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Never Dare a Duke (Avon Romantic Treasure) [Kindle Edition]

Gayle Callen
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Book Description

An indecent proposal

Abigail Shaw is a proper young lady, hardly the sort to boldly offer a deal to London's most distinguished and perfect duke. But Abigail, desperate to save her father's newspaper business, is after a good scandal. She'd have the sensational headlines that would keep the ton talking—and the family business thriving—if only she could uncover the secrets of Christopher Cabot, the Duke of Madingley. What better way than a pretend romance? Yet, with all his seductive glances and stolen caresses, she somehow has to keep from succumbing to temptation.

Christopher finds Abigail—and her proposal—intriguing. A fake romance with the stunning commoner would allow him time to choose a suitable wife from among the would-be duchesses nipping at his heels. It seems like a perfect plan . . . as long as he can keep her from uncovering his one deep, dark secret. But as he falls for the cunning beauty, he will be tempted to reveal all—his secret, his heart, and his soul.

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From Publishers Weekly

Only a predictable ending mars this smoky Victorian romance, a follow-up to 2008's Never Trust a Scoundrel. Outspoken, progressive Abigail Shaw has reluctantly decided that society gossip is the only thing that will bring readers back to her father's dying newspaper. A rumor from a friend mentions Christopher Cabot, the duke of Madingley, so Abigail sneaks into his sister's debut. When she finds the duke hiding from two marriage-minded ladies, Abigail brazenly offers to play the role of his lover, keeping his preying suitors at bay while learning more about his secret past. As they play their roles to perfection, their sham relationship grows into something genuine, until a malicious reporter resolves to disgrace the duke and Abby's true identity is revealed. While the story's finale is scripted and cheesy, readers will enjoy the preceding trysts, secrets and passion. (Dec.)
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About the Author

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written eighteen historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children; her dog, Apollo; and her husband, Jim, the Romance Hero.

Product Details

  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061235067
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017SYM6M
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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After reading and enjoying two other Callen books, I was looking forward to Never Dare a Duke. However, my intense dislike of the female protagonist, a dislike which I have rarely before felt for a romance heroine, ruined any possibility of liking this book.

The book opens with Miss Abigail Shaw meeting the man whose reputation she has set out to ruin. It seems that her father's newspaper is losing some of its circulation and may be in danger of shutting its doors. In a desperate attempt to sell more papers, Abigail decides to uncover some vague sort of scandal that occurred years ago involving Christopher Cabot, the duke of Madingley.

And why does she think there's a gossip-worthy tidbit about the duke just waiting to be uncovered? Well, that's simple. The Cabot family has had so many scandals that the odds were in her favor that the duke had done something. And while Abigail's friend Gwen knows of some rumor regarding his past, we are also told, rather contradictorily, that he somehow has no reputation to speak of. To uncover his secrets, Abigail accompanies Gwen to Madingley Court where she can question the duke's family and servants.

Before long, Christopher arrives there as well. To defend himself from his mother's matchmaking, Christopher and Abigail reach an agreement in which he will pretend to court her. She agrees to the charade so that she can get closer to him and his family, and learn more of his secrets. Although they realize this charade will most likely ruin Abigail's reputation when they call it quits, Christopher pays little attention to the consequences and doesn't seem to give much thought to the reason behind Abigail's so called altruism.

I honestly could not stand Abigail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Different 3.5 November 29, 2008
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While the premise of this story may have been stretching it a little...daughter wants to save father's paper with one scandalous news story and she falls in love with the target of her story, the Duke....I still enjoyed the book. I found it interesting from start to finish and I didn't hate the heroine as some of the other reviewers seemed to. She was desperate in her circumstances. Perhaps the author could have focused more on the emotional tug of war in her mind and had her try to think of more ways around her plan. Or she could have had Abby focus on her fears of what would hapen to her family if they were to lose the paper, so the reader could be a bit more sympathetic to her plight.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book and found it an entertaining read. I was so grateful there was no premature declaration of love as I've been reading in almost every book lately, that was enough to add a star in my opinion - you know, the hero and heroine see each other once or twice and then say to themselves, "Wow, I've fallen in love." And you're there reading, thinking, "Really? When?"

