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Any Duchess Will Do (spindle cove) [Kindle Edition]

Tessa Dare
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What's a duke to do, when the girl who's perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can't live without?

York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season--or any season--but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother's "duchess training"... and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn't a miserable failure. She's a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure--a woman who ignites Griff's desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won't be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess--can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

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*Starred Review* Most mothers don’t drug their children, but then again, Judith York, the Duchess of Halford, is not like most mothers. If the only way she can get her son Griffin to do his duty and find a wife is by slipping a little something into his fish course, so be it. The funny-tasting fish explains how his mother got him to Spindle Cove (or “Spinster Cove,” as it is more popularly known), but what to do about the ultimatum his mother delivers once they arrive? Griffin has one day and one day only to select a bride from among the population of eligible ladies, someone whom Judith will then turn into a suitable future Duchess of Halford. Determined to beat his mother at her own game, Griff selects the least likely candidate in the room, overworked and underappreciated serving girl and farmer’s daughter Pauline Simms. Dare garnered a well-deserved RITA for last year’s installment in her Regency-set Spindle Cove series, and with its fanciful, My Fair Lady-inspired plot, Any Duchess Will Do is an equally beguiling blend of sparkling wit and simmering sensuality that is guaranteed to captivate fans of clever, sexy historical romances. --John Charles


Any Duchess Will Do has been honored on the following year-end lists:

"Best Books of 2013: Romance" 
--Library Journal
"Top 10 Romance Fiction, 2013" --Booklist
"Best Romance of 2013"
"Best of 2013" --iBooks

"A beguiling blend of sparkling wit and simmering sensuality that is guaranteed to captivate fans of clever, sexy historical romances." -Starred Review, Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CH21GO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Dare May 28, 2013
By CHB74
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I stayed up the entire night reading this book, so please forgive the sleep-deprived incoherence!

First let me stress that I'm not someone who automatically declares everything that Tessa Dare writes a five-star gem. In fact, until devouring Any Duchess Will Do, she's been an "I really like her, BUT..." author for me. I've found her pacing uneven, her plots a bit too drawn out and filled with frustrating contrivances, and her couples sometimes appearing to be more "in lust" than genuinely in love. My expectations for this one were also tempered by the fact that I don't generally love cross-class Regency romances, especially when it involves an impoverished heroine being Pygmalion-ed by a wealthy, aristocratic hero.

So imagine my delighted surprise to discover that this book is, in my fond but often critical opinion, Dare's very best yet. The plotting feels tighter, the pacing struck me as much smoother, and I fully bought Griffin and Pauline as sharing an emotional connection that's even more powerful than their physical one. This book seemed to magically address my "yeah, it's enjoyable, BUT..." complaints about Dare's previous work while still retaining everything I've always adored about it. We get her witty, warm and breezily engaging writing style, lively characterizations, and fabulously sharp dialogue. My Kindle's "highlight" button was worn out to the point of exhaustion!

I genuinely loved the hero and the heroine, both as individual characters and as a couple. And, trust me, that's not a given for me :) Pauline is just the sort of feisty underdog heroine who Dare writes best: slightly socially awkward and endearingly imperfect, yet spirited, smart and independent. Griffin, meanwhile, is a serious contender for my unofficial list of top 10 heroes ever.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably, stupendously wonderful May 28, 2013
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Sometimes, when I'm reading a new book, I just know that I'll have to write a review the minute I finish. Usually, that happens when a book is either remarkably good, or stupendously bad. As I was reading Any Duchess Will Do, I realized that I would write a review as soon as I had read the last page, because this book is remarkably, stupendously wonderful -- perhaps the best of the Spindle Cove series.

In truth, I had this feeling up until I hit the 75% mark on my Kindle, after which I became annoyed. I had been thinking to myself, "there is absolutely nothing to criticize here," but then all of a sudden there was. And the thing is I can't really explain it without completely spoiling the plot. So I won't; I'll just say that I found Griff's rationale for never marrying unconvincing. Nevertheless, this book overall is 5+++ stars, so even if I deducted points for annoying plot turns it wouldn't matter.

