Book Review: Romancing The Duke (Castle Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare

18076541Romancing The Duke by Tessa Dare
Series: Castle Ever After #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Published: January 28th, 2014 by Avon
ISBN: 0062240161 
ISBN-13: 9780062240163
Purchased: Amazon | BN | Kobo | iBook | Google Books
Blurb:
In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

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.

My Thoughts


Isolde has love all her life as the little, innocent Izzie Goodnight, the lovely child of the Goodnight Tales, night bed tales her father write. Everyone in London look at her as the sweet girl rather than a gown, mature woman she is now. Then her father die suddenly and she find herself on the street along and without money. Then, as fallen from the sky, she inherited her own Castle, just like little Miss Izzie Goodnight have in the tale. But she also got her own very dark Duke who doesn’t want her there.

The book started with the unexpectedly dead of Sir Henry Goodnight, leaving Izzie isolated and sad, but mostly without a penny. She doesn’t have somewhere to go and she is desperate to fix her life, so when an old fan of her father let her on his will a Castle, she is more than happy to take it. But there’s also Ramson. He is a Duke who has locked himself into his castle after a scandal he left behind in London. So he’s not happy to find that his solicitors had sell his home without him allow it. 

“For God’s sake. Don’t do that.”
“Don’t do what?”
“Smile.”
“How do you know I’m smiling?”
“I can hear it. Hell, I can feel it. It’s all warm and sweet and . . .” He scowled. “Bah.”

A lot of the things happening here are about the meaning of the love. How important is believe in it not matter what times is. Even today, people don’t believe in love anymore and it so sad how that beautiful simple thing had let behind for presumptions. 

I like the chemistry of the two characters. Izzie and Ramson were very well together, and I never felt their love rush or unrealistic. Sure, there’s not always a long time for them to develop (if that happened in this times the marriage would last just three weeks), but I think that the author knew very well how to make it believable into that time frame and made that the reader doesn’t feel like their wasted moments reading the book.

Overall, this was a quiet entertaining book. I like very much how the author made the characters likable and authentic, also fix them into a story full of amusement and a tender romance.

“Astonishing. In the morning, when she sat working at that table of correspondence, silhouetted by sunlight . . .
Her hair truly did look like an octopus.
It was the way she wore it, he thought. Or maybe the way it wore her. It all sat perched atop her head in that big, inky blob. And no matter how strenuously she pinned it, dark, heavy curls worked loose on all sides, like tentacles.
Of course, it was an entrancing, strangely erotic octopus. Ransom worried this might be how fetishes developed.”

About the author

Tessa DareTessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

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