Library Book Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted February 24, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 27 Comments

Library Book Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa DareSource: Library Borrowed

Format: Paperback

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.

More Information:
Publisher: HarperCollins
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
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!


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Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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27 responses to “Library Book Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

  1. I’m terribly behind. I don’t have this book and I’m such a die hard Tessa fan. I REALLY need to get a library card so I can start checking out books. Hopefully my local library has a good selection of romance novels.

  2. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    Yay! I’m so glad you loved it! I don’t think Tessa Dare can ever disappoint. I’m happy that my library is getting a copy of this … I’m first on the list! Now, they really gotta put a rush on cataloguing it …

  3. I loved this one! Why didn’t you listen? It was fabulous! The narrator did a fantastic job.
    I loved, loved Izzy too! This was my first novel by this author, and what a pleasant surprise! Now I don’t have to keep going back to re-listen to Lisa Klepays every time I’m in the mood for good HR.

    • Izzy is one of those characters that you want to be friends with. She doesn’t have much of a filter but she is sort of sheltered so it makes for some giggle worthy moments!