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One Dance with a Duke

(Stud Club #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  12,589 ratings  ·  929 reviews
In One Dance with a Duke--the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy--secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.
A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members--yet membership is
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Ballantine Books
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chan ☆
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
horse girl? no, horse guy

i liked this! both of the characters were sort of idiots, but the heroine amelia was also pretty fun and sweet with a big heart. and the sex scenes? early tessa dare really went there. of all of the tessa dare books this probably has the second best sex scenes, ya know for reference ;)

i also did mildly swoon at times. not sure this is gonna be for everyone bc it's not super traditional and the hero is an ass but i enjoyed it.
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: Cheryl Robbins
Spoilers are marked

It seems that lately I’ve been doing a lot of “first reads” of an author and in keeping with that trend, this is my first by Tessa Dare and overall I was quite pleased.

I’ll start out by saying that I’ve seen reviews and comments by people who thought the Stud Club idea for a plot was dumb, boring, and lacking believability, but I actually thought it was a great jumping off point and foundation for the trilogy. After all, when you think about it, it’s not too hard to believe t
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4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is my first read by Tessa Dare, and I enjoyed the writing, humorous dialogue, witty banter, rather unique plot, and steamy romance. The main reason it didn't get a 5-star rating is that I just didn't quite connect fully with the characters, and I never really became emotionally invested in their relationship. I liked curvy, spirited, strong-willed spinster Amelia and arrogant, alpha with a hidden, tender, romantic side Spencer, Duke of Morland and enjoye
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The STUD CLUB trilogy is a fun historical romance series.

Leo has created an exclusive gentleman's club that only allows 10 members to own a retired stud. The only way you may obtain a coin (membership) is by a game of chance (coins must never be sold). When Leo is murdered his coin has gone missing. The remaining members of this gentleman's club begin a search to find answers.

Spencer is a wealthy duke. He doesn't like to be around large groups
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought this was great. I read a few reviews where Amelia's affection for her brother Jack was overdone,but I thought it worked with the way her relationship and self-martyring personality was. And to be fair, the self-martyring wasn't really all that bad...that was more Spencer's take on Amelia, not mine.

Amelia and Spencer meet at a ball, minus any romantic impulses. They are married just days later, as a business arrangement, and fall into friendship and love. I loved how Spencer was able to
I'm sorry, but an annoying heroine can ruin any book. Wanting to hit her with a shovel over and over isn't conducive to a pleasant read. ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it

I rage quit this book by Chapter 6. GOD I COULDN'T STAND IT. THE HERO, SPENCER, WAS SUCH AN ASSHOLE. I just couldn't finish it. I'd rather do somersaults over a vat of molten lava than finish it.

Yes, he was that bad.

How? Ha. Well let me count the ways. First and foremost, he was an arrogant son of a bitch who kept saying to himself "Oh, I'm the Duke of Morland, I'm not required to explain myself". WILL YOU JUST GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE FOR A SECOND AND BE HUMAN, YOU ASS?

And oh, since we're on th
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2read2, fv-review

Arousing. That's the first word that comes to mind. Handsome, debonair, sensual, passionate, romantic.(although he won't admit it) These are just a few of the many qualities of Spencer, The Duke of Moreland. Arousing on the dance floor, riding a purebred horse and most important riding a woman to ecstasy!

This was the first Tessa Dare read for me and I have to say it won't be my last. My goodness, Ms. Dare can bring the romance and sensuality to the reader! Just her description of a kiss will me
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book and I think I maybe enjoyed it a little bit more than even some of my goodreads friends did. Amelia was such a sweet heroine and I almost cried at times for her in the story. Spencer reminded me a bit of St. Vincent from "A Devil in Winter" and I thought they made a wonderful combination. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a historical romance book to read!!! Tessa Dare is definitely an author that is on auto buy for me. ...more
Beanbag Love
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable premiere of Tessa Dare's new trilogy, The Stud Club.

