Review: Romancing the Duke

Title: Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) Image

Author: Tessa Dare

Rating: ★★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: Izzy Goodnight has a problem: her father has died and left her destitute. So when a note arrives to say that her late godfather has left her an estate in his will, she is eager to reach her new home. She never expected to find her bequest to be a rundown castle; she never expected to find a Duke (whose family has owned the castle for years, but who had apparently sold it unknowingly) in residence, nor has he expected her. Both stake claims to the castle, and when Izzy refuses to leave the Duke decides to use her to his advantage as a secretary to go through his unopened correspondence to get to the bottom of the matter where ownership is concerned.

As usual, Tessa Dare includes plenty of her trademark humor in this tale. Izzy’s hair is wild enough to trap the bats in the castle. Her late father was a famous author of bedtime stories with a fan club of knights and maidens prone to randomly appear in character. I definitely liked this book, but I did not love it. There were a few plot points that led to nowhere. I liked Izzy as a character, yet I remain conflicted on my opinion of the Duke and the romance that developed between them. I think fans of Tessa Dare will enjoy this but at the same time they will not consider it a favorite in her body of work.

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