I Dared the Duke

St. Martin's Paperbacks. (Wayward Wallflowers, Bk. 2). Apr. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781250100924. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250100931. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Alexander Savage, the notoriously difficult Duke of Blackshire, wants to send his grandmother out of London and off to his country estate. Elizabeth Lacey is her new companion and believes the older woman is being treated poorly. When Alex asks for Beth's assistance, she proposes a bargain: she'll urge the duchess to relocate if he grants his grandmother three wishes—wishes that involve his time and attention. Alex agrees, but after a series of unfortunate incidents, it's becoming clear that his life is in danger, and until he can find out who wants him dead, he needs everyone he cares about to be as far away from him as possible, including the fearless, determined Miss Lacey.
VERDICT Sharply drawn characters, clever dialog, simmering sensuality, and a dash of mystery make this well-crafted Regency thoroughly delightful. Bennett (My Brown-Eyed Earl) lives in Maryland.
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