Tag: Author: Tessa Dare


Review: The Wallflower Wager

Posted 7 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

I forgot I had started reading this series, lol. It’s been a while since I’ve had read a historical fiction title and I was in the mood for something light. So here we go 🙂

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Review: The Governess Game

Posted 26 July, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson

The accidental governess.

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart… without risking her own.

The infamous rake.

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling… and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

On to book two of the series! I don’t think it’s very often I read a series straight like this so hurrah!

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Review: The Duchess Deal

Posted 22 July, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance so when the first two books in Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series recently went on sale, I snatched them up 🙂

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Review: Romancing the Duke

Posted 18 December, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

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.

I seem to be working my way backwards with this series, lmao. I started with the second book Say Yes to the Marquess (review), then When a Scot Ties the Knot (review), and now this book. May contain mild spoilers ahead!

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Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot

Posted 17 December, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

I saw this book in passing when I was browsing through Tessa Dare’s bibliography some time ago but didn’t think much about it, didn’t even read what the book was about. After reading a few positive reviews from fellow book bloggers, I decided to check out the premise of this book and yeah, I was intrigued. A young woman feigning an engagement to an imaginary soldier just to get out of having to go through the London season? Only to find out the guy she made up was an actual person? Colour me intrigued.

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