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    An absolute delight!

    Lady Celeste Beauchamp had bequeathed her home and library to four gifted young women, chosen for their particular abilities to advance the cause of women in science, Lady Daphne Forsyth was one of them. Daphne appreciated the opportunity, but it was also a chance to escape her father who used her mathematical skills for his own profit. Lady Celeste has also left Daphne a cryptic message which alludes to deciphering the Cameron Riddle, which supposedly leads to a hidden treasure. In the months she’s been at Beauchamp House, in spite of her social ineptitude, Daphne has definitely noticed the ever so handsome Duke of Maitland, Dalton Beauchamp. Dalton, while no intellectual match for Daphne, enjoys her company and her outspokenness, which is not the case for everyone. Dalton is privy to what Daphne is looking for, and as he knows the nooks and crannies of Beauchamp House better than she does, he offers his help, all the while hoping to court her properly. I had loved READY, SET, ROGUE, the first book in the Studies in Scandal series, I was eagerly waiting for the second instalment, and DUKE WITH BENEFITS exceeded my very high expectations! Manda Collins has achieved a perfect balance where romance and mystery are expertly woven into the type of story I so much enjoy. Ms. Collins is a fine writer, her refined prose reads like a dream, and her characters are positively enchanting. Dalton is as comfortable with everyone, while Daphne entirely lacks social graces, yet he is not judgemental; he yearns to help her. I loved that he acknowledges Daphne’s superior intellect, but he has qualities that compensate; they complement each other perfectly because they accept their own limitations without being snotty about it. Dalton represents my ideal hero: he’s kind, charming, protective, understanding, and honourable in every way; he is not a weakling. He strives to be a good man, because he has experienced otherwise. I love the friendship that is evolving between the women, as well as Dalton’s relationship with his cousin, the Marquess of Kerr; they make a fine pair. I just loved how a spontaneous utterance from Daphne which positively shocked Dalton, I thought it was very clever from the author, and it made me love Dalton even more. In DUKE WITH BENEFITS, there are murders, secret rooms, duplicity, and all this added to a very ingenious premise along with captivating and endearing characters and a gorgeous romance make it an absolute delight; DUKE WITH BENEFITS is another fabulous in this wonderful! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    Fantastic!!

    Duke With Benefits by Manda Collins is a fantastic historical romance. Ms Collins has penned a story with plenty of suspenseful twists and turns and loaded it with lovable characters. Daphne and Dalton's story has enough drama, humor and spice to keep a reader glued to this book from cover to cover. I totally enjoyed reading Duke With Benefits and look forward to reading more from Manda Collins in the future. Duke With Benefits is book 2 in the Studies in Scandal Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
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    Romance, danger, and a diabolical villain!

    When Mathematician Lady Daphne Forsyth receives news she has inherited a home and all the contents with three other female scholars, she packs her bags as fast as she can. Her benefactress left her more than a house and friendship with the three other lady scholars. She left her the chance to solve the legendary Cameron Cipher and be rewarded with all the riches to be found upon completion. One hitch Daphne doesn’t expect is her benefactress’ nephew, Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, to help her in the quest. Dalton is a young, handsome, witty Duke who wants to make sure his aunt’s home is in safe hands. When he meets Daphne, he is immediately struck by her beauty and charmed by her plain and more often than not inappropriate speaking. Both Daphne and Dalton play a large part in the first novel in the series, Ready Set Rogue. They begin this novel with a shocking proposition. Daphne never intends to marry, but she believes she would enjoy the pleasures of the marriage bed. She therefore asks Dalton to be her lover, what we would now call Friends with Benefits. He refuses to be like his father who had numerous affairs and sullied the dukedom. The rejection seems to sting Dalton more than Daphne. Dalton doesn’t give up hope that she will eventually agree to become his wife. Daphne’s lack of filter had me both laughing and cringing. Not the sort of lady who should be a duchess, but I’m overjoyed that Dalton never gave up on her. After joining her on the hunt for the Cameron Cipher, he learns more about the reasons why Daphne is the way she is. Along the way, Daphne learns to let her heart led her in a direction her head tells her to never tread. I love how Dalton acknowledges several times that he is not as intelligent as the object of his affection, but it is that humble attitude that helps him win her heart. With death, danger, and a diabolical villain, Duke with Benefits is more than a romance. It’s a journey into the past with love and iminent peril nipping at your heels. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Historical Romance

    Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins Studies in Scandal #2 Lady Daphne Forsyth is a mathematical genius but not so great with people. For some reason Dalton Beauchamp, Duke of Maitland seems smitten with her. There is a treasure hunt, murder, friends to support Daphne, innuendo, a push that sets Daphne and Dalton up as betrothed, a kidnapping and eventually the treasure is found, the bad guy thwarted and a HEA for the H/h duo. I found it a rather predictable story and really did wonder what the two saw in one another. That said – thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. (2-3 Stars)
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    love and danger

    Lady Daphne is brilliant at math, inept with social skills, but still manages to charm Dalton, the Duke of Maitland. When her secret quest puts her in danger, the Duke becomes her protector and sleuth partner. As they search clues to find the Cameron Cipher, they discover a passion for each other, but misunderstandings threaten to thwart their happiness and burgeoning love. When Daphne is kidnapped, Dalton stops at nothing to save her. Another brilliant story in the Studies in Scandal series. I was provided a review copy through NetGalley
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