Daring the Duke (Lords of Intrigue, #2)

ISBN: 0060762233
ISBN 13: 9780060762230
By: Anne Mallory

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DARING THE DUKE (APB)Anne MalloryWhen we last saw Stephen Chalmers he was recovering from the attempt on his life by a ring of royal traitors. Since then he's successfully inherited a title, but he's yet to discover the identity of the mysterious rescuer responsible for saving his life. He's also yet to discover the secret identity of the criminal he's been hunting for years: an infamous thief who disappeared from the London scene years ago, only to return recently and act more brazenly than ever. And though he doesn't have the thief in his clutches yet, he's closer than ever.Orphaned and responsible for her younger sister, Audrey Kendrick had no choice but to turn to a life of crime in order to survive. It wasn't long before the clever, beautiful young woman became England's most notorious thief. Her true identity had never been discovered, not even by Stephen Chalmers, the disarming young Duke who had followed her for years.ISBN: 0060762233ARP: $14.95 178x111mm 384ppJanuary 2006 Release

Reader's Thoughts


It lack the depths in other books. Somehow the story floats only at the surface.


Daring the Duke is the second book in Anne Mallory’s Lords of Intrigue series. The book revisits the charming Stephen Chalmers, a secondary character from Masquerading the Marquess. Having found Stephen more entertaining and three-dimensional than the supposed “hero” of the first book, I was looking forward to reading a novel with him at its centre. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed.I have to give Mallory kudos for crafting two such different and yet complimentary leading characters in this novel. As a leading lady, Audrey Kendrick was a mischievous and talented thief whose actions were driven largely by the need to protect her sister. Personally, I found the thief/savior combination made for a strong, independent character, with just enough vulnerability to ensure that she was endearing to the reader. Stephen was the story’s unconventionally playful and nerdy spy character. He was neither dark nor brooding. Instead, he was tender, protective, moral, and guided by his heart as much as his head. It was nice to see a character that exhibited all of these qualities and yet remained a strong leading man. Mallory set an instant, yet believable chemistry between her hero and heroine that developed so incrementally that it felt both natural and inevitable. If I could liken their relationship arc to anything, I’d say that it was less like a flash fire, and more like the smoldering of hot coals. When Audrey and Stephen finally got together, it was both sweet and intense. The romantic in me couldn’t help but sigh aloud…Now to the aspect of the book that I didn’t enjoy so much: the climax. One thing that I’ve noticed about Mallory’s work is that she consistently and needlessly overcomplicates the climax of her books. Early in Daring the Duke she makes it clear that someone else – someone more powerful and vindictive – is pulling Travers’ strings. In my opinion, Travers actually makes for a pretty chilling villain in his own right, and I often felt as filthy as Audrey did after scenes involving him. Unfortunately, instead of recognizing a good idea when she has it, Mallory buries Travers’ importance under first one villain, and then another (both of whom I find far less compelling than Travers). By the time all the layers of the onion have been peeled back, I’m more irritated than intrigued. Verdict: A vast improvement over the first book in this series, it is clear that Mallory’s ability to craft characters and believable chemistry grew in leaps and bounds between her freshman and sophomore novels.

Nina Fts-peace



wonderful story of the aristocrat and the street urchin working together to overcome villains.


***4.5***So I stayed up waaaaaaaay too late to finish this last night. Bad me. But that should tell you just how much fun it was!I really enjoyed it, and as seems to be a trend with Mallory books, the plot was brilliant and twisty, and fun to follow as it unfolded.Audrey was intelligent and fearless, loyal, and just plain awesome. It was fun to see a female badass in a historical. And Stephen... what can you say about Stephen? I loved him in the last book, and he's brilliant as the hero in this book. I marked it down just a teeeeeny bit at the end, because I thought that maybe things came together a bit too abruptly, and I would have liked a little more time spent on the resolution. But seriously, it was tons of fun, and I wish Mallory spent more time exploring the Olympians, because I loved the glimpse into that world.

Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants

A little boring. I have about 100 pages left, and I'm done.


Humm... Not bad overall there was plenty of action and suspense. I did manage to guess who the villain behind the villain was but only just before it was reviled. I have to say that the heroine annoyed me just a bit, she was kinda cool in the whole amazing thief sort of way. But, if she had just teamed up with the Duke to begin with everything would have gone a whole lot smoother. Though I suppose that was what made the story. Over all I'm giving this one 3 stars.


it is somewhere between i like it n i love it. definitely loved the characters.intrigued by faye and a bit disgruntled that there is no epilogue :(

Elaine Mcdonald

I don't understand the low reviews on this book. I am beginning to think this is my favorite author! I like this type of book with a little mystery/action in it. The Heroine in her books is much stronger than typical books in this era.


It started out to be a very formidable novel with an air of suspense. But it went stale after half of the book, leaving much to be desired. The tension simply died for me in the end. there should've been an Epilogue. To show how he managed his financial problems. A burning question for me is and still remains as to how did she come to loose her innocence... more to the fact if she was a virgin to begin with. Overall the book left me with a.... " That's it??????..." lol.

Elis Madison

Yup, if you read Masquerading the Marquess you've probably guessed this one's about Stephen Chalmers, Calliope's surprisingly accommodating accomplice. In the last episode he was obsessed with finding the person who saved him after he nearly drowned in the Thames. In this episode, he's keen to find Hermes and Icarus, sneak-thieves who robbed tonhomes awhile back, then vanished. Hermes has reappeared recently, but now seems to be targeting shipping documents (we are never clear why, nor are we told how Steph knows that it's Hermes). I doubt anyone will be shocked to learn that Steve's savior and Hermes are one and the same, so I'll spill it here. And anyway, he figures it out early in the story. Audrey Kendrick has been forced out of retirement by a man named Travers, who had her and her sister (Icarus, a/k/a Faye) imprisoned under fake names. After Audrey had a taste of the horrors of Newgate, Travers pulled her out, but Faye's still in there, and in order to save her, Audrey now has to steal as Travers commands. Steve's interest in Audrey threatens to screw the pooch… in fact I wasnever quite sure why it didn't. The attraction between Steve and Audrey comes as no surprise, but somehow it never quite worked for me. Audrey, especially, comes to the table with a lot of baggage and the emotional connection was never quite "there." Mallory is astute enough to acknowledge the obstacles, which makes the denouement work. But I wasn't as caught up with the characters as I was in the last installment, so this loses half a star.Still, it's fine adventure, and I rooted for the romance even tho I never quite felt it. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, this comes damn close to four.


This is the second book in the Lords of Intrigue, and I prefer the first to this one.It has a promising start, I appreciated the humor, the elements of a convincing plot and good storyline were there. The problem? The characters.Audrey Kendrick has resurfaced as "Hermes", a notorious thief who doesn't leave a trace, and somehow she started making mistakes. Stephen Chalmers already knows her identity, but toys with her for awhile. He courts her and all that until they get close, mysteries are revealed, conflicts resolved, and everyone is happy.Unfortunately, there was no character development, especially Audrey. I understand from her background on how she came to be, she has difficulty trusting anyone save for her sister Faye, who's in Newgate prison, and the reason why Audrey is thieving again. Someone has her on a leash and it's a never-ending cycle. Frankly, she should know better. I hate that she didn't trust Stephen until the end. I know Faye is her only living relative and she's everything to Audrey, but it really took the whole novel to set her free and I hated that. Ms Mallory could've sped things up a little and added more development in Audrey and Stephen's story. I felt that it's quite raw and they didn't have a good foundation.I would have rated this a little higher if it had a prologue and epilogue, and the love scenes were described in passing. It's like the author feels awkward writing them. It's PG-13 for my taste. Don't get me wrong, Anne Mallory's writing style is fluent and she writes good story lines, but this one just dragged. I want to read her other works and I hope they're better than this.

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