If there is one author I can claim as my “go-to-gal” for stories that will always put a huge smile on my face, then that author would have to be Tessa Dare!

In the first of her new Castles Ever After series, ROMANCING THE DUKE is more than a refreshing spin on the typical “Beauty and the Beast” story, it is a masterpiece that redefines the very nature of the premise and makes it feel brand new.

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.

A simply brilliant and charming start…

I will NOT go into details about why this story was so amazingly good, simply because a large part of the joy in reading it was derived from all the small surprise twists and bends that start at the beginning and continue through to the end. Giving even an ounce of the story away would feel like too much and I don’t want to take anything away from the reader.

What I will say is that you will simply love the characters—each and every one of them. You will laugh out loud. You will not want the story to ever end and if you have never read a book by Tessa Dare, before this one , you will soon find yourself  running to the nearest resource to get your hands on more of her work.

A simply brilliant and charming start to what I expect will be another awe inspiring series from this gifted author.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.