The Dare and the Doctor (Volume 3) (Winner Takes All) Mass Market Paperback – Import, 22 November 2016
“With her usual witty writing and exquisite flair for characterization, Noble offers readers the second, splendid book in her Winner Takes All series. The effortless manner in which she wrote The Lie and the Lady as a separate love story while at the same time gracefully connecting it to The Game and the Governess (2014) and cleverly hinting at what is to come in the series is nothing less than brilliant.” ― Booklist (starred review)
"Noble charms and enchants with a lively farce of a romance...There's loads of fun, but also tenderness and compassion. Noble certainly understands that combining humor, passion, a lively pace and a bit of mystery captures her fans' hearts." ― RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
"With a delightfully daring, tongue-in-cheek sense of both humor and romance, Noble continues where The Game and the Governess left off....heartwarming." ― Publishers Weekly
"Not to be missed." ― Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Kate Noble’s The Game and the Governess spins a clever, tremendously entertaining tale of truth and lies, love and friendship." --The Washington Post
"[T]his winning novel ... boasts rich characters and a deliciously complex story." -- Publishers Weekly on The Game and the Governess
"An extraordinary and unique romance worth savoring." --Smart Bitches, Trashy Books on Let It Be Me
"The story's prologue literally gave me goosebumps — goosebumps that never went away throughout the whole book. This is the kind of deep, touching read that romance fans search for. I have a new favorite author!" - Morgan Doremus, RT Editor on Let It Be Me
“If Austen were alive and writing novels today, the result might be something exactly like Follow My Lead, a wickedly witty and superbly satisfying romance.” –Chicago Tribune
“Believable and captivating…an outstanding and memorable tale.” –PW (starred review) on Follow My Lead
“clever and graceful…simply sublime” –Booklist on Compromised -- Praise for Kate Noble
“...An enchanting tale filled with poignancy and wit.” ― RT Book Reviews
“With its effortlessly elegant writing powered by a surfeit of dry wit and its swoonworthy romance between a pair of beautifully nuanced protagonists, the latest in Noble’s flawlessly written Winner Takes All series (The Lie and the Lady, 2015) is just what the reading doctor ordered.” ― Booklist, starred review
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- Publisher : Pocket Books (22 November 2016)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147674940X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476749402
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 10.48 x 2.54 x 17.15 cm
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Margaret Babcock often preferred the company of plants to people. Dressing up, dancing and socializing were not among her favorite things to do. She felt most herself and closest to her mother when in her greenhouse. But when the opportunity arose for her to show a hybrid rose she’d created to the Horticultural Society in London and spend some time with her dear friend Dr. Rhys Gray she couldn’t pass it by.
No matter how out of place she knew she’d feel in London or how ill-equipped she was to navigate through society there. No matter how plain she imagined she looked and dressed, how tall she was, or how inappropriate she could sometimes be. Because she knew that if her mother were still around she would have dared her to go. And she knew that if she had been dared she would have accepted the challenge.
Rhys Gray wasn’t as reckless, emotional or impassioned as either of his parents or most of his siblings. He enjoyed having responsibilities. He enjoyed being practical and logical. He enjoyed working in his lab and helping patients. He enjoyed corresponding with Miss Babcock. And he was excited about the prospect of seeing her when she came down to London.
He knew of no one as forthright, intellectually curious, and interesting as she. And he was certain that while she may have felt something more for him once upon a time, that now she felt only friendship toward him. Which is all he wanted. Which is all he felt for her. And which is all they could ever be.
Kate Noble created the perfect match in Rhys and Margaret but she didn’t let either come to the realization quickly or easily, she put a seemingly insurmountable obstacle in the way of their happy ending, and she asked each to take risks they might not otherwise have taken. All of which make for an immensely entertaining read.
And in addition to their sweet, fragile and delightful romance, the author delivered a story filled with excitement, deception, humor and heartache. From robbery to duels, from fish heads to fashionable dresses, from schemes to sobs, and from gossip to scandal, with the promise of so much more, this story is sure to captivate.
Readers looking for a wonderful and positively engaging story and characters that will make them smile, laugh and hope for a happy ending will adore THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR. Even with its idyllic setting and its proper English etiquette, it is a lightning-fast and totally delectable must read that can and will likely be devoured in just one sitting.
I generally enjoy friends to lovers romance, but here I felt that the story never got much beyond the friends aspect. Margaret and Rhys are appealing people with their disdain for society and their interests in botany and medicine. But I had a problem with Rhys attitude toward Sylvia. I get that he's conscientious and concerned for his family, but he seemed pretty weak in the way he ignored the problem rather than deal with it long ago. And it seemed to me that he would have continued this except Margaret finally pushes the issue which was a disappointment. He traded being pushed around by his mother to Sylvia and then finally Margaret which made it hard to admire him.
The other problem with this book in my opinion is that it wasn't so much a Regency as maybe an American historical from the early 1900's in the way the characters acted and how it was set. If I had been more engaged in the romance I probably wouldn't care so much about this, but I kept getting pulled back out of the story because of things like a young Regency miss who is corresponding with a single man (shouldn't happen no matter how academic the correspondence). This was an okay book, but definitely not one of Ms. Noble's best.