Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Mini Book Review

Posted July 9, 2014 by Jana in Adult Fiction, Book Review / 13 Comments

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Mini Book ReviewRomancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #1
Published by Avon on January 28, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 370
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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3 Stars

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.

This book is a very sweet, funny romance filled with sharp wit and awkward moments. I loved our bookish heroine, Izzy, who has lived her entire life in the shadow of her late father’s famous stories. As soon as she and the duke met, I knew I would be in for a very fun ride. These two have the best banter, and really know how to push one another’s buttons. Izzy inherits the duke’s castle, and he is NOT happy about it. But she is determined to stay in her new home and add a feminine touch to it before kicking him out. I love it! I really loved her spunk and her desire to stand up for herself. She’s not the typical historical romance heroine who lays down and takes it. She pushes right back. She’s such a good sport dealing with the extremely devoted fans of her father’s stories, who are a very eccentric and borderline insane. But I loved that too.

The duke is a really great hero because, even though he’s blind, he still acts as cocky and entitled as if he weren’t. It was pretty hilarious and interesting at the same time. I loved seeing him fall for Izzy’s personality and her inner beauty, rather than lusting after her looks. This is also a very uncommon thing in historical romances, and I found it to be a very exciting story element. He’s very romantic and thoughtful, and I could not help but smile at his bluntness. He loves trying to make Izzy blush. It worked on me!

Overall, Romancing the Duke was a sweet love story with a memorable couple. I’m excited to see where Tessa Dare takes this series next!

3 Stars
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13 responses to “Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Mini Book Review

    • Jana

      This was my first book of Tessa’s also. I know she’s got a million of them. Do you have a recommendation of where I should go with her from now?

      • Definitely her Spindle Cover series. The first one is A Night to Surrender. They are all wonderful, but my favorite is A Week to Be Wicked. They all do have silly names, but the stories are great.

        And, speaking of historical romance, have you read anything by Julia Quinn? Because you should totally check those out, too.
        Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook recently posted…Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

          • Jana

            Oh, and seriously. If you have not yet read What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long, you MUST. A friend recommended it to me, and it’s one of my new favorites. :)

        • Jana

          Oh, this series does sound good! Do you have to read them in order? I kind of want to read A Week to Be Wicked first.

          And no on Julia Quinn, but I do own a few of hers. So many people have told me to read The Duke and I. Do you agree? I’m definitely curious about it. Sounds sweet.

          I just realized we’re not friends on Goodreads, which we need to be because I love historical romances but am completely lost on which ones to read. Added you!

          • You don’t have to read the Spindle Cove series in order. The only thing to keep in mind is that there will be references to couples that got together in previous books. Oh, also, in terms of A Week to Be Wicked’s MCs – well, you see how they meet in the first book (A Night to Surrender) and it is kind of fun to see them in the the first book, and then their own book. But it isn’t really a big deal at all.

            Seriously, Julia Quinn is amazing! The Duke and I is the first book in her Bridgerton series, which JQ is most known for. There are eight books in the Bridgerton series (one for each Bridgerton sibling). I think the earlier ones are the best. My favorite is a toss up between The Viscount and I and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. Although you don’t have to read them in order, I do recommend it (at least the first few).

            I haven’t read What I Did for a Duke, but I’ve recently been hearing how amazing it is. I’m thinking I need to move it up my TBR list. I’ve soooo been into the adult romance lately. :)
            Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook recently posted…Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

            • Jana

              Oh, it sounds like I’d want to read the Spindle Cove books in order. I like recurring characters. Lucky for me, I found A Night to Surrender on Kindle for only $2.99! So I snatched that one up, and am excited to read it!

              I also have The Duke and I, which I really think I need to read soon because you’re probably the 5th or 6th person to tell me I should.

              I’ve really been into adult romance lately as well! I’m not sure why, but I have been gobbling them up more this summer than I have in a long time. I’m not complaining, though! lol. I can’t wait to see what you think of What I Did for a Duke!