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Book 1 of 3 in the Ugly Ducklings Series

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"Collins' debut delivers a fast-paced, adventurous love story that will enthrall [listeners]. Her dynamic characters, a murder and passion combine with the perfect amount of lively repartee." ---Romantic Times

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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….

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ugly Ducklings (Book 1)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Library - Unabridged CD edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452637474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452637471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on January 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cecily Hurston has long been wary of marriage, as she has no desire to wed a man like her father - one who would try and curtail her studies of ancient Egypt. But a disaster on one of her father's expeditions has Cecily hearing wedding bells, for there is no way she can gain entrance into the Egyptian Club and find the proof to clear her father's name unless she marries a member of the club. Though Cecily and her cousins are known as the "Ugly Ducklings," Cecily must learn how to become a swan in order snare a husband. There's just one unexpected complication...

Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is determined to find out what happened to his brother, Will. Will went missing during Lord Hurston's last expedition and the gossips are whispering that Hurston may have killed Will. Hurston's daughter is Lucas's best chance of learning what happened to Will, and he won't let the opportunity slip him by. Cecily's plan to gain entrance into the Egyptian Club through marriage may make sense to her, but Lucas cannot bear to see the beautiful bluestocking wed one of the nodcocks now dancing attendance on her. Cecily needs someone who will not only aid her in her quest to uncover what happened on Huston and Will's last trip to Egypt, but will also appreciate and adore her for who she is. Though Cecily doesn't see it, she needs someone like him.

An "ugly duckling" comes into her own in Manda Collins's debut novel, How to Dance With a Duke. I was delighted by the premise of How to Dance With a Duke -- it reminded me of the vintage Amanda Quick books. Yet while I think Ms. Collins has a promising future in historical romance, How to Dance With a Duke fell a bit short of my expectations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Queen of Books on January 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the book by an exciting new authoress Manda Collins's "How to Dance with a Duke". I was totally surprised by this story. I loved the characters: Miss Cecily Hurston, a Blue Stocking kind of girl would rather use her mind in other pursuits. She loves her academic knowledge in Egyptian antiquities and wants admission into the Egyptian Club, but can't because she is a woman. So Cecily decides to hunt for a husband that will let her become a member.
Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is a handsome, decorated war hero who meets by chance Cecily in her attempt to enter said club.
Boy, do sparks fly between these two when they come together. You have to read this book, because it has mystery, murder and of course romance.Thanks Ms Collins for an outstanding first novel.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By akb--bookworm VINE VOICE on January 31, 2012
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Known as part of the Ugly Ducklings, Miss Cecily Hurston and her cousins are used to being wallflowers at the society events. Cecily is more interested in ancient studies and languages than fashion, much to the chagrin of her very fashionable step-mother. When her father is struck severely ill after his last excursion to Egypt, Cecily is determined to secure her father's journals so she can translate them to prove he is being wrongly accused of murdering his secretary who went missing. Unfortunately, no one will admit Cecily within the Egyptian Club to view the journals: only woman married to members are allowed entrance. With no other option to her, she decides she needs to secure a husband among its membership. Cecily seeks her step-mother's help in securing a fashionable wardrobe and a full dance card.

Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is the brother of Lord Hurston's missing secretary. He is just as interested in the events of the Egyptian dig as Cecily is in hopes he can locate his brother. He decides to work with Cecily in uncovering the clues to his brother's whereabouts and finding her father's journals. As they get closer to discovering the truth about what happened in Egypt, the closer they become to each other.

This was a fun story. Its strength was in the mystery about the events in Egypt. The dig in Egypt had far reaching effects. The secrets of the dig came out slowly creating puzzle pieces you aren't quite sure how they fit together until the end. The villain was a nice personal touch.

I really liked both Cecily and Lucas and thought they made a great pair. As they start to work together, they come to an agreement: Lucas will vet out her suitors to help her choose someone without major vices, etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on March 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE by Manda Collins is a wonderful debut historical romance set in Regency England. This is Book 1 in "The Ugly Ducklings Trilogy" and what a wonderful story from the first page to the last page. It is fast paced,emotional,well written with twists and turns you will not see coming. "How To Dance With A Duke" is about "The Ugly Ducklings' club,or so three young ladies are dubbed,but alas,they are anything but "Ugly".They are intelligent,determined,strong-willed,with dreams of their own. "How To Dance With A Duke" is the story of Miss Cecily Hurston, a wallflower who enjoys Egyptian artifacts for which she is forbidden to endeavor into. But her father's trip to Egypt has turned bad,he is left near death's door,and his assistant is missing. Cecily, needs to get admittance to the famous Egyptian Club which her father founded, in order to find his journals and learn the truth of what happened.Even if she has to marry one of the Egyptian Club members. Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson is on his own mission to discovery what happened to his beloved brother who was Cecily's father's assistance and is the one who has disappeared. "How To Dance With A Duke" has witty banter, danger, the allure of Egyptian artifacts,deceit,intrigue,mystery with romance,sweet sensuality and the price of betrayal. This author has done a fantastic job writing this suspenseful,story. The characters are strong and will capture your heart. The "Ugly Ducklings" are a force to reckon with,and will have you turning pages to their next adventure. I LOVED,LOVED "How To Dance With A Duke". A must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance,Regency,England,and Egyptian artifacts.What a delightful debut novel. I can hardly wait for the next installment in "The Ugly Ducklings Trilogy".Read more ›
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