Today I'm reviewing Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare.
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Summary from Goodreads: What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?
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?
Review: I love a good regency romance, but sometimes the stories do become a bit redundant or routine. That is not the case with Any Duchess Will Do, which is the fourth in the Spindle Cove series, and the first book I've read by Tessa Dare. All of Dare's characters were wonderfully fleshed out and personable. I especially liked the Duke's mother who reminded me a great deal of Maggie Smith's character the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey. If you are looking for a regency romance with great characters, good plot, and steamy romance, then this is the book for you!
Rating: 4/5 Stars