Book Review: Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Publication date: June 27, 201733547390

Reviewer: Andrea

The Summary:


Lady Daphne Forsyth is a brilliant mathematician with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher—an encrypted message that, once solved, holds the key to great riches—Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher’s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on. . .and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest. . .and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?

“Witty, sensual historical romance that will captivate readers.” —Romance Junkies

Duke with Benefits is the second in Manda Collins’ Studies in Scandal series set in Regency England.


The Review:

This is my second in the Scandal’s series, and I enjoyed it nearly as much as the first one. The great, and usually unusual, aspect of this series is that the novels actually have a plot. I hope that all four “bluestockings” have their own novels. I’ll read every one!

This novel centers around Daphne. Daphne knows everything there is to know about math and decoding, but she knows nothing about interacting with other people. Her blunt (to the point of rude–something I’ve been accused of more than once) speech is often funny and cringe-worthy. There were times when she seemed too ignorant, unbelievably so, though. She’s smart; she would know the common sayings, but I still enjoyed her character.

Dalton, the hunky Duke, is patient beyond patient with his socially awkward love. His character seemed a little underdeveloped to me. I would have liked to see more angst, a little more grime on him so to speak. He was awfully squeaky-clean. Here’s a guy who’s so honorable that he refuses take Daphne up on her indecent proposal–just seems a little unrealistic.

The plot was interesting, like the first in the series. The novel is a treasure hunt complete with clues and intrigue where Daphne will be forced to use her amazing talents. Unfortunately, the hunt ended too soon in my opinion.

Overall, I liked the novel but not quite as much as the first.

4 Stars


#BookReview: All The Best People by Sonja Yoerg

all the best peopleSummary:

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.

But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.

An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.

This review might be a bit complicated, but this is a complicated read. To be honest, the beginning didn’t grab my attention as quickly as I would have liked. I had trouble connecting right away, but I’m happy I stuck with the story. It ended up being incredibly fascinating, twisted, and much more than I expected. From the 1930s to the 1970s, I was fascinated at the different perspectives we got. The book really focuses on mental illness, and how that was dealt with in the 30s and how drastically it was changed by the 70s. There were slow moments for me throughout, but then moments it picked right back up and I had to have my Kindle near me. I highly encourage you to pick up this book, and if the beginning starts off slow for you, keep going. You will not be disappointed with the story, and the ending truly made this hard to put down.

4 stars

#NewRelease: The Brothers of Brigadier Station by Sarah Williams

About the Book
She came to
the outback to marry the love of her life. She just didn’t expect him to be her
fiancé’s younger brother.
When Meghan Flanagan, a vet-nurse from Townsville, moves to
Brigadier Station in outback Queensland to marry the man of her dreams, she is
shocked to discover that perhaps her fiancé isn’t the man she wants waiting for
her at the altar. The man she’s destined to marry, just might be his younger

Cautious of women after a disastrous past relationship, Darcy
is happy living on his beloved cattle station, spending his spare time riding
horses, going to rodeos and campdrafting. He didn’t expect the perfect woman to
show up on his doorstep. Engaged to his brother.

With the wedding only hours away, Meghan must make the
decision of a lifetime. But, her betrayal could tear the family apart. She
knows all too well the pain of losing loved ones and being alone.

Now that she has the family she so desperately wants; will
she risk losing it all?

Set in the drought stricken plains of Julia Creek, North
Queensland and the coastal city of Townsville this is a rural romance that will
leave you asking: Will she marry the right man, for the right reasons?

The Brothers of Brigadier Station is the first in the
Brigadier Station series and can easily be read as a standalone. Each of
Sarah’s stories are linked so you can find out what happens to the other
brothers and your favourite characters in future books.

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About the Author
Sarah Williams spent her childhood chasing
sheep, riding horses and picking Kiwi fruit on the family orchard in rural New
Zealand. After a decade travelling, Sarah moved to tropical North Queensland to
enjoy the heat and humidity and play with Crocodiles. 

When she’s not absorbed in her fictional writing world, Sarah is running after
her family of four kids, one husband, two dogs and a cat. She helps to run the
local writers centre and supports her peers achieve their publishing dreams.

Sarah is regularly checking social media when she really should be cleaning. 
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