Anna Campbell is one of those authors, where simply seeing her name on the cover is enough incentive for me to buy the book! So, I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive an ARC copy of her upcoming release, WHAT A DUKE DARES, the third book in the luscious Sons of Sin series. Huge thanks to Anna and Grand Central Publishing for a long night of excellent reading!

To begin with…who doesn’t love stories where the hero and heroine are childhood friends, but things go awry when for at least one of them, that friendship turn into something much greater?

Such is the case with Penelope and Camden.

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…

Penelope has been in love with Camden for as long as she can remember, but unfortunately she knows her friend well enough to know that his parent’s disastrous marriage has put him off the idea of romantic love forever. The scandals both of their families have created over the years only make things worse, as Camden is determined to clear the family name and Penelope knows herself well enough to understand that being proper and tame just isn’t in her genetic makeup.

Soo, when Camden proposes (badly, I might add), with more care for how he can help her conform to the ideal of a proper duchess, versus offering any hope that he might ever care for as more than a friend, Penelope turns him down flat.

I can’t stress enough how much I LOVED this book…

To escape her disgruntled parents and the memories of what might have been with Camden if he had a heart to give, Penelope runs away to join her eccentric aunt on the continent.

Jump forward nine years and as predicted tales of Penelope’s scandalous behavior have been filling Camden’s ears to overflowing, but when a deathbed promise is made to see Penelope safely home to England he is forced to face the past and the unwanted attraction that had sparked that fateful day he proposed.

From the moment they meet again the attraction is fairly combustible, but time hasn’t changed Penelope’s feelings about marrying Cam for anything less than love and his heart seems to be as cold as it ever was. The constant battle between her love and his attraction help set the pages of this book on fire, but it’s the deep emotional and almost tragic moments in this book that really keep you riveted to every word.

And if that weren’t enough…Ms. Campbell has interwoven a sub-romance of star-crossed lovers with Penelope’s younger brother Harry and Camden’s enemy’s sister, Sophie into the mix. In most books, a secondary story like this one can sometimes feel like an annoying distraction that takes you away from the characters you want to stay focused on instead, but this is not one of those times. In fact, Harry and Sophie’s provide a great compliment to the story, especially when the two merge into one with the outcome providing a great tipping point for Pen and Cam.

I can’t stress enough how much I LOVED this book and revisiting the great heroes and heroines from the previous “Sons of Sin” books was a great added bonus that made me want to go back and read their stories all over again.

If you are looking for a marvelous read for the beach or just enjoying the cool comfort of the A/C this summer in your favorite reading spot, then look no further!

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.