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Izzy Goodnight is down on her luck since the death of her father Sir Henry Goodnight. She has one last hope of surviving... A castle inherited from her godfather. When she arrives she finds an inhabitant the rightful owner the duke of Rothbury. Ransom Vane the 11th duke of Rothbury has been secluded in his castle ever since his accident and humiliation 7 months earlier. Together this unlikely couple will find that the Goodnight tales were made by fate for a reason if bringing them together. This wonderful tale shows anyone that if you believe and doubt not love and a hea is possible... Even for a scared, blind duke.
Not really historical fiction, as it has little sense of the period and includes anachronisms such as envelopes. The usual American rather than British idiom and modern rather than nineteenth-century phrases and attitudes. Worse is the implausible basis for the plot. Also, there is no reason why the heroine couldn't publish her stories from the beginning. As long as it was under 'be a lady' and a male did the business it would have been perfectly respectable.
I read an awful lot of instantly forgettable historical romances. Every now and again I am surprised by something that totally gets what I'm looking for. Yes, I love a damaged hero and a quirky, feisty, big haired, virgin heroine, but this book was funny and smouldery and surprising too. Instead of skim reading I found that I was deliberately eking it out because I didn't want it to end. And instead of lying awake mentally rewriting parts which I felt could have more dramatic tension (which I do with a lot of books, don't ask me why) I was perfectly satisfied that had all the right bits in the right places. Just like the hero. I don't often write reviews, but I felt this one deserved it. There's only a handful of books of this kind that I keep on my kindle and this is one that definitely won't be deleted. I'm so looking forward to savouring it again.
I enjoyed the book I bought into the romance and appreciate they didn't give him his sight back. I thought the end could have been better written as was a bit silly. Also found it a little annoying there was no real discussion about how totally compromised Izzy was from the first night spent alone in a bachelor's home let alone the rest
I found this to be much more focused than Dare's earlier work, and yet with all the charm and fun and romance that you could wish for.
With all the action taking place in one place, this really clips along smoothly, at a cracking pace that really keeps the reader engaged. I am a fool for fairy tales, and she finds a terrific balance between using the style as a framework, and also calling the plausibility of fairy tales into question. Loved the hero and heroine, and am looking forward to the next in the series!
The funniest take on Beauty and The Beast. This is a delightful story of the indomitable Izzy who, penniless and alone, goes to take possession of a castle that she has inherited only to find it inhabited by its real owner who has no recollection of selling it and not the slightest intention of ceding it to Izzy. It's a stand-off and the resolution and romance is funny, witty and completely endearing. I've read it twice already.
Love a romance novel but this didn't do it for me, I just didn't buy into the characterization. The personalities felt more cartoon-ish than real people, comparable to Beauty and the Beast drama (but not in a good way). I think I've juts read better.