I admit a little more polish could have made it an even better read (tying parts together; have the writer Duke write Abby a love letter or story; remove the ghost find - it was incredulous as well as unnecessary), but I wouldn't pass it up if you're a voracious HR reader as I am because it is something different with a different type of heroine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished in one night! February 28, 2009
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I was honestly surprised by all the negative reviews here. I thought this book was one of Gayle Callen's better efforts. Her writing style has definitely improved, similar to that of Nicole Jordan when she wrote the Courtship Wars trilogy. The plot mostly focused on the hero and heroine, and yes, the chemistry WAS there. That's why I couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait for Abigail and Christopher to end up in bed!

Admittedly, the heroine was very naive. She had assumed a lot of things during the course of the story: that she could single-handedly save her father's newspaper, that she could inspire the trust of the Cabot family enough for them to start confiding in her, that she could successfully draw out the duke so that she could learn his secrets, and that she could somehow get away with it all as soon as she leaves the house party. However, she wasn't obdurate or entirely without conscience, and she did seem very forthright and considerate most of the time, so I learned to like her despite her shortcomings.

The duke's character was also very likeable. He wasn't the typical tortured hero with a dark, bitter past and an overly distrustful outlook in life. His "secret" was not as outrageous and therefore quite believable; his past was not even as horrible (or scandalous) as we were supposed to think; and his attraction to Abigail felt very real. In fact, there were a lot of interactions between the two, and each time, the dialogue was interesting and refreshing. Yes, we knew Abigail was lying her heart out, but then again she was pretty good at it! And I'd almost wish she'd be unable to lie to the duke during those times she was discovered snooping around, just so there'd be new development between them, but I kept reading. And I was not disappointed at all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Never Dare a Duke December 17, 2008
By M. Nix
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Abigail Shaw is the daughter of a newspaperman, whose paper is failing. An under-the-radar reporter, Abigail is intent on saving the paper. She decides the paper could increase sales if it included a little gossip and her target is the seemingly clean Duke of Madingley, Christopher Cabot.

Invited to his home for a house party hosted by his sister, she takes advantage of the opportunity to investigate the Duke. Much to her surprise the he shows, giving Abigail the perfect chance to get to know him. Offering to pretend to be his object of interest, Abigail and the Duke don't expect to be more than friends who help each other out.

As the house party continues, however, the two begin to find themselves enjoying each other's company. The Duke struggles with the fact that she is not royalty and Abigail becomes concerned that her impartiality is in jeopardy as she begins to like him.

Never Dare a Duke is a fun read, if a little disjointed in the telling. There are many characters to keep track of, and the action is full of subplots. However, it's a good-hearted book, with a nicely thought-out struggle of conscience. And the fact that the first sex scene doesn't appear until the last third of the book is a nice change of pace.

Niki Lee
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4.0 out of 5 stars the duke & the jouralist
Title: Never Dare a Duke
Author: Gayle Callen
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Summery: Abigail Shaw wishes to be a writer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pamela S.
3.0 out of 5 stars book
Hot and steamy romance. Read this one if you like that type. It was okay and I read it. Okay
Published 9 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Dare a Duke (Avon Romantic Treasure)
Great Reading!

I am among the readers that could not put down the book. It was well written. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Janie_tx
4.0 out of 5 stars slow & sweet
I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but this story line grabbed me...unfortunately it was a bit slow and was hard to stay focused until about halfway through. Read more
Published 22 months ago by SeattleVA
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance Novel
I enjoyed reading this, I love Romance Novels. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to read. I really enjoy my Kindle, it was a gift from my husband. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by Donna2020
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
I absolutely loved this book. There was plenty of fun and drama, as well a good story. You couldn't help but feel strong emotions towards several of the characters not just Abby... Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Danielle Place
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Abigail Shaw is a proper young lady, hardly the sort to boldly offer a deal to London's most perfect duke. Read more
Published on May 18, 2009 by The BookStore
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it - not sure why it got bad reviews!!!
This was a great historical romance Abigail is the daughter of newspaper owner but her best friend is a daughter of Earl. Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by cb
4.0 out of 5 stars Duke meets journalist
'Never Dare a Duke' is an enjoyable, lighthearted read with appealing, if fallible, hero and heroine. Read more
Published on January 16, 2009 by Helen Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Dare Him
Never Dare A Duke by Gayle Callen is a delicious sweet to be enjoyed whenever a good book is needed. Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by Theresa M. Studer
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Gayle Callen writes historical romances for Avon Books.

Gayle's novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. Her books have been translated into over ten different languages. She also writes the Valentine Valley contemporary series as Emma Cane.

Gayle resides in central New York, with her husband and three children. Besides writing, she loves to read, sing, and delve too deeply into historical research. Visit her website at

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