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Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After Series #1)
     

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After Series #1)

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by Tessa Dare
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/15/2014
Isolde (Izzy) Goodnight is a self-proclaimed ugly duckling even though she is beloved as a charming character in her father's famous storybooks. Left destitute after her father's death, Izzy is surprised by her godfather's unexpected bequest of Gostley Castle. Unfortunately, the castle is a wreck inhabited by the rakish Ransom, Duke of Rothbury. Wounded and almost blind, Ransom has secluded himself in the castle and refuses to accept Izzy's claim of ownership. The road to passionately happily-ever-after is never easy, but of course Izzy and Ransom's true love prevails. VERDICT A perfect start to a new series, this spicy Regency lovefest offers an appealing story, witty dialog, and an engagingly quirky cast of characters. (LJ 2/15/14)
Booklist (starred review)
Splendidly talented Dare creates cleverly written dialogue, exceptionally appealing characters, and an engaging plot that gives a wink toward Beauty and the Beast and a nod to fandom, all key components in this wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel, the perfect launch to Dare’s new Castles Ever After series.
Fresh Fiction
Tessa Dare’s first instalment in the new Castles Ever After series, ROMANCING THE DUKE will have readers clearing their keeper shelf just to make room for this little gem! Jam- packed with hilarious banter, Dare’s trademark humor is showcased in its full glory.
Smexy Books
This book is already in my top books for 2014. This new series of Tessa Dare’s is off to an amazing start!
Smart Bitches Trashy Books
I think this is a truly unique historical that will appeal to readers who aren’t often historical fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062240163
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Castles Ever After Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
3,514
File size:
2 MB

