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Author: Manda Collins Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: Ugly Ducklings Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781452677477
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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.
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 2/4/2014

    " This was actually a pretty good book, and would normally warrant three stars, but there were some major problems. First, the title. The duke in the book can't dance due to a leg injury. That is said in the first part of the book, and I'm not giving anything away. I never "got" how the title fit in with the plot of the story, because normal dancing through the ballrooms was not a part of this story. Maybe the publishers were trying to be ironic? I don't know. Second, Collins has an annoying habit/writing style of doing mini-flashbacks. She doesn't go very far back in time, but she does go back far enough to drag the story down. I found myself skimming quite a bit and that the information in the flashbacks were more like picking lint by hand than actually adding to the story. Third, the heroine stayed clueless until the end of the book. I didn't like this part of the story, because even people with high levels of academic intelligence, but low levels of emotional intelligence, usually figure out that they're going to make a life with someone before she does. What I did like--the characters were well developed. We see a woman who specializes in academics and has hit the glass ceiling in the book. She does take risks to solve a mystery. The hero is great as well, and one can really empathize with him. The plot of the story centers around an Egyptian Club. This doesn't normally appear in romance stories, and it was a nice departure from the usual plot lines. I always enjoy reading about early explorers, both real and fictional. Collins has potential as a writer that I will regularly read. I will give her work another try by finishing out this trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 1/28/2014

    " The book had a slow start but it work out fine at the end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/26/2014

    " I saw this on the Reader's Choice display at my library or else I wouldn't have gotten it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/21/2014

    " I must say I did enjoy this book. It has humor suspense and of course some romance. I liked that the main characters were not made out to be perfect but that they were more like ordinary people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/16/2014

    " Charming, with a truly engaging hero and heroine. I love a bit of mystery in my historicals, so this debut fits the bill nicely. Well done! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Baby | 12/6/2013

    " I really tried with this book, and got more than halfway through, but it was just so boring and I finally stopped forcing myself to read it. Stilted dialogue, flat characters, no spark between the leads, and a mystery that wasn't interesting at all. Very disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milena's | 8/15/2013

    " A romance with a capital R with just enough mystery to make it unique and intriguing. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nfadziela | 7/3/2013

    " just finished it last night, i cant wait for my order for the second and third books after this... quite fetching, great story, since the author quite new, she still has further way in future for improvement, but the story simple best... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 4/22/2013

    " Overall a pretty enjoyable read. Dragged a bit in some sections, or I would've given it a 4 star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 1/29/2013

    " funny, sweet romance, intriguing mystery, lots of cool things about Egypt...can't wait into get the next one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/13/2012

    " This was such a cute story. I will definitely read the next book in this series. "

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. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.