A Nix Short Historical Review – Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (5 Stars)

Posted January 29, 2014 by Nix in review / 0 Comments

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-01-28
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Format: eBook

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens.

She never doubted romance would be in her future, too.  The storybooks offered endless possibilities.And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off.  One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head.  What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

FTC : I purchased this with my own money.

This going to be a short review and, since I kinda liked the way I did yesterdays, I’m doing it the Q & A way again.

Why did I buy it?

I love Tessa Dare’s books. The light comedy that underpins them all makes her books stand out from other historicals that I have read. She is auto-buy.

What did I think about the hero?

Ransom is a former man-slut (Brothel bills as long as his arm I’ll have you know) who was scarred in a duel and is now blind for all intents and purposes. When Izzy meets him, he is a grumpy hermit who doesn’t want her there but can’t get her to leave. Over the course of the book he is grumpy (which I found funny), he is dry humoured (which made me laugh like a maniac on a bus), he is romantic (which made me swoon) and he is an absolute arse (which made me mad and happy all at the same time … it makes me happy when they get all delusional :D). He was one of the best Dare heros and I loved him immensely.

What about the heroine?

Izzy is a resourceful little wench whose main priority is to survive. I liked her, I liked the romance in her soul and I adored her backbone. She only let his grumpiness bend her so far and then she snapped back. I loved that she adored him for the snarky git that he was.

She had a few secrets too … and they were good ones too.

Was the romance any good?

I loved it. It was a beauty and the beast story without the disney-fication and a lot more dirty feelings!

Was there sex?

Hell yes! T’was good sex too … none of that off page crap.

Sum it up in three words

Funny, sexy and swoon-worthy. I fully recommend it.


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