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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Romancing the Duke 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
10 STARS IF I COULD!! I know each of us have our own individual taste, but I truly don't understand the low ratings for this novel. I love the writing style of Tessa Dare, and this is one of my favorites. I laughed out loud so many times, and got teary eyed too. Her style pulls you into the story, and made me feel I was part of this unique storyline. I only bought this, because who the writer was. I don't like fairytales slants, but oh I am so glad I read this. I won't go into the premise as others have described this story. But, you will love our H/h. I understood how each felt the way they did. Their is much passion, good honest lovemaking, not crude, just lovely written. I hope you will take a chance on this new series and get lost for a few hours of pure enjoyment! (ljb)
krystolla More than 1 year ago
It's Tessa Dare so of course the story is deft, romantic, adorable, witty . . . everything you'd expect. This one particularly touches my heart for the less-than-perfect hero you'll love anyway, and the heroine who isn't physically beautiful and doesn't suddenly become so. The very best part of this book is that ever chapter or so there is a phrase or a description so perfect, so lovely, it's like tiny strings of poetry hidden amidst the prose. You just need to pause a moment and roll it over in your head like you'd roll a sparkling gem in your hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is the story of 2 people who become temporary co-owners of a decrepit castle. It is the birthright of Ransom, the Duke, but it is willed to Izzy, a young woman who is loved by many but down to her last penny. The Duke has recently lost his eyesight and dropped out of society. Izzy recently became homeless and penniless when her father died with no will. She refuses to leave the castle while the mystery of true ownership is being solved. As always, the course of true love is never easy but quite satisfying once it is found. The characters were well developed, and the plot was fresh and compelling. Steam 3+. I'd definitely recommend this book, and I look forward to the next installment of this series. PSP
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Tessa Dare is just too darn good! That's all you need to know. But if you really want to know about the book, it's got everything a good romance should have. Vulnerable, but proud hero. Spunky, talented, and desperate heroine down to her last hope for a happily-ever-after. Long-suffering manservant. Vicious pet ermine. Weasely solicitors. Devoted fanatical readers. Lovely crumbling castle. This may be the best romance novel I've ever read. These two imperfect people make the perfect match. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
powerse More than 1 year ago
Isolde Goodnight's life so far has been a fairytale. Just not the happily ever after kind. However, after receiving a letter informing her of an inheritance Izzy is optimistic that things will change for the better. Ransom, the Duke of Rothbury, has lived his life with all the liberties that come with the title and doesn't believe in fairytales. For the last seven months though, he has isolated himself at one of his castles. When Izzy arrives Ransom will do all he can to get her to leave him to his solitude. Izzy refuses to let Ransom deter her from making the best of her new situation and Ransom finds himself wondering if he even wants to. I was pleasantly surprised with this book and will definitely be reading more of Tessa Dare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. Could not wait to see what happened next and then was sorry it was over. Looking forward to the next one. Tessa Dare weaves wonderful tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like most of this authors books. This one started out promising, good setup, good dialogue, likable lead characters, ok chemistry. But i thought it became very goofy at the end, and I found myself wanting it to wrap up. I am disappointed. I hope the next book in this series is better.
ltlmer2 More than 1 year ago
Another great start to a series from Tessa Dare. I really enjoy heroes and heroines that are a bit off the norm and this one has that in spades, along with Dare's trademark humor and banter. Also, Ransom's issue is handled very believably without miracle cop-outs. It is a bit tamer than some of her other offerings, but does still have heat. While I don't think it will replace the Spindle Cove series on my favorites list, I will definitely be looking forward to more in this series. (Couple of "huh?" editing moments that caught my attention, but I loved that the heroine has a weasel--ermine, actually---as a pet, so all is forgiven!)
patty74 More than 1 year ago
can't wait for the next book in Tessa Dare new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tessa Dare never disappoints. After her hugely popular Spindle Cove series, she's on track to exceed expectations with her new Castles Ever After series. Izzy Goodnight is a engaging heroine and Ransom is just the duke to give her an amazing Happily Ever After.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the most enjoyable read I've had in a long time. Thank you T.D. for the passion, the love, the wonderful characters, and the laugh out loud banter! I didn't want this story to end. I want to see this book made into a movie! I will read it again and savor every word!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dare's writing is growing richer and better with each story she writes. Fantastic title- filled with lots of humor and a couple of tears, and a deep appreciation for fairy tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ive read in a long long time!!!!!!!
Chitsuen More than 1 year ago
I kept hearing great things about this book, so I decided to pick up my own copy and try it out. AND now I feel like I have a bit of a book hangover. I loved it. It's everything I love in my historical romances. Quirky heroine. Brooding Duke. Odd animals and secondary characters. Oh yeah, and a castle. How could I forget that? I'm rather sappy with my romantic fiction, and I'll admit I love light-hearted romance. Those are probably my favorite sort of romance reads. Don't get me wrong, I can go the angsty, dark reads with the best of them. But, I get enough angst in real life at times. Sometimes I just want something entertaining and/or humorous that makes me smile. Something lovely. And there you have it, Romancing the Duke. Yes, I actually thought this was a 'lovely' book. It had everything I enjoy the most - bursts of humor, sweet hero (when he wasn't brooding), cute heroine, great dialogue between the hero and heroine which never seemed forced, just flowed naturally. The book was well-written, and I can honestly say there wasn't any aspect of the book I didn't like. Not even close. This book totally was left with the warm fuzzies at the end. Now I can't wait for more to come in this series. If you're looking for a light-hearted, fun read, go ahead and grab this one. It's a great book in my opinion.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars  ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Tessa Dare does it again!  Here’s a series I’ll be hooked on for as long as she wants to write it.  What an unconventional hero and how I love him!  I am always a fan of a hero with a disability and scarred, and in this case, Ransom is partially (or mostly) blind.  He’s a Duke but he’s had a rough go in the past year.  Getting hurt in a fight, being scarred and losing his sight.  As well as losing his fiance to another man.  He’s been hiding in Gostley Castle ever since. That is until Izzy Goodnight strolls in.  She’s down on her luck herself, with no where to go after her father died.  Her last hope is meeting a mysterious man who sent her a letter about an inheritance she may have.  Which turns out to be the Castle itself.  Izzy’s godfather (or better described as her father’s friend whom she met once) has left her Gostley Castle.  But there’s a surly Duke in it who believes his property wouldn’t have been sold without his consent.  And so Izzy becomes Ransom’s secretary and helps him go through months of mail to figure out if indeed the property was sold to her godfather, rendering it hers. I loved every single thing about this story.  It’s a fairy tale style story that you can’t help but get wrapped up in and just brings a smile to your face.  Izzy has been forced by life to slowly give up her belief in happily ever afters, and that her prince charming won’t come and swoop her off her feet.  She’s become more practical.  Forced to live a lie to make her father’s followers happy.  But she’s still the kind of woman that sees the glass half full and finds the good in everything. Ransom I just loved.  He’s moody and grumpy, but he’s caring from the beginning.  Even after life beat him down, he’s still got good in him even though he tries to muddy it.  I really enjoyed Izzy and Ransom together.  They have great chemistry and they were perfect to help each other out.  They are both misfits in a way and they brought out the best in each other out. You can expect to smile and even laugh out loud with this story.  This is the perfect blend of historical romance and fairy tales with characters full of life and emotion.  You won’t be able to stop reading until you’ve finished! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story, and the characters were great. The book flowed so well and kept me captivated, I finished the story in no time at all. Was sad to see it end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tessa Dare creates wonderful stories and series. This is just another exceptional read from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever and unique storyline and I loved every page.
regencyromantic1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  It was a romantic, sweet, funny story.  Buy this book you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!  A new favorite book!
romancefanWI More than 1 year ago
Tessa Dare is a star in the romance firmament. This is a lovely romantic story with inspired characters and dialog. Well-done! Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had all the ingredients I need to love a book. A duke with outer and inner scars, a not so naive young almost spinster, old castle, humor and best of all true love! I enjoyed the story so much I read it in two days! If you love Tessa Dare you are sure to love this! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite Tessa Dare book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy all the books by this author. It is now 1:30am and just finished this beautiful story. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not reading any of the other reviews before I complete mine. I think this is my favorite so far. I really don't know why other than I just loved Izzy and Ransom. I felt like I knew them. I had to finally cut off my nook because I was falling asleep ans start back in this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the other characters too. This was a great read in my opinion. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.