Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove Series #4)

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Overview

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?

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062240132
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Spindle Cove Series , #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 11,779
  • File size: 924 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 lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Delightful Read With Memorable Characters & Crackling Dialogue

    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

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

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    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Great Book

    I thought that this book was charming and entertaining. The characters were very likeable, and their dialogue was very humorous and witty, and at times very moving emotionally. This story was the perfect blend of my personal favorite- romantic comedy. I love a book that makes me smile, as well as pulling at my heartstrings at parts. My only complaint would be that the steamy sections had way too much detail for me, which is why I gave it only a 4 star rating. In my personal opinion, about 2 pages tops should suffice in a love scene. But I digess, I would highly recommend this book. I always know I've picked a winner when I finish a story such as this one, and get a little sad at the end when it's over because I fear the next book I read just won't measure up to what I've just finished.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Her best yet!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    The story line is excellent. Tessa Dare is an excellent writer

    The story line is excellent. Tessa Dare is an excellent writer with good plot and character development. But the porno scenes are raunchy. It is like finding a steaming pile of cow dung in a lovely meadow. The pornographic scenes are just that fortunately there is not too many that are so graphic. Tessa Dare does not need to add these cheap porno scenes in her books. I wish authors would release 2 versions of their books the usual X-Rated version and then a normal version that would leave love scenes to the imagination. She wasn't quite as raunchy as some of the other authors, but it is not a book I would give to my mother to read, she would throw it in the trash.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Well done

    Well done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, with a taste of Pretty Woman all in a Historical Romance

    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.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    I really liked this story. Shows how people can and do fall in

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Loved it

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Funny

    I really enjoyed this book. Both the main characters were very likable, the plot was a bit contrived, good storyline, sweet romance, and super funny, some laugh out loud scenes, really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Loved it

    I just loved this story. So sweet and endearing and I just loved the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Love it.

    My favorite so far in this series. It's witty and wicked. There's deep emotional moments too. I love the characters of Griff and Pauline. But I cannot ignore the duchess here too, Griff's mother. The dialogues are funny, practical and honest.
    The love scenes are steamy, graphic, but so what!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I truly appreciate Tessa Dare's humor, especially the quick witted dialogue. Great fun to read, and very engaging.

    I also liked in this book the character development AND relationship development. While there is always physical attraction in her books this novel provided the reasons as to why, how and when the feelings evolved into love. For me that is something i always hope for in a romance novel.

    I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Entertaining

    I like reading a book that I can't get into immediately and that was this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Great!!!

    This was a wonderful read. Well developed characters and beautiful chemistry between Pauline and Griff. Wonderful and enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Character development is often so poor in romance novels, but th

    Character development is often so poor in romance novels, but this one was well done. The intimate moments were steamy, but didn't take up half the story, like many do. 

    Fun read, Cinderella story - totally implausible - but really well done. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Loved it!

    This is probably my favorite of the series so far. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Good Read

    Fun Pygmalion story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Excellent

    This is another addition to the Spindle Cove series and was quite enjoyable. This story is about Griffin, the Duke of Halford, and Pauline, a serving girl at the local tavern. Griff is drugged and kidnapped by his mother in a misguided attempt to force him to marry. She takes him to "Spinster Cove" and tells him to choose a bride whom she will transform into duchess material. Griff points to the least likely candidate in the room and announces, "I'll take her." This is how the courtship/partnership begins, and it takes off from there. I truly enjoyed this book. It was funny, romantic, and emotionally captivating. Far fetched plot, but enjoyable anyway. 4+ steam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Reina

    I kiss you

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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