Book Review

‘Any Duchess Will Do’ by Tessa Dare

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

Griffin 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?

REVIEW: Griffen (Griff) York, Duke of Halford, has put off marrying for as long as he can.  Now, his mother has demanded that he choose a bride from any of the women in Spinster Cove where ladies go to look for a husband.

Pauline Simms is a young woman from the countryside working as a barmaid in Spinster Cove.  She dreams of one day owning her own bookshop.

Thinking his mother will balk at his choice, Griff selects Pauline to be his Duchess.  His mother has one week in London to make her over.  Griff has no intention of marrying so he agrees with his mother that if he and Pauline do not suit, Pauline can return home.  Privately, Griff agrees to give Pauline a thousand pounds to say they do not suit and she can leave in a week.  She agrees knowing she will then have enough money to open her bookshop.  

The resulting makeover attempts, introduction to the members of The Ton and growing attraction between Griff and Pauline are not only humorous but bittersweet as well.

I truly loved how the author delved into the hearts and minds of both Griff and Pauline exposing their secrets to one another.

I do highly recommend it and if we were giving stars here at b2b, this would have been a FIVE star for sure.

Connie for b2b

4 thoughts on “‘Any Duchess Will Do’ by Tessa Dare”

  1. Connie, I love this book so much, I gave it my Stellar 5* rating…Awesome. In a class by itself. It even toppled A Week to be Wicked as my favourite book in the Spindle Cove series which too some doing!

  2. I bought this & it is on my TBR! I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet! Thanks for the review & the reminder!

  3. ” Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. ” ….. This had me busting out laughing. I have a feeling I would love reading this one. 🙂

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