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Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Tessa Dare
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I think this is a truly unique historical that will appeal to readers who aren’t often historical fans. (Smart Bitches Trashy Books)

This book is already in my top books for 2014. This new series of Tessa Dare’s is off to an amazing start! (Smexy Books)

Dare’s lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Splendidly talented Dare creates cleverly written dialogue, exceptionally appealing characters, and an engaging plot that gives a wink toward Beauty and the Beast and a nod to fandom, all key components in this wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel, the perfect launch to Dare’s new Castles Ever After series. (Booklist (starred review))

Dare starts her new series with a unique storyline, a sweet, fun nod to literary fandom, and two main characters who are perfect for each other yet never would have met if they weren’t each at a nadir in life’s journey. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Tessa Dare’s first instalment in the new Castles Ever After series, ROMANCING THE DUKE will have readers clearing their keeper shelf just to make room for this little gem! Jam- packed with hilarious banter, Dare’s trademark humor is showcased in its full glory. (Fresh Fiction)


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

This one.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2517 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 417 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062298801
  • Verlag: Avon (28. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062240196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062240194
  • ASIN: B00DB36D5E
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nur zu empfehlen 29. August 2014
Von A. Diaz
Nachdem ihr Vater sie mittellos zurück gelassen hat investiert Ophelia ihre letzten Mittel in eine Reise nach Gostley Castle. Dort soll sie sich wegen einer Erbschaft mit Lord Archer treffen. Im Schloss angekommen sieht sie sich aber nicht Lord Archer, sondern Ransom, dem Bewohner des Schlosses gegenüber.
Ransom erholt sich in seinem Schloss nach einem schweren Unfall und legt keinen Wert auf unerwünschten Besucher, auch wenn sie noch so reizvoll sind. Als es dann auch noch so aussieht als würde Ophelia sich in seinem Schloss häuslich einrichten gibt es für Ransom nur einen Kurs: Ophelia loswerden. Aber Ophelia hat ganz eigene Pläne und diese beinhalten ein Dach über dem Kopf, das sie keinesfalls kampflos aufgeben wird, auch wenn ihr Gegner noch so anziehend ist.

Sympathische Charaktere und witzige Wortgefechte. Eine schöne Geschichte ohne übertriebene oder gezwungen konstruierte Handlungsstränge. Ich habe das Buch in einem durchgelesen.

Ich vieles von Tessa Dare gelesen und dieses Buch zählt auf jeden Fall zu ihren Besten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen just loved it :) 22. September 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Love the story with all it's twists and tracks I didn't expect. Love Dares style and character development. Absolute enjoyment!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The scarred hero is a weakness of mine and Ransom turned me into mush. 28. Januar 2014
Von Letitia - Veröffentlicht auf
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Rating: A ... Heat: Hot

Izzy Goodnight has been forced to spend her entire life acting like life is a fairytale when, for her, it has been anything but. Losing her father a year ago left her alone and near penniless. She’s been living on the kindness of her author father’s rabid fans. Even though Izzy knows there are no Prince Charmings, no knights in shining armor, and no happily ever afters, she can't help but have hope when a solicitor informs her that her godfather left her something in his will.

Which is how she ends up at Gostley Castle, home to the reclusive former rake, the Duke of Rothbury—Ransom William Dacre Vane. Who is not at all happy to have some temptress of a woman on his land, ruining his plans. His plans to molder and slowly fade away. Scarred and blinded, Ransom’s not looking for help. Or pity. He just wants to be left alone. And when the solicitor tells izzy that Gostley castle is hers, not his, he knows getting rid of her won't be easy.

Izzy and Ransom start out as two reluctant roommates. Neither one is willing to back down and concede defeat. While they try to figure out who the rightful owner is, they're forced to cohabitate. And things quickly become complicated and... filled with sexual tension. Izzy and Ransom were magical together. There was something so enthralling and almost fairytale like about their romance. How Izzy sees herself as plain, while Ransom thinks she's a temptress. How Ransom thinks he's beastly, while Izzy knows he’s roguishly handsome. I love how they each have these vulnerabilities that they reluctantly let each other see.

Ransom was such a swoon-worthy hero. Prickly and moody, surly and grumpy. Always using his blindness to keep people at a distance. Izzy was not going to let that stand. She comes barreling into his life and won't take no for an answer. Won't let him push her away. Both are such vulnerable characters, who find strength in each other and in themselves. Watching them reveal and discover each other was beyond romantic. They had me utterly captivated.

Romancing the Duke is dreamy and magical. The scarred hero is a weakness of mine and Ransom turned me into mush. I fell for him almost immediately, bad behavior and all. And Izzy is my kind of heroine—strong, resilient, and determined. She could wallow in self-pity but she never does. Combine these two beautiful characters with an old, dilapidated castle and more than a few crazy hijinks (some involving a wily ermine) and this book was unputdownable.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun Read, Missing Something 29. Januar 2014
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Sometimes Tessa Dare can be a little hit and miss for me, and this one was somewhere in between for me.