Of course, The Stud Club refers to breeding horses, but we know what it reeeeeeeealllly means. Vavoom.

In any case, I had a few problems that cost Dare a star, but overall the romance was nice and the evolution of their attraction and devotion made sense to me. Their love scenes were well written and sensual and I didn't feel there were so many that I needed to skim.

Both characters had irritating quirks. Sometimes th
This is so sweet and adorable. <3

I think the first 60% is pretty much perfect. The next 25% is also great, but it does begin to get a little angsty/conflicting. The last bit of the book gets surprisingly somber and fast-paced. Usually, I would find the H to be lacking, wanting him to prove himself more by the end of this book. For this book, that is actually how I feel about the h this time.

Don’t get me wrong. I find Amelia to be great. She is amusing and passionate about her family and her int
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amelia: “Are you insane?”

Spencer: “No,” he answered swiftly. “No, I am in possession of my mental faculties, and in excellent physical health. If you wish further assurances prior to the wedding, I can refer you to my personal physician.”

Amelia: Good Lord, was he serious?

The comparisons between Spencer & Sheldon are hilariously wonderful 😍

***(Re-read December 2019)***
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this, of course. I never really know how to review Tessa Dare’s books. Only to say that they make me damn happy. And swoon, good lord. 😍
Addie H
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
(Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Spinster/Wallflower, Unstarched (hero)


-And for the first time all season, Spencer found himself partnered with a lady not of his choosing. She had selected him. How very surprising. How very unpleasant.

I shouldered through the whole book, but for 97.5% of the time Spencer was such a d**k.

- Despite his fine looks and obvious intelligence—or perhaps because of them—he, more than any man of her acquaintance, had the power to make her feel so vulnerable, lacking, and most
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2017
3.5 stars!
The characters got better as the book went along. I wasn’t invested in them in the beginning and thought about doing a DNF. Then the writing got better and I really liked Spencer. Tessa Dare's characterization was great for him. I couldn't stand him in the beginning and then I absolutely loved his character by the end.

Now to Amelia. I liked her in the beginning but then 1/2 through, I really started disliking her. Her absolute "blind love" for her brother drove me nuts and I hated he
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally I'm done with took me 3-4 days to finish this book (due to some personal reasons).

The only thing I would say is everything else was perfect in Tessa Dare's book except the stupid characters. Hero , heroine, supporting roles every one was stupid, that's why I'm not even encouraged to read the next book in the series as Ashworth and Bellamy are shown so strong headed and (more than once) witless, that I can't bear them anymore now.

About the main characters, Spencer is so arroga
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. So many amazing quotes from it. It was breathtaking more than once.

This was such a sweet story. In it, you will find a lovely, shy and extremely caring wallflower. She would have never been noticed by the duke in any normal circumstance, but that's what is so nice about books, isn't it? He did. So we see how this couple -one very different from the other- struggle and try to move on every problem they go through. As the story goes on, we see how they were meant to
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My wife, my lover... my dearest friend."

Loved this book. Tessa Dare hit it out of the park with Spencer Dumarque. Our heroine, Amelia also had a good bit of pluck. Overall a great read. Would have read it straight through had I had the time. I'm sure there are many who might be affronted by the hero's dominant nature, but that would not be me. While he was a little rough around the edges, he had a vulnerable side that sucked you in like a black hole. I'm looking forward to the rest of
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm sad to report that despite my obsession with nearly everything Tessa Dare's ever written, I really didn't love this one. There's a charm, energy and wit in her later books that's largely missing here.

