she finds herself drawn to h ...more
An indecent proposal Abigail Shaw is a proper young lady, hardly the sort to boldly offer a deal to London's most distinguished and perfect duke. But Abigail, desperate to save her father's newspaper business, is after a good scandal. She'd have the sensational headlines that would keep the ton talking—and the family business thriving—if only she could uncover the secrets of Christopher Cabot, the Duke of Madingley. What better way than a pretend romance? Yet, with all his seductive glances and...more
Abigail finds out about her father's newspaper's financial problems and decides to help by writing a story about the alleged scandals in the past of "perfect" duke of Madingley. Her close friend helps her get close to the duke and his family so she can investigate and things start developing from there.
Apart from Ab ...more
Gayle’s novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. She was a nominee for RT Book Reviews Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her books have bee ...more