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Anne Mallory
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060762233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060762230
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 11.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Romance 18 Jan 2007
By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Audrey Kendrick has been forced to return to her life as London's most legendary thief - a title she thought she'd managed to leave behind until a family crisis draws her back into the underworld for one last mission.

Stephen Chalmers, the new Duke of Marston is a spy charged with capturing the thief who is terrorising the town and jeopardising government secrets. When Stephen unmasks Audrey as the thief - she is in danger of losing more than her freedom to him. And when a greater danger moves onto the scene the pair realise that the best way to survive might be to work together even with the risk that they might fall in love.

I really enjoyed this book - it was a fun romance with plenty of action to keep you interested and wanting to keep turing the pages to see what will happen next. Stephen is your typical suave gentleman spy who cannot help but be charmed by the unconventional, feisty heroine Audrey. Their romance is believable although possibly slightly overshadowed by all the action.

There was quite a lot going on and although the plot is not overly complicated there are so many characters and plot points that you do have to pay attention to understand what is happening. I would also suggest that you have read Anne Mallory's first book Masquerading the Marquess before you read this book as there are many references to events and characters from that book that not having read it might make things slightly confusing.

However I would still give this book 4 stars as it is an enjoyable read and one that I would recommend. I will definitely be reading more of Anne Mallory's books in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 18 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this is a well plotted story with pleanty of enjoyable moments.
The subplots stand together and there are no clunky moments.
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14 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coco 9 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I did not expect much from this book so, I was surprised when I started to read it. It was so much fun, the characters and the plot were so well connected. It is not a typical romance book, I read it in just two days. It is about a thief and a spy master who has been after “her” for a long period of time. Good and bad are mixed together, working toward and end that is believable. I have already ordered “Masquerading the Marquis” and pre-order the “new year realise”.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Voice To Watch In Romance!!! 25 Aug 2005
By D. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best historical romances I've read in years. I was hooked from the beginning. Great characters with lots of suspense and romance. Hard to put down. The plot and characters seemed fresh, the pace was quick, and it was a totally engrossing read. A sexy hero, a feisty heroine, a mystery, and a passionate romance...put them all together and you get "Daring the Duke", a historical romance you don't want to miss. Anne Mallory developed Audrey Kendrick and Stephen Chalmers's personalities and motivations very convincingly, to the point where you feel as though you know them well enough to be friends by the time you finish the book. One of the things I liked best about this book is the way the author wove the emotional storyline with such a light touch -- I was engrossed with the relationship between the hero and heroine and truly felt as if I knew them both. Daring the Duke was an emotional roller coaster, and I felt all the pain and joy they did. Wonderful love story, great characters with an emotionally scarred hero and strong but vulnerable heroine, unique setting, intriguing plot, edge-of-your-seat pacing, heart-tugging emotion, excellent writing, intense sensual love scenes, and a superb ending. I was so engrossed, I read it in a day. The love scenes are ample & steamy, and the plot is a good one. A fast paced book with an intricate plot that I cannot help but enjoy. Daring the Duke a strong (but not obnoxious) heroine who is in no way ordinary, a back story which is compelling but doesn't get in the way of the love story, and of course a wonderful hero. It was written with an amazing level of intensity and feeling that my heart was pumping furiously with both the palatable passion and the keen sense of danger infused in the story. Steven is a mighty good man. He is HOT HOT HOT! This was just the kind of romance novel I love. Wonderful characters. Characters that seems real because they are not perfect-something most novels like this lack. I absolutely loved this book. The author has a great gift in her ability to develop characters. I must have laughed a hundred times and I absolutely couldn't put the book down until I was finished. I found Anne Mallory writing fresh, and her lead characters fully developed with their personalities very well crafted. I can't wait to read more books from Anne Mallory. I hope she comes out with a new one soon.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel 22 Aug 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Masquerading the Marquess introduced us to a new author, Anne Mallory, whose knowledge of the Regency period in England is certainly vast. She must be a scholar of note, for her grasp of social and romantic customs is as deep as it is wide. We loved the first book, and we wondered how Ms. Mallory would be able to top the ultra-romantic and intriguing set up that she established. For in the first book her heroine, spunky Camille Minton, worked undercover as a cartoonist or caricaturist for Regency gossip columns while pretending to be a dowdy chaperone! For one thing, few books set in the Regency acknowledge the fact that, unpleasant or not, many women had to work to make a living. Plus, Camille's cunning cartoons were a clever way for author Mallory to describe most of her characters without that tedious job of over-description. The suspense came from asking ourselves when would the Marquess she loved find out she was a "working girl"?

Here the heroine works as a thief--a dashing thief like the Scarlet Pimpernel! Audrey is romantic, decent, hard-working and ultimately does the right thing, but we wince for her virtue and we worry about whether or not she will land the one man who will make her happy--which will it be?

