Monday, July 24, 2017 2 helms, 2017 Releases, Historical, Reviews, Series

Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

Duke with Benefits #2 Book Cover Duke with Benefits #2
Studies in Scandal
Manda Collins
Historical Romance
St Martin's Paperbacks
27th June 2017
Netgalley ARC

Reading Challenges:
Good Reads Reading Challenge 2017
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017

Damn…..I really thought I would enjoy Daphne’s story :( Quite disappointed I couldn’t get into it and I did try to give the book another chance by having a break and coming back to it but nope…still didn’t work for me. So I skim read from 40% onwards…

Lady Daphne Forsyth is our ingenious mathematician from our group of Lady Celeste’s bluestockings who live together at Beauchamp house. Daphne learns that the legendary Cameron Cipher (an encrypted message) is rumoured to be in their very library at Beauchamp house and once solved, holds the key to a treasure. Lady Celeste has entrusted Daphne to solve the mystery of this cipher with the help of her nephew, Dalton Beauchamp – the Duke of Maitland. Daphne’s forthright nature and their mutual attraction was of great intrigue in the first book, and we get to see Daphne and Dalton explore their attraction further with a murder mystery and legendary treasure to help their romance along!

Daphne intrigued me immediately from the first book (Ready, Set, Rogue by Manda Collins) as I loved Daphne’s forthright nature and public crudeness and it made her a very unforgettable character…but sadly my intrigue didn’t last :( Admittedly, I was worried this was going to happen as unusual secondary characters really stand out to me, but once a whole book is dedicated to them, the follow through story sometimes doesn’t meet my expectations and I end up disappointed. Another reason the novel didn’t excite me was because this book was not that much different to the first…..Another murder mystery with a very clever, deceased match making aunt just didn’t seem as plausible this time around….Felt a little unoriginal so I got bored quite early and I couldn’t get out of my slump….If you are looking for a lighter romance with a mystery thrown in, then this might work for you as I’m definitely in the minority of liking “Ready Set Rogue” more than this one!

*Thank-you Manda Collins, Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for the ARC.

  • oh I am sorry to hear that this book didn’t work out for you darling. I do love this author, but haven’t had a chance to pick up her latest series yet.

  • Oh that’s disappointing when it happens. I won a copy of this one so will probably still give it a go. Maybe since I’ve not read the earlier ones it’l be easier for me. Fingers crossed!

    • Ooh most likely you will like it especially because the majority seem to like this book better than the first! There is a lead up to the romance unlike the first one :) Let me know what you think and congrats on the win!!!! That’s great!!

2017 Reading Challenges

Good Reads

2017 Reading Challenge

Vellum has read 1 book toward her goal of 40 books.

Netgalley & Edelweiss

34 out of 25 books (136%)

Oldie but a Goodie

5 out of 10 books (50%)

Read Harder

13 out of 24 books (54.166666666667%)