Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)
Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Castles Ever After #1

In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love...

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.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Love it! So sweet and romantic and absolutely wonderful, Romancing the Duke was a brilliant historical romance. Everything about it was just perfect.

Izzy was tons of fun. She was a great heroine and very likable. She was a very kind and compassionate person, but she had a backbone of steel. She was determined to get what she wanted, no matter what she had to do. Even if it involved battling against a very stubborn duke. I really liked her. She was a lovely character.

Ransom (the Duke) was also wonderful. He tried to be a jerk to prove he was bad news and scare Izzy away from what he saw as his castle, but it was always obvious that he was a true gentleman. No matter how he tried to deny it, he was an imminently good man. And he was so sweet. When he wanted to woo a lady, he went all out. I totally adored him. He was just perfect.

The romance was wonderful. Izzy and Ransom were so sweet together and a totally perfect match. I loved how determined Ransom was to win Izzy over. And they had a ton of chemistry and a few steamy moments. They were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was completely hooked the entire way through. There were some secrets that came as a surprise and the story was just so much fun and so wonderfully witty, from the fantastic Goodnight stories to the mischievous ermine. I enjoyed every bit of it and I was completely entertained, with both the romance and the humor. And the ending was lovely. Tessa Dare is a brilliant romance author and this new series doesn't disappoint. I can't wait to read more from it!

Romancing the Duke was a brilliant historical romance. I completely and totally loved this book and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was romantic, witty, and tons of fun. Lovers of romance, you have to read this book.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. A new Tessa Dare book?!? I'm so excited; it sounds amazing!

  2. It really was amazing :) I love every Tessa Dare book, but this is one of my favorites. Hope you like it, too, when you get the chance to read it!