Romancing the Duke
Castles Ever After #1
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?
I really need to start rating based on genre because within the HR genre (yeah I’ve only read like 3, but still) this definitely should have 5 stars. Maybe I’ll figure out away to do that someday.
But I loved this book. While I really enjoyed both Izzy and Ransom as individuals, it was their relationship which made this book. The banter was awesome and I love a good “hate to love” trope. While I’m usually not a fan of the tortured hero, Ransom was just the right amount of cocky to make up for it. Plus he did tend to veer away from self pity for the most part.
The Goodnight Tales (was that what they were called? Curse my memory) and the whole Moranglian subplot was one I actually enjoyed as well. I didn’t think I would but I really, really did. It was a bit over the top but whatever. It definitely added to the charm of this novel
I’d heard that Tessa Dare wrote funny books, and I was really happy that I agree! I actually laughed quite a few times. Real laughs too, not just a little chuckle which is what usually happens.
This is a really shitty review and I feel like I nothing I say can even show how much I loved this book. If you haven’t read it and you are into historical romances definitely pick it up. It is so much fun. I definitely plan to continue this series and I’m really looking forward to reading more of Tessa Dare’s novels.