Book Review

‘Romancing the Duke’ by Tessa Dare

RTD TDSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: Isolde (Izzy) Ophelia Goodnight is the daughter of the late Sir Henry Goodnight, Scholar. Her mother died when she was born which now leaves her alone and penniless. But – hark! She has just learned that she has inherited Gostley Castle in Northumberland. Using her last few coins, she travels there only to find it to be a dilapidated, haunted, rat and bat-infested castle. She also finds Ransom, the Duke of Rothbury who was the owner of the castle but mistakenly sold it which he now regrets. Rothbury is blind and plagued by headaches.

Izzy grew up within a world of knights and fairytales from stories penned by her father. The huge following of people who have read these stories has resulted in a “cult” of Moranglians, which are groups of people who dress as characters acting out battles and scenes.

Izzy is a total optimist while Ransom is brusque and sullen. He has learned that there are those who want him out of the castle and even want to institute him as being mentally ill. But Izzy isn’t giving up without a fight and it might be one taken directly from the fairy tales she grew up with.

This is a wonderful story full of beautifully constructed characters. I hope readers won’t think that this book sounds like a bit of fluff and give it a miss. If they do, that would be a huge mistake. There is sensitivity, humor and romance all wrapped up in this delightful book that will be available in bookstores January 28, 2014. You will love it. Spot on, Tessa Dare!

*Connie for b2b.

*ARC provided by the author.

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