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Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4)

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What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

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.
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Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Avon
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Jill

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
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Sandra
5 OUTSTANDING AND 'AWWWW' STARS.

This book made my heart melt, weep, and gave it a little meltdown/panic attack towards the end.

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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.

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Pauline Simms is an overworked and struggling 23 year old serving girl. All she wants is to open up her own little books
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Audiobook edition*

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
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Shawna
Aug 20, 2014 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance fans
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5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

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!

*Sigh-worthy hero

*Heartwarming, swoonalicious romance – This has some of the sweetest, most memorable, delightful romantic moment
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Letitia
Rating: A ... Heat: Hot

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

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Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Stars

“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
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Ingela
Written December 3, 2014

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.

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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
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KatLynne
“Her,” he said. “I’ll take her.”

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
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Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
Posted on Buried Under Romance

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
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Louise
“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
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Susanne
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Amazing! Thanks Karen and Sandra for reading it with me <3
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
There are just not enough superlatives to describe this book. ANY DUCHESS WILL DO has edged A WEEK TO BE WICKED into second place as my choice for the best book in this series. A ginormous feat considering how much I love Colin and Minerva!

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 …

Pygmalion
My Fair Lady
and
Cinderella


The book is rich in humour and the sparkling dialogue provides so many memorable laug
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Lady Wesley
Sometimes, when I’m reading a new book, I just know that I’ll have to write a review the minute I finish. Usually, that happens when a book is either remarkably good, or stupendously bad. As I was reading Any Duchess Will Do, I realized that I would write a review as soon as I had read the last page, because this book is remarkably, stupendously wonderful –- perhaps the best of the Spindle Cove series.

In truth, I had this feeling up until I hit the 75% mark on my Kindle, after which I became ann
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Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘


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
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Steph

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,
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Paula

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
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Sans
So here’s the thing. I’m kind of addicted to historical romances. I don’t expect Pulitzer level writing, I don’t expect to be blown over by intricate plots, by subtle dialogue that is both witty and thought-provoking, by characters who speak to me on an intimate level.

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
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
This is a Regency version of My Fair Lady, and not a very convincing one. It exceeded my expectations, and was more convincing than I had expected considering the preposterousness of the premise, but then again, my expectations were extremely low and my dubiousness not entirely misguided. Come on, people, this is the Regency era. Liaisons between commoners and dukes are highly uncommon, and that of a barmaid and a duke? Even more ludicrous. Still, this book carried it off the dubious premise bet ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
review posted on Got Fiction? book blog

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
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Keri
Absolutely fabulous emotional read. I love the Spindle Cove ladies. We met the Duke of Halford in prior books and of course he was one dessolute duke. But right the house party in Minerva's book, something happened that blew Griffin's world apart. Now he is determined that him mother otherstand that he will never marry. So he makes a deal with her, if he picks the woman and his mother can turn into duchess material in a week, he will marry her. Of course who should he pick, our lovely serving gi ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
5+++++++ stars!

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
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⊱ Irena ⊰
Any Duchess Will Do has a poor uneducated girl rises above her station theme. Also, I know it is beyond unrealistic and in the case of this series often historically inaccurate (this book is a great example), but honestly I don't care. Spindle Cove series is known for its inaccuracies so I will not complain about that. I knew exactly what type of story would be from the blurb.
I just didn't expect to like Griff this much. Or that his conversations with his mother would be as entertaining.
“You’ll
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Caz
Any Duchess Will Do is the fourth in Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, and it was a truly delightful read.

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
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edzkie♥§*.*§♥
I love this series! Another story inspired by Cinderella fairytale. Griff in his despair to end his mother's manipulation of setting him up for marriage he choose a complete opposite of the girl possesses quality to become a duchess. Pauline Simm works as a barmaid in Bull and blossom. When Griff was given a chance to choose his potential duchess he choose the girl that "glitters" with a wild, sugar-dusted hair and mud-spattered hem.

‘The maiden caught me in the wild, where I was dancing merrily.
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Izy
Rating~ 4.5 stars.

Short review:

This was a great historical romance, I really do enjoy Ms Dare's writing. I lovvveeed Pauline and Griff together, their romance is sweet and leaves you with a big smile.

A must read for any historical romance fan in my opinion.
Mei
“Miss Simms,” his mother said, “if you think you can trick me into repeating your vulgarities, you will be disappointed. Suffice it to say, slang, blasphemy, and cursing have no place in a lady’s vocabulary. Much less a duchess’s.”
“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?”
“No.”
“Never?”
“Never.”
Miss Simm
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Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
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
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Lisa
I just adore this series! I love the fact that I am laughing within the first couple of pages and that is exactly what I was doing, reading the interaction between Griffin York, Duke of Halford, and his mother. His mother who has taken him to Spindle Cove to find a wife (she wants grandbabies desperately). To thwart her, he chooses the girl that stumbles into the room covered in sugar...a barmaid. If she can turn Pauline Simms into a duchess within a week, he will marry her. However, he is not g ...more
Yomi Milanesa
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

This has to be one of the hottest HR books I've read, I loved it :)
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Spindle Cove (4 books)
  • A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1)
  • A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)
  • A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3)
A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2) A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) One Dance with a Duke (Stud Club, #1) A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3)

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