Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove Series #4)

Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove Series #4)

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by Tessa Dare
     
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
There's nothing like being drugged and kidnapped by your own mother to get your attention, so when Griffin York, Duke of Halford, is thus captured by his marriage-minded mama and whisked off to the seacoast haven of Spindle Cove to choose a bride, he takes the dowager up on her promise that she can turn any girl into a flawless duchess. His choice? Country-bred barmaid Pauline Simms, a girl doomed to fail. But Pauline has no intention of becoming a duchess, and when she balks, Griff is forced to change his plans—and the results are totally, but delightfully, unexpected. VERDICT A duke determined to avoid marriage and a plain-speaking girl whose sights go no higher than owning her own bookstore strike an ill-fated but ultimately perfect bargain. This witty, wickedly funny romantic escapade infuses a Pygmalion plot with a touch of Cinderella magic and spins it into another perfect addition to Dare's "Spindle Cove" series (A Lady by Midnight). Dare lives in Southern California.
Publishers Weekly
Dare’s fourth Spindle Cove romance returns to Regency England’s eclectic seaside community, where young ladies seek refuge from society. Griffin York, the marriage-shy eighth Duke of Halford, is dragged to the town by his mother, who orders him to pick a bride. He brashly selects Pauline Simms, a proud tavern serving girl. Griff’s mother declares she can turn Pauline into duchess material; Griff retorts that if she fails, he’ll be off the hook. He offers Pauline £1,000 to go to London and fail the training, promising that he’ll return her to her home, and her mentally disabled sister, within a week. Pauline’s hasty bargain to ensure financial security for herself and her sister is complicated by her attraction to Griff and her ability to see the man inside the titled facade. Griff admires Pauline’s pluck as he reveals his deepest secrets and bares his soul. Though hints of Cinderella and Pygmalion aren’t enough to make the premise plausible, Dare more than makes up for that with romance, humor, and intense emotional drama. (June)
Booklist (starred review)
“Any Duchess Will Do is an equally beguiling blend of sparkling wit and simmering sensuality that is guaranteed to captivate fans of clever, sexy historical romances.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers
Romances based on fairy tales have enjoyed a new surge of popularity recently, but in her fourth Spindle Cove novel, Tessa Dare gives readers an anti-fairy tale romance in which hard work and self-respect are the route to happiness, and love is the only magic anyone needs.
Kirkus Reviews
When his mother tries to force his hand in selecting a bride, Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, decides to teach her a lesson by choosing the nearest serving girl, then astounds them all by falling in love with her. Pauline Simms' desires are simple. She wants to work hard enough to get her and her developmentally challenged sister out of her abusive father's house and open a bookshop. For the working class, however, simple is not easy, and earning enough to follow her dreams is nigh impossible for a barmaid. So when a duke's mother issues her son an ultimatum in the tavern where Pauline works, demanding he pick a bride from the women present, and Griffin York, Duke of Halford, chooses Pauline, she makes a deal with the arrogant aristocrat. His mother will give Pauline "duchess lessons," at which she'll fail miserably, and he'll give her the astounding sum of £1,000. Seeing the gift for the miracle it is, Pauline agrees, leaving her tearful sister behind for a week, journeying to London to mingle with high society, while spending far too much time alone with Griffin, who clearly hides secrets that haunt him. Pauline chinks away at his emotional armor and grows dangerously attracted to him, while Griffin begins to wonder how he ever survived without her. Historical romance favorite Dare has penned a Cinderella-themed late-Regency romance with a working-class heroine who dares to dream beyond her station and a libertine determined to change his life. It's a fairly outlandish plot in historical terms, but readers will be willing to suspend disbelief for this couple who are so perfect for one another, despite being scandalously mismatched socially. Great writing and characterization will keep readers engaged and invested. Sly nods to classic and modern Cinderella favorites enhance an already fun, textured plot. Moments of laugh-out-loud humor, emotional intensity and sensual passion woven through an engaging plot and endearing characters make this a great read for romance fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062240132
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Spindle Cove Series , #4
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
133
File size:
972 KB

