Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

Duke with Benefits

LADY + DUKE = TRUE LOVE?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 thwarte...

Title:Duke with Benefits
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ISBN:1250109884
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

Duke with Benefits Reviews

  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    Jun 25, 2017

    'Duke with Benefits' by Manda Collins is book Two in the "Studies in Scandal" series. This is the story of Lady Daphne Forsyth and Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland. I have read the the previous book and Daphne and Dalton did meet in there. Also we learn some of Daphne's outspokenness that sometimes needed some censoring. But this can be a standalone book for sure. Daphne and three other ladies have inherited an estate from Lady Celeste Beauchamp who along with the other ladies was also a '

    'Duke with Benefits' by Manda Collins is book Two in the "Studies in Scandal" series. This is the story of Lady Daphne Forsyth and Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland. I have read the the previous book and Daphne and Dalton did meet in there. Also we learn some of Daphne's outspokenness that sometimes needed some censoring. But this can be a standalone book for sure. Daphne and three other ladies have inherited an estate from Lady Celeste Beauchamp who along with the other ladies was also a 'Bluestocking'. Although each lady has a different academic study they all are very smart and bookish. Dalton who has feelings for Daphne has gone into protective mode. It seems each lady has a quest set upon them by Lady Celeste that leads them into danger.

    I must say this series has everything you could want. It has a mystery story mixed into this Bluestocking love story.

    Loved this series and this book! Can't wait for the next story to come out!

    "Studies in Scandal" series:

    Book 1 Ready Set Rogue

    Book 2 Duke with Benefits

    Book 3 Wallflower Most Wanted

    "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

  • Stacey is Sassy
    May 12, 2017

    My first “big girl book” was

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    . I felt so grown up reading a hardcover book with chapters in it and I still remember feeling very accomplished after finishing it. Straight after finishing, I was consumed with the need to go treasure hunting. I needed a map, comfortable clothes, sturdy boots and a backpack. Luckily, I had all these things at hand and Mum was happy to help in my endeavours by making me sandwiches to pac

    My first “big girl book” was

    by

    . I felt so grown up reading a hardcover book with chapters in it and I still remember feeling very accomplished after finishing it. Straight after finishing, I was consumed with the need to go treasure hunting. I needed a map, comfortable clothes, sturdy boots and a backpack. Luckily, I had all these things at hand and Mum was happy to help in my endeavours by making me sandwiches to pack in my bag. Now obviously, I was a kid, so my treasure hunt was limited to inside my house and out in the backyard. Misty, my dog, was my accomplice and the backyard and all the trees were the places I was sure the clues were hidden. Hours and hours of entertainment…and lucky for me, no murder, mayhem and kidnapping involved.

    is my new

    and this time I have accomplices in Daphne, Dalton and the

    gang. Now, we’ll have to be a wee bit more careful in this treasure hunt because we have competition. Someone else wants the treasure and he will kill to get it. Luckily, Daphne is really good at working out puzzles and codes. Her skills will come in handy because we don’t get a piece of paper with a map, the whole bloody thing has been hidden in code…and we can’t even find the bloody code to start with. We will have to put our heads together and see if all the clues can be combined to find that x marks the spot. Actually, in this case x = A + 0 + 15…or something like that. You’ll have to bale Daph up to get the logic…maths…cipher…code…whatever she goes on about, explained.

    I really enjoyed reading

    . The storyline kept my attention from start to finish. The characters were original, intelligent (as Daphne will tell you…regularly) and lovable.

    Daphne is a maths genius. Her father, who I could not stand, spent years using her abilities to make money playing cards at ton events. Daphne, knowing her father wouldn’t survive financially without her, blackmails him into hiring a maths tutor to further her education. Obviously, being a female at that time, it was highly irregular. Being the despicable man that he was, her father did not hesitate to hire the tutor if it kept his coffers full. The other thing about Daphne…she’s a little (LOT) blunt. It’s not unusual for Daphne to tell you exactly what she thinks of you, and it may not be favourable. This honesty comes at a cost. She’s considered weird and most don’t know how to deal with her. There is one man that finds her fascinating.

    Dalton Beauchamp, Duke of Maitland, wants Daphne and she’s more than willing to give herself to him. Unfortunately, they’re not on the same page, though. See, Dalton is honourable. He learnt the hard way that women are hurt when they’re used and discarded. His father was a horrible man who treated his wife (Dalton’s mum) deplorably. With such a bad example witnessed in his childhood, he is determined to be a good man. When he meets Daphne and gets to know her, he wants nothing more than to offer his hand and make her his Duchess. Problem is, Daphne is afraid of leaving one man who controls her, to another who can also control her. It’s up to Dalton to convince her that he means to be her partner, not her owner.

    Dalton and Daphne work well together. Daphne, in the first story, came across as rude and a little too forthright. In this story, we get to know her better and see how her extremely intelligent mind works. They’re cute together. I loved seeing Dalton work with her quirks and learn to judge by her expressions what she’s feeling and if she needs him.

    Another great instalment to the series and I can’t wait to see who the

    will be.

  • Hollis
    Jun 18, 2017

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    series was the romance and the murder mystery, I'm happy to report that DUKE WITH BENEFITS had a much more realistic love story than it's predecessor. Helped by the fact that the main characters were b

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    While my main issue with book one in the

    series was the romance and the murder mystery, I'm happy to report that DUKE WITH BENEFITS had a much more realistic love story than it's predecessor. Helped by the fact that the main characters were both more interesting and charming in their own rights.. as well as having the amusement of Daphne's honest and blunt and uber-rational approach to all things; even sex and marriage.

    However it seems that each book in this series is each going to have it's own murder/mystery of the week, all centered around the late mysterious and scholarly Aunt Celeste, who has bequeathed her home and life works to the four bluestockings. Aaaand it was that, in particular, which bored me. Again. I mean, I liked the concept of the treasure hunt aspect of it all but by the time it was revealed and discovered.. well, considering how little importance the author made of this big find, I'm feeling like she might not have cared much about it, either.

    Two books in this is feeling very formulaic (two abductions in two books, I mean c'mon) and it's a foregone conclusion that with two of the heiresses "compromised" and been made to wed, I can only guess that the same will happen to the remaining two. And seeing as the sisters have not yet been given much time to shine or show any semblance of personality -- Daphne was the only one who, from the beginning, stood out -- I'll be making a pass on the rest of the series.

    The various elements that make up this series are fun and interesting in theory but it's a little too repetitive, a little too dull, too convenient, and unfortunately I didn't find any of the characters to be very compelling -- Daphne being the slight and sole exception, mostly because I love that she has a form of OCD/anxiety, even Aspergers. The fact that in addition to that Collins chose to make her beautiful instead of the typical awkward homely girl might be the best part.

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    However, that being said, here was definite improvement in this installment vs the first (which I can only attribute to the MCs) and I did enjoy the continued trend of the tongue-in-cheek bits of humour that poked fun at some of the cliches that run rampant in this genre. I just think there are plenty of other historical romances that offer similar adventures or romances that, overall, are more enjoyable.

    2.5 stars

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **


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