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One Dance with a Duke

(Stud Club #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  11,810 ratings  ·  833 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 at
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Ballantine Books
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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

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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tessa Dare weaves another wonderful trilogy with the first of the Stud Club series One Dance with a Duke. Each lead character does have some major issues, but even with their issues it only made them more human in my eyes.

Lady Amelia d’Orsay is having a hard time trying to keep her family from the breaking point .Mostly her brother Jack who has become so self-destructive that he doesn’t see the pain he’s casuing his love ones as he spirals out of control. Amelia is trying to save him from hims
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fv-review, 2read2

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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Beanbag Love
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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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. 😍
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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
Addie H
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(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
BJ Rose
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, a-regency
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
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

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.
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
I enjoyed this a lot, especially the two main characters, Amelia and Spencer. Spencer deserves special mention because of his particular challenges - he reminded me of my husband, in fact. So of course, I loved him!
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
For the first half of this book I would have given it five stars, but then the heroine started driving me nuts for a little while, but in the end all was right again and I ended up giving this book 4 stars!

I am truly happy that Tessa Dare has decided to share her talent as an author with the rest of the world! She creates characters who become real; characters with real fears and problems, dreams and desires.

At every ball Spencer, the Duke of Moreland, chooses one lady to dance with. He only dan
Fani *loves angst*
Well, barring Amelia's stupid behavior in the end of the book, this one was a true delight to read! Sweet, tender and also very emotional at times, I loved the way Spencer's rigidity and cold (at first glance) facade was paired with Amelia's giving and tender nature. And when Spencer reveals his love for her... this sealed its 5-star status for me. A little sweeter than I usually like my romances, but so well written and poignant and humorous at times, that it didn't bother me at all. I'm surpri ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I picked up a historical romance book. I always haven't had much luck with this genre, but the blurb sounded promising enough for me to give it a go.

The story started off strong. The first half was good and entertaining but sadly, by the end, it didn't quite deliver. The more I read, the more I was so frustrated and annoyed with the heroine. She acted like she chose her brother over the hero who was her own husband! So, that was the reason why I gave this book 3 stars ins

Lady Amelia d’Orsay is having a difficult time trying to keep her brother Jack from ruining himself but is determined to help him and draw him back into the family fold. Planning a get-away to their old family home, Amelia is shocked to learn Jack owes a considerable sum to Spencer Dumarque, the Duke of Morland. Aghast and the trip is no longer possible, determined to correct things Amelia takes matters into her own hands and corners the so-called Duke of Midnight for one of his Midn
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