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(Spindle Cove #4)

Genre: Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

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?

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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
Pygmalion

My Fair Lady (2)
My Fair Lady

and

Cinderella
Cinderella

The book is rich in humour and the sparkling dialogue provides so many memorable laugh-out-loud moments…

“Cor”. She unleashed her broadest country accent as she tipped her head to admire the curve of his tight, aristocratic arse. “I’ll have great fun with you on the wedding night.”

I love how Ms Dare tempers the lighter moments with moments that are so heart-rending…

When he tried to stand, he couldn’t. Grief seized like a savage, crippling pain. Like an auger drilling on his heart. It hollowed him out, left a round aching hole – one he knew would never be filled.

I adore Griff and Pauline. These two seem worlds apart but you know they are so right for each other. They are two parts of a whole and proof that true love will always find a way.

Pauline on Griff… The intruder was life-shattering, heart-muddling, oft-maddening Griff.

Griff on Pauline… Lord above. She had him enraptured to the point of drooling incoherence, and she had absolutely no idea.

This book has the most wickedly delicious, sizzlingly sexy, toe-curling love scenes ever! Chapter 21 should definitely come with a warning – READ AT YOUR PERIL! HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL! 

I started out disliking Griff’s mother, the Duchess of Halford. After all what kind of mother drugs and kidnaps her own son! But her weakness for knitting misshapen items totally swayed my opinion but you’ll have to read the book to discover why!

I shed tears along the way; I hooted with laughter plenty of times; I sighed at the dreamy romantic moments; I nearly had to dowse myself with cold water at one point and finally I cheered for Griff and Pauline’s dreamy Happy Ever After.

Emerald Ring
She turned away burying her face in her apron. Griffin Eliot York, the eighth Duke Of Halford, was here, on his knees. For her. Ring in hand, with the whole village watching.

What else can I say about this book other than – FABULOUS! AMAZING! FANTASTIC! JUST AWESOME! IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN!

RATING: STELLAR 5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT!!

Read May 2013

The Spindle Cove Series (click on cover for more details):

A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2) A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3) Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)

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(Spindle Cove # 3.5)

Genre: Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects…

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least, that’s what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana’s not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other…but during stolen, steamy moments in his forge, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

Enchanting, romantic, sexy and funny! I just love this latest addition to the Spindle Cove series!

What I love about Aaron…

– he’s no pampered nobleman but a skilled craftsman who has a real passion for what he does
– he’s good with his hands ( read into that what you will!)
– he’s a wonderful brother to his sister, Jessica and adores his nephews
– he’s willing to fight ( literally) to protect those he loves
– he can be gentle and kind
– his pure superheated virility, sculpted chest, bronzed skin, forearms roped with muscle – hmm, I think you get the picture!

What I love about Diana…

– her beauty is more than skin deep
– she’s kind,intelligent and determined
– her loving relationship with her sister Charlotte
– the way she finally emerges to be her own person and has the courage to follow her heart
– she doesn’t excel at cooking but is handy with a gun and a needle (and I don’t mean embroidery)
– she definitely can’t hold her drink!
– she has a natural sensuality
– she never considers Aaron as anything other than her equal

I love the unexpected pairing of the working class Aaron and the highborn Diana and Tessa Dare pulls it off beautifully. I never once felt that they aren’t meant to be together and their love story is sweet, tender, poignant and deliciously sexy.

“I would tell you you’re the kind of lovely that’s unfair to roses and sunsets.” *sighs*

Her head naturally tilted back. She was vulnerable beneath him now, and he took control, deepening the kiss. His tongue stroked hers. The grain of his whiskers rasped at the edges of her lips. Intriguing and so essentially male. She wanted to touch him, slide her fingertips down the edge of his jaw.

To enhance this enchanting romance, there are a series of mysterious thefts in the village; a new resident Miss Bertram and her elusive Mr. Evermore; Diana’s delightful sister, Charlotte; the overbearing Mrs Highwood; some hilarious goings on at the Queen’s Ruby boarding house and a more than satisfying happy ending.

My favourite quote:

”Don’t play innocent, Miss Highwood. You’ve been wanting this. A hard, sweaty pounding from the village smith. These strong, dirty hands all over your body. You’ve been wanting it, haven’t you?”

How I imagine Aaron Dawes…

How I Imagine Diana Highwood

It was a lovely feeling to be back in Spindle Cove again and be captivated by this feel-good, sweet, romantic story. I can’t wait for my next visit when Any Duchess Will Do!

VERDICT: FANTASTIC! LOVED IT!

RATING : 5/5 Stars

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT!

Read May 2013

 

The Spindle Cove series (click on the cover for details):

A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2) A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3) Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)

 

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