Friday, February 3, 2012

How to Dance With a Duke (Ugly Ducklings 1) by Manda Collins

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 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 more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….

Reviewer: Fashionta
Lovers of Julia Quinn will fall in love with this historical series from debut author Manda Collins, who I personally believe will become a star. Three cousins have a lot to live up to after their mothers and step-mother were called Fabulous Featherstones because their beauty set the ton tongues waging in their debut season. It's not that the girls aren’t pretty, it's because they are more interested in intellect and this gains them the name Ugly Ducklings. However, these girl get their moment to shine after an encounter which brings something that will fulfill all of their dreams and wishes.

This is an interesting book. There's a twist of mystery in the novel, a rather engaging one which brings the hero and heroine together and soon it's will they won't they after they set the ton alight with their frequent outings and the promise the heroine makes to the hero. I have to give this 4 stars and hope that we will see more of this writer in the coming years. This author is truly a gem and goes straight on my favourite shelf on goodreads and authors to watch list.

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley


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