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Dancing with the Duke is a short prequel novella to the Landing a Lord series.
She's loved him for years...
Charlotte Grant can't remember a time when she didn't love her best friend's older brother.
He's never noticed her...
The Duke of Clarington hadn't spared a thought for his sister's friend in years.
Their situations are about to be reversed...
It is the beginning of a new Season and Clarington intends to stay away from all the young ladies and eager mamas hoping to ensnare a duke. But that plan falls into tatters when his mother sponsors his sister's friend and enlists him to dance with her at Almack's. The beautiful vixen he meets that night bears little resemblance to the shy, gangly girl who used to follow him around. Now, instead of avoiding Charlotte, he finds himself frustrated when she seems to notice everyone but him.
Dancing with the Duke is a short, sweet historical romance that whetted my appetite for more of the Landing a Lord series.
With only 60 pages, Dancing with the Duke is a very short and quick read, but it still managed to have some tension, romance and a few misunderstandings over the span of the story. As usual when I read a novella, I really wish this story was a little longer, because it seems to me that both Alex and Charlotte are characters worth getting to know much better than Dancing with the Duke allowed for.
The setting was great, the London season, and Charlotte was there to find a husband – but not just any old husband. She has had her eyes on Alex since she was a very young girl, but he only saw her as the gawky best friend of his much younger sister. Now, though, she is all grown up, and unaware of how beautiful she has become. There is lots of romantic tension between Charlotte and Alex throughout Dancing with the Duke, and I would have enjoyed reading more about them.
At two and twenty, Charlotte would be older than most of the other girls taking the first steps into society, so his sister had argued that the full backing of the Clarington family was needed to make her debut a successful one.
Instead of blushing, however, she smiled. No, smiling was too tame a word to describe her radiance. She lit up the room.
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