[Book Talk] The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) by Tessa Dare

Book Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: September 2017

The Girl Meets Duke series

  1. The Duchess Deal


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…

My Thoughts

I always look so forward to a new Tessa Dare book. She’s one of my most favourite authors and one of the authors I go to when I need a good laugh, a good swoon, and want to have a nice relaxing read. I had started this one on the Friday of a weekend and loved it SO much. It was the best book I could pick to read on a busy weekend and immediately relaxed me when I sat down to read – if only I didn’t have to put it down to do other things!

This book was AWESOME. I feel like Tessa’s books just get better and better but this book really reminded me of her Spindle Cove series. Right off the bat I was laughing and I didn’t stop laughing! It’s not like this book is pure comedy, but just the little quips and the banter between Emma and Ash was perfection. This is one of those books where you just know they’re going to get together in the end, so it’s predictable, but Tessa makes the journey so much fun and her characters are so compelling. I was sad to see this one end, but it’s the beginning of a series so there’s just going to be that much more fun!

I can’t wait to read The Governess Game!


[Book Talk] Do You Want To Start a Scandal? (Spindle Cove, #5) by Tessa Dare

do-you-want-to-start-a-scandalBook Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: October 2016

The Spindle Cove series

  1. A Night to Surrender (#1)
  2. Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (#1.5)
  3. A Week To Be Wicked (#2)
  4. A Lady By Midnight (#3)
  5. Beauty And the Blacksmith (#3.5)
  6. Any Duchess Will Do (#4)
  7. Lord Dashwood Missed Out (#4.5)
  8. Do You Want To Start a Scandal (#5)


On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.
•Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan?
•Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall?
•Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit … and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?

My Thoughts

Goodness, Tessa Dare has me again! I loved reading Charlotte’s story, even if it was a little different from the other Spindle Cove books. There was more mystery in this story, with Piers and his background and I loved how that all worked in between Charlotte and him – especially Charlotte’s using her own wits to figure out just who was having a good time in the library!

I loved Charlotte and Piers together – they’re just perfect! And Tessa Dare does not disappoint in the humour section either (her books are not only steamy, but funny and sweet!). This was so much fun to get into whenever I was able to pick it up and I’m so happy that we got to go back to the world of Spindle Cove. It was fun to see Charlotte’s mother again (who is just ridiculously over the top, but gives a very good sex talk!) and to see such a different heroine. Tessa Dare usually writes fun heroines and, just as usual, this new one is my favourite. Charlotte was so funny in that she was a slob (whereas Piers was not) and she just knew that her super spy skills could be worthy of the Crown.

I sure do hope that Tessa Dare writes more for this series since it is SO much fun but I know that whatever she comes up with next I’ll completely love – she’s just a fantastic writer!

[Book Talk] Goddess of The Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare

goddess of the huntBook Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: August 2016

The Wanton Dairymaid series

  1. Goddess of the Hunt


In this lush and seductive novel, exciting new author Tessa Dare takes desire to brazen heights.

Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother’s best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion–one that could send all her plans up in smoke.

Jeremy has an influential title, a vast fortune, and a painful past full of long-buried secrets. He keeps a safe distance from his own emotions, but to distract Lucy from her reckless scheming, he must give his passions free rein. Their sensual battle of wills is as maddening as it is delicious, but the longer he succeeds in managing the headstrong temptress, the closer Jeremy comes to losing control. When scandal breaks, can he bring himself to abandon Lucy to her ruin? Or will he risk his heart and claim her for his own?

My Thoughts

I’m so happy to be reading more Tessa Dare! I was in the mood to “read my shelf” – that is, all of my TBR books that are just sitting on my bookshelves, unread – and as I was looking through them, wondering what to read, I realized that I hadn’t read this series yet! With the next book in the Spindle Cove series coming out soon, I thought I should finally round out my Tessa Dare reading once and for all.

This was a fun book! I loved Lucy and I freaking loved Jeremy. They were perfect together! There wasn’t all the humour that’s in her newer books (though there are some great funny scenes) and some of the parts dragged just slightly for me, or were repeated a few times too many. I felt like there could’ve been some resolution earlier in the book – with some of the repetition of certain things going on, the book seemed longer than it should have.

BUT this book was still a wonderful read. I just love Tessa’s writing and how she writes such great female and male characters. The females are strong and fun and witty and just perfect. I loved the interaction between the men – Henry and Jeremy, specifically. I also really enjoyed how the story was about Lucy finding herself and where she fit in, as well as Jeremy overcoming issues of his past. Not only is there fun, games, and kissing, but a great story as well!

And can I just say how happy I am the next book is about Sophia? It’s going to be so much fun!