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Preview — Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4)
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. ...more
The Duchess of Halford would like grandchildren. Tired of her thirty-five year-old son, Griff's bachelorhood, she takes matters into her own hands. She drugs and kidnaps him and takes him to Spindle Cove to choose a young lady.
"You choose a girl - any girl - and I'll polish her myself. Who could better prepare the future Duchess of Halford than the current Duchess of Halford?"
Pauline Simms is a farmer's daughter and serving girl at the local tavern. Griffin Eliot York, Duke of Halford has his ow ...more
This book made my heart melt, weep, and gave it a little meltdown/panic attack towards the end.
Any Duchess Will Do is the 4th and i believe the final book in the Spindle Cove series. I am madly, and deeply in love with this series and the author. I don't even want to think about this being the last book because then i might cry and never stop.
Pauline Simms is an overworked and struggling 23 year old serving girl. All she wants is to open up her own little books ...more
Tessa Dare has been my most surprising wild card of 2014.
I went into this year convinced that I could never love historical romance, especially M/F historical romance. Then Tessa Dare smacked me upside the face with her Spindle Cove series and sent me reeling.
I loved them.
I've been listening to the series in audiobook format, so I was devastated when saw that the supremely talented narrator from the first three books, Carolyn Morris, was replaced by Eva Kaminsky. However, I ...more
Wow! I loved this! I haven’t relished a historical romance this much in quite some time. I adored everything about this book. Here’s a quick summary of what I enjoyed most about it.
*Endearing, unique, lovable heroine – Pauline is caring, funny, cheeky, brave, honest, spunky, loyal, and strong yet vulnerable. I absolutely adored her!
*Heartwarming, swoonalicious romance – This has some of the sweetest, most memorable, delightful romantic moment ...more
Well, it’s officially official: If I want a good cry, I’ll pick up one of my favorite Tessa Dare books. Each and every time she creates heroes and heroines who worm their way into my heart and tug on those heartstrings. Kate and Thorne? Made me bawl my ever-loving eyes out. Minerva and Colin? When they weren’t making me laugh, they put tears in my eyes. Pauline and Griff? Yeah, those two got the water works going pretty good and pretty often. I love the ladies and gents of...more
“Her,” he said. “I’ll take her.”
Tessa Dare and the Spindle Cove series are just a lot of fun. I love her slightly unconventional heroines and all the mishaps they get into. At times this series is ridiculously funny and I find myself just grinning along stupid smile on my face growing larger line by line.
The premise is simple the Duke Griff after leading a life of debauchery and scandal suffered a tragedy that changed him. His mother knowing something was wrong and wanting Griff to ...more
4 stars - Enchanting, delightful, charming and so on. Hearthwarming good!
I must start to say I enjoyed this nearly 11 hrs audiobook listening, very well narrated by Eva Kaminsky, so very much. 'Any Duchess Will Do' was my first historical by Tessa Dare as well.
My title describes well what I felt a few days ago..
Good story and funny cheeky intrigue. It was both right amount of romance and heat (for this genre), as an good plot. As the icing on the cake was this audiobook e ...more
Tessa Dare has crafted one of the most pleasurable books I’ve read. If you’re looking for a fun, sexy Historical Romance, then you’ll not want to miss this! I thought it perfect escapism.
Oozing humor, it’s filled with witty dialogue and the banter is ever flowing. It also has very sensual love scenes and offers a story that flows faultlessly from beginning to end. There’s no wading in; from the get-go it grabs you and will have you laughing out loud and anxious f ...more
Tessa Dare has proven herself a fantastic writer with her Spindle Cove series, and Any Duchess Will Do lives up to my expectations, though it's a close second with A Week to Be Wicked.
The premise is highly amusing. Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and the fourth richest man in England (I quote this) is breaking his mother's heart. The duchess desperately wants grandchildren before she falls into her decline, or worse, commit atrocious knitting crimes with nothing ...more
“I have you.” His whispered words were hoarse. “I have you now.”
