In One Dance with a Duke—the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy—secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.
A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members—yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing "Duke of Midnight." Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke—until Lady Amelia d'Orsay triesher luck.
In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke's dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother's debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club's founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?
We have all seen the avid reader who can read their way through most any situation......meals, bedtime, through classes, trips or any other activity. That was the way American author, Tessa Dare, got through her growing up years with parents who were constantly on the move. That comfort found in reading is what brought her to her career as a novelist. She also became a librarian where she was surrounded by books.
Dare is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her novels mix humor, sensuality, and emotion that are relatable to modern readers. Her bestsellers are her "Sprinkle Cove", "Castles Ever After", and "Girl Meets Duke" series. Dare enjoys creating heroines who are not always ladylike. She enjoys dreaming up strong, willful, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by those unconventional women.
Dare works as a part-time librarian and resides in Southern California with her husband and two children.