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Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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*Starred Review* Please let it be money! That is the one thought Isolde Goodnight has when she receives the news that her recently deceased godfather, the Earl of Lynforth, has mentioned her in his will. Izzy desperately hopes that she has inherited at least £200. Even £100 would help because after her father’s death, Izzy is nearly penniless and without a home to call her own. Instead, Izzy discovers that she is now the proud owner of Gostley Castle, a rapidly crumbling pile of stones deep in the wilds of Northumberland. Much to Izzy’s surprise, she also discovers that the castle comes complete with one unmentioned, additional feature: its previous owner, Ransome William Dacre Vane, the Duke of Rothbury. Splendidly talented Dare (Any Duchess Will Do, 2013) creates cleverly written dialogue, exceptionally appealing characters, and an engaging plot that gives a wink toward Beauty and the Beast and a nod to fandom, all key components in this wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel, the perfect launch to Dare’s new Castles Ever After series. --John Charles
Dare starts her new series with a unique storyline, a sweet, fun nod to literary fandom, and two main characters who are perfect for each other yet never would have met if they weren’t each at a nadir in life’s journey. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
I think this is a truly unique historical that will appeal to readers who aren’t often historical fans. (Smart Bitches Trashy Books)
This book is already in my top books for 2014. This new series of Tessa Dare’s is off to an amazing start! (Smexy Books)
Dare’s lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Splendidly talented Dare creates cleverly written dialogue, exceptionally appealing characters, and an engaging plot that gives a wink toward Beauty and the Beast and a nod to fandom, all key components in this wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel, the perfect launch to Dare’s new Castles Ever After series. (Booklist (starred review))
Tessa Dare’s first instalment in the new Castles Ever After series, ROMANCING THE DUKE will have readers clearing their keeper shelf just to make room for this little gem! Jam- packed with hilarious banter, Dare’s trademark humor is showcased in its full glory. (Fresh Fiction)
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Izzy Goodnight has received an inheritance, an old run down castle and she is grateful as she has no home and money since her father passed away. Izzy describes herself as plain yet the reader is able to ascertain she is so much more. Her wild thick hair almost has a life of its own and I found the author’s metaphors describing Izzy’s mane to be spot on and original. Rapunzel has nothing on this woman’s locks.
The Castle Izzy inherits is not abandoned. Ransom is a lofty Duke who has hidden away in his castle to recover from injuries and a broken spirit. He hates surprises and Izzy turns out to surprise him constantly. Ransom is gruff and lonely and very sensual. He is immediately attracted to Izzy. He is torn between protecting Izzy and getting her out of the castle. He does not believe her claim that the castle is legally hers since he never gave his solicitors permission to sell it.
Izzy settles into the castle and brings all her whimsy and longings with her. She is friendly and even though she is penniless she is not without friends. Throughout the years her father published well-loved fairy tales and many of her fellow countrymen have embraced them and Izzy. Still she needs a home and she and Ransom set about to untangle the legalities of ownership of her new inheritance.
This story is really a tale about insecurities and how they can prevent individuals from embracing the future. Both leads have many of them and they are weighty chains dragging them back to the past. Confession is good for the soul and everytime one of these leads shares their fears and hurts a link is broken to the past. There is no doubt that these two leads truly care for each other and they show it in small comforts and sweeping gestures. They are passionate too, completely enraptured in each other’s touch.
There are many good secondary characters in this story and they only add to the charm of this tale. I loved this devoted couple and look forward to the next novel in this series.
Suffice it to say this story will refresh your belief in love, in the power of kindness and optimism and in happily ever afters. Brava, Ms Dare! I've enjoyed your books before, but this one truly moved me.
Isolde Goodnight finds herself a victim of her father's wildly successful novels. She is worshipped as the little girl that stars in the stories but no one cares to get to know the real Izzy. Plain, spinterish and without a cent to her name after her father dies without having changed his will, Izzy has hit rock bottom. Fortunately she unexpectedly inherits a dilapidated castle, complete with a mad, bad scarred duke hiding secrets and a lonely heart.
I really enjoy fairy tale plots and this one had an interesting twist which I will not spoil but which I found refreshing. The author took a risk and followed though with it by not throwing in a miraculous resolution at the last minute. The romance was sweet if a little rushed and was marred by a case of insta-lust between the h/h. The dialogue as always is charming, witty and laugh out loud funny in some instances The love scenes were steamy and the characters well developed. Overall, a pleasant read. However, I did have a few quibbles that kept this from being a solid five star read. First, the duke's backstory didn't make much sense to me and it did not jive with what we knew of his personality. His past rake persona didn't make him seem like the type that would go haring off after a woman that had jilted him, one he did not love and was only marrying out of obligation. I also didn't care too much for all the cutesy nonsense with the knights and handmaidens. A little more angst and a little less cute would have worked better with the Gothic castle and scarred hero.
Overall, it was a good solid read and I am looking forward to the next installments in the series. Recommended.