Author: Tessa Dare
Provided Synopsis: 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?
Review: When it comes to regency romance stories I often feel as if I have read it all. So I was pleasantly surprised when the heroine of Any Duchess Will Do was a serving maid straight out of a tavern. Due to her lowly status in English society, Pauline and her Duke must face great challenges that impede the love that blossoms between them. For her part, the author was realistic about how society would react to such a match and made sure not to shy away from the public outcry in favor of making this into more of an outlandish fairy tale.
As for Pauline and Griff – I found them to be a likable hero and heroine. The two of them make an agreement to thwart the plans of his mother to have him married off, often to comical effects. There was more to both characters than meets the eye. As they came to understand more and more of each other I understood the attraction they felt and why they fell in love. I’d recommend this story if you are in the need of a romance fix!
(Side Note: I don’t think these books need to be read in order! So just jump right in to any you find first!)