How to Dance with a Duke

How to Dance with a Duke

How to Dance with a Duke What s a wallflower to do when she s suddenly in need of a husband Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egy

  • Title: How to Dance with a Duke
  • Author: Manda Collins
  • ISBN: 9780312549244
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • What s a wallflower to do when she s suddenly in need of a husband Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage But the rules of her father s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members To clear her ailWhat s a wallflower to do when she s suddenly in need of a husband Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage But the rules of her father s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members To clear her ailing father s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull He s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season s most sought after beauty But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston s expeditions to Egypt An alliance with the explorer s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened or it could lead him to a dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined

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    If I'm not mistaken, this should be Manda Collins's debut novel and while the book shows some flaws, I see some great potential here as the writing is elegant, the dialogues are witty with sometimes hints of sheer humour and the plot feels interesting and refreshing. The love story between Lucas, the Duke of Winterson, and Miss Cecily Hurston, a "bluestocking-turned-fashion-plate", is really sweet. In this case, is the heroine, still suffering from having been jilted three years before, who is m [...]

    This was a lovely surprise. I've had this book on my to-read pile for a while and decided to read it on vacation, and I was not disappointed. It has everything I want in a romance. It was sweet, funny, the writing was really good, and the couple and their respective best friends were delightful. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the investigation into the disappearance of the hero's brother overtook the romance toward the end, and became more important than the romanc [...]

    This book started out very cute, if also very paint-by-numbers. And then went on to descend so deeply into random cliche that didn't make any sense to the storyline that I would have thrown it across the room if it hadn't been an e-book. There was no consistent characterization for any character. They just acted however the author needed them to for the moment, with no thought given to whether or not it made any sense. (view spoiler)[ First the heroine is upset she didn't get to go on an expedit [...]

    What a delightful, entertaining debut! I was first drawn to the lovely cover and then when I read the blurb I was intrigued as it sounded a bit different than all the regencies out there so I was more than happy to dive in.Miss Cecily Hurston is determined to clear her ailing fathers name of murder by gaining access to the elusive Egyptian Club, obtaining his journals and decoding them (as she is a mastermind at codes). Only one small probleme is female and the club is only for males and their s [...]

    I enjoyed this book so much that I (1) went out and bought a copy and (2) pre-ordered book two in the series. Cecily is a strong, intelligent woman who is frustrated by her lack of equality in the eyes of men. She is just as capable as they are – and they close the door in her face. And that’s how we meet the Duke. The Duke thinks she’s in love with his name, and runs away with his tail between his legs. But when he discovers who she is and thinks he can manipulate her, he finds that he is [...]

    Originally posted at Sisters UneditedRated: 1.5 StarsBefore I get started you must know that this review will have rant-like tendencies. Yes, I know authors abhor such things and some reviewers detest it as well. But I can't help but want to shout that This book was awful. There is nothing that makes me more mad than buying a book that looked so promising just to have said image completely shattered. You have been warned that this review is not going to be pretty.Now let's start from the beginni [...]

    Rating: 3.5*The main characters are Miss Cecily Hurston and His Grace, Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson. She is looking for her father’s diaries hoping that with information found there she will clear his name. Lucas is looking for his missing brother, lost in the last expedition of Lord Hurston in Egypt.I liked all characters and I want to find more about her friends and cousins Madelin and Juliet and about Lord Deveril. I loved that Cecily was thinking on her own and didn’t accept Society [...]

    3.5 StarsMiss Cecily Hurston is on the hunt for a thief and a missing, possibly murdered, man to try and clear her scholarly father's name. Her father has been struck down by a stroke and is unable to communicate and his journals missing, the only place that may hold some clues is the Egyptian Club of which her father is a founder. Unfortunately a woman must be married to a member to enter, deciding that it is the only way Cecily is determined to be a marry by becoming a social success after yea [...]

    DNF @ 52%I was so excited about this book! A bluestocking egyptologist lady (for the sake of the enjoyment of this historical romance I set aside my disgust for the imperialistic mindset of the British Empire's subjects over the rest of the world), an injured war hero Duke, a mystery, a curse, missing people, murder!Sadly the hero and heroine had zero chemistryThey only paid the minimum thought to propriety and the societal expectations of the time, what with kissing in public parks, slipping aw [...]

    "Though", he reflected gravely, "you know what they say. The bigger the nose'"This debut is absolutely delightful. Manda Collins reminds me a lot of Julia Quinn and if you like her books this is a must. And in hindsight I should have read this before How to Romance a Rake. I giggled, sighed and was utterly charmed! I really liked the mystery even though my first guess was right. However, I couldn't be completely sure. And it was a nice device for throwing the hero and heroine together. I really [...]

    Lovely book by a "new-to-me-author." I'll definitely continue the series and hope the rest are a charming as the first.

    2.5 stars.There were elements of this that were strong. I actually quite like a lot of the characters, and I feel like some of the dialogue is particularly good. I even liked parts of the relationship arc. However, in the end, the sum of the parts didn't come together. The sort of mystery(ish) plot worked well enough, but the character arcs weren't so much arcs as zigzags. The personal conflict between Cecily and Lucas felt contrived. Cecily's backstory wasn't fleshed out well enough (at the rig [...]

    You can find the entire review at Forever Book Lover.The story line intrigued me, it had a unique blend of historical fiction, romance and mystery. Manda Collins, is an amazing story teller, “How to Dance with a Duke” pulled me in from the very beginning and I was hooked all the way to the last page.Her writing in some ways reminded me of Julia Quinn, more for her quick oneliners. I found myself chuckling out loud. I enjoyed the way her writing amused me all the way through, and the same tim [...]