I went in expecting to really like it as the scarred, angry, alpha trope is one of my favorites. Ransom does not disappoint, he rages and growls and demands and I found Izzy refreshing in her response to him. She stood up for herself and gave as good as she got without seeming over the top. Sometimes in attempting to craft spunky heroines with backbone authors end up creating somebody who is irrationally stubborn and just plain annoying. Ransom and Izzy were believable and their chemistry was definitely hot, I loved that despite being a virgin Izzy had desires and wasn't absurdly innocent despite her backstory. There was a little bit of the instant intense lust of True Love that I did think was a bit silly.

Unfortunately, the backstory is where things fell flat for me. The story of Ransom's scar seemed lack-luster and rather contrived and Izzy's troupe of play acting knights and ladies was farcical. The conclusion to what was for the most part a warm, satisfying romance seemed slap-stick silly and left me crafting alternatives in my mind. I enjoyed the romance but sort of didn't buy their histories or the conclusion to the big problem which seemed more like a plot device than anything else.

Like I said, the was a fun read but it was lacking that little something extra that makes a novel excellent.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Feisty Izzy and Wounded Rothbury Rock!! 30. Januar 2014
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Our sweetheart of a heroine, Ophelia Goodnight (Izzy), has been left penniless by her thoughtless father. She does, however, have a dubious legacy in that the heroine of some very well-known books are based on her persona. That would be the heroine of "The Goodnight Tales" written by her father about happenings in the fanciful Kingdom of Moranglia replete with a handsome hero, knights and beautiful ladies. Alas, when her father passes, her mean cousin inherited all her father's possessions including all rights and monies from the books. This leaves Izzy with nothing except a huge fan base - known as Moranglians - and wherever she goes, she is recognized as the heroine of the Kingdom of Moranglia.

When Izzy is down to her last few shillings, she receives a letter stating she has been left an inheritance by her godfather and she must travel to Gostley Castle in Northumberland to meet up with Lord Archer who will reveal to her just what she has inherited. Arriving at Gostley Castle, she is dismayed at the huge, rundown castle which appears to be abandoned. Then, she sees a rough looking handsome man standing in the shadow of one of the entrances to the Castle. Thinking he is Lord Archer, she begins asking him questions. This is where you first begin to get a hint of the marvelous dialogue to come.

The man she has encountered is none other than the Duke of Rothbury - Ransom William Dacre Vane. It seems that Gostley Castle is his home and she has intruded on his solitary life. He has been hiding out at the castle for several months due to suffering an injury which has left him scarred and wounded. Once Lord Archer arrives and tells both Izzy and Rothbury that Izzy's inheritance is indeed Gostley Castle, the battle between Izzy and Rothbury takes off. Rothbury is adamant that there is a mistake - Gostley has been in his family's possession for centuries and there's no way he has sold it or would sell it.

Izzy is just as stubborn as Rothbury and she is going no where until this issue of the ownership is settled. Try as he might to get her to move to a local inn or with the vicar's family, she refuses to budge. Finally, Rothbury agrees that he needs someone to help him go through his huge stack of unopened missives in order to determine whether or not his solicitors have indeed sold Gostley Castle while he has been hiding out. Thus, he hires Izzy to be his secretary.

We then proceed into the depths of a sizzling chemistry between little Izzy who describes herself as very plain with a big nose, untamed hair resembling the tentacles of an octopus and the grouchy, harsh, plainspoken Rothbury. Believe me - the romance takes off like a rocket. There is never a dull moment and the story is nicely rounded out with minor characters including the traveling troupe of Moranglians who find out that Izzy is staying at Gostley Castle. There are some super sweet moments between Rothbury and Izzy. He's not as harsh as he appears and she may not be beautiful but she becomes the soul and heart of the wounded duke.

Great writing by Tessa Dare. Not your typical regency period romance. Full of sweetness along with a little vinegar.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining until the plot went off the rails 1. Februar 2014
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Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors, but I'm not sure what to make of this first book in her new Castles Ever After series. I couldn't tell while reading it if Dare meant for this to be a gothic romance. It certainly has gothic elements -- penniless ingenue in desperate straits at the mercy of bitter, scarred, misanthropic (but tall, dark, and handsome) man, set in a creepy, crumbling, isolated old castle that might well be haunted -- but if Dare was aiming for gothic, she missed her mark. Despite the creepy ambience, this book doesn't have the dark, spooky, suspenseful tone of a gothic novel. Instead, I think (hope?) Dare was spoofing the old gothics, and if that was her intent, she hit the nail on the head, because the gothic tropes seem not so much eerie as entertaining (example: the story is set at Gostley Castle, and the heroine's solicitor asks whether that rhymes with "ghostly" or "ghastly.")

The heroine, Izzy Goodnight, finds herself destitute after her father fails to provide for her in his will. She's down to her last shillings when she learns she's inherited a crumbling castle in Northumberland. Unfortunately, the castle isn't empty: Ransom, the Duke of Rothbury, has been convalescing (read: hiding) there since being gravely injured in a duel with his ex-fiancee's lover. Rothbury contests Izzy's inheritance, since he owns the castle and didn't authorize its sale to the guy who bequeathed it to Izzy. However, he's ignored his correspondence for the months since his injury, and both agree that there might be some clue to the dilemma amid the pile of letters awaiting Rothbury's attention. Since Rothbury's condition still doesn't allow him to read his mail without assistance, Izzy agrees to act as his secretary while they sort out the mess.

