Disappointing, I barely made it through this book It felt both rushed and underdeveloped, full of cliches and the characters who weren't particularly likable in many aspects. Great book Lovely characters and settings and the author has a wonderful voice Very romantic. Haunted by his father's sins, Sebastian Montgomery, ninth Duke of Davenport vows never to fall in love or marry until he encounters Gwendolyn MacAlistair and she consumes his thoughts Sebastian wants her, and as he learned from his father, what a duke wants, a duke takes Gwen's father has arranged for her to marry a man she despises, the very man who shattered her fragile family As she struggles with a desperate choice honor her dying father's final request or alienate him by choosing her true love Sebastian is forced to make his own desperate decision: trick Gwen Into marriage or lose her forever Sebastian and Gwen must confront the consequences of their actions and secrets so scandalous that they threaten to destroy all they hold dear In this dangerous dance with deception, who will die for love?~ Dance with Deception expertly blends romance, danger and lush sensuality in one brilliant novel FIVE STAR REVIEW, SINGLE TITLES ~ Tracy Goodwin is a promising new voice in historical romance BARBARA DAWSON SMITH, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ~ Dance with Deception is a riveting story from beginning to end the depth of emotions expressed will touch the heart and have readers cheering this couple on This was a highly satisfying read and it is a definite pageturner!!! FALLEN ANGEL REVIEWS ~ Dance with Deception is a lush and endearing romance as touchingly romantic as anything I have read recently 5 CUPS, COFFEE TIME ROMANCE ~ Tracy Goodwin is a fresh new voice in historical romance In Dance with Deception, Ms Goodwin has penned an engaging tale of true love overcoming lies and duplicity Sebastian and Gwen must work through numerous obstacles to reach their welldeserved happy ending The reader will find herself cheering them along on their journey GAYLE WILSON, TWOTIME RITA AWARD WINNER Awards for the original Dance with Deception: 2nd place winner of the Anne Bonney Readers Choice Award for Favorite Hero 3rd Place Winner for the Anne Bonney Readers Choice Award for the Most Emotional category2nd place winner of the Judge a Book By Its Cover Contest Finalist in the LASR Best Long Print Romance Welp I think I'll chicken out on this one After finishing and trying to decide what to write, I went back to read some of the less excited reviews, and I'll just say I agreewith them than with the 5stars The book started out at breakfast, but suddenly they're at a ball Is it a breakfast ball? What happened to breakfast? Oh wait, now we're back at breakfast, but then walking outside at night at the ball A breakfast ball, at night? And then there was the misuse of verbs and overuse of pet words Choosing to do this, he chose to do that In the same sentence And orbs and tides And a heroine who overthinks to distraction To Distraction If I was the DNF type, this would have raised it's hand to jump into that pile, but I always think that eventually the story will redeem itself (not this time) Lots of author intrusion, lots of hammering a point home (I got it the first time), not enough show and too much tell. OuchI rarely give a rating below 3 stars, but reading this book was painfully dull The heroine was an idiot and the reasons for her anger against the hero made no sense. This is a FABULOUS book filled with strong characters and conflicts. I loved Dance With Deception! From the first page, to the last, it was an engaging tale of love, deception and, ultimately, hope and forgiveness Gwendolyn MacAlistair longs for love yet her callous father is forcing her into a marriage to a man she detests Enter Sebastian Montgomery, a man of nobility, whose own father possessed a rather ruthless nature Gwen and Sebastian fall in love, but with that comes Gwen’s dilemma: how can she follow her heart when it means defying her ailing father’s dying wish? Meanwhile, Sebastian must decide just how far he is willing to go to make his love his wife.Dance With Deception expertly blends the history of the early Victorian era with the pure emotion of the characters involved Imagine a time when women had no rights, when women were beholden to their guardians, where ‘duty’ governed decisions It is touching and quite poignant to read how Gwen wrestles with her choice, weighing the consequences and willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her duty to her father It is equally as touching to see Sebastian do what he feels is necessary, all the while aware that it could destroy his relationship with Gwen.Reading the story of Gwen and her dashing Duke reminded me of some of my favorite historical romances by Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood Also, as another reviewer stated, it is very much like the classics many of us know and love (the writings of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters) Like the classics, Dance With Deception weaves lush descriptions, romance, and raw emotion with well defined characters that the reader falls in love with.A friend recommended this novel to me She loved it, she raved about it, and she couldn’t stop talking about it I bought it and couldn’t be happier that I did This book delivers and the reader will laugh, cry and cheer these characters along their journey The end of the novel is the most satisfying I’ve read in ages Like my friend, I can’t wait for Tracy Goodwin’s next novel and I’m officially a fan for life.If you love historical romances and classics by Austen and the Bronte sisters, read Dance With Deception It is beautiful, heartwarming, and thoroughly romantic – a classic love story and I can’t recommend it enough. Decent story, had some flaws but not bad Great narration by Susan Duerden (audible whispersync review)I enjoyed this story I particularly liked the heroine quite a bit, butso in the beginning of the story She seemed to get a bit wishy washy and melancholy after the wedding! Which was a bit annoying I was surprised with her attitude on how Sebastian convinced her father to allow them to marry I thought it was brilliant LOL she did not, instead of thanking him and being grateful she acted like he was the biggest liar on earth I was glad when she finally started getting back to her normal spunky self Sebastian was a good hero when he wasn't beating himself up over the lie he told He was handsome, smart and rich They had some great chemistry together and a couple of very well written sex scenes.The story line and plot was good The secrets were good secrets not stupid misunderstandings so there is that There was a lot of great dialogue through out the entire book As for the narration, I enjoy Susan Duerden she does a fantastic job on the men's voices, everyone gets their own distinct voice and she reads with emotion She is a favorite of mine (I do wish she would ease up on the sing song drawn out words, but she is still great).I got the kindle version free with my KU subscription and the whispersync audible for 1.99, great deal for sure. Duty can be a curse No one knows this better than Sebastian Montgomery, Ninth Duke of Davenport Groomed at a young age to inherit his father's tarnished title, Sebastian has vowed never to fall in love or marry, certain that both lead to disaster Gwendolyn MacAlistair longs for love; however her ruthless father has arranged for her to marry a man she despises The very man who destroyed her family Duty be damned, neither Sebastian nor Gwen can deny the fiery passion between them Soon, they find themselves embroiled in a maze of family secrets and dangerous deceptions Can love survive such a deadly dance? Outstanding historical romance Very gripping and became very connected to the characters emotionally A 5 star plus read!