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Ransom the blind Duke is not a very pleasant man his has hidden away from society in London and removed himself to his Castle in Scotland. This is the life he has now chosen, Miss Goodnight is a 26 year old spinster who has now been left on her own since the death of her father, her cousin who has inherited everything has thrown her out. She received a letter informing her she has been left something in a will from her godfather, she must travel to a castle in Scotland to find out what it is. I WILL NOT SPOIL THIS BY GOING FURTHER. Needless to say it's the same castle.owned by Ransom. let the fun begins. I LOVED this the interaction between Miss Goodnight a d Ransom is brilliant. Tessa Dare Rapidly becoming one of my favourite.I
I downloaded a free novella by this writer and found it unusual and amusing. I was intrigued and wanted to read more from Ms Dare. I am so glad I went on to purchase this. Such a readable book: funny, heartwarming and I suppose rather silly, but I loved it from start to finish - and WHAT a hero. Handsome Ransom - a reclusive Duke, a rake, scarred and blinded in a duel. He is grumpy, funny, sexy, endearing, just everything a hero should be. I adored him. The heroine, Izzy Goodnight, the subject of her fathers fairy tales, except she is not the pretty green-eyed girl everyone thinks she is. She is a plain, frizzy haired 26 year old who has never been kissed. Throw in a crumbling castle, a pet stoat, a kind elderly valet and pretend knights and handmaidens and the result is a wonderfully entertaining book perfect for a relaxing evenings read. If her other books are anywhere near as good, I have found another author to add to my favourites.
Originally I confused Tessa Dare with Tessa Bailey… Don’t ask me why. It just never clicked in my mind (I realised my mistake a little way in to the book though). Anyway, I thought “Oh she writes historical romances as well?” and decided to check it out because I was long overdue a historical romance read. The blurb convinced me to read the book though I was charmed by the quirkiness that came through.
I love how the starting chapter or two of Romancing The Duke was almost a parallel of the books historical romance heroines are seen reading/referencing throughout the novel… You know the ones with titles like Lady Fiona & the Dashing Duke of Drummond Hill or something like that. If you’ve read Eloisa James then you’ll know what I’m talking about. It wasn’t referenced in a parody-esque way though in fact I think it was almost unintentional on behalf of the author but even so the parallels just kind of jumped out at me.
Oh how handsome was Ransom?! I just had to use that line ROFL… That’s not why I mentioned him though. Don’t get me wrong he was handsome (how could he not be?) but that’s not why I absolutely adored him. I just LOVED his personality, his wit, and his one-liners. He had me laughing out loud almost the whole way through the book. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to call him my favourite historical romance hero of all time. Before I go on to talk about other aspects of the book I just have to mention his full name I mean Ransom William Dacre Vane. Now there’s a name fit for a duke! This is the first time I’ve “seen” a historical romance hero with a name like that – just another reason why I enjoyed this book so much.
This book had me smiling whenever I opened it up and left me smiling until the end. Let me try and explain how I felt… Okay, you imagine if somebody took you to your favourite bookshop and gave you free reign – on them. Oh but it doesn’t end there, take that feeling and multiply it 10 times over. That, ladies and gents is how I felt whenever I read Romancing The Duke.
I have to say I’m so happy Ransom didn’t miraculously get his sight back at the end of the book and start professing just how beautiful he found Izzy. Tessa avoided that cliché and I’m glad because this book was anything but a cliché.
This book was the best way to start the New Year and this is certainly not the last time I read this authors work.
A New Year, A new favourite author what more could I ask for?
I loved this book. It’s ridiculous and fun, warm and witty, sweet in all the right places, a teeny bit emotional in others, it knows how to laugh at itself and it plays on every Gothic romantic fantasy out there, not to mention the over-the-top nature of die-hard fandom. In short, it was the perfect pick me up when I was feeling sick.
So onto this romping tale of mischief and mayhem, with a blind duke, a plain miss and more tin-tray knights than you can swing a damsel at. I loved Izzy and the way she handles all the twists this tale throws her way. She’s strong and firm with Ransom, sweet and kind to the Moranglians, not to mention determined to make the castle a home, despite her own fears and Ransom’s stratagems. I loved how she crept under the troubled duke’s guard, and how he in turn snuck into her heart. She’s kind, funny, sarcastic and a bit snippy, but always, always fun to read about.
Then there was Ransom, the miserable duke, who’s shut himself up in his castle to die. Until he finds out that his castle might not even be his own anymore. Then he can’t quite decide whether to get rid of Izzy or use her to figure things out. Yes, he’s surly and grumpy and says some horrible things, but he’s also wounded and broken and longing for things he doesn’t understand. The little things he does to take care of Izzy – all the while telling himself (and her) that it’s just to get rid of her faster – were so sweet. And the doubt not speech was just glorious.
On top of all that this book has my new favourite battle cry – "Release the ermine!" It’s bonkers and batty (er, literally at one point), imaginative and witty, pokes gentle fun at fandom while also revelling in the joy of it, and was just a wonderful read. If you want something light and fluffy that will make you smile and possibly giggle, chortle, chuckle and laugh out loud, with surprises and sweetness and moments to sigh over, and you also like a bit of romance in your historical setting, then give this a try. I found it a real treat.
Was it silly? Yes! Was it implausible? Yes. Was it naive? Yes. But it was also sexy and hilarious and somewhat original. In a word one of the best romances, I have read lately! I enjoyed more than any of the Spindle Cove installments, and almost as much as "It Happened One Autumn" by Lisa Kleypas, which is my all-time favorite!
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.
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.
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.