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I Dared the Duke

(The Wayward Wallflowers #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  819 ratings  ·  235 reviews

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Stacey is Sassy

I Dared the Duke…and I liked it.

I’ve made my feelings known on the overabundance of Duke’s in historical romance but I’ll make an allowance this time because I liked this Duke. I Dared the Duke was a perfect example of why I love reading historical romance. It wouldn’t hurt to mention up front that this wasn’t something new. I’ve read numerous books with similar characters and storylines, but, I do believe that the author gets it right in this case. I got exactly what I wanted and hoped for...a
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I finished I Dared the Duke, my first experience with Anna Bennett's work, and I will be honest, I had a hard time deciding upon a rating. I think there will be readers that will really enjoy this novel, and others that will not. My intention here is to outline my opinions about the book's strengths and weaknesses so you as a reader can determine if this book is a good fit for you.

I Dared the Duke is the second novel in Anna Bennett's debut Wayward Wallflowers series. I have not read the first
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr2017, 4-stars

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire has quite a reputation for leaving satisfied and broken hearted women behind him. Most women fall as his feet, but Miss Elizabeth Lacey is not impressed. His moody and grouchy personality together with his wish to banish his sweet grandmother to the country has not made Beth think any better of him. And he wants Beth’s help in getting her to agree. But as his grandmother’s companion, and her fondness of her, Beth wants only what is best for the dowager

Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, netgalley
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

While reading the book I was asking myself: Is it really enough just to stand up to someone in order for him to notice and appreciate you?

And I kept asking myself this all through it!

Here, the answer is a resounding YES!!!

Beth stands up to Alex constantly! She even blackmails him to bend him to her will! LOL

And Alex falls, hook, line and sinker! ;)

But, while everybody thought Alex a mean bastard, I got the
This is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone, too. The wayward wallflower in the story is Miss Elizabeth Lacey (Beth) who likes to be needed. After her sister married well, she’s no longer feeling needed at home so goes to be the companion to the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire. It is in this role that she meets the Duke of Blackshire, Alexander Savage (Alex). He has a reputation as a talented lover - especially of married women. As a child he was severely burned in a house ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This book was awesome! It pulled me out of a reading funk that I was in and I'm so glad that I was gifted an ARC of I Dared the Duke because I had such a blast reading this story.

Literally from the first page I was pulled right in to the story. After several accidents that almost kill him, Alex the Duke of Blackshire resolves to find out who, if anyone, is out to end him. With a reputation for being a rake of the highest order, he isn't short on enemies. Coming home to pack up his grandmother
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
I Dared the Duke was an extremely cute and fluffy read. This book constantly put a smile on my face, and I blew through it. I was in the mood for a fun historical romance, and this was the perfect book to fit that mood.

The characters in this book were both interesting and pretty well developed. Elizabeth was fierce, and I really liked that about her. She stood up for herself and didn't let the Duke walk all over her, which lead to some great banter between the two of them. The Duke, Alex, was
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Happy sigh? Yes, yes. *happy sigh*. Once again Bennett delivered a delightfully enchanting romance that left me smiling and totally enamored with the characters she brought to life.

I Dared the Duke. A grumpy scarred duke versus his doting granny and her fiery young companion. Basically Alex has some sort of danger tailing after him and has decided his granny isn't safe in Town and needs to retire to the country for a
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett is fun, regency escape, best enjoyed on a cold Saturday afternoon, with a glass of wine! Although, the first book in the series had more depth and emotional development, this was steamier, bantery goodness. The author's style is reminiscent of Julia Quinn, with her sharp wit and multitude of tender moments. I very much enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one - I hope it's Julia's turn :)
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Dared the Duke was a delightful romance full of assassination plots, a hero determined to protect those closest to him, and the heroine who gets in the way of his plans.

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, has reason to believe someone is out to kill him after recently suffering a number of accidents. These incidents have him worried for the safety of those closest to him and he decides to have his grandmother moved to the safety of his country estate. When Alex arrives at her residence
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute couple and pretty good banter between them. Well-written but not without flaws. Fast-paced with some mystery - I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Erin Kelly
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I Dared the Duke" is the second book in Anna Bennett's Wayward Wallflowers novels, but you certainly don't need to read the first one in order to enjoy this one. This was my first read from Bennett, and it turned out to be just the historical catnip I needed.

The Story-

Beth is the new companion to the grandmother of the Duke of Blackshire. She is happy to be needed and cares greatly for the older woman. When the Duke intimates his plan to move his grandmother to the country, Beth proposes a
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is the first Anne Bennet book I have read and I am very impressed by it, I am really looking forward to reading more of her work. I thoroughly enjoyed I Dared The Duke, the story flows effortlessly, I was gripped by the twists and turns of the assassination plot against Alex and the seductively charming romance between out two leads. It is a strong and highly Enjoyable, a smart and tantalising read and one that I highly recommend. Even though this is book two of The Wayward Wallflowers ...more
Second installment in The Wayward Wallflowers series but can easily be read as a standalone. Both Alex and Beth are unique characters in that he’s not what he’s allowed the ton to believe and she’s not the meek mouse he’s thought her to be. Although there is some sort of spark when they first meet there is no instant physical attraction, which I truly appreciated. I was glad to see their feelings blossomed from engaging in actual conversations and from daily interaction.

There was an easy and
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, adult

It was okay. I wasn't completely on board the relationship, mostly because I couldn't really see the connection between the two characters, but it was entertaining enough to warrant 3 stars.

Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, the second in the Wayward Wallflowers series. You can easily read this one if you haven’t read the first one, “My Brown-Eyed Earl”. This is the middle sister’s chance at love.

Beth Lacey is the companion to the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire, whose grandson, Alexander, is the current Duke. She believes that the Duke resides primarily at his country estate but then he comes to London and everything changes.

Alex expects everyone to jump at his bidding, but Beth doesn’t. He
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: I Dared the Duke 'I Dared the Duke' by Anna Bennett is book Two in the "The Wayward Wallflowers" series. This is the story of Alexander 'Alex' Savage, the Duke of Blackshire and Miss Elizabeth 'Beth' Lacey. I have read the previous book "My Brown-Eyed Earl" but feel this is easily a standalone book. Beth is the sister of Meg who was the main character in the first book. Beth and her other two sister were consider Wallflowers by the town and Beth is okay with that. Beth is doing a ...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

I can honestly say that Anna Bennett is on my short list of favorite authors. Her voice speaks to me like a siren song and when I finish one of her books, I am left completely satisfied and with a smile on my face.

I DARED THE DUKE. the second novel in the Wayward Wallflowers series, begins when Alexander Savage, the scarred Duke of Blackshire, arrives home to discover his beloved grandmother has taken on a young companion, Miss Elizabeth Lacey. Feeling that Elizabeth is unnecessary to his
Barbara Rogers
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Anna Bennett has added yet another light, happy, romantic book to her Wayward Wallflowers series. The series focuses on three sisters who lost everything when their parents died. They had no fortune and no home and their close relatives didn't want to take them in. Their uncle Alistair, Lord Wiltmore steps up to take them in though he is impoverished himself. He is my favorite character in the books. I picture him looking something like Albert Einstein, except chubbier perhaps. He is one of ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story.
I had never read anything by this author before and wasn't sure what to expect.
I really enjoyed the story line. I wasn't sure about Alex at first and I admired Beth for standing up to his temper.
There are a lot of twists and turns to a very sweet HEA.
I finished this book with a smile on my face and I purchased a few more books by this author for my library.
Annie ⚜️
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the whole who's trying to kill him going on a smidge too long (and whodunnit being a bit over the top silly) this was a decent little romance. The characters by no means speak like they would have done but I'm not a stickler for that and there were quite a lot of laughs along the way and great supporting characters. I loved the kooky uncle misusing words and the fresh little sister.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Nearly two stars. The beginning was quite good, after 40% it went downhill.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-17
3.5 Stars
I DARED THE DUKE, the second in The Wayward Wallflowers series, gave me most of what I had hoped to see after reading the first installment in this historical romance though did mostly stick to the same formula as book one. The story, though, did feel stronger, for all that once again it was a mostly familiar series of events, and while this second installment did have a mystery/thriller element, it was much more enjoyably done. Even if the perpetrator and conclusion to it all left me ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
(The Wayward Wallflowers: #2)
Written by Anna Bennett
2017; St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks (334 Pages)
Genre: series, fiction, romance, historical romance


In the second book, we meet Meg's middle sister, Beth Lacey. Beth has become a companion to Alexander Savage's, the Duke of Blackshire, dowager grandmother and enjoys it until Alex comes home. Alex is known for his ornery ways, having women seduce him for his prowess and scars from a house fire. Alex has returned home after
Tracy Emro
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I am voluntarily leaving a review of an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

This is the second book in the Wayward Wallflowers series and is just as entertaining as the first book.

This story centers on Elizabeth Lacey aka Beth, the sister of the heroine in the first book and Alexander aka Alex, Duke of Blackshire.

Alex has a reputation for being a legendary lover, he is also known for his scars and his grumpy nature He also has a problem, someone is trying to kill him.

Beth is a
Susan (susayq ~)
I'm really enjoying Anna Bennett's writing! Her characters have such a spark with each other. It's great.

Here we have Alex, the Duke of Blackshire. Someone is trying to kill him. So, he must get his grandmother to go to the countryside to protect her. There's a problem with that though. Sje has a new companion, Beth Lacey, one of the Wilting Wallflowers. Beth believes him to be an u.caring rake and sort of blackmails him into spending some time with his grandmother before she suggests they
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes when I can't decide on what to read, I ask my sister to help me make a choice. I tell her I'm hesitating between a cowboy romance or a paranormal and she choose the genre for me. That's what she choose for me yesterday so thank you Marie, you choose well :)

Sometimes you give a book 5 star and think it's well deserved, but sometimes you wish you could rate it more than 5 star. That's what I thought when I finished this one. I devoured it! There were so many good lines, wonderful
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: “This was the kiss she’d been waiting for forever. And she hadn’t even known till that moment.”

Grade: C+

I Dared the Duke by Anne Bennett is the second story in her Wayward Wallflower series which is based on a trio of orphaned sisters. A classic romance with its faint Cinderella theme. A scandalous Duke falls for his grandmother’s beautiful companion and they live happily ever after. What makes this story
A love story with a difference.

3.5 ***1/2 stars...
It seems Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is being stalked by someone who is seeking to make an end to him. For starters his carriage accident was no accident.
Miss Elizabeth Lacey, Beth, one of those he'd dubbed the Wilting Wallflowers some years ago is his grandmother's companion.
The Duke appears to be a confirmed rake. His sexual prowess is talked about by women in hushed tones, he's highhandedness and downright rude, and his a scars
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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

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