Jane Elliot of New York is meeting her English relatives for the first time in her life. She is in London at the height of the Season celebrating the marriage of one of her English cousins. Emotions are high between the American and English families since America has finally won its freedom from Mother England. Jane is afraid she will be judged by the English aristocrats as a “rustic American”. One of her cousin’s wives has convinced her into a wager of winning an Englishman. Jane does not expect the formidable Duke of Edenham to be part of the deal. What does she have any use of a duke anyway? These English misses are so daft. She just wants to have a high adventure and go back to New York. Unfortunately, things are more lively than what she expected them to be with two brothers and four English cousins looking on. Jane finds herself outnumbered and outmaneuvered. With the help of the legendary Sophia Dalby, Jane gets to have the adventure of a lifetime.
Daring a Duke is a very interesting read. The hi-jinks created by Jane is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialogue. This story also gives insight of how the English perceived the Americans and vice versa. This book is funny and sensual. The other aspect of this book is that there are several background stories that make the main one even more engaging.