May 14, 2012

Book Review: How to Dance with a Duke by Manda Collins

At First Sight: Cecily Hurston is on a mission: she wants to clean her father's name. Once a very well regarded Egyptologist and a founding member of the Egyptian Club, Lord Hurston is currently surrounded by scandal thanks to the disappearance of his secretary - Mr. Dalton - and all the 'bad luck' that surrounded his latest expedition.

Cecily knows that to prove her father's innocence she needs to get access to The Egyptian Club - where her father's records of the expeditions are kept - but thanks to a rule her own father put in place, a woman can't gain entrance to the club unless she's wed to a member.

On the other hand, Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is also trying to gain access to the Club, since it was his brother who went missing during the last expedition and Lucas isn't ready to give him up as dead.

And once these two meet, outside the Egyptian Club, sparks start to fly.

Second Glance: I really wanted to like How to Dance With a Duke, because I thought the premise sounded fun. Sadly, I could never quite click with this story. The characters were nice enough and the writing was OK but something in the back of my head kept bugging me, and I think it was because some of the characters attitudes felt a little modern and a bit forced at times.

Also, this is the first book of a series (the Ugly Ducklings) and I felt like the author was trying to stick the other two heroines into this story in places where they didn't belong. There were some scenes with the other two girls that just dragged on and on for me.

Bottom Line: While I do think this book had it's moments, I can't say I liked it all that much. And I'm only mildly interested in reading about the other two girls in future books. 

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