Title: Romancing The Duke (Book #1, Castles Ever After series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon, Jan. 2014
Source: Purchase (yes, I do buy books)
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com
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?
Have you been yearning to fall into a fairytale and lose yourself for several hours of humor, semi-drama and sizzling romance? Here it is in all its knights and handmaiden glory. Yes, there are knights, a ghastly, ghostly Gostly Castle, a resident scarred and tortured Duke, handmaidens (on demand it seems) and a feisty, innocent young woman who refuses to be pushed around.
Izzy is described as not a beauty, at least in her own eyes her super curly, untameable hair and her nose make her unattractive. But Ransom, the duke, and the reader know that she is beautiful inside and out. She has a pet ermine that attacks at will and also with encouragement. She has knights and handmaidens at her beck and call. Yes, it is true, but I will leave you to find out why.
Ransom is scarred and physically injured from a short-sword fight that occurred several months ago, but he is a handsome man in spite of the injuries, but irascible and not at all tolerant of having Izzy invade his space. Duncan his manservant of all tasks just tries to help where he can.
This book is Tessa Dare in top form. Her dialog and prose is laugh out loud:
She tilted her face to his. He could feel her breath against his neck. Soft wisps of heat.
“And ever since I was a girl,” she whispered, “I’ve dreamed of my first kiss. I just knew in my heart that it would be romantic and tender and knee meltingly sweet.”
“Well now you know you were wrong. By this age, you should be accustomed to disappointment.
Or perhaps this passage:
“Adolescence,” he said, “is awkward. Attending a past lover’s wedding is awkward. Making love on horseback is awkward.”
She was in agreement, so far as the first part. She’d have to take his word on it when it came to the second and third……..
….She had a hundred questions she wanted to ask him. Nay, a thousand. And the stupidest questions were the ones that clamored loudest to get out. Have you truly made love on horseback? She wanted to ask. How does that even work? Was it how you were injured?
I recommend this book to all who want a feel good, smile friendly, sexy romance.
P.S.-thanks to blogger friend, Carol, for the idea to put faces with these characters.