Review: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Romantic ThursdayIt’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

What a Duke Dares - Anna CampbellPublisher: Forever (August 26th 2014)
Paperback: 432 pages
Series: Sons of Sin #3
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3/3.5 of 5 stars


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 . . .


Camden Rothermere, Duke of Sedgemoor, has been plagued by scandals his whole life and there’s nothing he abhors more. He needs to marry soon and he thinks Penelope (the girl next door) will do just fine. But she thinks she’ll only bring scandal to his name and she loves him too much to do that to him, so she ran off to the Continent. But fate forces them back together and sometimes chemistry can’t be denied.

I’ve been pretty excited for this book, Anna Campbell’s Sons of Sin series has been doing me good and we’ve finally gotten to Cam’s story! My excitement for this is because Cam isn’t quite your typical roguish charmer, but instead he’s was the straight-laced, stuffy proper duke. (And I do really mean quite pomppus!) I love heroes like this (or the results anyway). Why, you ask? Because nothing is more satisfying than seeing them get taken down a peg or two by love, mauaha (i.e. see Sabrina Jeffries’ What the Duke Desires). And on top of that, this book is a road trip book (of sorts)! Cam and Penelope is gallivanting across the continent, trying to keep their reputations in tack, all the while fighting that spark between them.

Yup, this book could have been glorious. But it wasn’t quite. I’m not saying it’s bad, but somehow it just didn’t  live up to my expectations.  Surprisingly, Cam was less of a stuffy Duke for less of the book than I thought he be, which was a wonderful thing because I really ended up liking a lot because we got to see his scoundrel-ish side and his vulnerable side.

“How can you flirt when we’re about to find a watery grave?”

“How can I not?” His voice roughened into urgency. “If the ship goes down, I’ll be damned if I die without kissing you.”

I had a bit of issue with Penelope.  She’s a pretty strong and independent character. I loved that she refused to take anything less from than Cam than all his love. But Penelope was so sure that their marriage would fail that she never gave Cam even a chance to prove her wrong. Might I add that on several occasions I felt like Cam really showed that he could be/ was willing to be the man she needed him to be (except of course, Penelope had the stubborn streak that dragged the issue for far longer than it needed to be).

Overall, Anna Campbell still wrote a lovely story. I’ve mentioned before that her writing really draws you in and it still does with this story. In the end, I still really enjoyed it despite the few things that frustrated me. The Sons of Sin series is definitely worth checking out. I’m sad to see this series end, but I’m happy they all got their HEA!

“You look so smug,” she said with a delicious gurgle of laughter. She linked her hands around his neck and tugged at the brushing his collar.

“I’m a hero. My wife told me so.”

{* Thanks to Forever  & Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell”

  1. This is on my list, and while it didn’t blow you away, it still looks like a nice escape read.

    1. I’m a little sad it didn’t blow me away, but definitely worth reading still, especially if you enjoyed the rest of the series! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. A lovely book for a rainy day ? The cover sure is catchy 😉

    1. Definitely! To both 😉

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