Monday, January 25, 2016

Julia Reviews Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Title/Author: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Publisher/Year Published: 2015 by Avon
How I got this book: I bought it from B&N when it was on an eBook sale
Why I read this book: I liked the last Dare book I read, and it was a good price.
Rating: 4 stars

It's been awhile since I was able to sit and just read. The holidays really take all the time away from my reading. But as I was stuck on a five hour cross country plane ride, I was sucked in to a tale of castles, scarred heroes and tenacious heroines. 

Romancing the Duke is the first in Tessa Dare's new Castle's Ever After series. First we meet our heroine, Izzy. She is literally almost penniless as her father has just died, leaving her nothing, when she gets a letter talking about an inheritance from a man whom her father knew when she was younger. She figures maybe she gets a hundred pounds if she is lucky, but low and behold she gets a castle. A castle that the current owner, an injured in a way I don't want to say because it's spoils the fun, duke. 

They have to figure out how to handle who actually owns the castle while learning to get along with each other. And all the romance explodes from there. 

I enjoyed this story. It was sort of a play on the beauty and the beast story, with a dash of the impoverished maiden thrown in, but it didn't feel like it was an overused trope. Dare always writes with a comedic ease that makes the pages fly by. She reminds me of Julia Quinn in her earlier days. 

The characters are full of life and pop off the page. The romance between the leads is wonderful in it's tension and heat.  Overall this was just a great book to read on my flight. It kept me engaged and entertained. 

I would totally recommend it for people who are interested in historical romance. There hasn't been much in that genre of romance lately, but this is a great start to a series that I will definitely be continuing. 


  1. Dare is one of my favorite authors, loved this book!

    1. I'm heading to Cancun next weekend and I just downloaded three more of her books to take with me! I love her too!


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