Meet the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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Any Duchess Will Do 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Next to Lorraine Heath I have come to also count on Tessa Dare to write a historical book that leaves me immensely satisfied after reading it. This latest release left just such an impression with me. From start to finish this book completely won me over heart and soul and just thinking about the main characters puts a smile on my face! To put it plainly, Pauline and Griff have become my quintessential couple, the one by which all other couples will be measured. Their interactions crackled from the moment their eyes met. They were delightfully playful with one another and their scenes together teemed with sexual tension. Not only did they make good lovers, but they were truly good friends too. No matter their differences in social status they found much to connect them and found great comfort in their mutual understandings. Pauline always wanted more in life but was held back by a father who couldn't stand to see her become better than him. She never stopped dreaming though and planned a future for her and her slow-thinking sister as a self-sufficient woman. Just when she gets a bit ahead financially something always happens to set her back. That's why Griff's offer is so appealing to her.....he'll give her a thousand pounds to prove she'll never become the duchess his mother promises she can turn Pauline into. After being called a disaster her whole life she knows that her failing is guaranteed and the money for her library within reach. Being around Griff brings out the best in her and before long she starts becoming his ideal duchess. Unfortunately society rears its ugly head and it will take all her courage to grab the HEA she's truly discovered she wants. Pauline is an amazing heroine! Protects her sister and works hard to provide for her family without complaint. She's honest and strong-willed, not afraid to be who she really is. Even as she learns to be a duchess she still does it in her own fashion. There's no artifice about her, just a refreshingly smart and loyal young woman who helps Griff to heal from a heartbreaking loss. Griff was always thought of as a rake until a heartbreaking loss, that he's kept hidden from everyone, has him changing his way of living. He's now sworn off women and marriage and sets out to thwart his mother's plan for his future using Pauline as a pawn at first. He quickly comes to admire her and soon does everything in his power to protect her. They have an easy rapport with one another with a romance that evolves slowly and steadily. They start out as friends who share their hopes and dreams with one another and then as lovers they make those dreams come true. No matter how much Griff calls himself a rake and a scoundrel he can't help but be heroic and caring. No matter how hard he hid his heart, Pauline brought him back to life with her quiet support and understanding. His sadness was heartbreaking and being with Pauline was like a breath of fresh air and had me rooting for their HEA every step of the way. Along with a wonderful main couple comes Griff's mother. She was a wonderfully cantankerous woman who appeared gruff but was a truly caring woman beneath her commanding exterior. Even as she was teaching Pauline you could see her learning too. She loosened up and showed a more loving and funny side as the story progressed. The sexual encounters between Pauline and Griff were hot and yet playful. You could sense their connection deepening every time they were toge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I love the Spindle Cove series I felt that this story in particular felt a bit forced at timea. Though witty and charming at times the book seemed to lack the same endearing aspects of the previous 3 novels and even the novellas. Griff is not as likeable as the previous heroes and though Pauline was lovely I often felt myself cheering on her dream more than her relationship with Griff. Overall a decent story but it feels lacking compares to the other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!! This one is her best so far! I love the parts when his heart whispers to him. Touching love story with her normal brand of humor.
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Anonymous 9 days ago
I really enjoyed this one. Tessa Dare has a brillent way with dialogue and humor! Her books are always a hoot! Such a fun read! Excellent.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Good
Anonymous 7 months ago
Before we start the rp, may I just say how wonderful this book is. It was written by someone names Tessa!! Okay, fangirling over...
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
I have been working through the “Spindle Cove” series, but besides the first book (A Night To Surrender), I’ve had problems with the lack of conflict/tension and pacing. A few times her couples get together and fall in love with 40% of the book left to go. Why should I keep on reading? If there’s no apparent internal/external conflict, the book should end. Oh, gentle reader, “Any Duchess Will Do” is my favorite Dare so far because every page, EVERY LINE was soaked in conflict that made me wonder, “How are Pauline and Griffin going to find their HEA together?” When I’m reading, I want to understand why the hero is the heroine’s perfect match and why the heroine is the hero’s perfect match. In other words, is the emotional connection between the characters there and does it match the physical connection? Pauline and Griffin have a light-hearted, yet serious multi-faceted depth that I find compelling: A heroine willing to sacrifice nearly a year’s savings to defend her sister? A hero kidnapped by his mother to find a bride? The emotional connects among the characters (Pauline & Griff’s mother, Pauline & Griff) were realistic and unique, building stronger ties as the story evolved. I was surprised by the reveals (there is some foreshadowing, but it is subtle and adds to the plot). One of the things I loved about this book was the use of repetitive phrasing, (Griffin sees Pauline: “Her,” he said. “I’ll take her.”) to show the hero’s growth. At first, he means it quite literally – he is picking Pauline so his mother can make a Duchess out of her, but later he realizes he chooses Pauline because he loves her. He wants and needs her. Just masterful use throughout the novel and a great lesson on how to use repetition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Was lucky to find two great books to read this weekend and this was one. Characters were charming and the plot had great elements of fairytale themes with modern touches. Great imagery too. Love!!
