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.