Kitty’s Review – Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins

From beginning to end, Manda Collins gave us a wonderful story of intrigue and love. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures


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 thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on. . .and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest. . .and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?

I enjoy Historical Romances. I particularly enjoyed Duke With Benefits. I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the intrigue. I really enjoyed Lady Daphne.

Now, here was a woman who knew her value, knew her capabilities but had no idea how to act in public. She was brash. When she had something to say, she said it. I loved how she made me laugh and embarrassed me with her little quips. But, she was put into a situation with people who understood her and accepted her just the way she was. She finally has friends that she knows that she can count on. She never felt that she could trust a man after her upbringing and the Duke of Maitland has taken her by surprise. He’s charming, understanding and she is so attracted to him that she just could help but proposition him. As I said, brash.

Dalton Beauchamp was extremely attracted to Lady Daphne from the first time that he met her. She was a challenge that he couldn’t help but take on. She was beautiful, intelligent and an enigma. He really couldn’t help but fall in love with her. They were a perfect match – he understood people and how to handle them … she was brilliant but totally awkward in public. Together, they could figure out who is behind the murders, who is trying to steal the Cipher. She could figure it out while he placated the people that they had to go to for help.

Duke With Benefits was such a fun story to read. The main characters, as well as the supporting ones, were just amusing. The writing was spot on. Manda Collins never really let us sit back and enjoy banter between them. There was always something going on to keep you turning the pages. You never knew what was going to happen next with any of them. I loved how this story started at the apex and she brought you full circle. From beginning to end, Manda Collins gave us a wonderful story of intrigue and love.

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