Title: Any Duchess Will Do
Series: Spindle Cove, #4
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased (eBook)
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. He chooses the serving girl.
Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.
But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?
So, as I write this review, there are currently no more Spindle Cove novels to read and I am sad about this. These books have been so completely addicting that I had to savour reading the last few to hold on to the characters! Thankfully, Tessa Dare does have OTHER series available and in the works, which makes me super excited.
This book? Oh …. Tessa’s writing just keeps getting better and better. There’s nothing greater than falling in love with characters in the first book, thinking that the characters in the NEXT book couldn’t possibly compare, and then being wronged — and this happened with EVERY book in the series! I think I was most hesitant going into this one because we really only caught glimpses of the main characters. Griff was a bit of a player, a bit of a rake — definitely not the kind of duke who would fall in love — and Pauline, well … we really didn’t know much of Pauline, except that she was a serving maid.
Let me say, these two characters STOLE THE SHOW with this novel! I couldn’t get enough of Pauline. She was someone who knew her class and figured she couldn’t possibly live up to the status of a duchess, but she was just so feisty and true to herself that she was a pleasure to read. And Griff was hardly the man I expected him to be. We first met him at a “party” that Colin and Minerva attended and he wanted to, ahem, share Minerva with Colin. He was THAT guy. But I fell in love with him in this story!
And what a story it was! It was part The Princess Diaries, part Pretty Woman, part Cinderella … all of these made for such a fun tale that I was laughing out loud at parts, swooning in others, and basically had a big ol’ smile on my face the entire time. We also get to see Minerva and Susanna again, which is lovely, and we get a little bit more of Charlotte — could she possibly have her story next?
Honestly, this series just keeps getting better and better and I really hope that there are more stories in the works. In a short amount of time, I’d say that this has become my favourite historical romance series EVER and I am more than happy to recommend it do other readers who love the genre. Tessa’s writing is fun, sexy, and just, well, AWESOME. I can’t wait to read some of her other series to meet more characters!