Clio Whitmore patiently waited eight years for her fiance Piers to return from the Continent and claim her and apart from scoring a castle, not much has happened. Sick of waiting, Clio decides to break her engagement and start living her life. She turns to Piers’ brother Rafe who has been managing Piers’s affairs for assistance. They agree that Rafe will have one week to convince Clio to stay engaged and if he fails, Rafe will sign the papers dissolving the engagement.
Author: Tessa Dare
This book was quite simply delight from start to finish. I’m terribly sorry but I intend to wax lyrical about the characterisation, plot and style. From the moment I read that the heroine was called Isolde Ophelia Goodnight, I knew I would be in for a treat. Isolde (Izzy to her friends) is the penniless daughter of a renowned writer. She unexpectedly finds herself the owner of a decrepit Gothic castle that still contains the former owner Ransom, Duke of Rothbury.
Any Duchess Will Do reminded me of Pygmalion. This works in its favour as Shaw’s play is one of my favourites. Our hero is Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and he suffers from a painful affliction – a mother who is determined to see him marry and start producing children. She drugs him and whisks him off to Spindle Cove to see if any of the social misfits there will attract his eye. She guarantees she can make a duchess out of any of the girls. Heartily sick of his mother’s scheming, Griff selects the one woman he […]
A Lady by Midnight is the tale of Kate Taylor and Corporal Samuel Thorne. Although the premise is great, it isn’t as funny as the previous novel. Kate is an orphaned music teacher in Spindle Cove who only remembers a song and a phrase from her youth. Samuel has tried to keep his distance from her until he comes across her one day in town. He rescues her from a wayward carriage and takes her back to Spindle Cove where they find the Gramercy family waiting for her. This uber-rich titled family are convinced that Kate is a long […]
A Week to Be Wicked is a distinct improvement from the last novel as the main characters are likeable, the situations they find themselves in amusing and the romance is swoon-worthy. The bespectacled Minerva, a bluestocking geologist propositions the delectable rake Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne. She wants him to leave her sister Diana alone and fake an elopement so she can attend the Royal Geological Society Symposium in Scotland. She offers him the price money of 500 guineas which she reckons she is a shoo-in to win with her plaster-cast of a giant lizard’s footprint. I was pleasantly surprised […]
A Night to Surrender is a historical romance that unfortunately fails to capitalise on its potential. Dare has given us a village that houses spinsters – rich, poor, shy and too bold – but no real men until Victor Bramwell rides in. He is summarily made the Earl of Rycliff and charged with recruiting and training up a militia on the chance that Napoleon decides to invade Britain. He immediately steals a kiss from the freckled faced, red haired Susanna and sets about disrupting the women’s liberation movement she has begun. In Spindle Cove, women fight against patriarchy one day […]