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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa DareRomancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After,
Also in this series: Say Yes to the Marquess, When a Scot Ties the Knot
Published by Avon on 28 January 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance: Historical
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also by this author: A Week to be Wicked, Say Yes to the Marquess, When a Scot Ties the Knot, Lord Dashwood Missed Out

Place(s) Traveled To: Woolington, Northumberland, England

First Line(s): The name Isolde Ophelia Goodnight did rather spell a life of tragedy.

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare is the start of a new series and after her Spindle Cove books I was really looking forward to this one. I’m also a sucker for a good historical romance and that is something that I can always count on Tessa Dare for. Romancing the Duke is not a serious story and there were many giggle worthy moments as I read the story. I loved how Izzy and her Duke, Ransom interacted. They had chemistry from the get-go even if Ransom your typical antisocial wounded warrior.

Fortunately for him, his retreat from society allowed for his castle to be sold and then given to Izzy who was just the one to pull him out of his funk. Just as Random was good at helping Izzy realize many truths about herself. I also loved how Romancing the Duke was a nod to all the delightful things about being part of a fandom. Seriously there were times when I thought this story was a bit like tumblr in book form. I liked how Dare shows how powerful stories can be, not just in the now, but also in the past. I enjoyed the crazy cos-players and wish they could somehow appear in every book Dare writes from now on. (Though alas, I am sure that is not to be.)

Izzy is a strong, fiesty character and she needs her Duke every bit as much as he needs her. She’s just not as headstrong as he is and realizes it all so much faster. Men, always so hard headed when it comes to matters of the heart. Especially alpha males in historical romances. But Random wasn’t your typical jackass alpha. Oh he was grumbly and he’d shout but he was never mean to Izzy. There was always a tenderness to his actions that took away from his bark.

Romancing the Duke is a quick story with an engrossing plot that I didn’t want to put down. Once I started this book I didn’t put it down until I had hit the last page. And even while there were a few cliched moments that made me roll my eyes and groan a bit the overall effect of this story was magical. Romancing the Duke doesn’t have any deep plots or mysteries but there is more to it than just a boy meets girl story. And while it didn’t always feel like a historical story it managed to hit all the right notes that I could forgive its flaws.

Romancing the Duke is a fun story and one that I could recommend to anyone looking for a quick escape. A story that they don’t have to think about too much and where all a reader needs to do is just sit back and let themselves be entertained. I hated for the Spindle Cove series to end (and have in fact been avoiding the end by avoiding the last book) so I am glad that Dare has a whole new series for me to fall in love with. I can meet a whole bunch of new friends as I work my way up to saying goodbye to the ones in her other series.