Sunday, August 9, 2015

From the shelf: Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1)

Title: Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1)
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Date read: August 2, 2015
Dawn rates:   (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)
In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

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.
My Review: (also in goodreads)

This would be the first book I read from Tessa Dare. A historical romance set in a castle of all things. Izzy Goodnight who once believed in happily ever afters was now coping with life, penniless and trying to elude questions about her father's stores after her father died. Until she found out that she had an inheritance courtesy of her godfather and a castle no less. It was then she meets the near blind scarred duke and turns his life around. The formula of this story is rather the same as the other historical romance novels wherein a man with the title has a dark past he wants to escape would then be enamored byt the woman who turns his life upside down. Sure the sex scenes were there but what I like about historical romance (flashback: Barbara Cartland's novels) is that they ere done tastefully compared to modern contemporary romance. Not those written with such profanity and carnality but with the right amount here and there. Plus the fact that I love reading deep words only historical romances possess. 

Till the next read...

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