The outline of the story is best explained in the blurb, but that doesn't communicate what wonderful, multi-faceted, fully-realized characters Dare has created - Griffin, the Duke of Halford, his mother the Duchess, and Pauline Simms, a serving girl at the Bull and Blossom in Spindle Cove. Griff is a rake, but not really, while Pauline is an ignorant barmaid, but not really. And while I generally find cross-class Regency novels to be unconvincing, Dare comes up with some clever and credible reasons to explain why Pauline is actually a diamond in the rough.

The love/hate, but not really, relationship between Griff and his mother is funny and touching. She is longing so for grandchildren, but her efforts to marry off Griff have been unavailing:

I've tried to find the most accomplished young beauties in England to tempt you. And I did, but you ignored them.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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This ties with Minerva and Colin's story (A Week to be WIcked, I think) for my favorite in the Spindle Cove Series. I'm a sucker for a delightful, slightly skewed Cinderella/My Fair Lady/Pygmalion fable and Dare delivers that in spades. No pat plot resolutions, or last-minute deus ex machina, or clunky revelations to elevate the heroine to be the hero's 'proper' match. Nope, what makes them right for each other is sizzling chemistry and unforced, genuine compatibility, revealed in various funny and emotional situations.

The plot in a nutshell: Desperate dowager whisks her son Griffen, the duke, off to Spindle Cove, a place full of spinsters and unmarried ladies, to force him to pick ANYONE, vowing she will make a duchess of his choice. Out of perversity, he selects the bar maid, a commoner with working class pronunciation and fluency in profanity, and gives Mom one week to turn her into the toast of the Town. If the duchess fails, she must never plot to marry him off again. (He further hedges his bets by offering the bar maid a huge pay-off if she promises to be a social disaster.)

This story's Cinderella, Pauline, has all the requisites to be a great, lovable heroine. She foresees financial independence for herself and her sister as her HEA and agrees to the duke's bargain. Her fairy godmother, the gut-splitting, hilariously devious duchess and mother to confirmed ducal bachelor, Griffen, is desperate enough for grandchildren that she plots subterfuge even as she compulsively produces unfortunate knitwear for tots. She declares, "I need grandchildren before my decline. It's not right for two generations of the family to be drooling at the same time." Loved her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A read just to fill out the series
I just had to give this book only three stars as it just didn't hold my attention. The plot seemed convoluted in some places and it was drawn out to the point that when all was... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kathy Kindle Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
I have recently discovered Tessa Dare and now I can't get enough of her books. This was I really enjoyed. I loved the spunk of the heroine. Our brooding hero seemed quite human. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Patricia M. Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing
I love historical novels, or rather love historical novels that are well written and the other knows for a fact what he/she is writing about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeper shelf
Delightful romp! Everything a Romance should have -- laughter, tears and some mighty fine lovin'.
Published 1 month ago by S. Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it. It had some fresh ideas that I ...
I enjoyed it. It had some fresh ideas that I hadn't read before. The characters were interesting and likable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juana Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars befitting sequels...
I have been thoroughly enjoying reading the spindle cove series..each book has had me on edge...itching to turn pages and at times skipping sentences just to get to the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Duchess Will Do.....Brilliant!!
All the ladies from Spindle Cove are smart, strong, spunky as all get out so what's a duke to do? Hire her for a week to please his mother and fail during her training. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dina Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read all the Spindle Cove books and enjoyed each of them
I have read all the Spindle Cove books and enjoyed each of them. This book was just a little different as it involved a Duke, his mother and a serving girl. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Kimbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, feel-good, historical romance, with a Cinderella like plot.
*I gave this audiobook an A for the story and C- for the narration at AudioGals--Rating above is for the story*

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Published 3 months ago by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite authors.
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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the "new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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