A beautifully written love story with utterly perfect imperfections.USA Today bestselling author
Daring the Duke is a steamy, dreamy, all-consuming historical romance. Unforgettable characters and a captivating happily ever after that you don't want to miss!USA Today bestselling author
A fantastic love story full of passion, political issues, and unshakable loyalty!
USA Today bestselling author Charlie Lane traded in academic databases and scholarly journals for writing steamy Regency romcoms like the ones she’s always loved to read. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen (who else?), Toni Morrison, William Blake, Julia Quinn, and Maya Rodale.
This is a very original story of a red-headed, lively lady who will do anything to protect the family she thinks she put in harms way. Tabitha does her best to find a match, but in the process is dared to get introduced to a grumpy Duke by using several different names. Though hilarious at first, it turns quickly into a problem . What was once teasing turns into tests to prove herself. The life the Duke lived before meeting her is spent being told he must be perfect and find the perfect wife. I loved how the author worked both of them to grow and realize their lives could not be as others wished, that the “villain” got his and love found a way. The epilogue is especially adorable and very funny!
Lady Tabitha Hampton, a Bluestocking who has destroyed her family’s finances must marry well to save them. Always on the sidelines at balls, she and her friends create their own fun with a series of dares. One dare will lead to her future and create the opportunity to discover all she is capable of.
I loved Tabithas spirit, and the journey of self-realization. Having to overcome everyone’s expectations to find that she is already perfect in her imperfections. A few of these revelations seemed a little rushed, like we missed some little piece. But overall, I really enjoyed this tale of love for Tabitha & Arthur.
I got this book for free from Amazon. Although I love this series, I do not advise reading in reverse order, as I have done. The problem is, they get better as they go. This one is a five-star read, without a doubt, but this is why I’d love a more nuanced rating system. Subsequent books would earn over five stars. That said, I still recommend this book, as it is the one that starts things off. And if you read the others without reading this one, you’ll never know how the series begins.
Tabitha is a 27-year-old debutante from an old, respected title, now on the verge of destitution. She is partially responsible for this. She hopes to find a husband rich enough to rescue her family and help her four younger sisters to find more successful matches. However, she has become more or less a wallflower—probably due to her intelligence—along with her closest friends Jane and Lillian. So, they decide to have some fun while they’re waiting to be noticed. They dare one another to do risky things. Tabitha is dared to give a different name each time she is introduced to Arthur, a Duke(!), and she does, to hilarious effect.
Arthur is on to Tabitha’s game and he’s furious, although there is a part of him that’s intrigued. The book opens at a ball where Arthur requests an invitation to the lady in question. This time she gives her name as Miss Jonathan Joggs. Previous names included Miss Imogen Ichabod, Miss Mary Poke, and Miss Priscilla Pickles, his favorite. After being introduced, she goes to turn away from him, but he insists on a dance. He must know why she has done this. The answer: no one seems to remember her anyway, and they were bored. And it’s true that, despite her bright red hair, no hostess ever seems to remember her name. And in the case of Arthur, in particular, she felt her first introduction to him had been disappointing. He barely acknowledged her, so she figured there was little chance he’d remember. She was angry with him, and once confronted, explains, “I’m worth more than being forgotten. I’m worth more than being dismissed and discarded.” But Arthur does remember her; she just doesn’t suit his purpose—finding his perfect future duchess.
After she has been challenged, they find themselves in close proximity again, and by now, Tabitha is afraid he will tell people what she has done and she will never find a match. It has gotten to the point where she is considering marrying one of her father’s widowed friends who needs an heir (there are several of them). When she appeals to his better angels to keep it to himself, he agrees. Then she suggests that if he needs to marry to obtain his favorite residence in his duchy, he might as well marry her. He is flabbergasted at the suggestion and immediately rejects it, but she explains that she has a perfect memory and can study what is needed and become the perfect duchess. Although he initially refuses, he ultimately decides to give her a chance to prove herself.
This book is about striving for perfection and never being able to reach it. Tabitha is so good at portraying the “perfect duchess,” he decides she will be the one. Arthur is deeply insecure about his imperfections, but each time he shares one with her, she assuages his guilt. There’s a strong physical attraction between them and he figures that will make up for any lack of love. The thing is, the more he gets to know her, the more he likes the parts of her that are genuine and non-duchess-like. We learn that it is primarily his uncle who has drilled into Arthur that he is imperfect and made him think he must be to be a successful duke. This same man is determined to “mold” Tabitha into something she is not—perfect. Because Arthur has been programmed to seek perfection, he must learn to overcome the need for something unattainable. Because Tabitha has promised she will be perfect for Arthur, she refuses to be anything less than that. Essentially, their views on perfection switch, and the key to their happiness is meeting somewhere in the middle—realizing perfection should never be a goal, and they are perfect for one another.
This was the first in the new Debutante Dares Book series by Charlie Lane. A truly different concept for the story, Tabitha, Jane and Lillian are wallflowers and to keep their evenings lively they play a game of dares.
Their latest dare begins together Lady Tabitha and Arthur, the Duke of Collingford. She is desperate to marry to save her family financially and he needs to marry to inherit Rose Hall.
Lady Tabitha and Arthur are complete opposites, she doesn’t follow the rules and he lives by them. What starts out as an arrangement to get them each what they want turns into so much more.
The steamy chemistry, witty banter, and humor had me smiling throughout and makes for a great read. I loved this book and anxiously await the next one in the series!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Wolf publishing.
Arthur, the Duke of Collingford, is looking for his perfect Duchess. He needs to marry a woman his family will approve of unconditionally or else... But I won’t spoiler it, of course. Suffice to say that the Season is coming to a close and his task is proving herculean. And a distracting redhead is not helping matters at all… Lady Tabitha is in her first season, even if she’s already seven and twenty. Her family is facing financial difficulties and she has three younger sisters and her father to provide for. With only her prodigious memory to help her and an unfashionable head of red hair to hinder her, her search for an husband seems hopeless. Until a dare pushes her in the path of a handsome duke and she has the greatest idea ever: thanks to her ability to remember and learn everything, she’ll become his perfect duchess. Of course nothing is as easy as it seems…
I loved this charming book by Charlie Lane. She was a new author to me, but I won’t stop following her now. She’s a very talented writer and I found myself captivated by Tabitha and Arthur and their perfect imperfections. I particularly appreciated the way their thoughts and feelings were laid out, a way that was amusing, refreshing and also poignant at times. I smiled quite a lot while reading and enjoyed the banter between the main characters and the side characters very much. The latter are quite interesting as well and I look forward to seeing them again in the following books of the series. All in all, I really enjoyable read worth five stars!