Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
(Spindle Cove)

83%

8 Critic Reviews

...Any Duchess Will Do is a well written, engaging historical romance about the power of love to change two people for the better, while still allowing the characters to retain their essential selves.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

What's a duke to do, when the girl who's perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can't live without?

Griffin
York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season--or any season--but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother's "duchess training"... and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn't a miserable failure. She's a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure--a woman who ignites Griff's desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won't be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess--can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?
 

About Tessa Dare

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TESSA DARE is a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, two children, and dog.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Avon. 389 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 08 2013

Though hints of Cinderella and Pygmalion aren’t enough to make the premise plausible, Dare more than makes up for that with romance, humor, and intense emotional drama.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Jane on May 28 2013

I was engaged and charmed from the first chapter to the last and didn’t hesitate to put the book down once.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 16 2013

Great writing and characterization will keep readers engaged and invested. Sly nods to classic and modern Cinderella favorites enhance an already fun, textured plot.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Jean Wan on May 15 2013

Ms. Dare is certainly not alone in crafting scenarios of a far-fetched nature, but she is one of the few authors whom I will forgive (in part). And that’s because Tessa Dare has Style.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer deSylva on May 24 2013

...Any Duchess Will Do is a well written, engaging historical romance about the power of love to change two people for the better, while still allowing the characters to retain their essential selves.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Jun 06 2013

The humor flows from the pages, enhancing the character development and enveloping the reader in a love story that’s so happy your heart will be touched.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Jean Wan on Jun 06 2013

When you squeeze months of character development into a week, something’s gotta give, and it usually does. Very, very few authors can achieve otherwise. All that being said, however, I did enjoy Any Duchess Will Do.

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Romantic Historical Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Caz on Jun 06 2013

...I think that what we have here is a fairy tale; a story about finding love in the most unexpected places...

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