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: January 31, 2012Publisher: St. Martin’s PressImprint: St. Martin’s PaperbacksAuthor’s Website: mandacollins/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Ugly Ducklings SeriesSeries Best Read In Order: N/ASteam Level: SteamyThis book reminded me a lot of some of the earlier novels by one of my favorite authors, Amanda Quick, as well as possibly Julia Quinn or Loretta Chas [...]

    This was so close.oooo close to being a four star book for me.I loved the H/h, the side characters, the mystery (even though, I figured out the guilty party pretty quickly), and the author's writing flowed very nicely.So why did I rate it a three? Because a trope I loathe was employed. The dreaded, "I was burned by love once before, so now I will guard my heart fiercely and I will never, ever love again, because heartbreak sucks, and even though this man that I'm married to is nothing at all lik [...]

    Oh, my. I'm feeling all dreamy and swoony. How to Dance with a Duke was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed every moment of it and couldn't help giggling like a silly school girl throughout the book. It was so funny and romantic. I truly adored Cecily, Juliet and Maddie aka The Ugly Ducklings. They were absolutely delightful to read about. Not forgetting Lucas too. Swoon. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well including the obnoxious Amelia and Felicia. How to Dance with a Duke was an amazing hi [...]

    This was an ok read. I enjoyed the pace of the story once I got past the first few chapters. The heroine bothered me quite a bit with her "act first, think never" attitude. I understand wanting to have your opinion valued. I even understand wanting to be in control if your own life. I do not, however, understand stupid actions that place you in danger at every turn.When she wasn't insisting that she should could take care of herself, she was pushing the hero away to save herself heartbreak. agai [...]

    It is just a fact that historical romances tend to be a dime a dozen. After a while they all just tend to blend together. That makes it quite a task for a writer to write a novel in this genre that can stand above the crowd and touch a reader in a lasting way. There was potential in this story by Manda Collins. The plot of this novel is definitely different than the typical marriage hunt stories that dominate this type of book. Oh, there is definitely some marriage hunting going on in this story [...]

    2.5 starsOriginally posted on Wit and Sin: witandsin/2012/01Cecily Hurston has long been wary of marriage, as she has no desire to wed a man like her father – one who would try and curtail her studies of ancient Egypt. But a disaster on one of her father’s expeditions has Cecily hearing wedding bells, for there is no way she can gain entrance into the Egyptian Club and find the proof to clear her father’s name unless she marries a member of the club. Though Cecily and her cousins are known [...]

    I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. There was so much that made it a 4 star read. The author is a good writer and story teller, and kept my interest throughout. I enjoyed the mystery, which revolved around the excavations of Egyptian tombs. The secondary characters were all well developed and interesting, and I look forward to reading the next 2 books in the trilogy about the heroine's 2 cousins and best friends. Further, the author did a good job of depicting the hero falling in l [...]

    Rather well-written, but remains a very average read, despite trying to play with some tropes.The heroine, otherwise a bluestocking and a wallflower, is trying to gain access to an exclusive Egyptian club, in order to get the diaries her father wrote on his last expedition and decides that the easiest way to achieve it would be to marry a member of the club. Because of logic.The hero, a temporarily-lame war hero (what is it with temporarily lame heroes? I've seen about half a dozen of them latel [...]

    3.5 starsThis was a good story with likable characters but some minor flaws. Once again, we have a romance author who doesn't know where they hymen is located. This is a pet peeve of mine and it seems to exist across the spectrum of writers, and I'm getting more and more annoyed with it. When the heroine is later shot in the shoulder (which is a much more serious wound than Hollywood leads one to believe), the next morning, the heroine doesn't even feel a twinge, but what really had me going, "O [...]

    Good book. I really liked Lucas. In spite of his first appearance, when he was truly rude to Cecily, he is a really nice guy who is currently under a lot of stress. Once he has calmed down, he realizes he owes her an apology, and soon discovers he is very attracted to her. He and Cecily decide to work together to find out what happened to Lucas's brother, and as a result spend a lot of time together. Due some unforeseen circumstances they end up married, and continue their investigations. I real [...]

    I really enjoyed this well written historical romance. I love reading this genre! I thought it was awesome that the heroine, Cecily, is an academic and interested in scholarly pursuits. I know she had her heart broken in the past but I didn't like the way she deliberately tried to distance herself from Lucas. I loved Lucas, though. He was so sweet and protective, and the way he felt about Cecily made me swoon. I loved that he encouraged her and supported her instead of trying to hold her back. H [...]

    I think I've reached as far as I can go with this novel. Given the mystery/suspense aspect -- her father's life was altered and his brother is missing on the *same* expedition -- I expected a faster pace and a more compelling read. Something that would make me want to turn the pages. Unfortunately, I feel Ms. Collins' debut is slow and, dare I say it aloud, boring. Others may enjoy this more than I.

    Too much stereotypes in this one with over the top flowery phrases. Also couldn't stand the heroine.

    The story was fine, I enjoyed the bit of intrigue but I guessed who was who and what was what long before it was revealed. I also don't like storylines, in any book but particularly in romances, that the main character(s) refuse to admit to their feelings. Like just COME ON. We all know what is going to happen, and it's not bringing me any kind of enjoyment by delaying the "declaration of feelings." You're a romance novel, just say you love each other and move forward.

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