Not by choice but because of a blackmailer who plans to expose her to the "ton" (fashionable crowd of Beau Brummell) and to hurt her sister's reputation if she does not comply with his insane demands. It's like Topkapi or Rififi or any number of suspenseful crime caper movies, blended in with the Regency love affairs we love to follow in Avon romances. DARING THE DUKE ups the emotional ante of the first novel by Mallory, engaging us with her sympathetic characters while making us understand why they sometimes flirt with the law.

I wonder what title will come up next for Anne Mallory? ROMANCING THE REGENT? PURSUING THE PRINCE? VIOLATING THE VISCOUNT? Only time will tell!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous Regency romantic suspense 26 July 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Duke of Marston Stephen Chalmers failed to catch Hermes the thief who apparently retired until now. For an unknown reason, Hermes has committed six robberies in a week, but this time Stephen knows that the long assumed male thief is a she, Audrey Kendrick; once he has her accomplices he will send her and her team to Newgate.

Audrey detests the blackmailing Travers who has her sister Faye as a hostage to force Hermes to do his bidding. Travers is upset to see Stephen "Bloody" Chalmers with Audrey and warns her to stay away from the gentleman spy. However, it is difficult to avoid someone who seems to be everywhere you are. As Stephen sets up his final trap to capture the entire Hermes gang, he finds his admiration for Audrey's courage and daring grow and his desire for her interfere with his thought process. Audrey falls in love with the forbidden fruit of an aristocrat who wants to send her to Newgate, Australia or his bed, but Faye's safety must come before her betraying heart.

Though readers know who the thief, her "handler" and the sleuth are from the start, DARING THE DUKE is a fabulous Regency romantic suspense due to a terrific triangular cat, rat, and mouse game between the key threesome. Fans will enjoy Stephen's dilemma as he has fallen in love with the obsession he wants to send to prison. Audrey is a brave individual who sub-genre fans will emphasize with about her dilemma, hoping that somehow she overcomes the impossible with Stephen at her side.

Harriet Klausner
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of slow... 12 Sep 2005
By Lauren LeDonne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I expected great things based on the five stars reviews here, but I wasn't very impressed with this book. It actually took me over a week to finish it. Normally I'll read a good book straight through in a day or two, but I kept setting this one aside for more interesting books. It's plot was unique enough to have me coming back to it eventually, but I was never in a big hurry to see how it ended.

I thought the plot and the characters had real potential, but there needed to be a little more detail and depth in order to give it that sense of richness of a great romance.

The story seemed to be told on a superficial level, in that we were told the bare facts about what was happening and who the characters were. There was simply not enough descriptions or depth to create a really dynamic story. Usually I feel that romance novels err on the side of giving too much detail that bogs down the story, but in case I think more detail was needed in order to hook the reader. For example, there were plenty of secondary characters who I would have liked to see more of, but they would only appear for 1 paragraph to 1 page at a time. Not enough time for us to care about these more minor characters, or to get to know the protagonists through interactions with others.

That being said, I did see real potential with this story as it had a unique plot and appealing characters. I think with a little more depth it could have made for a really great crime caper and a great romance. This was the first book I've read by this author, but despite being less than impressed, I would definetly give her another shot in the future to see if she's improved.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Rough, But Still Fun! 18 Oct 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
*3.5 Stars*

Once again, there was something missing for me in this book. I honestly think it's because it's one of this author's first books. It felt a little smoother than the first at times, but it was still missing the spark I usually feel with this author's work.

I picked this book up immediately after finishing the first, Masquerading the Marquess. Stephen seemed like such an interesting character that I couldn't wait to read more about him! Luckily, he didn't disappoint and his heroine, Audrey, lived up to my expectations too.

Audrey by turns impressed and irritated me. I loved all the details about her career. It was absurdly easy for Stephen to catch her, but luckily the author gave us the excuse that this was not her plan to explain that away. This enabled me to still be able to accept that she had been too slick to catch a year ago.

I loved how mature and strong she was. She had confidence in herself and was always planning. It was very nice. But I also found her lack of growth and closed off attitude toward Stephen to be irritating. I know she didn't trust easy, but I got tired of it dragging on for the whole book. I needed to see her give something back to Stephen. It felt rather one sided as it stood.

I loved watching the teasing and banter develop between the characters. This is where I feel the author really starts to polish her later style.

I felt that once again things started to feel a little shaky as the plot came together. It was a little too abrupt and felt somewhat convoluted at times. The book could do with some tighter plotting and fewer characters running around.

I really wish that more detail had been explained about Audrey and Stephen's past. I felt that things were alluded to in her thoughts that were never resolved. I also wanted to know if her retirement tied into another event. The timing seemed to match up a little too well for it to be otherwise.

These first two books will not go down as favorites of the author, but I don't regret acquiring them at all. If you read this and felt that it was just a bit lacking I would recommend trying one of her newer books before making up your mind to write her off!
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