The reader has to be willing to approach this story with an open mind, because much of it is just absurd. That a gently-bred, unmarried woman would be willing to stay, unchaperoned, in a ghost- and pest-infested old pile with a cranky, unmarried duke (and said duke would be willing to let her) is the first of many disbeliefs the reader must willingly suspend. (It helps that Izzy is penniless: she hasn't really got any alternative; it also helps that Ransom's injuries are significant enough that, duke or not, he's not a hot commodity on the marriage mart anymore.)

Izzy is penniless, but she's not alone in the world. Before his death, her father published a serial novel which is so popular it inspired LARPers to tour the countryside, re-enacting the scenes. To this band of misfits, Izzy is a celebrity -- though they don't know, and don't want to know, the real Izzy; they just want to know the timid, innocent little girl immortalized in the novel.

Though Romancing the Duke is undeniably entertaining, and there were several points where I laughed out loud (Izzy has a pet weasel, and come on, how often do you find LARPers in romance?), much of the plot didn't really work for me. Ransom is attracted to Izzy, and eventually his number one priority is to see to her well-being, but he's really slow in getting there: in the first scene, she is literally fainting because she hasn't eaten in days, and when Ransom learns that, he doesn't try to feed her or even seem worried that she's gone hungry. Later on, Ransom uncomfortably close to a bodice-ripper-style angry-sex seduction scene, and while I should have trusted Dare to avoid a dubious consent love scene (as she eventually does when Izzy calls halt), it was a close call and turned me off to Ransom as a romantic lead.

Worse, there's a huge hole in the plot. Ransom and Izzy come together to try and sort out his correspondence and who owns Gostley Castle, and it's rapidly clear that someone has been taking advantage of Ransom's inattention to his business affairs to rip him off. Figuring out the scheme and unmasking the thief should have been the climax of the novel, but instead it was barely touched upon, only glancingly mentioned as an afterthought in a final scene that was a chaotic train wreck of a plot gone off the rails.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Review for Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare 28. Januar 2014
Von Alyssa - Veröffentlicht auf
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Book One of the Castles Ever After series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Ecopy from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from 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.

What I Liked:

Well, here it is! My last read of 2013. And what a read it was! I finished with a historical romance novel that is sure to be a fan-favorite. I've read a few other novels by Tessa Dare, and enjoyed them immensely, so I knew I would be in good hands. I can definitely see this book becoming extremely popular within the historical romance community.

There's a castle. There's a man living in the castle. And now, there is a woman who will be living in the castle, because the castle has fallen to her hands, much to the surprise of the man. But no matter. The man is determined to figure out the legal mess, and get his castle back. The woman is determined to have her castle, since she is poor and has just about nothing left.

The man is the Duke of Rothbury - named Ransom, and the woman is Isolde, "Izzy". I'm quite sure that this story is based off Beauty and the Beast, in a sense. Except, Izzy is NOT beautiful. But she is a dreamer, a storyteller of sorts. Ransom isn't exactly a beast, though he does have a disfigurement. There is no curse though - only a strange financial and legal matter that must be fixed. But everyone LOVES Izzy - just like everyone loved Beauty.

I really, really liked Ransom the most. He's the perfect amount of brooding, surly, handsome, gentlemanly... I don't care about his disfigurement/disability. He is perfect - probably one of my favorite historical romance heroes. Not probably - DEFINITELY. For me, this book was all him, and I loved it.

I didn't love Izzy (see below), but I thought the romance was awesome. The chemistry is powerful, right from the start, and it never stops. This is a very chemistry-filled and steamy historical romance novel - just saying! I loved how Dare infused chemistry and romance and somehow pulled it off without making the romance seem rushed or forced.

Overall, this book was GREAT. I hope the next books in this series are as lovely as this one! This is definitely a historical romance novel you do not want to miss!

What I Did Not Like:

There was really only one thing that bothered me, and to sum it up, it was Izzy. She was so annoying at times, and I feel like her character did not change AT ALL, from start to finish. She's so bothersome and pushy and doesn't know when to stop. Sometimes, Ransom needed to be pushed. But other times, he did not.

Also, Izzy was stuck in her head ALL THE TIME. And this was one of the things that was not "fixed" in this book. She never had to give up anything for Ransom - her childishness, her stories, her fantasies. She never had to grow up, or give anything up, but Ransom had to give up or concede or yield. I hate that.

Would I Recommend It:

This is one historical romance novel that I would highly recommend. It's like, the perfect package for a historical romance read. One thing that is totally different is that there is basically no interaction in society or with the ton - but I like this. Everything takes place in the castle, which I like!t


4 stars. Definitely a cute and enjoyable story! I'll be following this series for sure.
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