I loved it!:') I love the Hero and Heroine, even the Duchess(Griffy's mom) and I friggin love this series!!!
it all started with the “Her,” he said. “I’ll take her.” and also the flutterings lol:D
The story gave me butterflies in my stomach and made me cry in some scenes, especially the secret room , it broke my heart:_/ It might be like a Cinderella story but it was a touch beyond that fairy tale book, its fresh and unique take ...more
5 poignant, romantic, sexy, glorious, wonderful, brilliant stars! A truly beautiful series finale!
There are so many things I love about this book, it's difficult to know where to start but I'll try.
The story blends all the magic of …
My Fair Lady
The book is rich in humour and the sparkling dialogue provides so many memorable laug ...more
In truth, I had this feeling up until I hit the 75% mark on my Kindle, after which I became ann ...more
Once upon a time I read a book from Tessa Dare and rated it 2.5 stars...
Although it started so good ...
The beginning was freaking hilarious : During the first 30%, I was ready to crown Tessa Dare as the most awesome HR author of the world. Just have a peek at the text I sent Chelsea :
Oh, LL = Lauren Layne, of course!
Let's meet our strong heroine : To be frank, Pauline won me from the very beginning, at this point exactly :
"It was hers now, wasn't it? She'd paid for the contents. "For exa...more
After reading this book, I feel like I temporarily turned into Golum from 'Lord of the Rings'.
Here's a short example of what I mean:
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Me 1: We loves it!
Me 2: No, wait... it was too weird and unrealistic. He fell too hard, so fast. Same with her. And it was one fucking week, for seriousness' sake! It was beyond improbable. Also, their stations were too different. And the guy was too accepting. No way we could even fool ourselves into believing this could happen, or was happening. And also, ...more
Griff York, Duke of Halford, was drugged, kidnapped, and taken to Spinster Cove aka Spindle Cove by his own mother, the Duchess. She wants him to find a wife before it’s too late for her to have grandchildren. The Duke adamantly refuses to marry. But, because the Duchess is so determined to marry her only son off, they end up making a deal: if she can turn a commoner into a Duchess within a week’s time, he will marry her. If not, he remains unmarried and she will leave him be. Griff picks out Pa ...more
Let’s be honest. When I read romances, I’m in it for mindless candy. A fluffy bit of confection that takes me out of my own head for a few hours and lets my brain coast on automatic. So when a book like this comes along, I’m prett ...more
Oh my. This was a great romance. In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge Tessa Dare fan and this book made my week. In fact this is the last Spindle Cove book we’re getting. When I asked Ms. Dare (ie I went crying to her on twitter), she said that while she doesn’t have anything planned, she’d love to revisit Spindle Cove later down the road. But for now she has a new project coming up. Which I of course, can’t wait for!
Pauline is a waitress in Spindle Cove at ...more
Readers will return to Spindle Cove with the fourth book in the series by Tessa Dare. ANY DUCHESS WILL DO brings together an unexpected pair in Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and a feisty and bright serving girl named Pauline Simms.
Dare reaches the heart of the matter, penning a story that is poignant and touching. The story of Griff coming to terms with himself, and Pauline's faith in him, creates a quintessential romance that is unforgettable.
Rapier wit, clever dialogue and c ...more
I just didn't expect to like Griff this much. Or that his conversations with his mother would be as entertaining.
It’s a kind of cross between Cinderella and Pygmalion (in intention, anyway) in which the Duchess of Halford, despairing of her son, the eighth Duke’s ever marrying, drugs him, kidnaps him and bears him off to ‘Spinster Cove’. She marches him into the Bull and Blossom tavern, into the midst of a large group of industrious young ladies, and issues the instruction “pick one”. She is tired of w ...more
‘The maiden caught me in the wild, where I was dancing merrily. ...more
“Oh. I see. So your grace never curses.”
“I do not.”
“Words like cor . . . bollocks . . . damn . . . devil . . . blast . . . bloody hell . . .” She pronounced the words with relish, warming to her task. “They don’t cross a duchess’s lips?”
Miss Simm ...more
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013
Author’s Website: http://tessadare.com/
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Spindle Cove Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Expecting Society To Accept Anything, Betraying Secrets “For Someone’s Own Good”
Favorite Tropes: Rags To Riches, Abused Heroine, Never Gonna Lo ...more
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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve 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 roma ...more