Thursday, April 9, 2015

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare

Publication: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Avon / HarperCollins Publishing
Source: Bought/Own

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.

Izzy’s father has died and left her with no money and no home to stay in. But as luck would have it, she receives a letter stating that she has been named in the will of the Earl of Lynforth. So she packs up her meager belongings, and travels to Rothbury Castle in Northumberland in hopes that she inherit money.
Once she arrives, she discovers that it isn’t money she has inherited, its a castle...Gostley Castle to be exact. A castle that very much needs some TLC and already has an inhabitant. It happens to be the home to Ransom, the Duke of Rothbury. And he isn’t very happy to have her there. Even though he finds her intriguing, he doesn’t want her staying and he is pretty insistent, that there is a mistake and that Gostley Castle is still rightfully his.  But Izzy has nowhere else to go, and she isn’t so willing to just give up the chance of having a home.
Ransom is pretty stubborn…..he is vulnerable, and not just because he is blind. He’s afraid of falling in love, and doesn’t believe someone would truly want to be with him.  Izzy is witty and smart, but insecure about her looks. Ransom can push and try as hard as he likes to scare Izzy away, but she refuses to back down easily. I loved that. Despite their differences, Ransom and Izzy have great chemistry and they compliment each others personalities so well. I couldn’t get enough of them.
Tessa Dare’s books are the type of books you read when you want to laugh, swoon, indulge in a few steamy sex scenes, and enjoy a  good old fashioned romance. And that is exactly what I got when I read Romancing the Duke. It was the perfect romantic pick me up. And by the end of the story I wanted a Ransom of my very own.

RATING: 4½ out of 5.


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