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Duke With Benefits

Duke With Benefits, July 2017
Studies in Scandal #2
by Manda Collins

St. Martin's Press
Featuring: Lady Daphne Forsythe
320 pages
ISBN: 1250109884
EAN: 9781250109880
Kindle: B01MYWH0RT
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"A mathematical genius and an intrigued Duke will seek a treasure and to solve a murder."

Fresh Fiction Review

Duke With Benefits
Manda Collins

Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted November 8, 2017

Romance Historical

In the second book of Studies in Scandal, Ms. Collins has introduced a hero whose mathematical skills put her far above the norm. As one of the heiresses who has inherited Beauchamp House, Lady Daphne Forsythe has been able to escape an intolerable family situation. Lady Daphne's genius in mathematics doesn't extend to her social skills. She doesn't understand why people are offended by her comments. She shares the house with four other women, three of whom have their own skills that set them apart. When Lady Celeste left them the house, none of them knew what they would face. Lady Celeste left clues for Lady Daphne leading to a Jacobin treasure. Only with someone with her skills, will be able to interpret the clues left behind. She is determined to find the treasure.

The Duke of Maitland was a nephew of Lady Celeste. He stays at Beauchamp House to protect the ladies after his cousin's bride was shot. He is also drawn to Lady Daphne. He seeks to ease her way as she solves the clues and to protect her when someone from her past is discovered dead in a hidden room in Beauchamp House.

Ms. Collins' series is a delight to read. Each of the women is so different and keep the reader guessing what will happen next. Watching Lady Daphne's attempts at getting the Duke into her bed is an amusing past time as well as watching her mind work. There is a great camaraderie between the four women and the men who love them.

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SUMMARY

A hidden cipher leads to great riches—and unexpected romance—in the second book of Manda Collins' new Studies in Scandal series.

Duke with Benefits continues the Studies in Scandal series where four women are left with a mysterious inheritance. This time a hidden cipher, a lost treasure, and an unexpected love take residence in Beauchamp House.

All Lady Daphne Forsythe wants to do is search the library for clues to the Jacobite Cipher: a mathematical problem that holds the secret to great riches. Unfortunately, her plans to search alone are continually thwarted by the handsome Mr. Dalton Beauchamp, nephew to her benefactress and a distraction she hadn't counted on.

Despite Daphne’s vows to keep Dalton at arm’s length, his knowledge of numbers has Daphne doing something she never calculated: falling in love. But Daphne and Dalton learn that there’s more to the puzzle than meets the eye… and someone is willing to kill to keep that secret hidden forever.


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