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This may be my favorite Tessa Dare book yet. I always say that, and it's true...until I read the next one! I love storylines where the common girl catches the eye of the nobleman and then holds her own in his world and captures his heart. There are plenty of Pretty Woman and Cinderella moments as Griffin and his interfering mother try to turn Pauline the serving girl into a duchess, but the reasons behind the mother's matchmaking and Griffin's refusal to marry are totally unique. The book is full of humor, but there are also some tear-jerker moments too. It totally satisfies in the romance department!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had humor and romance galore. I read it in one day.The whole spindle cove series is good but I truly was so very fond of the hero and hetoine, they were likable and the chemistry between them very good. I liked this spindle cove the best.
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I would consider this book to be quite the fairy tale mix, between Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast (with a touch of Pretty Woman). The differences mainly are that Pauline doesn't have evil stepsisters, Griff is far from an ugly beast, and well the lack of magical fantasy. However, the end result was wonderful! I loved this story! Pauline is a barmaid at the Bull and Blossom in Spindle Cove. She is trying to make enough money to start her own library (quite the "Beauty" wouldn't you say?) so that she can support herself and her sister. Pauline is an absolute sweetheart who wears her heart on her sleeve (I LOVED that about her) and really cares for others. Griff used to be quite the rake, as we learned in A Week to be Wicked. However, some hard events happened upon this poor fellow since then that have truly changed him. He is quite tortured, but he keeps it all to himself. He even has a secret room in his ducal mansion that he won't share with anyone (seems a little beastly to me). Deeply ingrained within him is quite a nice guy, though he doesn't own up to it. Enter in the fairy godmother so to speak is Griff's mother. Since she lacks magical help, she drugs her son and whisks him of to Spindle Cove with quite a plan. He must choose one girl from all of the ladies in the town, and his mother will train her to become the perfect duchess. They agree that he'll marry the girl if she becomes a star of the ton, or his mother must stop hassling him about marriage if the girl doesn't wow society. Griff (thinking himself quite clever) chooses Pauline. Upon meeting Pauline's horrible father, Griff strikes an arrangement with Pauline. He'll pay her a vast sum of money if she will prove to be a disaster and to distract his mother. Pauline agrees, but only for a week so she can get back to her sister. And so begins a quite charming and funny tale of the two who are so very apart in their social standings. They fall so very much in love and I adored every word of it. Ok I have to be honest though... There was a certain section that I did not care for. (Happily it really didn't have too much to do with our lead characters.) Minerva and Colin have a conversation in part of one chapter that was absolutely horrid. It was crazy cheesy and Colin just didn't sound at all like himself. I do however, choose to ignore this part of the book in my review rating because the rest of the book was great. I know that Tessa Dare has started a new series, but I do hope someday that she'll return to Spindle Cove. I would want to see Charlotte and Sally find romance. They were a couple of my favorites.
camaibarb More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. Shows how people can and do fall in love even if they are from different classes or circumstances in their lives. Griff had many things to overcome and he did. Pauline was awesome. She was strong and brilliant and had a love for a handicap sister. Griff's mother had endured grief of the worst kind, and yearned for grandchildren. A beautifully written story about love and sacrifices. Didn't like Pauline's father, nor Griff's best friend, but then we needed those characters to make a good story. I liked that the author brought characters from her other Spindle Cove books into this one also.
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Romantic...laugh out loud funny at times.... loved it...loved catching up with couples from earlier in the series... feel like I know Spindle Cove. Griff and Pauline are in love.
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