Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Date Read: February 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
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.
Series: Castles Ever After #1
Also by this author: A Lady by Midnight, Say Yes to the Marquess, When a Scot Ties the Knot, The Duchess Deal br> br>
Also in this series: Say Yes to the Marquess, When a Scot Ties the Knot
Read for Book Club/Borrowed from the Library (Cover Girls/Frisco Public Library)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50
First Thought when Read: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare hit the historical romance sweet spot for me!
Story Thoughts: I love stories where the both characters are flawed and that is the case in Romancing the Duke. At the heart of the story were two characters who needed to find each other in order to heal, lead full lives, and have the kind of sweeping love that I think we all dream about now and then. I fell in love with this story from the beginning and fell deeper with every page! There was intrigue, mystery, fun, and most of all romance at every turn.
Character Thoughts: Izzy is awesome! No seriously, she is probably going to make my top 5 female leads for 2014. She was fun, spirited, smart, unafraid, and had that gumption that makes you cheer. Ransom is broodish, arrogant, physically flawed, and just to die for! These two just made me cheer, laugh, sigh, and swoon! They were also surrounded by delightful side characters which just made the story shine more!
Final Thoughts: Fans of historical romance should check out Romancing the Duke!