I often end up ambivalent about this author's heroes, who are generally of the all too typical HR "acts like a raging jerk for 90% of the time but is loving enough for the remaining 10% that you almost forgive him" variety. In Tessa Dare's case, they're usually so witty and entertaining even at
Books Just 4 Me
3.5 ⭐️ I love spirited, sassy heroines. Amelia is a strong character who sees deeply into people and doesn’t mince words on how she feels. Spencer is a typical arrogant, entitled aristocrat who uses these characteristics as a defense to keep his secrets hidden. Amelia and Spencer both grow in their relationship. Things are very black and white with Spencer and that is very hard for Amelia who is controlled by her emotions. They have very strong chemistry that fights its way through their bickeri ...more
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 1/2 interesting stars

First of all, it is worth stating that the description of this book is not very accurate. Yes, the H dances only one set at midnight when attending balls in London, and yes it is with unattached ladies, but the actual plot is revealed pretty early in the book. I put off reading this, even though I am a huge fan of Tessa Dare's work, because the blurb turned me off as I expected an arrogant jerk as the H. While Spencer is certainly a horse of a different color, and he can s
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Anne Gracie
3 1/2 stars. Although I was disappointed that this didn't have the freshness or originality of some of Dare's previous books, it was an engaging read that often made me laugh at lines like these: "Spencer stared at the words so fiercely, Amelia would not have been surprised to see the scrawled letters roust themselves from the paper and rearrange to spell different words, just to escape his displeasure." I keep wanting to compare it to Julia Quinn, except I've developed such an intense Quinn all ...more
BJ Rose
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-regency, series
Amelia was a very sensible, very caring, very pragmatic, intelligent young woman who agreed to marry an arrogant, antisocial, very rich duke so she could help her younger brother Jack, who owed a gambling debt to the duke. All sympathies should be with Amelia, right?! Yet with every detail that was disclosed, my sympathies turned more and more to Spencer and away from Amelia, who focused everything around her blind devotion to Jack, and repeatedly blamed her husband for not caring. And for all t ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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3.5 hearts

Tessa Dare is an autobuy for me now but I haven’t gotten to most of her considerable catalog because it wasn’t on audiobook, until now that is.  As some of her earlier works have come to audio, I’ve been able to incorporate them into my reading.  Even though I can tell she has grown as a writer since writing One Dance wi
4.5 stars!


This story was swooningly good!

Tessa Dare is one of my favorite historical romance authors and there really isn't much that she writes that I don't like. She has great story telling ability and writes some truly interesting story lines and characters.

I had read a sample of “One Dance with a Duke" months ago and was quickly absorbed in this story about a mysterious duke who suddenly appears at the stroke of midnight to dance one set with a lady of his choosing then makes a
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it

What can I say except most of it (but not quite) is in the book summary. You have your mysterious, harsh and rude nobleman, an uncommon beauty with love to spare for every single undeserving person she has in her life, a murder that plays a role only in regards to their relationship and the duke's secrets, and horses.
Nothing much to say really. If you've read Tessa Dare before, then you know the type of heroine Amelia is. You can't not like her.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Angsty story with a murder, an introverted H and a heroine just realising that she's on the shelf. One terrible night, he see's her kindness and that's it, he arranges to marry her the next day! She thinks he's doing the right thing by her, but he's actually fallen in love with her. She seemed self absorbed at first, but she has good reasons, he helps her to see her true value. I really liked this book. ...more
I love novels by Tessa Dare, however this audiobook didn't cut the mustardfor me, thus the 3.0 stars. Although the romance and intimacy was nicely done, I was totally confused on what the plot was about and why there was so much secrecy done by Spencer. Later is was explained but the murder part never came to fruition, again thus my confusion at some parts that didnt make sense to me.

Okay, I try to redeem Justine Eyre as a narrator and every now and then will give her that chance. This is one o
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ⭐️.
I hate it when there are unresolved matter in the book. I always feel dissatisfied.
I loved the hero more than the heroine. Though he doesn’t do any grand romantic gestures, he is a closet romantic. Heroine had guts and unflinching loyalty.
The mystery part was done good but wasn’t solved, I think it continues in another book with hero’s sometimes friend. That was my one issue. Another was about hero’s ward Claudia. Her problem wasn’t resolved too.
Their passion and love scenes wer
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