What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.
The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed – until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins …
Publisher and Release Date: Forever, September 2014
Time and Setting: Late Regency, England and Europe
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 5 stars
Review by Maggi
In this charming twist on a marriage plot, Camden Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor has asked his childhood friend, Penelope Thorne, to marry him. She refuses and runs off to live on the Continent with her aunt. Pen fears her disreputable family’s reputation will sully him, while Cam, a stickler for correctness, is fighting to restore the reputation of his own.
Stunned by Pen’s refusal, Cam endeavours to forget her and years pass. But when Pen’s brother’s dying plea sends him to Italy to bring her home, the two are thrown together again. As they make the journey home, they fight their desire for each other while past issues remain raw. On their return to England, they are forced to pose as husband and wife, but one kiss explodes into searing passion, and Cam must first understand his true feelings, and then prove to Pen that he loves her.
The characters are beautifully drawn in this story. Cam, a man who has been brought up by selfish, scandal-ridden, indifferent parents, fiercely guards his heart, while Pen is wildly original and game for anything. Except becoming Cam’s wife. There’s a subplot which weaves perfectly into the main story and lends weight to it. I always enjoy Ms Campbell’s language; it’s fresh and original and flows beautifully. She excels at conveying a deep understanding of the reasons for her characters’ motives.
What a Duke Dares is a great read and most highly recommended!